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April 15, 2013 |
Frank Bank, who as Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford served as the dim-witted foil to "Beaver" Cleaver and brother Wally on the classic TV comedy "Leave It to Beaver," died Saturday. He was 71. A spokesman for Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles confirmed Bank's death but did not disclose where he died or the cause. Bank had a number of illnesses and was hospitalized recently in Rancho Mirage, said Jerry Mathers who played Beaver Cleaver in the popular series that ran from 1957 to 1963.
March 22, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Spurred by President Obama as he concluded his three-day visit to Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formally apologized to Turkey over the 2010 killing by Israeli soldiers of nine Turkish activists aboard a Gaza Strip-bound protest ship, U.S. and Israeli officials said Friday. The apology, made during a 30-minute telephone call to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Obama looked on, clears the way for a diplomatic reconciliation between the two former allies, whose ties were largely frozen after the high-seas incident.
March 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama's involvement in the tortuous Middle East peace process can be divided into three chapters, two of which opened with high-profile speeches to audiences of young people. The first began four years ago in Cairo, where Obama called for a "new beginning" in U.S. relations with the world's Muslims. The push for new peace negotiations that ensued ended in failure, followed by a second chapter in which Obama distanced himself from the Israeli-Palestinian arena.
March 3, 2013 |
Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. Dennis Rodman, former NBA star and seemingly a lifelong bad boy, can add a new moniker to his name: ambassador. Rodman has just returned from a trip to North Korea with the Harlem Globetrotters and he has a message for President Obama: Give North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a call. The former high-energy forward with the champion Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls and later the Lakers, met for several hours over the course of two days with 28-year-old Kim Jong Un, who took control in December 2011 of a country that for decades had been dominated by the dictatorships of his father and grandfather.
January 26, 2013 |
The U.S. share of insurance losses from worldwide catastrophes more than doubled in 2012 as Superstorm Sandy lashed the Northeast and the nation suffered its worst drought since the 1930s. The U.S. accounted for about 90%, or $65 billion, of $72 billion in global losses, according to the Impact Forecasting unit of Aon, the London insurance broker. That compares with 40% in 2011, when Japan had higher-than-usual costs because of an earthquake and tsunami. The location and climate of the U.S. make the country more vulnerable than most developed nations to hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and drought.
January 9, 2013 |
Workers at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park took photos of visitors entering the parks Tuesday as part of a new crackdown on abuse of multiday passes. The photographing of guests - including children - delayed visitors' getting into the park by about 45 minutes, parkgoers said. "They delayed literally thousands of people in line to do this process," said Bob Shoberg, a San Jose resident who visited Disneyland with his wife, daughters, in-laws and grandchildren.
December 18, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Data brokers who collect vast amounts of information on Americans will be the ones turning over information this time. The Federal Trade Commission has launched an investigation into nine data brokerage companies, ordering them to tell the agency how they harvest and use data on consumers. The FTC is looking to shed light on a multibillion-dollar industry that has largely operated in the shadows. The agency said Tuesday that it planned to scrutinize the privacy practices of nine data brokers: Acxiom, CoreLogic, Datalogix, EBureau, ID Analytics, Intelius, Peekyou, Rapleaf and Recorded Future.
November 20, 2012 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The hostilities in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas have raised sympathy among many Palestinians for the Islamist militant group and elevated its status at the expense of the rival Palestinian Authority and its president, Mahmoud Abbas, observers say. Abbas, who views himself as the leader of all Palestinians, has been sidelined as Hamas has taken center stage in the struggle against Israel and received a string of...
November 15, 2012 |
Twitter just got itself some serious media cred. Hollywood power broker Peter Chernin said late Thursday that he had joined the board of the San Francisco company. Chernin helped build Rupert Murdoch's film, television and digital empire before leaving News Corp. in 2009 with a rich exit package to start his own media venture. He made the announcement in his first tweet: "I've been a long-time user of Twitter for news and information. Happy to be joining board of this very exciting company.
October 22, 2012 |
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley has work to do this week. Oh, sure, he has to prepare and execute an offensive scheme for the game against Arizona State on Saturday. But almost as difficult is the scheming he has to do to land extra tickets. Hundley, who played at Chandler (Ariz.) High School, is already trying to leverage teammates for extra tickets for family and friends. “I've been asking everybody,” Hundley said. “I'm hoping to get 20.” Hundley admitted Monday to being well short of that amount.