March 30, 2012 |
Residents displaced by a wildfire in Colorado can briefly return to their homes under escort Friday as the battle against the blaze continues, Jefferson County officials have said. The fire remained at about 45% containment Friday morning. About 500 firefighters were working to contain the approximately six-square-mile wildfire, apparently started when strong winds scattered what should have been a controlled burn. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday suspended such burns as a firefighting tool and ordered an investigation into the practice and its rules.
January 26, 2012 |
Apple Inc.'s blowout quarter has pushed the electronics maker back into a neck-and-neck race with Exxon Mobil Corp. for the title of the world's most valuable company. On Wednesday, Apple's stock opened at $454, nearly 7% higher than where it had closed Tuesday and an all-time high for the company. That put its market value — the total value of all its outstanding shares — at north of $418 billion. That catapulted Apple past Exxon, which had a slower start to its trading day as its market value shrank to about $413 billion.
January 14, 2012 |
Conjuring defeat You can't lose them all. It was starting to look otherwise for the Washington Wizards, who suffered a franchise-record eight consecutive defeats to start the season. The Wizards were a mess from their opener, after which forward Andray Blatche griped about not getting the ball closer to the basket. Six games in, the team held a players-only meeting, only to keep losing. Things bottomed out with a 21-point defeat against Minnesota, another last-place team.
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December 22, 2011 |
Reporting from San Juan Bautista, Calif. -- On the darkest day of the year, a hushed crowd in a dim church awaited a few minutes of sheer brilliance. It was just after dawn Wednesday, the day of the winter solstice. Outside the 200-year-old mission at the heart of tiny San Juan Bautista, Native American drummers sang, urging the sun to rise. Inside, dozens of parishioners rubbed the sleep from their eyes. A woman stood up and sang in cadences haunting and solemn — phrases in no known tongue, she said, but "the language of the heart.
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.