February 9, 2013 |
TEHRAN - Iran will stage its annual show of solidarity and defiance Sunday, a festive day of scripted rallies and fiery oratory marking the 34 t h anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and denouncing "satanic" Washington and its allies. But with a pivotal presidential election approaching in June, the veneer of unity among Iran's diverse political blocs has been wearing thin as average Iranians struggle to cope with a withering, sanctions-driven economic crisis. Even before official candidates have emerged, a nasty spate of preelection infighting has erupted, unveiling an unedifying display of name-calling and mudslinging.
February 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama nominated a former petroleum engineer and commercial banker who is also a conservationist and chief executive of an environmentally conscious retailer to lead the Interior Department on Wednesday, making an unorthodox selection for his first female nominee to his second-term Cabinet. Sally Jewell, president and chief executive of Recreational Equipment Inc., has no government credentials and little public policy experience. But her resume could appeal to the feuding interests that drive much of the debate at the department in charge of managing federal lands: the oil and gas extraction industries seeking access to public land and the environmentalists seeking preservation.
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January 17, 2013 |
For would-be Los Angeles Mayor Jan Perry, it was a bittersweet ground breaking last week for a residential high-rise a block from her apartment near Walt Disney Concert Hall. Dignitaries hailed Perry as a leading force behind downtown's revival. "She has unbelievable tenacity," Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina told invited guests gathered at the vacant building site for a ceremonial shoveling of dirt. But there was a poignant, unspoken subtext to the praise. Perry no longer represents the area, or even her own building.
January 12, 2013 |
MANCHESTER, England -- Mulligans, hidden on a dark one-way street in the center of England's third-largest metropolis, is typical of many British pubs in that it serves warm beer, hot food and proudly discriminates based on color. In a city fiercely divided between its two soccer teams, Mulligans is a Manchester United bar, all the way down to the large red-and-yellow logo pasted on the door to the bathroom stall. So when two visitors shuffle toward the entrance with the sky blue of rival Manchester City peeking out from beneath heavy winter coats, two beefy bouncers block their way. "No colors, mate!"
January 11, 2013 |
Because Pop & Hiss knows you really care, we wanted to bring you the latest in the ongoing Osbourne-Gaga tiff. In the newest round of score-settling, Sharon Osbourne has been using her Facebook page to dress down Lady Gaga for remarks that Lady Gaga made about Sharon's daughter Kelly. This followed an earlier bout of acrimony after Kelly in a magazine interview called Gaga's fans "the worst. " The tiff started years ago and ramped up over remarks Kelly once made about Gaga's apparent weight gain.
January 2, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before making sure I don't blow 2013 in the first week. T he Skinny: I saw "Django Unchained" on New Year's Day. It's "Blazing Saddles" meets blaxploitation. It's also, like every movie coming out these days, about 40 minutes too long. Wednesday's headlines include a look at what the new owners of Tribune Co. are thinking, lessons from the box office and whether Ann Curry is looking to change gigs. Daily Dose: Be careful what you wish for. Last year, the new HBO comedy "Girls" about four friends in Brooklyn and their messy lives, took a lot of heat from some critics for not having a diverse cast.
December 21, 2012 |
Though the details are fuzzy, the mega-mega-mega yacht that was being built for Apple founder Steve Jobs is stuck in an Amsterdam port over a financial disagreement. According to the Associated Press , the 256-foot super-duper yacht has not been allowed to leave because the Frenchman who helped Jobs design it says he's still owed money. Product designer Philippe Starck and Jobs worked together on the design for Venus. But Starck recently hired a debt collection firm because he claims he was still owed 9 million euros (almost $12 million)
December 18, 2012 |
CAIRO - Egypt's public prosecutor, appointed by President Mohamed Morsi last month, resigned from his post Monday amid ongoing tension between the nation's judiciary and the president. Talaat Ibrahim submitted his resignation to the Supreme Judiciary Council, according to the state-run news agency. The council said it would deliberate Sunday on whether to accept the resignation. Members of the Judges Club and the nation's judiciary have been furious with Morsi since he decreed Nov. 22 that an Islamist-led assembly writing the nation's draft constitution was immune from judicial oversight.
November 20, 2012 |
NEW YORK - As goes the "fiscal cliff," so apparently goes the stock market. The Dow Jones industrial average notched its best gain Monday in more than two months on optimism that feuding lawmakers can avert a potential fiscal crisis before it harms the U.S. economy. The blue-chip indicator rose more than 200 points and stocks rallied around the globe, easing at least momentarily the selling pressure that had weighed on share prices over the last month. It didn't seem to matter that investors' optimism was based on the faintest of hope - mild comments from lawmakers that they can stave off the dreaded spending cuts and tax increases that would kick in automatically Jan. 1. And President Obama said he believes that a deal can be struck in time.
October 23, 2012 |
The Town Board here was nearly handcuffed and taken into custody by its own constituents during a recent civic skirmish that locals brush off as nothing out of the ordinary in this wild-hearted desert community. A clutch of longtime residents fiercely opposed to cityhood for the unincorporated town insisted the board's actions on the issue were against the law. Moving menacingly toward the dais, they declared their intent to make citizens' arrests on three panel members, accusing the council of favoring newcomers who live in subdivisions, not trailers.