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September 12, 2013 |
Except for intermittent floods and quadrennial presidential contests, Iowa doesn't generally make a lot of news. But people around the world in general, and CNN's Piers Morgan in particular , went crazy this week after Iowa's premier newspaper, the Des Moines Register, published a story about how the state's new gun law allows blind people to own and carry firearms in public. You read right: Blind people may not be able to drive to the gun store, or even sign the permit application without assistance, but they may legally carry a gun in public.
September 10, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Weary of scandal and swayed by promises of a better future for residents being priced out of the city, voters on Tuesday rejected former Rep. Anthony Weiner's bid for a political comeback and threw their support behind the liberal public advocate Bill de Blasio to be the Democratic candidate for mayor. It was not clear late Tuesday whether De Blasio would capture the 40% of votes needed to avoid a runoff with the second-place finisher, former city Comptroller William Thompson Jr.; De Blasio danced around the necessary figure as returns trickled in showing him easily outdistancing the field.
September 9, 2013 |
Forty years ago, Billie Jean King played Bobby Riggs in the most famous tennis match in American history. Dubbed "The Battle of the Sexes," it was as much a contest of ideologies as athleticism. King represented the fight for women's rights, and Riggs, who proudly identified himself as a male chauvinist pig, stood in for the patriarchy. Millions tuned into the wildly hyped telecast, many of whom had never seen a tennis match. When King soundly beat Riggs (who, though a former champion himself, was 26 years her senior)
September 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - With support for the war in Vietnam sagging and mass protests erupting around the nation, President Nixon invited cameras into the Oval Office in November 1969 and spoke directly to Americans. Seated behind a desk, reading from a prepared text, Nixon explained why an immediate withdrawal would be a blow to freedom and democracy, outlined a plan "to end the war in a way that we could win the peace" and promised to turn over much of the fighting to Vietnamese troops. Playing to mainstream America's patriotism and its skepticism of the counterculture, he concluded, "And so tonight - to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans - I ask for your support.
September 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In July 2012, senior U.S. intelligence officials drove to the Capitol to secretly brief top lawmakers on the first indications that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against its own people. The classified reports about a small-scale attack weren't definitive, according to U.S. officials who were privy to them. It was still a month before President Obama warned that the use of chemical weapons would cross a "red line" and "change his calculus" about taking action in Syria.
September 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Senate took a crucial step Wednesday toward authorizing a punitive strike on Syria but deep reluctance was evident in the House, where lawmakers questioned whether the U.S. was in danger of being drawn into another Middle East war. President Obama, who announced Saturday that he would seek legislative backing for military action in response to Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons, sought to raise the pressure on Congress as...
September 3, 2013 |
Maybe it's the ongoing success of "Lee Daniels' The Butler," or perhaps just the start of soulful autumnal nights, but something has put us in a jazzy, Louis Armstrong kind of mood. All of which is enough to make one wonder if "Something Wonderful," a long-gestating movie about Louis Armstrong from "Butler" star Forest Whitaker, still has a shot of getting off the ground. The man at the controls says it does. PHOTOS: Forest Whitaker: Career retrospective Whitaker tells The Times that he'd still like to direct and act in the independent production, and that he's been working to develop the script with the veteran screenwriter Ron Bass ("Rain Man," "The Joy Luck Club")
September 2, 2013 |
Injured slugger Albert Pujols was able to witness firsthand Monday night what he saw on television over the last week and a half: an Angels team that has nothing to play for acting like a team that has everything to play for. Shortstop Erick Aybar broke out of a nine-for-60 slump in a big way, hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning and a two-run triple in the sixth to lead the Angels to their ninth victory in 10 games, an...
August 31, 2013 |
Fires may rage and the U.N. roil, but let's scratch one hot-button concern off the national agenda: Al Jazeera America will not be overthrowing the American way of life any time soon. During its first week on air, even with a news cycle heavy on Syria, none of the reporting or anchor-desk chatter promoted the cause of the Muslim Brotherhood or blamed American foreign policy for the region's unrest. The many female anchors and correspondents were not forced to cover their heads and most of the reporters were either American or BBC-European.
August 30, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Even before Facebook begins displaying splashy video ads, it's preparing for a backlash from users like Amy Pittel. The 44-year-old writer and stay-at-home mother from Livermore, Calif., says she's weary of being bombarded by ads on Facebook and the rest of the Internet, most of which she ignores. "I shall continue to do as I always have when an unwanted video ad or commercial comes on: check my email or another Web page until the ad is finished," Pittel said.