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February 26, 2007 | From the Associated Press
As the mastermind of Facebook.com, Mark Zuckerberg is sitting on a potential gold mine that could make him the next Silicon Valley whiz kid to strike it rich. But the 22-year-old founder of the Internet's No. 2 social-networking site also could become the next poster boy for missed opportunities if he waits too long to cash in on Facebook Inc., which is expected to generate revenue of more than $100 million this year.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Bonnie Franklin, star of TV's "One Day at a Time," died Friday at her home in Los Angeles, suffering complications from the pancreatic cancer she had revealed in September. The actress was 69. Later Friday, her sitcom daughters shared their thoughts online. Valerie Bertinelli, who played the younger of divorced mom Ann Romano's kids on the long-running show, said simply on Twitter, "My heart is breaking. " She included a snapshot of herself with Franklin. She continued on her website . "Bonnie has always been one of the most important women in my life and was a second mother to me," Bertinelli wrote.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
One down, two to go. Hulk Hogan has settled his sex-tape lawsuit against former buddy Bubba the Love Sponge, though suits against the disc jockey's ex-wife and Gawker Media are still out there. The lawsuits, filed two weeks ago, revolve around a 6-year-old security-camera tape showing the former wrestler (real name Terry Bollea) having consensual sex with Heather Clem. She's since divorced Bubba (born Todd Clem) after marrying him in 2007, with Hogan as best man. One suit was filed in Florida state court against the Clems; the other was filed in U.S. District Court against Gawker Media.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2012 | Michael Hiltzik
Who's the most influential billionaire business figure in national politics? If you answered one of the Koch brothers (Charles or David) or George Soros, you're wearing your partisan blinders. The former are known for their devotion to conservative causes, the latter to liberal. In either case, you're wrong. The most influential billionaire in America is Peter G. Peterson. The son of Greek immigrants, Peterson, 86, served as Commerce secretary under President Nixon, then became chairman and chief executive of Lehman Bros.
NEWS
August 27, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
For most garden plants, flowering is a sign of renewed life. That's not the case with the succulent blue agave ( Agave tequilana ). Like other agaves, tequilana flowers only at the end of the plant's life. A 15-foot  asparagus-like stalk emerges from the center, sending out puffballs of flowers at the top. The mother plant then dies, but not before producing pups at its perimeter. Most blue agaves never get to that stage, however. The sugar-rich sap that develops prior to flowering can be fermented into the alcoholic drink called pulque; the heart, or pina, is used in the production of tequila.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Not every Hollywood romance has to end in disaster or tragedy. Take it from Ben Affleck: The "Argo" director is still on civil terms with exes such as Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow and even his high school sweetheart. Making the rounds to promote his well-received hostage flick, Affleck opened up about contact with his exes despite marrying actress Jennifer Garner in 2005. "We don't have the kind of relationship where she relies on me for advice," Affleck told the Hollywood Reporter about Lopez, "but we do have the kind of relationship where there'll be an email saying, 'Oh, your movie looks great.'" Affleck and Lopez weathered a staggering amount of media attention during their courtship, both later admitting it was the cause of their breakup in 2004.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2011 | Michael Hiltzik
The biggest mistake people make when talking about the outsourcing of U.S. jobs by U.S. companies is to treat it as a moral issue. Sure, it's immoral to abandon your loyal American workers in search of cheap labor overseas. But the real problem with outsourcing, if you don't think it through, is that it can wreck your business and cost you a bundle. Case in point: Boeing Co. and its 787 Dreamliner. The next-generation airliner is billions of dollars over budget and about three years late; the first paying passengers won't be boarding until this fall, if then.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Ed Asner was hospitalized for exhaustion Tuesday night in Gary, Ind., after struggling with disorientation during his one-man show, "FDR. " The 83-year-old actor, who has been touring the country with the show for 3½ years, had led an acting class at another location hours before the show, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The show started 45 minutes late, the paper said, and Asner struggled with lines from the beginning. He was reportedly walked off stage by emergency medical personnel about 15 minutes into the performance.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Jason Aldean has filed for divorce, kicking last week's news of separation from his wife up a notch. "This is a really tough time for my entire family," the country singer told Us Weekly in a statement about the divorce, noting that he and Jessica Ussery had been together since they were teenagers - he's 36 now - and had had ups and downs along the way. They would have been married 12 years in August. "I've learned that everyone always rushes to judgement when they hear news like this," he told the mag . "That's really hard because no one knows anything about our relationship but us. I understand that because of my job, I have to go through a lot of this in the public eye, but for my girls' sake I really wish people would give us some level of privacy and at the very least be respectful of them.
BUSINESS
November 20, 2010 | Michael Hiltzik
In these troubled economic times, it's not hard to understand why people might want to protect their life savings by purchasing a hard asset like gold or silver. At least, that's the pitch of Monex, the big Newport Beach investment firm, which bills itself as "America's trusted name in precious metals investments" and assures clients that it's "committed to customer service. " So let's take a look at the experiences of some customers who say their trust in Monex was misplaced.
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