July 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Wednesday announced he would nominate Caroline Kennedy, a close friend and key political ally, as the next U.S. ambassador to Japan. The daughter of President Kennedy, she is president of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. She has written and edited a series of books, most of them related to the Kennedy family and its legacy, but has never held a government post. The ambassadorship is a major diplomatic assignment, and her appointment comes at an important moment.
July 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Call it the estate-devouring, nightmare home loan you hope to never encounter: a reverse mortgage with a base interest rate of 9.95%, plus a 50% share for the lender of increases in value of the house after closing, plus a 2% "maturity fee" to sweeten the payout even more. On top of that, there's a $33,000 mandatory purchase of an annuity by the homeowner that is added to the principal balance and incurs compounding interest while lessening the lender's future payments to the homeowner.
July 18, 2013 |
There will be blood. And poison. Edward L. Doheny, L.A.'s original oilman (and inspiration for Paul Thomas Anderson's film) left behind the Greystone Mansion and its lush gardens, which are now a public park in Beverly Hills. In his lust for oil, Doheny bled Mexico of its underground riches, too. So it would be hard to think of any other site quite as symbolically or captivatingly appropriate for presenting Daniel Catán's “Rappaccini's Daughter” Saturday and Sunday at dusk.
July 17, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Three weeks ago, Nelson Mandela, South Africa's anti-apartheid hero, seemed at death's door. A family affidavit presented in a court hearing the following week said he was on life support and described his demise as "impending. " On Tuesday, just before his 95th birthday, Mandela was watching television with headphones on, his daughter Zindzi Mandela said. Describing what she said was a dramatic improvement in Mandela's health in an interview on British television, Zindzi Mandela said, "I should think he will be going home anytime soon.
July 16, 2013 |
Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, dove headlong into her first run for political office Tuesday, announcing an unusual bid to unseat Wyoming's incumbent Republican senator, Mike Enzi. Cheney, 46, who moved from Virginia to Wyoming last year to assay a possible run, made her intentions known in a six-minute YouTube video released 30 minutes after Enzi declared his intentions to seek a fourth term. The Republican lacerated President Obama and “his liberal allies” - after going on at some length about her family's deep Wyoming roots - but never mentioned the name of her opponent, a reliable and well-liked conservative.
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July 11, 2013 |
Two teenage parents living in Sugarloaf were put behind bars this week after their 22-month-old daughter was in a coma with injuries likely caused by abuse, authorities said. Sheriff's deputies found the infant in Bear Valley Hospital on Tuesday after receiving reports of "injuries to her head and body," according to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner's Department. The toddler was taken to Loma Linda University Children's Hospital for more treatment and it was there that "medical examinations performed by forensic pediatricians ... revealed that the victim had extensive injuries suspected of being caused by abuse.
July 10, 2013 |
Legendary drag racer John Force said Wednesday he supported the decision by his drag-racing daughter, Courtney Force, to join other athletes in posing nude for this year's edition of ESPN The Magazine's "Body Issue. " "My daughter is very proud of what she's done, the way she looks," John Force told reporters on a conference call. Like her father, a record 15-time champion, the 25-year-old Courtney races 300-mph funny car dragsters in the National Hot Rod Assn.'s premier Mello Yello Series.
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July 3, 2013 |
Annais Rittenberg was excited to be coming home this weekend for a two-day break. There were a few days left in the first session at Camp Tawonga, a summer camp near Yosemite National Park where Rittenberg worked. But Rittenberg, 21, was tragically killed Wednesday after a tree "spontaneously fell" outside the camp's dining hall about 8:30 a.m., according to police and camp officials. Four staff members were also injured, but no campers were harmed. "I've lost a beautiful child through that tree," said Rittenberg's mother, Penny Kreitzer, reached by phone Wednesday.
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July 3, 2013 |
A woman who was shot to death Tuesday night was killed in front of her daughter, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said. Minutes before 11 p.m., officials said, a man and a woman in the 10900 block of South Hobart Boulevard in Westmont were gunned down. The woman was accompanied by her 2-year-old daughter and a female friend, KTLA reported. The woman, who officials said was in her late 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her identity was being withheld until her family could be notified, the county coroner said.
July 2, 2013 |
Pierce Brosnan 's daughter Charlotte has died of ovarian cancer, the same disease that took her mother, Cassandra Harris, in 1991. She was 41. "On June 28 at 2 p.m. my darling daughter Charlotte Emily passed on to eternal life, having succumbed to ovarian cancer," Brosnan , 60, said in a statement to People . She was surrounded by her husband, her two children and her two brothers. Charlotte had battled the disease for three years. PHOTOS: Notable deaths 2013 "Charlotte fought her cancer with grace and humanity, courage and dignity.