August 6, 2013 |
ANTAKYA, Turkey - Syrian rebels say they have seized a military air base in Aleppo province, almost a year after they laid siege to the facility, one of the last remaining government holdouts in the northern Syria province. The final thrust, they said, was kicked off by two suicide bombers - foreign fighters with the Al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham - who attacked loyalist soldiers with explosives-laden armored vehicles. A 12-hour firefight ensued and by nightfall Monday, rebel fighters from the Islamist group as well as several Free Syrian Army brigades claimed full control over the airport.
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August 4, 2013 |
Several videos have emerged showing the Venice boardwalk crash Saturday that left one person dead and at least 11 others hurt, including one in critical condition. One of the videos showed a dark black sedan blowing into people on the boardwalk. Another video captured choatic scene after the crash. Late Saturday, authorities said a person of interest was being questioned in connection with the incident after turning himself in at a Santa Monica police station. Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Andy Neiman said the man told police he was “connected” to the incident.
August 3, 2013 |
Bill Okal's opening line is one of the oldest tricks in the close-up magic book: undersell your talent, then dazzle them with your best cards. "I really only do two tricks," the Bakersfield resident says apologetically to the two families standing in front of him on the Santa Monica Pier on a recent Saturday morning. He taps on three brass demi-cups perched upside down on a weathered cabaret table with pom-pom trim. "One is with cups, which I'm sure you've seen before…. The other, if you're ready for this, is the legendary egg trick of Max Malini!"
August 2, 2013 |
In the late 1960s and early '70s, Terry O'Shea (1941-2002) made some great works of art that are doubly invisible. They are either ignored (as they were by the official organizers of Pacific Standard Time), or treated like cute little sidekicks to the big guns of resin - artists such as John McCracken, Craig Kauffman and De Wain Valentine, who put Los Angeles on the map by playing fast and loose with conventional distinctions between painting and sculpture. In a small side room at Craig Krull Gallery, a nifty little exhibition of 14 tiny sculptures and five page-size drawings suggests that if O'Shea were alive today he'd prefer to have his works ignored than treated as souvenir tokens of the good old days.
July 31, 2013 |
"America's Got Talent" won Tuesday night again in ratings and viewership. As another round of contestants vied for semifinal spots, the show dipped about 4% in the key 18-49 demographic from the contest's first live broadcast last week . "Talent's" 18-49 rating for the two-hour broadcast Tuesday was 2.7, and average viewership was 9.7 million, according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen. A ratings point equals roughly 1.3 million viewers. NBC won in ratings with a 2.1 in 18-49.
July 26, 2013 |
Long before Mexico descended into its "drug war," the phrase itself was invented in another country. In the 1980s the underground industry that processed coca into cocaine and shipped it northward to U.S. consumers transformed Colombian society. It created powerful drug barons who became public villains and icons, and it saw a country and its public institutions nearly consumed by a culture of violence. Juan Gabriel Vásquez's deeply affecting and closely observed new novel takes up the psychic aftermath of that era, as residents of Colombia's capital, Bogota, struggle to make sense of the disorder and dysfunction that's enveloped their daily lives.
July 25, 2013 |
NASA offered a peek of the first batch of images and physical data from its new IRIS solar observatory, the first detailed look at a little-understood layer of the sun sandwiched between the surface and glowing outer corona. Researchers have just begun to analyze the data from IRIS, which is known officially as the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph. The ultimate goal of the mission is to shed light on how this mysterious layer - known as the interface region -- powers the sun's atmosphere and churns the solar winds that flow through the entire solar system.
July 25, 2013 |
The real-life people depicted in “Nickel and Dimed” at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre aren't this docudrama's target audience - those people couldn't afford even the modest $25 ticket. Rather, Joan Holden's stage adaptation of journalist Barbara Ehrenreich's 2001 bestseller about America's working poor is aimed squarely at educating the more fortunate among us in the realities of trying to get by on the income from low-wage service jobs. In the social experiment depicted in both the book and play, Ehrenreich posed as an unskilled worker in three cities to see if such jobs (paying in the $6 - $7 range at the time)
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July 20, 2013 |
TIJUANA - The informant paid his own way to Mexico City and strode into a hotel room in an upscale neighborhood, willing to end the reign of one of Mexico's most brutal crime bosses. He wanted money, he told four Drug Enforcement Administration agents, but that wasn't his primary motivation. The Tijuana drug cartel insider said he had grown disgusted by the savagery of Teodoro "El Teo" Garcia Simental - the pudgy kingpin whose criminal mayhem was generating headlines around the world.
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July 19, 2013 |
A video has emerged showing an altercation between rapper Kanye West and a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport . It's now under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department. The video shows West emerging from the airport and heading toward a waiting car. He then stops and gets into an argument with one of numerous photographers on scene. The video, obtained by TMZ, shows West grabbing the photographer and attempting to take his camera. Samir Chantre, a Brazilian jiujitsu instructor who was returning from Brazil at the time, said in a telephone interview with The Times that the incident occurred about 2 p.m. outside the international terminal.