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False Alarm Fine
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It turns out that using emergency warning tones in a TV commercial with images of the White House blowing up and the flashing words "THIS IS NOT A TEST" is frowned upon by the government.
The Federal Communications Commission said Monday it was fining three media giants $1.9 million for using the official warning tones in an ad for the movie "Olympus Has Fallen" that had some complainants jumping out of bathtubs and racing to the TV screen.
The companies have 30 days to contest the fines or pay up.
The ad aired 108 times on Viacom Inc. networks like BET and Comedy Central, 38 times on NBCUniversal channels like USA and SyFy and 13 times on The Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN in March 2013.
NOVATO, Calif. (AP) — Employees at Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco will soon get to take their lunch break in 19th century relics.
The Marin Independent Journal reports the high-tech giant is installing a pair of low-tech log cabins from the late 1800s to serve as dining rooms.
The cabins were salvaged from ranches in Montana by a Marin County contractor and sold to the owner of an architectural firm helping to refurbish Twitter, Inc.'s headquarters.
They should be in place within a few weeks. The plan is to build booths inside them for company employees to sit in while they eat.
BOSTON (AP) — An advocacy group is pushing for gays and lesbians to be allowed to march openly in Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade, but a deal with parade organizers isn't finalized.
Kara Coredini of the advocacy group MassEquality had said Saturday that gay veterans would be allowed to march under its banner as part of a tentative deal with parade organizers.
The sticking point holding up the deal appears to be whether and how group members can identify themselves in the parade. Coredini said Monday marchers want to be able to identify themselves as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
The parade has traditionally rejected gay groups, and its lead organizer has said planners don't want to turn it into a demonstration for gay rights.
Coredini says both sides met Sunday to discuss concerns.
Tour Boat Sinks
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Only one boat on Big Bear Lake has a liquor license, and it's underwater. The pirate ship tour boat sank under the weekend's barrage of rain, snow and high wind in Southern California.
The 27-ton boat has been docked at Holloway Marina, where it was found in the drink Saturday. Owner and boat operator Loren Hafen says booty didn't take it down; weather did.
The 43-foot boat is used for summer tours and can be rented for birthdays, weddings and other parties.
Hafen says the ship was winterized but he's going down Monday to see what damage was done. He hopes to refurbish it for the marina's 100th anniversary.
The one-third scale 16th century Spanish galleon replica was a prop in the movie "Time Bandits."
UNDATED (AP) — Two classic cars swallowed by a sinkhole beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky have re-emerged.
Six more prized vehicles are still lodged in the giant hole that opened last month at the Bowling Green museum.
Workers in a cage were lowered into the hole to hook straps around the cars removed Monday, a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil and a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette.
Museum Katie Frassinelli says workers hope Tuesday to recover a 1962 black Corvette. She says the others won't be pulled out until workers further stabilize the sinkhole.
Chevrolet spokesman Monte Doran says the ZR1 has minor damage. He says the other car has more extensive damage and body panels will need replacing.
Chevrolet will oversee restoration of the cars at a Michigan plant.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dish Network and Disney have reached a landmark deal that envisions the day when Dish can send subscribers a range of TV programming over the Internet without the need for a satellite receiver on the roof.
The deal announced late Monday paves the way for Dish to offer live local broadcasts from ABC TV stations and programming from ABC Family, Disney Channel, ESPN and ESPN2 over mobile devices, set-top boxes and other means, similar to how Netflix's video streams are delivered today.
No start date for such a service was announced.
In exchange, Dish Network Corp. would disable for three days a function on its Hopper digital video recorders that allows people to automatically record and strip out commercials from prime-time weeknight programming. But that's only for programs on ABC, which is owned by The Walt Disney Co.
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