The top teams in District 9-2A hit the road Friday night for a matchup with district foe St. Helena. The St. Thomas Aquinas boys and girls came into the matchup undefeated in league play and it was clear from the outset neither had inclinations of seeing their perfect run come to an end.
The top teams in District 9-2A hit the road Friday night for a matchup with district foe St. Helena. The St. Thomas Aquinas boys and girls came into the matchup undefeated in league play and it was clear from the outset neither had inclinations of seeing their perfect run come to an end.
Emotions filled the St. Thomas Aquinas library as dreams came true for two young men on National Signing Day. Edwin Alexander signed his letter of intent with LSU and Cameron Dantzler signed with Mississippi State.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The video posted on Facebook showed a 12-year-old on the ground while another boy tried to stomp him, with classmates standing by, circling the two and recording the fight on their phones.
Neither boy was seriously hurt, but Republican Rep. Terri Bryant of Murphysboro in southern Illinois was so disturbed by the spectators' behavior that she's proposed a bill making it a crime to record fights to share online.
"Instead of getting help, they opened their cellphones," said Bryant. "I just want to send a clear message that it is unacceptable to stage these fights or be a willing bystander."
Bryant's proposal, though, has prompted concerns about infringing on free speech rights and unnecessarily criminalizing young people. Similar concerns have hindered lawmakers around the country who have tried in recent years to crack down on cyberbullies who take to social media to harass classmates. In addition, intent can be difficult to prosecute.
"I wish someone would have stepped in," said Tiffany Thomas, the mother of the boy who was on the ground in an alley near the Murphysboro middle school during the fight last month.
Bryant's bill, introduced days after she learned of the video, would make it a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct to post fight videos online with intent to condone or promote the violence.
All 50 states have anti-bullying laws, but only half of those laws address cyberbullying, according to the Cyberbullying Research Center.
Utah passed a law in 2011 that would prevent students and faculty from using cellphones or other electronic devices to post words, videos or pictures to the Internet with the intent to harm or threaten another person. Since then, several other states have passed cyberbullying laws that criminalize posting harmful or threatening content to social networking sites.
Illinois passed a law criminalizing cyberbullying in 2014, but Bryant's bill is unrelated.
"I would hate for children or teenagers to then have a misdemeanor on their record, and be introduced to the justice system well before they need to be," said Sameer Hinduja, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center. "Kids do it simply because they are kids."
Lawmakers have had difficulty trying to criminalize some behavior that new technologies facilitate.
Republican Rep. John Carney proposed legislation this year that would have fined bystanders up to $100 for taking pictures of car accidents and posting them to social media. Carney said he wanted to protect families from seeing names or pictures of loved ones before they were notified by law enforcement.
Carney withdrew his proposal, however, because he said he knew it would not survive a First Amendment challenge.
Ed Yohnka, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, said Bryant's bill will run into the same problems.
"We think this proposal is overly broad and unconstitutional," he said.
The bill also could be difficult to prosecute because it would be hard to prove the intent of the person recording and posting a fight video online, said Matt Jones, associate director for administration at the Illinois State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor office.
People could argue that by filming they are preserving evidence and publicizing wrongdoing.
Bryant said she's not trying to infringe on anyone's freedom of speech, but worries that recording fights to share online devalues people. She said one of her goals is to bring attention to how people are using social media to get a "few minutes of fame at someone else's expense."
Before smartphones and social media, Bryant said, "We would have never thought of getting a video camera instead of getting help."
NEW YORK (AP) — Jake Johnson admits to being worried when he found out his Fox comedy "New Girl" would continue filming episodes while the show's star, Zooey Deschanel, was on maternity leave.
"I thought it was really weird," he said. "At first I thought it was really jarring that Zooey wasn't going to be in some episodes. ... I wasn't sure if the show worked without her and I was pleasantly surprised that the 'New Girl' voice and tone is more about the writing and the ensemble more than any one person."
Not only did production continue, they brought in a new character, played by Megan Fox of franchise films like "Transformers" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," to fill the void while Deschanel was away.
"I thought 'How does Megan Fox, international movie star. ...fit into this world?'" said Johnson. "And the wild part is she just fits in."
If you've been watching, Deschanel's character, Jess, has been sequestered on jury duty. In Tuesday's episode, her roommates (played by Johnson, Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris and Hannah Simone) decide to rent out her room to Fox's character, Reagan, while Jess is away.
"To bring in somebody new who didn't know all of the backstories and didn't know everything about the show, those characters were forced to defend themselves in new ways; to sort of bring somebody else up to speed to their own weirdness was really fun," said showrunner Liz Meriwether.
"She's phenomenal," Johnson said about Fox. "I didn't know her at all (prior). She is one of the easiest people to work with. She's kind, she's funny. She's also crazy and loves talking about aliens and lizard people, which makes work so fun," he laughed. "She's genuinely fun."
Meriwether now believes the puzzle of writing Jess out and Regan in added a new energy to the show, which is now in its fifth season.
"Sometimes challenges really result in great creative stuff because you're forced to step outside of your comfort zone and to tell a story you haven't told on the show."
Deschanel returns for the show's 100th episode, which also happens to be the final episode in Fox's arc.
"I don't view it as Megan replacing Zooey, it's just adding Megan," said Johnson. "So when Zooey came back it was great because (the characters) Jess and Reagan are really funny next to each other."
So could Fox ever make a return to "New Girl"?
"I hope so," said Johnson. "I know she's got an enormous movie career. When you're in Japan doing a press tour, I think it's a little less sexy to (do the TV grind), but I cannot say enough of what a pleasure it was to work with Megan both on camera and off. Grumpy gaffers are still talking about how great she was," said Johnson.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Back in the locker room after earning Super Bowl MVP honors, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller danced and sang along to "Big Rings" by Drake and Future: "'Cause I got a really big team! And they need some really big rings!"
A few feet away, teammate Brandon Marshall explained why Miller's first-quarter strip-sack of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was such a significant moment in Denver's 24-10 victory Sunday night that earned rings for the Broncos.
"We got in (Newton's) head after that. We got in his mind. Because he hasn't been harassed like that all season," Marshall said.
Then, pounding his right fist in his left palm, Marshall added: "That play rattled him. That did it."
Five years after being drafted No. 2 behind Newton, Miller bothered Carolina's quarterback from start to finish Sunday, forcing two fumbles and compiling 2½ sacks in a showdown between a couple of shutdown defenses.
"I'm going for the ball every single time," said Miller, the second defensive MVP in the past three Super Bowls. "That's just the type of football player I am. If it was basketball, I'd definitely be a 3-point shooter."
Miller really was everywhere — and he did a bit of everything.
He created Denver's first touchdown by zooming past right tackle Mike Remmers ripping the football away from Newton, honored as the regular-season MVP on Saturday. The fumble bounced into the end zone, where defensive end Malik Jackson landed on it to put the Broncos ahead 10-0 about 8 1/2 minutes into the game.
With 4 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Miller set up Denver's only other TD, too. Again, he got past Remmers and, as the offensive lineman grabbed a fistful of his white jersey, Miller reached out with his left hand to grab Newton's right arm as the QB brought the ball back to throw.
This one was recovered by safety T.J. Ward, and soon thereafter, C.J. Anderson's 2-yard run sealed the victory for Denver (15-4), which allowed the fewest yards per game in the regular season and was just as stingy against the run as the pass.
Earlier, Miller laid a big hit on Newton near the sideline. He also shared a third-down sack with Derek Wolfe to get Denver the ball back at the end of the third quarter.
And, showing his versatility, the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Miller even made plays in pass coverage, dropping back to force an incompletion from Newton to Jerricho Cotchery.
It was all part of quite a display by Denver's defense, making the NFC champion Panthers (17-2) and the league's top-scoring offense look decidedly mediocre.
Miller actually lamented not having more sacks.
"I should have had two or three more — (Newton) was able to get out of 'em," Miller said.
Thanks to Miller and Co., Peyton Manning did not need to do much to earn his second Super Bowl ring: The Broncos' 194 total yards were the fewest ever for a Super Bowl winner.
Denver's defense wound up with a Super Bowl record-tying seven sacks, showing off the rush that led the NFL with 52 sacks this season.
Two years ago, when Manning directed the NFL's best offense, Denver got walloped 43-8 in the Super Bowl by the Seattle Seahawks, owners of the league's best defense.
General manager John Elway set out to build the Broncos' D, adding players such as DeMarcus Ware, T.J. Ward and Aqib Talib.
Elway already had Miller, who missed the first six games of the 2013 season because of a drug suspension and that loss to Seattle because of an injured knee ligament.
"Tore my ACL. Suspended," he said, thinking back. "To all the guys that's having a rough time right now, all you've got to do is be consistent and keep pushing, and you can be right here where I'm at."
Now comes the offseason and contract negotiations for Miller, someone the Broncos would love to lock up for the long term.
"The guy is so explosive. He is extremely gifted as an athlete. His first step is really quick. He has a plethora of moves," Marshall said. "So it's like: How do you block him? It's hard to stop Von."
NEW YORK (AP) — From a strange creature called "Puppymonkeybaby" to a tear-inducing Audi ad, Super Bowl ads ran the gamut this year from offbeat humor to heartfelt messages.
On advertising's biggest night, Chrysler celebrated Jeep with an ad filled featuring black-and-white portraits of veterans, kids and pop icons. In Audi's spot, a depressed aging astronaut remembers his joy for life by driving an Audi sports car with his son. And in a quirky Doritos ad, a fetus in a sonogram appears to rocket out of the womb to chase a bag of chips the mother angrily tossed away.
The goal for advertisers: to stand out and win over the 114 million-plus people watching the big game on Super Bowl Sunday, much the way the Denver Broncos triumphed over the Carolina Panthers. With ads costing a record $5 million for 30 seconds this year, the stakes are high to stand out from the 40-plus advertisers and be remembered.
In general, advertisers played it safe with universally liked celebrities such as Anthony Hopkins (TurboTax) and Ryan Reynolds (Hyundai), cute animals and pro-America themes.
"It's been a pretty safe night," said David Berkowitz, chief marketing officer at advertising agency MRY. "There's relatively little going over the top."
Offbeat humor reigned with a creature called "Puppymonkeybaby" — pretty much exactly what it sounds like — in an ad for Mountain Dew's Kickstart. The ad sought to show that three great things go together, since Kickstart combines Mountain Dew, juice and caffeine.
"It's on my list of the weirdest ad of the night, but it's very catchy and people will be talking about it," said Kelly O'Keefe, a marketing professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Heartfelt messages were in abundance too. SunTrust's ad urged people to take a breath and feel better about their financial health. BMW's Mini urged people to "defy labels."
Most ads managed to avoid the somber tone struck last year, when an ad for Nationwide about preventable household accidents bummed out many in the audience.
There were a couple of misfires. Two pharmaceutical ads highlighted unappealing digestive conditions. One promoted an anti-diarrhea medication Xifaxan with a small-intestines mascot taking a seat at the Super Bowl. Another sought to raise awareness about "opioid-induced constipation."
"This just isn't a topic that people want to hear about during a Super Bowl," said Villanova University marketing professor Charles Taylor.
Mountain Dew's ad might have been the weirdest ad of the night, but Doritos' ad also seemed likely to divide viewers. The spot showed a couple during a sonogram. When the mother throws away a bag of Doritos, the fetus seems to zoom after it, to the consternation of all present.
"It caught you a little off guard, but it fit the brand," said O'Keefe.
Some Super Bowl watchers agreed. Brian Kearney, from Morris County, New Jersey, was watching the game with about 15 people and said the ad was a hit with his friends.
"I thought it was hysterical, we all cracked up," Kearney said.
Other ads with offbeat humor: Bud Light featured Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen traveling around America promoting "The Bud Light Party." A Shock Top ad showed actor T.J. Miller trading insults with the brewery's talking orange wedge mascot. And the outdoor goods-and-clothing company Marmot showed a man palling around with an actual marmot he appears to be falling for, all to illustrate falling in love with the outdoors.
MONEY MONEY MONEY
Eight years after the financial meltdown, financial companies are feeling more comfortable promoting their products and services. Six advertised in the big game, including including SunTrust Banks, PayPal, Quicken Loans, Intuit brand and Intuit's TurboTax and Social Finance Inc.
Most promoted optimistic messages about money. TurboTax, for instance, enlisted Anthony Hopkins to get out the message that you can file your taxes for free with TurboTax. PayPal's music-video style ad asked people to embrace "New Money."
"We're officially over the mourning of 2008 (financial crisis)," said Mediapost columnist Barbara Lippert.
Some advertisers created mini-movies. Toyota went long with a 90-second ad depicting bank robbers who use a Prius 4 to escape from police. LG enlisted Liam Neeson in a futuristic spot showing off LG's new OLED 4K TV. Hyundai's "The Chase" ad, echoed "The Revenant," showing people escaping grizzly bears by using Hyundai's remote start feature.
"Super Bowl advertisers are sticking with light themes," said Tim Calkins, a marketing professor at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. "Last year we had serious ads about fathers and mortality. This year the ads are funny and creative."
NEW YORK (AP) — Setting television viewership records with the Super Bowl has become almost routine, but this year's average of 111.9 million viewers for Denver's victory over Carolina is down from the past two years.
That makes Sunday's game the third most-watched event in U.S. television history, the Nielsen company said Monday. Last year's down-to-the-wire contest between New England and Seattle keeps the record with 114.4 million viewers.
The Super Bowl had seemed to know no ceiling in popularity, setting viewership records in six of seven years until this one.
CBS, the nation's most-watched network, had pushed the event hard the past few months, playing up the historical nature of the 50th Super Bowl game. But Denver's 24-10 victory wasn't a sizzler, with defenses dominating the marquee quarterback matchup between Peyton Manning and reigning NFL MVP Cam Newton.
Even more than television, social media reflected far less engagement in the game than there was last year, when the result was decided on a last-minute, goal-line interception.
Twitter said that there were 16.9 million tweets about the game, sharply down from last year's 25.1 million. Facebook reported that there were 200 million posts, comments or "likes," down from 265 million last year. This year, 60 million people took to Facebook to converse about the game, while last year it was 65 million.
For both Twitter and Facebook, the moment of highest social media activity occurred in the minute after the halftime show featuring Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars. On Facebook the next most-commented upon moments came at the end of the game and following Lady Gaga's rendition of the National Anthem.
Nielsen said 21.2 million stayed up to watch the special version of Steven Colbert's "The Late Show" that aired after the game. While it represented Colbert's biggest audience ever, that was almost a given — and it was the smallest audience for a post-Super Bowl program since 17.4 million people watched "Alias" on ABC in 2003.
Colbert may have been hurt by the relatively late start, 10:54 p.m. on the East Coast, following post-game interviews and trophy presentations.
Nielsen said an average of 1.4 million computer users watched the live stream of the game. The stream had just under 4 million unique visitors during the game.
MIAMI (AP) — A Royal Caribbean cruise ship ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, forcing frightened passengers into their cabins overnight as their belongings flew about, waves rose as high as 30 feet, and winds howled outside. The cruise line says that although no one was injured and the ship suffered only minor damage, it's turning around and sailing back to its home port in New Jersey.
Two guns were used in a shooting that killed two men and injured four other people after a Mardi Gras parade in Mississippi, but investigators don't know how many people fired them, the police chief said Monday.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Greyhound Lines has agreed to pay $300,000 to certain bus passengers and a $75,000 civil penalty to resolve allegations that it repeatedly violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.
CHICAGO (AP) — For more than a year after an officer shot and killed a black teen named Laquan McDonald, the Chicago Police Department had video footage that raised serious doubts about whether other officers at the scene tried in their reports to cover up what prosecutors now contend was murder.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus are among the hardest species to fight because they live and breed in tub drains, dog bowls, buckets, flower pots and other spots where water collects inside the houses and yards of the people they bite, insect experts noted Monday.
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The arrival of thousands of Somali refugees in this former mill city in the nation's whitest state sparked a backlash at first, complete with a rally of white supremacists and a pig's head rolled into the local mosque.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Activists are planning a candlelight vigil outside the home of Baylor University's president to protest what they regard as the university's weak policing of sexual misconduct, particularly by student athletes.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A commercial flight headed to Los Angeles filled with smoke, turned around and made an emergency landing in Tucson, Arizona, where some passengers had to jump from the airplane to the runway.
BOSTON (AP) — A wind-driven winter storm brought blizzard conditions to Cape Cod and threatened to drop up to 18 inches of snow on southeastern Massachusetts on Monday. Motorists in New England were warned to be vigilant after a charter bus heading to a casino skidded off a Connecticut highway, injuring at least 30 people.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Call it the Odell Beckham Jr. Rule.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is pushing to require the ejection of any player who is flagged for two personal fouls in a game.
"We should take that out of the hands of the officials when it gets to that point. They will obviously have to throw the flag, but when they do, we will look to see if we can reach an agreement on the conditions for which (a player would) be ejected," Goodell said Friday at his annual state-of-the-league news conference ahead of the Super Bowl.
"I believe that's consistent with what we believe are the safety issues," he said, "but I also believe it's consistent with what we believe are the standards of sportsmanship."
In December, Beckham, a receiver for the New York Giants, was allowed to stay in a game despite drawing three personal-foul penalties for unnecessary roughness, including one for a diving helmet-to-helmet hit on cornerback Josh Norman, whose Carolina Panthers will play in Sunday's Super Bowl. The two players engaged in all sorts of pro wrestling-style shenanigans throughout the game, and Beckham eventually was suspended for New York's next game.
"I thought both of them should have been ejected back then," Giants owner John Mara said, "but maybe if we had this rule, it would make it a little bit more clearer."
Goodell said he had already recommended to the league's competition committee that it consider the rule change.
Mara, a member of that committee, said Friday's discussion of the proposal was the first he'd heard of it, but that he is "inclined to go in that direction" to "maybe take it out of the officials' discretion."
He noted that there would need to be careful consideration of which personal fouls would be counted toward an ejection; an incidental facemask penalty, for example, should not, in Mara's view.
Kansas City Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt likened it to a soccer player being sent off after getting two yellow cards in a game.
"You don't want to see somebody get carried away, where something bad happens on the football field, where now all of a sudden you are going from one thing to another and it leads to a bad set of circumstances and somebody gets hurt," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Friday. "I can see that being part of our discussions."
Among other topics addressed by Goodell during his 45-minute session:
— Days after researchers said late quarterback Kenny Stabler's brain showed signs of a degenerative brain disease found in dozens of other deceased NFL players, Goodell said: "The concussion issue is something we've been focused on for several decades ... and we have made great progress."
— He would not say whether an NFL court victory on next month's appeal in the case involving Tom Brady's role in "Deflategate" would result in a reinstatement of the New England Patriots quarterback's four-game suspension. "I am not going to speculate on what we're going to do," Goodell said.
— He said there was a 40 percent reduction in players arrests during the 2015 calendar year.
— He said he would prefer that the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers stay put, rather than moving to new cities, and pledged "to try to get the right kind of facilities long-term in both of those markets."
— The league, which will have three games in London next season, is "considering playing more games in the U.K." and a franchise there could be "a realistic possibility" if the sport's popularity continues to grow in that country.
— Nov. 21, a Monday night, will be the date for Raiders-Texans, the NFL's first regular-season game in Mexico since 2005.
— The league does not plan to change its policy of testing players for marijuana, which has been legalized in some states.
— He said he "was disappointed in what I saw" in last Sunday's Pro Bowl and said changes could be on the way.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday.
The announcement demonstrated efforts by Twitter to automatically identify tweets supporting terrorism, reflecting increased pressure placed by the U.S. government for social media companies to respond to abuse more proactively. Child pornography has previously been the only abuse that was automatically flagged for human review on social media, using a different kind of technology that sources a database of known images.
Twitter also said Friday it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts, mainly related to Islamic State militants, in the last eight months. Social media has increasingly become a tool for recruitment and radicalization that's used by the Islamic State group and its supporters, who by some reports have sent tens of thousands of tweets per day.
The White House on Friday said Twitter's announcement was "very much welcome."
"The administration is committed to taking every action possible to confront and interdict terrorist activities wherever they may occur, including in cyberspace, and we welcome constructive steps from our private sector partners," the White House said.
Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called it "a very positive development."
In January, the White House made good on President Barack Obama's promise to reach out to Silicon Valley to tackle the use of social media by violent extremist groups. Those particularly include the Islamic State group, which inspired attackers who killed 14 in San Bernardino, California, last December.
A post on one of the killers' Facebook pages that appeared around the time of the attack included a pledge of allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State group.
Facebook found the post — which was under an alias — the day after the attack. The company removed the profile from public view and informed law enforcement. But such a proactive effort is fairly uncommon.
The Obama administration sent several top officials to San Jose, California, including FBI Director James Comey, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers.
Among issues discussed was how to use technology to help speed the identification of "terrorist content," according to a copy of the White House briefing memo obtained by The Associated Press.
"We recognize that identifying terrorist content that violates terms of service is far more difficult than identifying images of child pornography, but is there a way to use technology to quickly identify terrorist content? For example, are there technologies used for the prevention of spam that could be useful?" the memo stated.
Since late 2015, Twitter began using "proprietary spam-fighting tools" to find accounts that might be violating their terms of service by promoting terrorism, sending them to be reviewed by a team at Twitter. That group also now looks into other accounts similar to those reported to them by other users.
Twitter said it has already had seen results, "including an increase in account suspensions and this type of activity shifting off of Twitter."
But it also noted that there is no "magic algorithm" for identifying terrorist content, which is why even humans reviewing the material are ultimately making judgment calls "based on very limited information and guidance." Free speech and local law in an area can also complicate matters.
"Like most people around the world, we are horrified by the atrocities perpetrated by extremist groups. We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism," Twitter said in a statement released Friday. It said it would continue to "engage with authorities and other relevant organizations to find solutions to this critical issue and promote powerful counter-speech narratives."
NEW YORK (AP) — Talking animals, celebrity cameos and crowd-pleasing rock songs: This year's Super Bowl advertisers are sticking to the classics in their efforts to win over Big Game viewers on Sunday.
Skittles will showcase Steven Tyler's high range on "Dream On," Budweiser is enlisting Helen Mirren to chide drunk drivers, and Audi will have an astronaut drive its luxury R8 sports car to the tune of David Bowie's "Starman," to note just a few of the ads that have garnered pre-game buzz. (Many advertisers release their spots online ahead of the game.)
The Super Bowl is advertising's biggest stage, and each year brands battle to stand out among the 40-plus commercials that air during the game. The goal is to rivet the expected 114 million people expected to tune into the game, in which the Denver Broncos will take on the Carolina Panthers. Marketers also hope to dominate online chatter during the game and real-life talk in the office on Monday.
But there's a fine line between standing out and risking offense, and this year, the Super Bowl advertisers are going for the safety. Movie and rock stars, anthemic songs and cute animals are in. Sitting it out on the sidelines? Raciness, "bro" humor and anything remotely edgy.
"The days of bros and boobs are over," said Kelly O'Keefe, a marketing professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Here's a look at the biggest trends emerging from the Super Bowl ads released ahead of the game.
This year, with ads costing up to a record $5 million, dozens of advertisers have enlisted celebrities to get their brand message across. A trade group for Mexican avocados signed up Scott Baio to appear in a fictional alien history exhibit about humans in the 1980s. Snickers brings us Willem Defoe as a hungry Marilyn Monroe. Six celebrities such as Harvey Keitel and Serena Williams appear to praise the BMW Mini Clubman as a "chick car" and urge people to "defy labels." Christopher Walken compares the Kia Optima sedan to wearing colorful socks.
Anheuser-Busch, traditionally the biggest advertiser on the Super Bowl, has tapped Helen Mirren to stringently call out drunk drivers for being "pillocks" (British slang for idiots). Colgate-Palmolive is running a spot urging people to save water by turning off the tap when they brush their teeth. The NFL is back with a domestic abuse message for the second year with a somber ad that shows how texting can convey signs of domestic abuse.
Even Axe, known for its racy ads aimed at teenage boys, is going for a mature message that urges millennials to focus on what makes them unique rather than traditional status symbols. The tagline is "Find Your Magic."
Bud Light spoofs the presidential election furor with Amy Schumer and Seth Rogan drumming up enthusiasm for the make-believe "Bud Light Party." Jeff Goldblum plays piano and sings "Movin' on Up" while suspended in midair for Apartments.com. Kevin Hart stalks his daughter's date in a Hyundai spot.
And Mountain Dew takes weirdness to a new level with a "Puppymonkeybaby" — pretty much exactly what it sounds like — mascot in an ad for its Kickstart drink.
Acura introduces its luxury NSX sports car to the tune of Van Halen's "Runnin' with the Devil." Sheep sing Queen's "Somebody to Love" in an ad for Honda's Ridgeline truck. Steven Tyler sings "Dream On" with a portrait of himself ... made of Skittles. And Heinz' ad features adorable wiener dogs running in a field toward people dressed as Heinz ketchup bottles to Harry Nilsson's "Without You."
Taco Bell will be announcing a top-secret new food item. And watch for surprise ads from Amazon, Coca-Cola, and Chrysler during the big game.
NEW YORK (AP) — While waiting for Donald Trump to take the stage this week at a campaign rally in Exeter, New Hampshire, fans listened to a few hit songs by Adele, "Skyfall" and "Rolling in the Deep."
That has apparently hit all the wrong notes with the British superstar: She has said she'd like Trump to quit playing her songs at political rallies.
"Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning," said Benny Tarantini, an Adele spokesman.
But mega-best-selling Adele may not be able to stop The Donald here.
Legally, the Republican presidential candidate has paid for the right to blast pretty much any music he wishes, as long as he does it correctly.
"Mr. Trump's campaign paid for and obtained the legal right to use these recordings," said Hope Hicks, a Trump spokeswoman.
Copyright experts say campaigns don't need an artist's permission to play their songs at rallies as long as the political organization or the venue has gotten what's known as a blanket license from the performing rights organizations ASCAP and BMI.
The license isn't for a single artist but for all the music in the licensing group's repertoire, which is staggering. ASCAP represents over 10 million musical works from over 525,000 songwriters and composers. BMI represents 10.5 million musical works created by more than 700,000 songwriters. The license is for the right to perform the song publicly.
"When the campaign bus pulls into a town square in Iowa and starts blaring music, most times they've learned to get a license for that so they're not violating a copyright," said Lawrence Y. Iser, a partner and expert in copyright law at the Santa Monica, California-based firm Kinsella, Weitzman, Iser, Kump & Aldisert.
The campaign then must pay a small fee to the performing rights organizations. BMI, for example, charges 6 cents for every campaign rally attendee at an event where the music is played. A portion of the 6 cents goes to the artist.
But the use of the music can't escalate much past the rally without more permissions. A political campaign, even with a blanket license, couldn't use Adele's music in a campaign commercial for TV or YouTube without permission and a separate license.
A long list of musicians, including Jackson Browne, Don Henley and David Byrne, have sued political campaigns for using copyrighted songs without permission in commercials or videos — but not for playing their music at rallies. Even so, artists have some recourse when it comes to blanket permission.
"We built into the license agreement a provision which allows a BMI songwriter or publisher to object to the use of their songs and, if so, we have the ability to exclude it from the license," said Mike Steinberg, senior vice president for licensing at BMI.
That's how Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler last year got Trump to stop using the power ballad "Dream On" at campaign events. He sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Republican presidential candidate and BMI told the campaign that it would yank the tune. (Trump tweeted that he wouldn't be playing the Aerosmith song anymore since he found a "better one to take its place.")
Iser, who has represented Jackson Browne and Talking Heads frontman David Byrne when their songs were used in campaign ads, has been called in again this political cycle to represent songwriter Sean Altman in a dispute with the Rand Paul campaign over the use of Altman's "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" in a campaign ad.
Iser said the issue for artists isn't about politics or how artists personally feel about candidates but about constitutional rights. "The Founding Fathers decided they get protection," he said.
Iser also said there is a bigger legal argument to be made that campaigns that use songs also tap into the artists' persona, voice and personality. "It becomes an endorsement," he said. But so far, that argument is a gray area in the law. "Nobody has gone after a campaign for using a song at a live rally."
Iser said one long-term solution to the fight over music played every election cycle would be to have ASCAP or BMI offer artists the chance to let them avoid having their music used at rallies entirely.
"It seems to me that there should be an opt-out ability where an artist — coming into an election cycle — who does not want BMI to license her music for any political campaign, should have that right," he said.
Steinberg of BMI said that idea might be feasible down the road.
"It's possible that may happen in the future. I think up until this point it's been more reactive in terms of an after-the-fact questioning of the usage," he said. "Perhaps it's something that we might evaluate in the future as a way to avoid circumstances like this."
ALL OVER NOW — Krewe of Omega member Carmella Wallace, Omega King XXVI John Guzzardo, Coy Behler, Jim Wallace, Omega Queen XXVI Joan Guzzardo, Geraldine McKigney, LeahSadden, Lee Elkins and Frank Elkins join the party at Heritage Health Care in Hammond to wind down the 2012 Carnival season on Tuesday afternoon.