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NEW YORK (AP) — Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale.
A year ago, Apple Inc. said it had sold 9 million of the then-new iPhone 5C and 5S models.
The iPhone is available in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the U.K. It will go on sale in 20 more countries on Sept. 26 and others by the end of the year.
CEO Tim Cook says demand for the phones has exceeded the company’s expectations. Besides larger screens, the new phones offer faster performance and a wireless chip for making credit card payments. The phones start at $199 with a two-year service contact.

The Minnesota Vikings are standing behind Adrian Peterson.

The team announced Monday that its star halfback will fully participate in meetings and practice this week and is expected to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

The Vikings had deactivated Peterson, 29, for their game against the New England Patriots yesterday, one day after the 2012 NFL MVP answered a warrant in Texas for his arrest on a charge of causing injury to his son by disciplining him with a tree branch.

“Today’s decision was made after significant thought, discussion and consideration,” owners Zygi Wilf and Mrak Wilf said in a joint statement issued by the team.

“As evidenced by our decision to deactivate Adrian from yesterday’s game, this is clearly a very important issue. On Friday, we felt it was in the best interests of the organization to step back, evaluate the situation, and not rush to judgment given the seriousness of this matter. At that time, we made the decision that we felt was best for the Vikings and all parties involved.

“To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child. At this time, however, we believe this is a matter of due process and we should allow the legal system to proceed so we can come to the most effective conclusions and then determine the appropriate course of action. This is a difficult path to navigate, and our focus is on doing the right thing. Currently we believe we are at a juncture where the most appropriate next step is to allow the judicial process to move forward.

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely and support Adrian’s fulfillment of his legal responsibilities throughout this process.”

 

An Arkansas woman whose mug shot shows her in heavy aqua and maroon eye shadow is accused of shoplifting $144 in makeup.

Police in Fayetteville, Arkansas, arrested 31-year-old Brandy Allen, accusing her of stuffing handfuls of eye shadow into her purse Monday.

Officers said that, after being confronted, Allen went on a profanity-laced tirade and tried to damage makeup as she pulled it out of her purse so the items would appear used.

The Washington County jail said Wednesday that Allen was released on $830 bond on charges of shoplifting and disorderly conduct. Jailers did not have a record of whether Allen had a lawyer. A telephone number could not be found for the woman in Fayetteville.

Alfonso Ribiero is joining the cast of Dancing With the Stars for its new season 19. GMA will make the  announcement tomorrow. We’ve got the story on the morning show. He played Carlton on the Fresh Prince of Belaire.

Prince is releasing two new songs, one each from Art Official Age and Plectrum Electrum. “Slow Jam” U Know on AOA and “Whitecaps on PE by his female band, 3rdeyegirl.

Hear more about it on the Morning Show on KMOJ with Freddie Bell and Shed G.

Usher is bringing his UR Tour to the Twin Cities. He will appear at St. Paul’s Xcel Center on March 23rd, 2015. Tickets go on sale September 13th. Usher will not return to The Voice for the upcoming season.

Lights and Action!

After an outpouring of public support, including 1,400 donations, the lauded African American company is back in business. The mood at Penumbra is reflected in the play opening this week: “Spunk.”

T. Michael RamboThere are reasons why Penumbra is playing “Spunk” right now. Director Patdro Harris describes Spunk as “a piece about love and hope and survival, through the eyes of African American people and the blues.”

George C. Wolfe’s 1989 play is based on three stories collected by Zora Neale Hurston. The stories may be folklore but they carry hard truths of real life. One story is about a washerwoman and her philandering husband; the second is about three fast-talking hucksters, eager to prey on a girl they meet on the street. The third is about a conman with his eye on a newlywed bride.

Penumbra’s production of “Spunk” is all-star including T. Mychael Rambo, the cast includes Jevetta Steele and Dennis Spears. For the performers, the public outpouring of support has been exhilarating and humbling. But now director Harris said it is time to shine again.

Spunk runs at Penumbra Theatre through April 7.

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BET Network has two hits series “Let’s Stay Together” and “The Game” which are returning for a new season Tuesday, March 26, 2013  premiering at 10pm and 11pmET/PT.

Its talented stellar cast is what I feel the attraction is, though the store lines are well written (by and true to life, the talented cast – I’m sure – is what keeps us tuned in. You have the bubbly Wendy Raquel Robinson, the talented Hosea Chanchez and Coby Bell, and multi-platinum selling Brandy leading the way at “The Game.” Erica Hubbard and Kyla Pratt is shinning the light on “Let’s Stay Together” cast. Then they throw in the guest appearances but John Singleton, Ciara and Rockmond Dunbar (“Sons of Anarchy”) on “The Game,” and Christine Keyes (Note to Self) and Jackee’ Harry (“The First Family”) guest starring on “Let’s Stay Together.”

“I was really impressed with the show,” said Brandy about her role on “The Game.” “They offered me the role of Chardonnay. It was more about the character…I love Chardonnay…little do people know, that’s who I am. This is a coming out role.”

This new season “The Game” is seen through the eyes of new comers Lauren London who plays Keira Michelle Whitake and Jay Ellis who plays Bryce “Blue” Westbrook an NFL draft pick.

Hi Everyone! Don’t under-estimate the power of a blessing. Press the play button below.

Folks everywhere are beginning to at least think about being thankful. People in the North might be thankful for escaping the cluthes of a snowstorm while some others could be happy to have landed a great electronic deal on Black Friday. Thankfullness shows up in many forms.

Freddie Bell, Speaker Broadcaster

A friend of our family in Tampa came up with a great idea. Its called The Gratitude List. Its simply a list you compile of things, people and situtions for which you’re grateful. Next, each day from now until the New Year, keep a running list of whatever you’re thankful for. There’s no right or wrong way to make the list. The process is transformative because it helps to create an attitude of gratitude.
Often we don’t have or take time to do this kind of introspection. I’ve been keeping a Gratitude List for a number of years and I’ve found the simple act of writing from my heart is making a profound impact on me and those I’m close to.

Give The Gratitude List a try and let me know if your life begins to change for the better. Happy Thanksgiving!

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