January 5, 2014 |
Looking to save money and time, the airline industry has for years tried to come up with the fastest way to seat passengers. Some airlines board from the back of the plane to the front. Others seat passengers in the window seats first, then the middle seats and finally the aisle seats. Now an academic study suggests airlines could cut boarding time by seating passengers based on how many carry-on bags they are hauling. The study from Clarkson University School of Business in New York recognizes that a lot of boarding time is wasted as passengers shuffle around the cabin looking for space to stow their carry-on bags in the overhead compartment.
January 2, 2014 |
When last we left Downton Abbey, the miracle of birth met with the tragedy of death. Poor Matthew Crawley met his end in a ditch - because actor Dan Stevens decided to move on. What would become of Lady Mary, new mother and widow? What would become of the rest of the lords and ladies, and those who attend them? When last we found Julian Fellowes, the series' creator and sole writer, he was in Manhattan promoting Season 4, which premieres on PBS' "Masterpiece" on Sunday. Having just heard the good news about the show's Golden Globe nod for dramatic series, as well as Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Maggie Smith and the ensemble, he was about to head out for a celebratory drink with members of the cast, including Stevens, who now lives in New York.
January 1, 2014 |
When Michael Shuken recently bought his family's first home, a four-bedroom in Mar Vista, his adjustable-rate mortgage helped them stay on the pricey Westside. For now, his interest-only loan costs him about 35% less per month than a 30-year fixed mortgage, he said. But he'll have a much bigger monthly bill in 10 years, when the loan terms require him to start paying off principal at potentially high rates. "What is going to happen if I can't restructure my loan and extend it?
December 31, 2013 |
So … we meet again. Three of this weekend's four NFL wild-card games are rematches from the regular season, with New Orleans at Philadelphia being the only first-time matchup. The most recent of these meetings came two weeks ago when Indianapolis won at Kansas City, 23-7. The Colts, who play host to the Chiefs on Saturday, took advantage of four turnovers in that game. Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith had a fumble and was picked off twice after tallying just six interceptions in the first 14 games.
December 30, 2013 |
A small community in North Dakota was evacuated Monday evening after a train carrying crude oil collided with another train, setting off a large fire and explosions, according to the local sheriff's department. No injuries have been reported, Sgt. Tara Morris of the Cass County Sheriff's Office said. Officials received a report at 2:12 p.m. of a train derailing about a mile west of Casselton, a city of 2,432 people about 20 miles west of Fargo, Morris said. Steven Forsberg, a spokeswoman for BNSF Railway, said the accident occurred when a grain train derailed and hit a crude oil train on a second main track, causing it to derail as well.
December 29, 2013 |
The Lakers are currently carrying the league-maximum 15 players on their roster, but that may not be the case for long. Four players are signed to nonguaranteed contracts: Xavier Henry, Shawne Williams, Ryan Kelly and recent acquisition Kendall Marshall. The Lakers have until Jan. 7 to decide which players they want to keep the rest of the season. The deadline is officially Jan. 10, but each player needs 48 hours to clear the NBA's waiver process. Henry was signed over the summer for $916,099 and has proved to be one of the team's best off-season acquisitions.
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December 22, 2013 |
A truck carrying about 40,000 pounds of French fries went off the freeway and caught fire on the Grapevine early Sunday morning. The California Highway Patrol responded shortly after 2:30 a.m. to a report of a truck, with "a lot of smoke" coming out, in a ditch off southbound Interstate 5 just south of the Whitaker brake-check area. The truck slid about 30 feet down an embankment and landed on its side. The driver was uninjured. No other vehicles were involved in the crash. Two lanes of traffic were blocked for most of the morning.
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December 14, 2013 |
Four people were killed in Compton on Saturday morning after a high-speed pursuit by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies ended with the pursued car slamming into another vehicle before flipping and bursting into flames. The collision happened about 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of West Greenleaf Boulevard and South Wilmington Avenue, said Sheriff's Sgt. Peter Ramirez. The car was being pursued after it was pulled over by deputies who believed it matched the description of a vehicle used in a shooting that had just occurred.
December 13, 2013 |
Some facts and figures about the Heisman Trophy, which will be presented today in New York ¿(TV: ESPN, 5 p.m.) to one of six finalists: In the beginning New York's Downtown Athletic Club, which presents the trophy, asked sculptor Frank Eliscu to design the trophy in 1934. Role model Eliscu used Ed Smith, a back on the 1934 New York University football team, as his model. The first design received approval from Jim Crowley, one of the legendary Four Horsemen of Notre Dame, who was then coaching Fordham.
December 11, 2013 |
When actors vote for awards, you can be sure of two things: They're going to love movies with sprawling casts (more parts = more work!) and showy roles that require physical transformation will typically beat subtler performances. Those precedents were borne out again today when the Screen Actors Guild announced its SAG Awards nominees. The film ensemble cast award was dominated by movies sporting super-sized casts: "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "August: Osage County," "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle.