July 25, 2013 |
As the sports world is learning with every jaw-dropping win, these suddenly delightful Dodgers are a team of many faces. They include Yasiel Puig's giant look of wonder, Juan Uribe's impish grin, A.J. Ellis' grimace, Clayton Kershaw's scowl, and occasionally even Don Mattingly's smile. Then there is The Stare. It's solid, expressionless, powerful in its confident calm, a constant in the Dodgers' dizzying array of emotion. It's also apparently really cute when Mark Ellis' 6-year-old son, Briggs, imitates it while playing tee ball in the middle of his living room.
July 17, 2013 |
The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner was in court Wednesday trying to reach a plea bargain -- an effort even his lawyer doubted would work. It's "a formality," the captain's lawyer said, according to an Associated Press report. "The prosecution will tell us 'no.' " Francesco Schettino piloted the Costa Concordia onto rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio in January 2012. There were 4,000 passengers aboard the vessel; 32 passengers and crew were killed. In May, as the Los Angeles Times reported , Schettino was ordered to stand trial for manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship.
July 16, 2013 |
Builders' confidence in the U.S. housing market soared in July as sales and home prices showed continued strength. A housing market index by the National Assn. of Home Builders rose six points to a reading of 57 in July. Any reading above 50 indicates that more builders view conditions favorably than not. "Today's report is particularly encouraging in that it shows improvement in builder confidence across every region as well as solid gains in current sales conditions, traffic of prospective buyers and sales expectations for the next six months," Rick Judson, chairman of the builders association, said in a news release.
July 15, 2013 |
Not everything went smoothly for Phil Mickelson at the Scottish Open. Just after winning the tournament in a playoff, Mickelson was posing for photographs with his family when he dropped the trophy. That probably won't dampen his spirits heading into the British Open this week, where he hopes to continue the momentum he built over four rounds of solid golf at Castle Stuart Golf Links. "Well, certainly it's a confidence booster," Mickelson said of his victory in Scotland.
July 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Consumer confidence unexpectedly dropped slightly this month amid increased concern about the outlook for the economic recovery. The preliminary July consumer sentiment index from the University of Michigan and Thomson Reuters, released Friday, fell to 83.9 from the previous month's 84.1. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg had expected an increase to 84.7. Although consumers were less optimistic about the six-month outlook for the recovery, their view of the current state of the economy reached its highest level since July 2007, according to Reuters.
July 11, 2013 |
SEATTLE - Much like his surging team and the improved bullpen he has become an integral part of, Angels reliever Dane De La Rosa is gathering steam. When the well-traveled 6-foot-7, 245-pound right-hander was called up from triple-A Salt Lake in April, his fastball sat at about 92 mph. As De La Rosa gained confidence in his mechanics and array of pitches and felt a greater sense of belonging in the big leagues, his velocity increased to the 94-95-mph range. Then on June 26, with the bases loaded and two out in the fourth inning, De La Rosa blew a 98-mph fastball by Detroit's Torii Hunter for strike three, part of a two-inning stint that earned De La Rosa the win in a 7-4 Angels victory.
July 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON --Thomson Reuters Corp. said Monday it would suspend the early access it sells to some clients of its twice-monthly consumer confidence index. The company, which conducts the widely watched Survey of Consumers with the University of Michigan, said it made the change at the request of New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. His office has been investigating the practice of allowing some high-speed traders to pay to receive the data two seconds before other paying clients.
July 3, 2013 |
A boy squints a little as he walks around the gym that's full of workout equipment. He jumps onto a treadmill and runs for a short time, only to switch to an exercise bike. Then it's on to the various weight machines. Aaron Calderon, 11, has congenital glaucoma and can only read large type. His father is completely blind, and his five siblings all have beginning stages of congenital glaucoma, a disease that can take a person's eyesight completely. Aaron doesn't let his disability stop him from being active.
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June 30, 2013 |
In the moments leading up to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week overturning the federal Defense of Marriage Act, Maggie Cooper-Harris of Pasadena was nervously awaiting word online. "And then, all of a sudden, it's real," she said. "I froze for a second. And then I instantly realized: 'Wow, my marriage is not just a California marriage. I now have a marriage that is recognized by the United States.'" Her wife, Tracey Cooper-Harris, 40, is a military veteran who served in the Middle East training dogs for support in combat operations.
June 29, 2013 |
The last time the U.S. made it past the group stage in the U-20 World Cup, it had a roster sprinkled with players - guys such as Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Robbie Rogers and Freddy Adu - who would go on to make a name for themselves on the senior national team. Which is kind of the point of having a U-20 national team, said Tab Ramos, who coached the U.S. in last week's age-group World Cup in Turkey. "This is why it's so important for these players," he said. "Their next step from here is possibly, if not the Olympic team, the senior national team.