October 1, 2012 |
DENVER, Colo. - At a roaring rally inside a Denver airplane museum Monday night, Mitt Romney previewed the argument that he will make in his first debate with President Obama on Wednesday - urging supporters to convince undecided voters that “We can't afford four more years like the last four years.” Romney spoke under hot lights in a cavernous airplane hangar as supporters banged white and blue thunder sticks behind him on a tiered riser emblazoned...
September 26, 2012 |
Depending on your age and race, Andy Williams' 1961 rendition of "Moon River" was either a transcendent embodiment of timeless beauty, or one of the more conservative, white-bread recordings of its time. Either your Christmas sparkled brighter because of his annual TV special, or it ruined an otherwise relaxing night. You loved or hated his taste in sweaters. The crooner and show host - who died on Tuesday at the age of 84 - embodied a generational divide that came to shape the 1960s.
September 22, 2012 |
USC attempts to bounce back from a loss at Stanford by trying to extend its winning streak against California to nine games. Times staff writer Gary Klein examines the story lines and matchups for Saturday's game. Bouncing back Neither quarterback won last week, but USC's Matt Barkley and Cal's Zach Maynard turned in dissimilar performances. Barkley lost his Heisman Trophy front-runner status after he was sacked four times and had passes intercepted on consecutive throws in a 21-14 loss at Stanford.
September 14, 2012
It may be the nation's most unknown and underappreciated holiday: Constitution Day, Sept. 17. No three-day weekend, no parties, no happy hour specials. Just you and, if the spirit moves you, a few quiet moments with an old but hardy document, a few words that are dead and dry - for instance, "No person held to service or labor in one state … escaping into another, shall … be discharged from such service or labor" - and many more that changed history and forever improved the prospects for humankind.
September 10, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - A day after receiving a couple of injections in his left shoulder, Matt Kemp remained hopeful he could return to the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday for their series opener in Arizona. The Dodgers have a day off Monday. Kemp didn't take batting practice before the Dodgers' 4-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, but he played catch. "I pray to God I'll be back," he said. Kemp underwent a contrast MRI exam the previous day that required dye to be injected in his shoulder.
September 7, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Democratic argument for President Obama's reelection boils down to three sentences, each delivered on a separate night of the party's convention here. On Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama subtly depicted Republican nominee Mitt Romney as a candidate whom Americans should not trust. As children, she said, she and the president had been raised to believe "that the truth matters, that you don't take shortcuts, or play by your own set of rules, and success doesn't count unless you earn it fair and square.
September 7, 2012 |
An ad for a new Nokia Corp. smartphone shows off the device's amazing ability to stabilize a video shot under rocky conditions. Except the images shown in the ad were faked. The ad is for the Lumia 920, the company's upcoming flagship phone with a technology called PureView. It's supposed to stabilize hand-held video and shoot better pictures at night. The ad, which can be viewed on YouTube, shows a man and a woman riding bikes, with the man supposedly shooting video with the Lumia 920. Parts of the ad that were staged to look like they were shot by the phone were not, according to tech news site The Verge.
September 6, 2012 |
AeroVironment Inc., the Monrovia company that makes small spy drones and electric vehicle charging systems, posted a first-quarter loss of $1.4 million, or 6 cents a share, brought on by decreased sales of its robotic aircraft. Analysts on average had forecast a loss of 3 cents a share. In the same period last year the company had a profit of $326,000, or 2 cents a share. AeroVironment is the Pentagon's top supplier of small drones — including the Raven, Wasp and Puma models — that give troops on the ground a bird's-eye view of what's happening over a ridge or around a bend.
September 5, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In Marco Rubio and Julian Castro, both parties tapped emerging Latino leaders to deliver a message based on the idea that the American dream can be realized. But in expanding on that premise, each moved to the underlying philosophical differences between the respective parties' presidential candidates, about just how much of a role government plays in making that possible. In Tampa, Fla., last week, Rubio roused Republicans as the senator from Florida linked Mitt Romney's story to his own, saying their lives were testimony to the idea that America is a truly exceptional nation.
September 2, 2012 |
MARGARITA ISLAND, Venezuela - On a campaign visit here last month, presidential candidate Henrique Capriles ran through the streets of beach town Boca del Rio at breakneck speed with hundreds of supporters in tow. At another stop, he played a fast-paced, 10-minute game of full-court basketball with young supporters in Altagracia. His strenuous agenda was designed to contrast his youthful athleticism with the cancer-stricken and now seldom-seen incumbent, President Hugo Chavez. But can the 40-year-old run fast enough and score enough points with voters to unseat the entrenched and charismatic Chavez?