January 3, 2014 |
The Kansas City Chiefs stayed undefeated longer than anyone any team, winning their first nine games, but their results are conspicuously light on victories over top-shelf opponents. They were swept in their division by Denver and San Diego, and two weeks ago lost at home to Indianapolis, 23-7. The Colts have won three in a row, limiting Houston, Kansas City and Jacksonville to a combined 20 points. Indianapolis was knocked out of the 2012 postseason with a first-round loss at Baltimore, and, quarterback Andrew Luck said, should be able to draw on that experience in these playoffs.
January 3, 2014 |
SEATTLE - By the slimmest of margins, aerospace giant Boeing Co.'s largest union approved a controversial contract proposal that cut benefits in exchange for decades of work in Puget Sound on a new jetliner. The International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 751, which represents more than 31,000 Boeing workers in Washington state, voted 51% Friday in favor of a contract to build the 777X, a more fuel-efficient version of its wide-body jet. It is the second time in two months that the union voted on a proposal by Boeing, the biggest private employer in the state with about 82,500 employees and a crucial part of the regional economy.
January 2, 2014 |
Two days before Christmas - and his 22nd wedding anniversary - Las Vegas restaurant critic Max Jacobson was hit by a car as he crossed the street in a crosswalk. He remains in critical condition in intensive care with severe brain trauma and mounting medical bills. To help out, a group of chefs organized by chef Rick Moonen are planning a series of dinners called "Chefs to the Max" to benefit Jacobson and his wife, Setu. Not just a few Vegas chefs, but a whole flock of them, have volunteered to cook the first dinner Jan. 19 at Moonen's Rx Boiler Room at Mandalay Bay. All the proceeds will be used to help pay Jacobson's medical and other bills.
January 2, 2014 |
Will an Arctic chill play into the weather-worn hands of the Green Bay Packers? Not necessarily. The forecast calls for bitter cold Sunday afternoon when the Packers play host to San Francisco in the first round of the NFL playoffs, but that doesn't necessarily mean Green Bay will have an advantage on the famed Frozen Tundra. According to Packers.com, Green Bay is 3-4 in games played at Lambeau Field when the temperature at kickoff is 6 degrees or lower. Sunday's forecast is staggeringly cold - a high of minus-3 and a low of minus-19.
December 31, 2013 |
PORTLAND, Ore. - New mothers will now be able to leave Oregon hospitals with two bundles of joy - one in a car seat, the other in a cooler. The first, of course, is the baby. The second, thanks to one of the more curious laws that went into effect with the new year, is the placenta. Many cultures have long revered the meaty organ, whose chief duty is to provide nourishment and oxygen to the fetus. Traditional Cambodian healers call the placenta "the globe of the origin of the soul" and believe it must be buried properly to protect the newborn.
December 28, 2013 |
Some 1.3 million Americans, including about 222,000 Californians, lost jobless benefits Saturday as the federal program to assist the long-term unemployed expired. Here are six things to know about who is affected and why the benefits went away. Who lost benefits? Anyone who has been collecting unemployment for more than 26 weeks loses benefits, roughly 1.3 million people immediately. Several million more people are expected to hit the limit over the course of the next year; they would lose benefits at that point.
December 27, 2013 |
WAIMANALO, Hawaii -- With unemployment benefits set to expire Saturday for about 1.3 million Americans, President Obama on Friday pressed for Congress to act, calling two senators who have offered legislation that would extend them for three months. The president made the calls from his vacation home on Oahu to Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest, offering support for their proposal and praising them for “working in a bipartisan fashion” on a problem that he said would adversely affect the nation's economic growth and job creation.
December 27, 2013 |
Some 1.3 million Americans will lose unemployment benefits on Saturday as the federal program to assist the long-term unemployed expires. Here are six things to know about who is affected and why the benefits are going away. Q: Who will lose benefits? Anyone who has been collecting unemployment for more than 26 weeks will lose benefits. Roughly 1.3 million people will be affected immediately. Over the course of 2014, several million more people will hit the 26-week limit and will also lose benefits.
December 26, 2013 |
Brian Dennehy will be extending his current L.A. run by one performance -- not in Sebastian Barry's “The Steward of Christendom” at the Mark Taper Forum, which closes Jan. 5, but in a Jan. 6 benefit for the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, in which he'll be surrounded by family. Dennehy's two grandsons attend the public arts high school and their parents, veteran stage actors Elizabeth Dennehy and James Lancaster, will support the star in a series of scenes on the school's stage from plays that Dennehy has starred in or has on his list of coveted roles not yet tackled.
December 22, 2013 |
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley could look across the city last season and see the perils of staying in school. Former USC quarterback Matt Barkley , whom many thought to be a first-round pick after his junior season, came back for a senior year. The Trojans finished 7-6. Barkley didn't win the Heisman Trophy. He slipped to the fourth round in the NFL draft last spring. A cautionary tale. BOWL TIMELINE: Matchups, schedule and picks Only, all Hundley has to do is look across the locker room to see the upside to playing another season at UCLA.