August 22, 2013 |
Dreaming of an early retirement? Squirreling away a little from each paycheck is a great place to start. Where should you put it? Under the mattress? Hide it in the backyard? Most financial advisors would recommend stashing your cash in a 401(k). The problem? The majority of Americans are so confused about the retirement fund that they don't know where to start. In a nationwide survey by Charles Schwab of more than 1,000 401(k) plan participants, more than half of respondents said they find explanations of their 401(k)
August 22, 2013 |
"The Frozen Ground" is a grim, undistinguished procedural thriller based on the true case of serial killer Robert Hansen who, from 1971 to 1983, abducted, raped and murdered at least 17 young women in Alaska. Although writer-director Scott Walker seems committed to not overly exploiting his lurid subject matter, the movie is just too dreary, disjointed and generically creepy to be persuasive. The story, set in 1983, finds upright Alaska state trooper Jack Halcombe (Nicolas Cage), reportedly an amalgam of several real-life characters, struggling to bring Hansen (John Cusack)
August 10, 2013 |
"The White Queen," a co-production of the BBC and Starz, debuted in Britain this summer to mostly scathing reviews. Critics objected especially to a few glaring anachronisms - no zippers in the 15th century, nor tourist-friendly castle handrails - and a general lack of the slop-pots-'n'-rotten-teeth realism that has marked period dramas ever since HBO's "John Adams" showcased the horror of early smallpox vaccines. There was, however, the feeling that the Americans might like it better.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 |
Residents across California were startled overnight by cellphones that came to life in screeches and buzzes, awaking some and unsettling others with the state's first Amber Alert via text message. Californians are no strangers to Amber Alerts, which are issued for critical child abductions. But for the first time Monday night, residents across the Southland experienced an Amber Alert issued via text message to their cellphones -- and got the full complement of a 10-second spurt of high-pitched noise and buzzing.
July 16, 2013 |
A slight redesign to Twitter's website is causing confusion among some users, who believe the social network might be blocking them from tweeting. For some users, Twitter has removed its tweet compose box that is normally at the top left corner of its website and has replaced it with another box that says "Get Started. " The new box is prompting users to find more friends from their address books on various email services, such as Gmail and Yahoo. PHOTOS: Six things rich tech execs splurge on It's unclear if Twitter is testing a new design or if this is simply a glitch.
HOME & GARDEN
July 12, 2013 |
It was an interim period in my life, the time after a rotten breakup. I was in dating mode to prove that someone, anyone, might find me attractive and desirable. I was in my early 40s and having the kind of desperate fun you have when you can't distinguish the pain of being dumped from the pleasure of a new adventure. Running was my solace, the remedy to hitting the wall in my relationships. I joined the Running Experience Club in the Belmont Shore area of Long Beach as a way to soothe my ego, with the added benefit that there were a few cute guys to match my paces.
June 27, 2013 |
Aaron Rodgers is not being accused of murder. Another football player named Aaron is. That would be former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was arrested and charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd on Wednesday. When Hernandez was being transported by police after his arrest, ESPN reporter Jeremy Schaap apparently got his Aarons mixed up and accidentally said on air, "There is a lot of eveidence, albeit circumstancial, implicating Aaron Rodgers in the death of Odin Lloyd.
June 26, 2013 |
QUITO, Ecuador -- Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino accused journalists of distorting his comments Wednesday on the asylum application from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. On an official visit to Malaysia, Patino compared Snowden's case to that of Julian Assange, founder of the WikiLeaks website, who has been given asylum in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. “It took us two months to make a decision in the case of Assange, so do not expect us to make a decision sooner this time,” Patino told reporters in Malaysia's main city, Kuala Lumpur, according to the Associated Press.
June 17, 2013 |
Josh Hamilton planned to seek out Mike Scioscia during batting practice Monday to discuss what seemed to be a misunderstanding between the two on Sunday, when Hamilton was not summoned to pinch-hit during a five-run ninth-inning rally against the New York Yankees. The Angels manager, however, did not think that was necessary. “Every player knows if it comes to a situation where it's 13th or 14th inning, you can never really guarantee someone a day off, but Josh knew we were going to stay away from him,” Scioscia said.
June 12, 2013 |
It was hailed as a significant step forward in women's reproductive rights, but this week's decision by the Obama administration to allow non-prescription, over-the-counter sales of the emergency contraceptive Plan B One-Step may do little to dispel widespread bafflement over the issue, say medical and legal experts. "There's going to be confusion for a while," said Kathleen Besinque, an emergency contraceptive expert and associate professor of pharmacology at USC. Due to a series of separate actions by petitioners and the government, as well as legal appeals, the matter has been very difficult to follow.