December 17, 2013 |
Floyd Mayweather Jr. left HBO and created the most lucrative pay-per-view fight of all time in September when he defeated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Showtime. That's a departure that still stings HBO. Yet, the premium network rallied in the final months of 2013 with new stars like Southland-trained Ruslan Provodnikov, Gennady Golovkin and Mikey Garcia emerging. And despite an ongoing boycott of the deep Golden Boy Promotions stable of fighters dating to March 18, HBO Sports President Ken Hershman isn't expecting to be shuttled out of his office anytime during what he assesses will be a big 2014 for his company.
December 14, 2013 |
Over the last 100 years, Aston Martin has ferried royalty, seduced James Bond and won world racing championships. It's also been through enough bankruptcies and reorganizations to make American Airlines proud. This year finds the iconic British brand celebrating its centenary year in fine form. The brand's lineup is as robust as it's ever been, with three sports cars and a four-door coupe selling for $121,000 to $311,000. Such princely sums for a car were unimaginable in 1914, when founders Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford first started building cars to race up a course called Aston Hill.
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December 11, 2013 |
Jim Hall, a jazz guitarist, composer and arranger whose subtle, lyrical playing style was favored by such iconic jazz artists as Sonny Rollins, Bill Evans, Paul Desmond and Ella Fitzgerald, has died in New York. He was 83. Hall died in his sleep Tuesday at his apartment in Greenwich Village, according to his wife, Jane. Although he had been in poor health, Hall made music up to the end with the same creative enthusiasm that enlivened his seven-decade career. As recently as a month ago, he performed with his trio in a concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Allen Room, and he was planning a tour of Japan with Ron Carter in January.
December 10, 2013 |
In his only big-screen film role, Activision Blizzard Inc. Chief Executive Bobby Kotick appeared in "Moneyball" as a penny-pinching owner of the Oakland Athletics baseball team. "I'm asking you to be OK not spending money that I don't have," he tells team manager Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt. The art-imitates-life moment was vintage Kotick, who has earned a reputation for fiscal restraint among Wall Street investors while playing ball in the big leagues with pals such as DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and billionaires Eli Broad and Elon Musk. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The youthful, sweater-wearing Kotick is a non-gamer who heads the world's largest video game company and has a knack for identifying hit franchises - among them the "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" skateboarding games, "Guitar Hero" rock fantasy series, "Call of Duty" military simulations and "Skylanders" toys-come-to-life children's titles.
December 9, 2013 |
MILL CREEK, Wash. - Shannon Ryker is a third-generation employee of aerospace giant Boeing Co. She followed her grandfather into the huge plant in nearby Everett. And her father. And her Uncle Bob. Her youngest sister worked at Boeing until she became pregnant. Both of Ryker's brothers-in-law and one of their dads work there. Her other sister's stepson has applied for a Boeing job. So it wasn't easy for the 37-year-old mechanic to sit down in her crowded apartment here on a recent Sunday and write to Boeing management about her growing disappointment.
December 6, 2013 |
Nelson Mandela was one of the towering figures of the 20th century. Like Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas K. Gandhi, he was revered around the globe for his vision and courage, and for the enormous personal sacrifices he made to right the wrongs that plagued his country. His half-century battle against apartheid - the system under which millions of South African blacks were governed by the country's white minority - included 27 years behind bars. But he clung to his principles as well as his dignity, and emerged from Victor Verster Prison in 1990, it seemed, without rancor or bitterness.
December 4, 2013 |
Work has begun on the next generation of USB connectors, and the good news is that users will no longer have to worry about whether they're plugging in their connectors upside down. Current USB connectors look quite similar on both sides, but the connectors won't plug in unless users have them facing the correct way -- and even then, there are times when the connector simply won't slide in. As anyone who has ever used a USB connector can attest, it can often take several tries to plug in correctly ( this diagram depicts the situation that often occurs with current USB connectors)
December 4, 2013 |
Members of the huge millennial generation, who have strongly supported President Obama in the past, have soured on him and take a skeptical view of his signature healthcare law, according to a new poll from Harvard's Institute of Politics. “Millennials have always been one of two significant parts of the Obama coalition,” said John Della Volpe, the institute's polling director. Throughout Obama's national political career, members of the millennial generation gave him a significantly higher approval rating than the rest of the population, he said.
November 19, 2013 |
Get ready for the new Ford Mustang. At the start of the L.A. Auto Show on Tuesday, Ford Motor Co. said it will unveil the sixth generation of the original Pony Car at events in Los Angeles; New York; and Dearborn, Mich., on Dec. 5. The new version is expected to go on sale next year, 50 years after the first Mustang, a 1965 model, debuted April 17, 1964, at the New York World's Fair. LIVE: The latest photos, facts from LA Auto Show Ford is closely guarding details on the most recognizable car ever to bear the blue oval. Horsepower, engine choices and fuel economy figures will come in December.
November 13, 2013 |
Los Angeles County could create tens of thousands of new jobs and reduce global-warming-causing carbon emissions if solar-voltaic panels are installed on just 5% of available rooftops, says a just-issued report. The study by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Luskin Center for Innovation at UCLA, released Wednesday, predicts that 29,000 installer jobs would open up. Carbon emissions would be reduced by 1.25 million tons, the equivalent of taking a quarter of a million cars off the roads each year.