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June 12, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Making its debut at the prestigious Vinexpo beginning Sunday in Bordeaux: French wine in a can! Will Winestar's single-serving cans create a riot in the hallowed halls of the international wine and spirits fair ?  Maybe not. The Paris-based company isn't dealing in the generic swill those adorable single-serving bottles typically hold. Their wines are all A.O.C. (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée). Each 187-milliliter can (one-fourth the size of a typical 750-milliliter bottle)
April 28, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Staples Center held Pau Gasol in a warm embrace late in the fourth quarter Sunday, as fans stood to applaud when he left a game that had long been lost. Kobe Bryant then rose from his seat behind the Lakers' bench to tenderly place two hands on his teammate's shoulders. It was gracias , Gasol. It also felt very much like adios . The power forward who prompted Lamar Odom to exclaim, "The Beatles are back, baby!" on the day the Lakers acquired Gasol in February 2008 probably has played his last game as part of a not-so-Fab-Four.
March 27, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The saddest part of the Ben Howland saga at UCLA is not that a decent guy and good coach got fired. He's a big boy. He'll be fine. Give it a couple of years and he'll have another team in Pauley Pavilion, rendering UCLA black-and-not-so-Bruins-blue. No, the saddest part is that college athletics slipped further away from its mission. It was never supposed to be win at all costs. It was never supposed to be seasons that demanded ultimate victories, that made success in conference tournaments and the NCAA life and death.
February 10, 2013 | By Booth Moore
2013 will go down as the year the Grammys red carpet went classy. The biggest fashion stars of the night proved that sometimes it's best to leave a little to the imagination. And in the end, it wasn't boring after all. Exhibit 1: There is nothing sexier than Rihanna in that red-hot gown by fashion insider favorite Azzedine Alaia. At first glance, the cross-front style didn't seem to reveal too much. But upon further inspection, the gossamer-like fabric hinted at everything. With Rihanna's soft, wavy hairstyle and minimal makeup, it was perfection.
July 22, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- Like most everything else about the masterful golfer Ernie Els, including his nickname, another British Open title fits him like a pair of slippers. In the end, after an incredible turn of events and a shocking finish on a comfortable and overcast Sunday afternoon here, the Big Easy made it somehow feel right in all regards. He began the day as just another guy a few notches down the leaderboard. He was in position, at best, to score a nice paycheck.
July 10, 2012 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Hey, Kardashians! Make room for the Jonas Brothers and Tim Tebow.E! Entertainment is getting a makeover. Since it launched more than two decades ago, the sassy, celebrity-obsessed cable channel has basked in the glow of Hollywood glitz. For the last five years it has specialized in the high-profile exploits of Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and their mom, Kris. Now the channel that once featured a reality show about tabloid train wreck Anna Nicole Smith is widening its lens and trying to leave its trashy elements behind.
May 2, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
So what's the difference between provocative and pornographic? Nothing, really, according to Microsoft guidelines for app developers for its Windows Phone platform. As the Windows Phone app ecosystem now gains a bit of momentum, Todd Brix, senior director of Windows Phone Marketplace, outlined in a recent post on the developer blog some new policies to be enforced. "Our content policies are clearly spelled out : We don't allow apps containing 'sexually suggestive or provocative' images or content," he wrote.
August 11, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
It's a question Clayton Kershaw can't answer off the top of his head: What size bat does he use? So the Dodgers' star pitcher reached above his locker, pulled out one of his black bats, and scanned the bottom of the handle. "Thirty-four inches, 311/2 ounces," he declared. No surprise that Kershaw has to check — pitching is his priority, obviously — but one pleasant surprise for the Dodgers in their dreary season is that Kershaw and fellow starter Chad Billingsley have been among the better-hitting pitchers in the National League.
February 13, 2011 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times
These days, pop stars' outlandish get-ups sometimes eclipse their music, making them seem more like sideshow attractions than serious musicians. So it's almost a surprise to know there are still some singers who can maintain enviable chic. Keri Hilson is one of those singers. The 28-year-old stunner turns a few heads when she walks through the pool area of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for a photo shoot and interview on a recent sunny weekday morning. Hilson commands attention not only for her looks but also for her place in the R&B and pop worlds as a songwriter and Grammy-nominated singer.
September 5, 2010 | Kathy M. Kristof, Personal Finance
The date that turned John Owens' girlfriend into his wife didn't cost much. He filled a cooler full of beer and sandwiches and took her on a night-fishing trip with another couple. "It was a great night and it cost me a couple of bucks for bait and that was it," said Owens, now head of marketing for ING Direct USA in Wilmington, Del. In a still-dragging economy, Owens thinks more people should follow that example. But a new study by his company indicates that cheap dates might be dicey for guys.
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