June 15, 2013 |
For the past 60 years, we have been learning a new language. Ever since the double-helix structure of DNA was uncovered in 1953, the vocabulary of genetics has been creeping into our lives, becoming over time a full and rich lexicon. Last week's Supreme Court ruling against patents for two genes implicated in cancer is a step toward ensuring that this language remains one of science and humanity rather than profit. The landmark ruling centered on patents for two genes - BRCA1 and BRCA2 - held by Myriad Genetics, a diagnostic testing company based in Utah.
May 7, 2013 |
BEIJING -- China's largest state-owned bank has closed the account of a North Korean bank accused of funding the North's weapons programs in an apparent sign of Beijing's growing frustration with its ally. The Bank of China announced Tuesday that it suspended all transactions by the North Korean Foreign Trade Bank. It did not say how much money was in the accounts or when the action had taken place. The U.S. Treasury this year called the Foreign Trade Bank a “key financial node” in helping the North Korean regime finance its development of missiles and nuclear weapons.
April 29, 2013 |
Lamborghini. Sharply angular, more expensive than some condo mortgages. So distinctive that it's an instant what-the-heck-was-that moment when one rolls past, growling like some partially tamed beast. Just having one is usually enough for most owners, but then there is rapper Chris Brown. PHOTOS: Chris Brown's custom Lamborghini What's his Lambo like? Here's a clue: If the Transformers decided to go all upscale Italian exotic on us in their next sequel, one of them would look like this.
April 29, 2013 |
A growing number of Indian tribes are getting into the payday loan business, saying they just want to raise revenue for their reservations while helping cash-strapped consumers nationwide. But federal officials suspect that, at least in some cases, tribes are being paid to offer their sovereign immunity to non-Indian payday lenders that are trying to dodge state regulations. So far, the tribes have prevailed over California and other states that have tried to assert authority over tribal lending operations.
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April 22, 2013 |
A Los Angeles County judge lifted freeze orders on roughly $3 million in assets belonging to Ramin Salari, the property tax consultant arrested in October on charges that he bribed county Assessor John Noguez to lower tax bills for wealthy clients. On Monday afternoon, Superior Court Judge Shelly Torreabla wrote that prosecutors had been unable “to show good cause” for the freeze orders, which were placed on Salari's property in October and December of last year. She then ordered the district attorney's office to remove liens from Salari's house in Scottsdale, Ariz., and from his mother's home in Encino, and to return four cars, including a BMW, a Mercedes-Benz and a Ferrari.
April 11, 2013 |
"Disconnect" doesn't need cars, fists or guns. Its tech-obsessed characters do enough damage with their keyboards. The first narrative feature from Henry-Alex Rubin (who directed the Oscar-nominated doc "Murderball") is to smartphones what "Crash" is to racism. Call it "Send. " The weapons are social media, Web cams and chat rooms, and the attackers take turns as victims and villains. Jason Bateman, disguised in a beard, plays the father of an awkward teenager (Jonah Bobo) humiliated by a fake Facebook profile.