April 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Skilled in tracking foreign terrorists, Jarret Brachman once was a sought-after expert on Al Qaeda, advising several federal agencies and speaking regularly around the country. Now the former research director of the Combating Terrorism Center, a think tank at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, has turned his focus away from Islamic militants. He spends most of his time consulting with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies about threats from domestic extremists and antigovernment militias.
April 12, 2013 |
BEIJING - U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry arrived in Beijing on Saturday in hopes of turning the Chinese government's obvious frustration with North Korea's nuclear program into decisive action. Kerry's debut trip to East Asia as secretary has been shadowed by ominous threats from North Korea of nuclear attacks against the U.S. mainland and Washington's allies in the region. The Chinese have been unusually vocal in their condemnation of their old communist ally, with many prominent scholars saying it is time to cut the ties forged by Mao Tse-tung back in the Cold War era. Touching down in Seoul on Friday afternoon, Kerry met with South Korea's new president, Park Geun-hye, and Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se.
April 10, 2013 |
Not to be outdone by Google, AT&T has announced that it too will build the infrastructure to provide 1-gigabit Internet service in Austin, Texas. AT&T announced the move Tuesday just after Google and city officials said Google would be expanding its super-speedy Google Fiber broadband service to the Texas city. Google Fiber is only offered in the Kansas City, Mo., area. The Internet search giant said the connection is about 100 times faster than many other services available in the U.S. PHOTOS: The top smartphones of 2013 Kansas City customers pay $70 a month for the gigabit service or $120 for Internet and 200 HD TV channels.
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April 9, 2013 |
A prosecutor urged jurors Monday to find a man who pretended to be a member of the Rockefeller family guilty of murder, saying he was a "master manipulator" who buried the victim's body in a San Marino backyard nearly three decades ago. Deputy Dist. Atty. Habib Balian told the jury in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom that strong circumstantial evidence pointed to Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter's guilt, noting that the German native was staying in a guest house on the property where John and Linda Sohus were living when the couple disappeared in 1985.
March 30, 2013 |
Kevin Johnson used a basketball analogy when discussing Sacramento's odds of keeping the Kings, saying they were like Steve Nash at the free-throw line. The implication, of course, was that the city has about a 90.4% chance of preventing the team from relocating to Seattle. For accuracy's sake, the Sacramento mayor probably should have picked a different Laker: Dwight Howard. It could easily go either way. Sacramento's chances certainly seemed to improve last week when the City Council approved a preliminary plan to help fund a new $447-million arena.
March 16, 2013 |
With Apple's stock hobbling and questions lingering about its ability to innovate in the post-Steve Jobs era, investors and fans are latching on to hopes that the tech giant's next big thing will be the iWatch. While little is known of the mythical gadget that has recently become the hottest topic of Silicon Valley's rumor mill, boosters envision a device that would let users read emails, Facebook notifications or caller ID by simply glancing down at their wrists. The smartwatch, connected wirelessly to the iPhone, would tap the power of the voice assistant Siri to control music, dictate messages or get directions.
March 16, 2013 |
Across the street from the Hollywood post office, a few short blocks from the 1930s complex that calls itself Crossroads of the World, Littlefork is an improbably rustic roadhouse in the middle of old Hollywood - a spare tavern, a slash of neon scrawl and a slender apron of parking lot you could imagine filling up with Packards instead of Lexus hybrids. Littlefork is the new restaurant from Jason Travi, whose Mediterranean-style cooking you may have tried at the late Fraîche in Culver City, and from David Reiss, a Westside bar owner whose portfolio includes A-frame, Sunny Spot, the Alibi Room and the Brig.
March 6, 2013 |
Built Custom Burgers, a new burger joint by The Counter will open by March 15 near the University of Southern California campus. Like The Counter, the new 1,800-square-foot space that seats up to 40 people will offer customizable creations with a lower price point and a fast-casual format. But the new Built Custom Burgers lets guests choose their burger toppings while the burger's being made. You can also create your burger online and swing by to pick it up. All the burgers will be quarter-pound patties, as opposed to The Counter's third-pound, two-thirds-pound and 1-pound burger options.
March 4, 2013 |
BEIJING - One man is completing his ascent to the pinnacle of power. The other is in the midst of a searing public humiliation. Xi Jinping, China's new Communist Party secretary, will add the title of president at the end of the annual gathering of the National People's Congress, which opens Tuesday. The corruption trial of his purged rival, Bo Xilai, is expected shortly after. Even as their fates have diverged sharply, the stories of their famous and powerful families have dominated Chinese political chatter for the last year.
March 2, 2013 |
Hinoki is a fragrant cypress most Japanese associate with extremely expensive bathtubs, popular with the wealthy because the wood is used to build the soaking tubs at onsen , Japanese hot springs. Hinoki wood is also used to build the counters of the most prestigious sushi bars; long, smooth planks that are sanded every day and given weekly baths of milk. Hinoki & the Bird, on the other hand, is the new Century City restaurant from David Myers, who became well-known as the auteur behind restaurant Sona until it closed in 2010 and who runs the Melrose Avenue brasserie Comme Ça and the South Coast Plaza pizzeria Ortica.