April 4, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. announced Friday that the Justice Department is investigating the practice of high-speed trading on the stock exchanges. Holder, in testimony prepared for delivery before the House Appropriations Committee, said the Justice Department is investigating the use of computer algorithms and ultra-high-speed data networks to execute trades as a possible violation of antitrust laws. Firms that use such tactics, employing physicists and other scientists to predict changes in the markets sometimes only seconds in advance, have been around for more than three decades.
April 3, 2014 |
David Letterman announced an end to his three-decade career in late night on Thursday night's "Late Show. " And it's apparent from the audience members' reaction that they had no idea it was coming. In fact, the stunned silence following Letterman's announcement was probably caused by the studio audience awaiting the punchline to the gag they thought Letterman was setting up. "Leslie [Moonves], it's been great. You've been great. The network has been great. But I'm retiring," Letterman said from his desk.
April 3, 2014 |
Uber will be out in full force in Palm Springs with a large fleet of vehicles for both weekends of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the company announced Thursday. The popular ridesharing service said it will provide festival-goers with cars from all of its services. Uber said the festival, which kicks off its first weekend on April 11, marks the company's official launch into the Coachella Valley. UberX drivers have been available in Palm Springs since late last year , but the official launch this month marks the entrance of UberBlack and UberSUV.
April 3, 2014 |
Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network announced Wednesday an upcoming slate of projects featuring the likes of Toni Braxton, Octavia Spencer, Justin Timberlake and of course Oprah herself. The network will make its first foray into the TV movie genre with "My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story," scheduled to premiere in December. The biopic will star the Grammy-winning Braxton as the legendary backup singer and subject of the Oscar-winning documentary "20 Feet From Stardom. " It also shares an executive producer, Morgan Neville, with that film. The network is also developing a two-part miniseries, "Tulsa," featuring the Academy Award-winning Spencer, which centers on a 1921 race riot in which as many as 300 people died but was covered up for decades. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV Winfrey will present the new seven-part event series "Belief," which will explore the origins of faith and "humankind's ongoing search to connect to something greater than ourselves.
April 2, 2014 |
Popular ride-sharing start-up Lyft announced Wednesday that it has raised an additional $250 million in its latest round of funding and that it intends to begin expanding internationally. Lyft connects users seeking rides with others who are driving around in their cars. Users hail drivers with the Lyft smartphone app, which is also used to deliver payment. The ridesharing company launched in 2012 in San Francisco. It now delivers rides in 30 cities across the U.S. PHOTOS: April Fools' Day tech roundup Lyft said the new funding will allow it to expand into more cities within the U.S. and to begin expanding internationally.
April 1, 2014 |
Mitch Eby wasn't trying to make history or make a point when he got up to speak to his football teammates at Chapman University two weeks ago. He just was trying to make a difference. But with one simple sentence -- "I am ready to share with you all that I am gay" -- he may have accomplished all three. "It was to put my story out there to kind of help other people in the same situation," the junior defensive lineman from Santa Monica said. "It was reading a lot of stories like this, watching YouTube videos, stuff like that that helped me. And I wanted to be able to provide my story and my own experiences to maybe help other people in the future.
April 1, 2014 |
The 18th City of Lights, City of Angels French film festival, which takes place April 21-28 at the Directors Guild of America, will present 41 feature films including three international premieres, 17 North American or U.S. premieres and 16 West Coast premieres. COLCOA, which is presented by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, will also include 20 new shorts, restoration premieres of classic French films such as Jean Cocteau's 1946 "Beauty and the Beast" and a tribute to the seminal New Wave director Francois Truffaut with a special program and a screening of his 1977 film, "The Man Who Loved Women.
March 31, 2014 |
Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and Carrie Underwood will come together to salute Linda Ronstadt upon her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10 in New York, while Bruce Springsteen, Glenn Frey, Questlove, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Michael Stipe and Tom Morello will be among the performers and presenters on hand to welcome in the other 2014 inductees. Those will include Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Yusuf (formerly Cat Stevens) , KISS, Daryl Hall & John Oates, the E Street Band, Beatles manager Brian Epstein and Rolling Stones manager and producer Andrew Loog Oldham.
March 28, 2014 |
Gay rights advocates in Michigan cheered Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr.'s announcement Friday that the federal government will recognize about 300 same-sex marriages hastily performed March 22. But the small victory translates to more complications for some newlyweds. After a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban March 21, Deborah Dolney, 28, and her fiancee, Jessie-Mae Secord, 33, seized the opportunity to get married. Four counties opened their offices the next day to issue marriage licenses, and Dolney and Secord were among those in line.
March 28, 2014 |
TRENTON, N.J. - Gov. Chris Christie said Friday that the chairman of the authority that controls the George Washington Bridge has resigned, and Christie vowed to reform the agency in the wake of the scandal over a politically-motivated traffic jam. Attorney David Samson, a close ally of Christie and a fixture in New Jersey politics for decades, submitted his resignation effective immediately, Christie announced as he met reporters at the State House...