September 24, 2013 |
The International Spy Museum could soon be on the move. The popular Washington, D.C., attraction is looking to set up shop in the nearby historic Carnegie Library. Museum officials and the city's convention center authority will propose a redevelopment featuring a 40,000-square-foot underground exhibit space, a new pavilion for the District of Columbia visitors center, as well as a cafe and museum store, the Associated Press reports. While officials didn't list a price tag for the multi-million-dollar project, museum founder Milton Maltz said he would foot most of the bill.
September 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - For the last six years, the Iranian president's speech at the annual gathering of the United Nations has been met by a ritual walkout of Western diplomats. This year, they're likely to hang around till the end - and some may even applaud. Instead of the angry Holocaust-denying diatribes of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, his soft-spoken successor, Hassan Rouhani, is likely to give a conciliatory address to world leaders this week. It will be closely watched for signs that he is willing to thaw relations with the West.
September 20, 2013 |
USC plays its third consecutive home game, this one against Utah State, which visits the Coliseum for the first time since 1989. Staff writer Gary Klein examines the story lines: Pass or fail? USC quarterback Cody Kessler, playing for the first time as the designated starter, completed 15 of 17 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns in last week's 35-7 victory over Boston College. The third-year sophomore played much more relaxed, kept several plays alive with his mobility and avoided turnovers.
September 17, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Will that be cash or credit? Depends who's asking, but Israelis may soon not have much of a choice. On Tuesday, the Israeli Cabinet approved establishing a committee to propose ways of reducing cash transactions and increasing electronic payment methods to combat the underground economy and tax evasion. Using cash can help create an off-the-books economy, allowing a gap between reported economic activity and genuine economic activity, as well as encouraging tax evasion and other financial crimes, the cabinet statement said.
September 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The federal deficit has shrunk to its lowest level since 2008, according to a report released Tuesday, but House Republicans will begin the next budget battle this week with a vote that threatens to shut down the federal government unless President Obama agrees to halt his healthcare law. The deficit has dropped from its peak at the start of the Great Recession and is on track to decline even more thanks to an improving economy, higher...
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September 16, 2013 |
When the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute opens its doors to the public Tuesday, UC Irvine will become home to Orange County's first academic eye institute. The 70,000-square-foot eye health institute, which is part of UC Irvine Health, includes 34 patient exam rooms with the latest technology and equipment, an outpatient surgery center, an optical shop and optometry services, a Lasik refractive surgery center, faculty offices and teaching spaces, the Daily Pilot reported . "A lot of innovation will originate here, so Orange County residents will have access to that first," said Dr. Roger Steinert, the institute's founding director.
September 13, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - An Indian court sentenced four men to death Friday in the December rape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, one of most closely watched legal decisions in the country's recent history. Judge Yogesh Khanna announced the sentence in a one-paragraph order, in contrast to his 237-page verdict a few days ago. "In these times when crime against women is on the rise, courts cannot turn a blind eye," he said. The victim, who died of massive internal injuries two weeks after the assault on a moving bus, has not been named under Indian law. The four death row convicts, ages 19 to 35, were among six apprehended after an attack that struck a deep nerve in India.
September 12, 2013 |
Julie Chen of "The Talk" shared a big secret Wednesday on the show: She had plastic surgery done on her eyes in the hope of advancing her career. The reason? She'd been told she'd never make the anchor desk in Dayton, Ohio, because she was Chinese. Then a top-notch agent in no uncertain terms told her basically the same thing - she needed to Westernize her look. "He said, 'I cannot represent you unless you get plastic surgery to make your eyes look bigger.' ... and I did it," Chen revealed during what has been a week of the show's hosts each unveiling a major secret from her past.
September 12, 2013 |
The Muslims are coming! The Muslims are coming! Directors Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah and a lineup of fellow Muslim American comedians hit the road in this documentary that follows their stand-up tour throughout the American Southeast and West. When they're not performing some actually pretty edgy material, they're setting up public stunts like "Ask a Muslim," "Name That Religion" and "Hug a Muslim. " Their goal is to introduce "Muzzies" - real American Muzzies, not just the scary, hateful, jihadist versions you see on TV - and help tone down some of the Islamophobic rhetoric they encounter every day. Along the way, "The Muslims Are Coming!"
September 9, 2013 |
The only thing I wanted from the final season of “Breaking Bad” was for Walter White to have the scales fall from his eyes, to see what he had truly become, then see whether that repulsed him or made him even more monstrous. It's easy to proclaim your own power when you're riding high -- and we'd never seen Walter riding so high as he was in the fifth season's first few episodes -- but it's quite another to realize just how terrible you've become in pursuit of that power. Walter has always held grand delusions about himself, and seeing those delusions fall away seemed to me to be an important part of whatever end game the series came up with.