December 7, 2011 |
Cheap-chic retailer Forever 21 Inc. is opening a flagship store in Beijing, part of the company's plan to reenter the world's largest emerging consumer market. In a ceremony Tuesday in Beijing, the Los Angeles clothing maker committed to opening a 24,000-square-foot space next year in a multistory mall in Wangfujing, the Chinese capital's central shopping district. Two additional stores, in Shanghai and Hong Kong, are also expected to open in the first half of 2012. The expansion marks Forever 21's second attempt to crack the China market.
November 16, 2011 |
For roughly 24 hours, Facebook's news feed was not a family-friendly place. Facebook acknowledged Tuesday that the social networking site was briefly infested with a mix of hard-core pornographic images, doctored pictures of celebrities in sexual situations, photos of extreme violence and even a picture of a beaten dog. Facebook said it had identified the problem — if not the culprit. During the attack, users mistakenly downloaded programming language that resulted in their sharing offensive images on Facebook without knowing it, a company spokesman said, adding that the website's engineers were working on a fix. Facebook said it built mechanisms to quickly shut down the malicious pages and will put users who were affected by the offensive spam through "educational checkpoints" so they know how to protect themselves.
October 24, 2011 |
An Indian army helicopter flying in bad weather strayed into Pakistani-controlled territory in the disputed area of Kashmir on Sunday and was briefly detained. In a rare case of cooperation between the two wary neighbors, however, the issue was resolved quickly and efficiently as Pakistan refueled the Indian Cheetah helicopter and allowed its crew to return to Indian territory, all within about five hours. The Indian crew reportedly consisted of a colonel, two majors and a junior commissioned officer, but Pakistan was evidently convinced the intrusion was accidental after interrogating the crew and finding nothing more than routine engineering equipment aboard.
September 14, 2011 |
Faced with the prospect that the curtains might fall on California's film tax credit, Hollywood breathed a collective sigh of relief after lawmakers approved a bill for a one-year extension of the program. But the mood was far from celebratory because the legislation -- among several bills awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature -- included a much shorter extension than industry advocates had hoped for. The tax credit for film and TV productions, aimed at keeping productions in California, is due to expire next year.
June 28, 2011 |
Republican Sen. Ron Johnson says he's fed up. The freshman from Wisconsin, who knocked off progressive stalwart Russell Feingold in last year's election, said Tuesday that he would stage a procedural protest on the Senate floor until the Democratic leadership puts forth a 2012 budget. “So unless we receive some assurance from the Democrat leadership that we will actually start addressing our budget out in the open, in the bright light of day, I will begin to object. I will begin to withhold my consent," Johnson, a businessman from Oskosh, Wis., said on the Senate floor Tuesday.
June 15, 2011 |
Hackers briefly took down the public website of the CIA early Wednesday evening, but U.S. officials said no sensitive or classified material was compromised. The CIA declined to confirm the cause of the apparent crash, which kept the site from loading for at least an hour. "We are looking into these reports," said spokesman Preston Golson. A group calling itself LulzSec took responsibility for the site crash in a Twitter message at around 6 p.m. "Tango down — cia.gov — for the lulz.
April 30, 2011 |
President Obama briefly left the dais at the White House Correspondents Dinner as the news broke from Libya that Moammar Kadafi’s son had been killed in a NATO airstrike that targeted a house where the Libyan leader had been visiting. Obama, along with First Lady Michelle Obama, had arrived at the dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel about 8:30 p.m. Shortly thereafter, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates left the room, followed soon by the president. The president later returned and took his seat.
April 29, 2011 |
Reporting from New York The NFL, after a series of legal setbacks, got a breather Friday when a federal appeals court put the lift of the lockout on hold. The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals granted the league's request for a temporary stay of the injunction issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson, who had ordered an end to the 45-day lockout. The 8th Circuit granted a short stay in order to have time to consider a longer one. The NFL is appealing Nelson's decision and wants the right to keep the lockout in place while that appeal is being decided.
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April 23, 2011 |
A stoic Lindsay Lohan was ordered to jail Friday on a probation violation connected to the alleged theft of a necklace, but she also scored a victory as a judge reduced the theft charge from a felony to a misdemeanor. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner ruled that Lohan violated her 2007 drunk-driving probation by wearing a gold chain out of a Venice jewelry store in January and failing to return it until she learned that detectives were preparing to serve a search warrant.
April 13, 2011 |
A yearlong investigation examining the business dealings of film financier David Bergstein has been unsealed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, painting a devastating picture of a web of companies he allegedly co-owned with construction magnate Ron Tutor. The report was written by Ronald Durkin, a forensic accountant appointed in April 2010 by the Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles to examine five companies run by Bergstein, a controversial figure in Hollywood who has been involved in numerous lawsuits related to his business affairs.