Tuesday, January 14, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO — A Malaysian architecture professor won a legal challenge Tuesday that sought removal of her name from the U.S. government's no-fly list. A federal judge in San Francisco said Tuesday in a brief, two-page court filing that the government's inclusion of Rahinah Ibrahim on the list was a mistake. U.S. District Judge William Alsup ordered her name stricken from the list — if in fact it is still on the list. The judge kept his detailed ruling under seal until April 15 so the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals can rule on the government's appeal to toss out the lawsuit. By Paul Elias. SENT: 600 words.
CHARTER-TIME WARNER CABLE
LOS ANGELES — Charter Communications executives labeled Time Warner Cable a "turnaround project" suffering from a failed strategy as they urged Time Warner Cable shareholders to prod management to begin talks with Charter on its buyout offer. The criticism was leveled Tuesday after Charter revealed details of its proposed bid for Time Warner Cable for around $132.50 a share, or $38 billion. The offer would create the third-largest pay TV provider in the country with 16 million video customers. By Ryan Nakashima. SENT: 500 words.
BLURRED LINES-SONG DISPUTE
NEW YORK — Marvin Gaye's children have settled claims against a music company owned by Sony over Robin Thicke's Grammy-nominated hit song "Blurred Lines." The Gayes had accused EMI of not pursuing a copyright infringement case against Thicke because "Blurred Lines" has similarities to Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday granted Nona Marvisa Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye's dismissal of their lawsuit against EMI, which is owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Documents say the Gayes and Sony have an agreement and claims against Sony can't be brought again. By Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 315 words, photo.
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA-WORLD PREMIERE
SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Opera will present the world premiere of Marco Tutinof's "La Ciociara (Two Women)" on June 13, 2015. The company said Tuesday that the opera based on Alberto Moravia's novel of the same name will star soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci, tenor Stephen Costello and baritone Mark Delavan. Music director Nicola Luisotti conducts and Francesca Zambello directs in a co-production with the Teatro Regio of Turin, Italy. SENT: 200 words.
LA OPERA SEASON
LOS ANGELES — The LA Opera will present the West Coast premiere of John Corigliano's "The Ghosts of Versailles" during its 2014-15 season as part of a "Figaro Trilogy." Corigliano's 1991 opera opens on Feb. 7, 2015, and stars Patti LuPone as the Turkish entertainer Samira and Patricia Racette, the LA Opera said Tuesday. SENT: 160 words.