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February 7, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Lily Allen attracted a fair bit of controversy in November with the music video for her song " Hard Out Here ," which was accused of objectifying black women even as the song criticizes what Allen views as a culture of objectification. Perhaps that's why the British pop star plays it somewhat safer in her new video. PHOTOS: Musician feuds: The dirt and the detials Posted Thursday on YouTube, Allen's "Air Balloon" clip finds her hanging out in a field with some bearded hippie types, a swarm of brightly colored butterflies and several zebras, one of which she takes a moment to feed by hand.
February 6, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - From the gently rolling Black Sea to the jagged Caucasus Mountains, from gleaming modern stadiums to colorfully ancient Matryoshka dolls, the Sochi Olympics open Friday with every conceivable natural wonder except one. There is a visible lack of joy. The strong-armed dream of Russian President Vladimir Putin has thus far succeeded not in embellishing the Olympic motto, but altering it, from "swifter, higher, stronger" to, "unfinished,...
February 5, 2014 | By Brian D'Arcy
As the elected business manager of IBEW Local 18, a job I've held for more than 20 years, I represent more than 8,500 women and men who work at the Department of Water and Power. I am proud of the many things we have accomplished, including fair wages, high safety and training standards, and responsible workplace rules. I have at times been unfairly attacked by the media and by politicians who do not share my views and values, but that is part of a democratic process that ensures free speech.
February 4, 2014 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - The Navy said Tuesday that instructors responsible for training sailors to operate nuclear reactors that power submarines and aircraft carriers may have cheated on qualification tests, the latest in a series of ethical and criminal misconduct cases roiling the Pentagon. The Navy suspended 30 senior enlisted sailors serving as instructors at the Navy base in Charleston, S.C., after a sailor seeking to qualify as an instructor alerted his superiors that he had been offered answers to a written test on reactor operations, senior Navy officers said.
February 4, 2014 | By Amina Khan
How do you make a light, low-density material without compromising its strength? It's a conundrum that has plagued engineers and builders looking for tough, durable materials that don't weigh them down. Now, using a high-tech 3D printer, scientists in Germany have created a lightweight but very strong material inspired by the intricate microscopic architecture of living tissue - our own bones. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could pave the way for future super-light materials that could be used in microfluidics devices or to make lighter (and thus cheaper)
February 4, 2014 | By Mark Kellam
A Doritos commercial starring and cowritten by a Burbank resident was a cowinner of an annual contest sponsored by the snack company and it aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday. The ad follows a boy who has created a time machine as he tricks a neighbor, played by Burbank resident Daved Wilkins, into entering the contraption in a ploy to steal his Doritos. When the machine "takes off" using simple maneuvers created by the boy, Wilkins believe he's being transported into the future, the Burbank Leader reported . Wilkins worked on the 30-second spot with two longtime friends Ryan Thomas Andersen and Raj Suri, both of whom live in Phoenix.
February 4, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
More than five decades ago, Arthur Rankin Jr., a producer-director working in stop-motion animation, had an idea to develop a family-oriented TV special around a popular Christmas song. He hoped a network would like it enough to run it two or three times. But when "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" aired in 1964, he and partner Jules Bass found they had a blockbuster - one that launched them into TV history as pioneers of the animated holiday special. Fifty years later, "Rudolph," with its catchy tunes and charmingly misfit characters, remains the longest-running Christmas TV special, "one of only four 1960s Christmas specials still being telecast," according to the Archive of American Television . The others are "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and another Rankin-Bass creation, "Frosty the Snowman.
February 3, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- The Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera on Monday objected strongly to the airing on Egyptian television of a video showing the arrest of two of its journalists, saying the leaked images were a clear attempt to stir up public sentiment against the pair in advance of any trial. The two, Egyptian-Canadian bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and Australian correspondent Peter Greste, are among 20 Al Jazeera journalists accused by Egyptian prosecutors of supporting or joining a terrorist group.
February 2, 2014 | By Claire Zulkey
No one could ever accuse Melissa McCarthy of being too egotistical when it comes to her appearances on “Saturday Night Live.” If you've seen the three-time host even once on the show, you've gotten a good idea of what her other appearances are like, as the actress tends to play variations on a few parts: the aggressive "butch" woman ; the batty middle-aged housewife ; and the borderline mentally disabled weirdo . She certainly gives...
February 1, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Forget the turbocharged six-cylinder engine, the three-stage neck-warming system, the color heads-up display. The most interesting feature of the 2014 BMW 435i convertible is the elaborate setup built into the caboose of this car. With the car's folding hardtop stowed in the trunk, it's hard to access the 7.8 cubic feet of luggage space below it. So BMW devised an automated system that raises the folded roof out of your way when the trunk is...
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