March 7, 2014 |
Charlie White and Meryl Davis, who won an Olympic gold medal in Sochi, Russia, for ice dancing, will be contestants on the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars," which starts March 17 on ABC. But they'll be competing against each other, not as partners. [Los Angeles Times] Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, 72, has shaved her head, partly as an activist move to draw attention to climate change, and partly to get rid or her signature red color and let the natural white show, "to show she's proud of her age," a spokesperson told the Telegraph.
March 6, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - An ambitious bill seeking to stem the rise of sexual assaults in the military died Thursday after senators from both parties refused to limit the role of commanding officers in deciding whether to prosecute such cases. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) pushed the issue to prominence during this congressional session, arguing on behalf of victims who testified that they feared retaliation for pressing assault allegations up the military chain of command. Her bill - which won support from 17 of the 20 women in the Senate - would have shifted sexual assault investigations to military prosecutors.
February 28, 2014 |
Mattel Inc. dominates the market for dolls with its Barbie, Monster High and American Girl brands. But now it also wants to play with blocks. The El Segundo giant is paying $460 million to buy Canadian construction toy company Mega Brands Inc. as it pursues what it calls a “strategic imperative” to grow beyond the categories upon which it has relied for years. The acquisition essentially heralds a turf war between Mattel and Danish company Lego, which makes the popular plastic bricks currently being featured on-screen in box-office king “The Lego Movie.” Lego said Thursday that its global sales rose 10% last year even as the toy industry slipped slightly.
February 23, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- The failure of U.S. skaters to win a medal in long-track speedskating in Russia came on the heels of one of the country's most successful World Cup seasons in years, with 28 medals. How did it all go so wrong? The U.S. Olympic Committee already has promised a thorough investigation, though it also had made clear its support for its partnership with Under Armour and extended its contract through the 2022 Games. U.S. speedskating officials said they will wait for a full analysis.
February 22, 2014 |
The Galaxy's present met its future Saturday at the StubHub Center. And it was likely the future of Major League Soccer that was on display as well. On one side were Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez and Landon Donovan, guys you've probably heard of. Let's call them Galaxy I. On the other side - we'll call them Galaxy II - were Travis Bowen, Raul Mendiola and Cody Laurendi, guys you probably haven't heard of. But the organization is hoping those will soon be household names as well, which is why it founded a USL Pro team, basically a minor league affiliate, for whom they can play and train.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2014 |
Los Angeles high school students were vying Saturday for a chance to represent the city in a national science bowl in April. More than 225 local students, comprising 48 teams, were competing in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's 22nd Science Bowl at the utility's Hope Street headquarters downtown. The competition "tests students' reflexes, teamwork skills and knowledge of science, math and technology in a fun competitive atmosphere following a television game show format," according to a DWP release.