October 10, 2013 |
M23 rebels in the lawless eastern reaches of the Democratic Republic of Congo have built alliances with local gangs to gain control of lucrative gold mines and smuggle out $500 million a year of the precious metal to finance their brutal attacks, a Washington-based human rights group reported Thursday. Despite M23 leader Bosco Ntaganda's surrender to war crimes investigators in The Hague this year, his co-commander has succeeded in reviving a brisk trade in "conflict minerals," according to the report by Enough, which bills its mission as ending genocide and crimes against humanity.
August 7, 2012 |
LONDON---The brilliant minds at the Guardian were at it again, putting up an animated, brick-by-brick look at Usain Bolt's victory in the 100 meters. "How could we ever have doubted him?" It's hard to say if this offering was better than the Michael Phelps-Ryan Lochte, brick-by-brick showdown in the 200-meter individual medley. Call it a photo finish. ALSO: Usain Bolt stars in morning track session Aly Raisman wins gold medal in floor exercise Canada says they lost to referee, not U.S. in women's soccer
December 18, 2012 |
Ryan Lochte is one generous Olympian. That is more than the U.S. swimmer can say about a certain, unnamed athlete he idolized as a child. And that is why Lochte has been known to simply give away some of his non-Olympic medals, including the gold medal he won over the weekend while breaking his own world record in the 200-meter individual medley at the world short course swimming championships in Istanbul. "I remember when as a kid I looked up to an Olympian superstar," Lochte said.
July 28, 2013 |
Life isn't going to be the same for 12--year-old Justin Campbell, a pitcher from Simi Valley who led the USA 12U national basebal team to an 8-1 win over Chinese Taipei on Sunday in the gold medal game of the International Baseball Federation World Cup before a near capacity crowd of 10,500 in Taipei City. He was named to the all-tournament team as the best starting pitcher after going 2-0 in the tournament with one save. He pitched 5 2/3 innings on Sunday, allowing one run on six hits while striking out four.
July 4, 2013 |
Almost a year has passed since Bob and Mike Bryan won the men's doubles at the 2012 London Games on the grounds of the All England Club. Now the brothers from Camarillo are back, looking to make a different sort of history when they play for their third Wimbledon title on Saturday. But it seems they still have some unfinished Olympic business. Over the last year, Bob got a little careless with his gold medal. It suffered a few dents and scratches. It even got dented out of round.
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October 30, 2013 |
A former Lancaster funeral home employee accused of taking gold crowns from human remains will be arraigned on more than two dozen felony counts, the L.A. County district attorney's office said Wednesday. Former apprentice embalmer Pete Jacob Lara, 39, allegedly took gold crowns from bodies -- as well as an urn and decorative urn medallions that combined are worth more than $1,000 -- while he worked at Halley-Olsen-Murphy Funeral Home in Lancaster. Lara then sold the items, which were allegedly stolen between June 25, 2012, and Oct. 28, 2013, at pawn shops and jewelry exchanges, prosecutors said.
July 31, 2013 |
LONDON -- The Bank of England facilitated the transfer of Nazi-plundered gold from Czechoslovakia to the German central bank in the run-up to World War II, according to documents published online. Extracted from an unpublished history of the Bank of England written in the 1950s and posted on the bank's website for the first time Tuesday, the faded, type-written pages explain its role in the Swiss-based Bank of International Settlements, which authorized international transactions at the time.
August 11, 2012 |
LONDON---OK, what are U.S. Olympic swim star Ryan Lochte and Star Trek icon Patrick Stewart doing in a video together? It is strangely bizarre --- well, isn't that the point? -- yet it works. The good folks from "Funny or Die" put this sketch together , starring Stewart, front and center, as a grubby-faced con artist specializing in Olympic ticket scalping. Stewart: "This year I've got a plan to put me in the scalping history books. " Lochte appears, later, as the "victim," and incredibly, gets through his star turn and doesn't utter his favorite word, "Jeah!"
October 2, 2013 |
Finding the coveted gold iPhone 5s just got a little easier. Since the shiny Apple gadget went on sale last month, the golden iPhone 5s has been in short supply, due to its popularity and supply constraints. Many stores sold out of the phone as soon as it was released and there is a long wait if the device was ordered online. But software developer Mordy Tikotzky has built a simple-to-use website that quickly tells shoppers how many gold iPhone 5s devices are available at Apple Stores near them.