Morgan Freeman Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of actor Morgan Freeman.

Birth date:
June 1, 1937
Birth place: Memphis, Tennessee
    Birth name: Morgan Porterfield Freeman, Jr.
    Father: Morgan Porterfield Freeman, Sr., a barber
    Mother: Mayme Edna (Revere) Freeman, a teacher
    Marriages: Myrna (Colley-Lee) Freeman (June 16, 1984-September 15, 2010, divorced); Jeanette Adair (Bradshaw) Freeman (October 22, 1967-November 18, 1979, divorced)
    Children: with Jeanette Adair Bradshaw: Deena (adopted by Freeman); Morgana, 1971; Saifoulaye, 1960 (mother’s name unavailable publicly); with Loletha Adkins: Alphonso, 1959
    Education: Studied acting at Los Angeles City College in the early 1960s
    Military service: U.S. Air Force, 1955-1959
    Other Facts:
    Nominated for one Tony Award and five Academy Awards; winner of one Academy Award: Best Supporting Actor for “Million Dollar Baby,” 2004.
    Co-founder of the movie production company Revelations Entertainment.
    Has narrated two Academy Award winning documentaries: “The Long Way Home,” 1997 and “March of the Penguins,” 2005.
    Since January 2010, his voice can be heard on the introduction of the CBS Evening News.
    1970s –
    Plays Count Dracula on “The Electric Company.”
    1990s – Starts the Rock River Foundation for education in Mississippi.
    2004 – Wins the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for “Million Dollar Baby,” 2004.
    2008 – Receives Kennedy Center Honors.
    2012 – Receives the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

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    May 30, 2016

    Google wins six-year legal battle with Oracle over Android code copyright

    Developers expected to welcome ruling that finds Googles employment of Java code in its Android operating system was fair use

    Google has won a six-year court case brought by software firm Oracle, which claimed Google had infringed its copyright by using 11,500 lines of Java code in its Android operating system.

    The jury ruled that Googles use of 37 Java APIs (application programming interfaces) was fair use. The news will be welcomed by developers, who typically rely on free access to APIs to develop third-party services.

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    May 27, 2016

    New Taliban leader: Least bad option?

    (CNN)Editor’s note: Michael Kugelman is senior associate for South and Southeast Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC. The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the writer.

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    May 26, 2016

    Vice Media lays off 20 staff in restructuring plans

    Two foreign correspondents, three writers in London and 15 staff members in US to leave positions in company

    Vice Media has laid off about 20 staff based in the US, London and in two foreign correspondent positions as part of restructuring plans.

    It comes as Josh Tyrangiel, a former Bloomberg journalist who was hired last year to oversee the development of a nightly programme to be aired on HBO, is being promoted to oversee the companys news division.

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    May 25, 2016

    Brazil minister ousted after secret tape reveals plot to topple President Rousseff

    Planning minister Romero Juc was recorded saying We have to change the government as the only means to stop a sweeping corruption investigation

    The credibility of Brazils interim government was rocked on Monday when a senior minister was forced to step aside amid further revelations about the machiavellian plot to impeach president Dilma Rousseff.

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    May 24, 2016

    Israel returns ancient sarcophagus covers to Egypt

    Jerusalem (CNN)The paint has long since faded, but even some 3,000 years later the Egyptian sarcophagus covers radiate history and beauty.

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    May 23, 2016

    Robin Wright: A-lister whos playing for high stakes off screen

    The House of Cards star is embracing activism, fighting for equal pay in Hollywood and highlighting the role of conflict minerals in wars in central Africa

    Robin Wright, currently playing the scheming first lady Claire Underwood in long-running TV drama House of Cards swung by the Guardians offices in New York last week on a mission to draw attention to the mining of conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the war it continues to spark. She has produced a documentary on the subject, When Elephants Fight, and her words echoed those of Joseph Conrad in Heart of Darkness more than a century ago, describing the conflict as the most vile scramble for loot that ever scarred the face of human consciousness.

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    May 22, 2016

    Google’s AI ambitions show promise ‘if it doesn’t kill us’

    Googles path to developing machine-learning tools illustrates the stark challenge that tech companies face in trying to make machines act like humans

    Machines may yet take over the world, but first they must learn to recognize your dog.

    To hear Google executives tell it at their annual developer conference this week, the technology industry is on the cusp of an artificial intelligence, or AI, revolution. Computers, without guidance, will be able to spot disease, engage humans in conversation and creatively outsmart world champions in competition. Such breakthroughs in machine learning have been the stuff of science fiction since Stanley Kubricks 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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    May 21, 2016

    Dennis Hastert to begin prison sentence on June 22

    Washington (CNN)Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert must report to prison on June 22, according to a new court order.

    Hastert was recently sentenced to 15 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin, in a hush money case. That’s related Hastert’s attempts at covering up allegations he had abused boys during his pre-political career days as a high school wrestling coach in Illinois.
      At the sentencing Hastert admitted in open court to past misconduct.
      “I’m deeply ashamed to be standing before you here today,” Hastert said. “I know I’m here because I mistreated some of my athletes as a coach.”
      Hastert — the longest-serving Republican House speaker — was also sentenced to two years of supervised release once he finishes his prison term. Durkin, of the Northern District of Illinois, told Hastert that he should participate in a sex offender treatment program.
      An attorney for the former speaker, Thomas Green, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday about to which prison Hastert would report. Hastert must surrender by 2 p.m. on June 22, according to the court order.
      Hastert will be at least the third former member of Congress in federal prison. And another, ex-Rep. Michael Grimm, a New York Republican, was just released after eight months.

      Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/19/politics/denny-hastert-june-22-jail/index.html

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      May 20, 2016

      Loretta Lynch Fast Facts

      (CNN)Here is a look at the life of U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

      date: May 21, 1959
      Birth place: Greensboro, North Carolina
        Birth name: Loretta Elizabeth Lynch
        Father: Lorenzo Lynch, Baptist minister
        Mother: Lorine (Harris) Lynch, school librarian
        Marriage: Stephen Hargrove (2007-present)
        Education: Harvard College, A.B., 1981; Harvard Law School, J.D., 1984
        Other Facts:
        Lynch is the first black female attorney general in U.S. history.
        Served as a board member for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
        1984-1990 –
        Litigation associate at New York law firm Cahill, Gordon & Reindel.
        March 1990 – Becomes a trial prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of New York. The Eastern District includes Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island.
        1994-1998 – Serves as chief of the Long Island office.
        March 1998 – Becomes chief assistant to U.S. Attorney Zachary W. Carter.
        1999 – Lynch serves on the trial team that prosecutes and convicts New York City police officers for violating the civil rights of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima.
        1999-2001 – Appointed by President Bill Clinton, serves as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
        January 2002 – Joins Hogan & Hartson LLP as a partner.
        2005 – Serves as special counsel to the prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
        January 20, 2010 – Nominated by President Barack Obama to be the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, the job she previously held from 1999 to 2001.
        April 22, 2010 – Lynch is unanimously confirmed by the Senate. She takes office on May 3, 2010.



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        May 19, 2016