May 17, 2013 |
After many false starts, television is becoming an interactive medium. In a sense, it's always been one - even two channels require a choice. Long accustomed to the illusion that the screen is a window through which we are sometimes directly addressed, we are well prepared to be actually watched by it: The TV of the immediate future will be pointing a camera at you. It will know your face. It will see you when you're watching, and it will tell you what you want to watch. As you may have already experienced with Netflix or Amazon, it will often be on target.
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May 11, 2013 |
A 57-year-old man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of bank robbery after being spotted leaving the bank in a cab, San Diego police said. Andrew Geils was arrested minutes after a robbery at a Citibank branch in downtown San Diego. Witnesses reported to police that Geils left the bank and hailed a cab. With the assistance of a police helicopter, the cab was spotted heading southbound on California 125. It was then stopped by patrol cars. Geils was arrested on suspicion of the Citibank robbery and two other bank robberies, police said.
April 27, 2013 |
BEIJING-- The rabbit and the rat are finally coming home. Two bronze heads that were looted from Beijing's old Summer Palace in 1860 are to be returned to China this year by a French billionaire who acquired them from Christie's auction house, Chinese state media reported. The donation was announced late Friday by Francois-Henri Pinault, heir and chief executive of luxury fashion conglomerate Kering Inc., which is expanding its business in the booming Chinese market. Pinault was part of a business delegation accompanying French President Francois Hollande to China.
April 24, 2013 |
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Vice President Joe Biden declared that terrorists committed to a "doctrine of hate and oppression" have seen again that the American people "refuse to yield to fear," hailing the "incredible heroism" and "resilience" of Boston in the wake of the marathon bombings. Biden spoke Wednesday at a memorial service for MIT campus police officer Sean Collier, who was killed Thursday by the alleged perpetrators of the attacks, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, described by the vice president as "two twisted, perverted, cowardly knock-off jihadis . " "We have suffered.
April 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama announced the end of “an important chapter” late Friday night in the Boston Marathon bombing with the arrest of a fugitive suspect. But Obama said the search is just beginning to find out why the attack was launched and who may have been involved. “The families of those killed so senselessly deserve answers,” he said, explicitly classifying the alleged perpetrators of the crime as “terrorists.” Whatever “hateful agenda” propelled the attackers, Obama said, it “cannot prevail.” “They have already failed,” he said, because Americans refused to be terrified and intimidated.
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April 18, 2013 |
L.A. Unified teachers and administrators this week expressed wildly differing views of a classroom breakfast program intended to ensure that students don't start the day hungry. United Teachers Los Angeles gave the program a "failing grade" Monday as it released results from an online survey that said the effort had increased pests, created messes and cut down on instructional time. But David Binkle, the district's food services director, on Tuesday said that the program - which serves 193,000 students in 280 schools - was a "smashing success.
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April 16, 2013 |
Under the immigration bill proposed by a bipartisan group of senators, Maria Galvan could achieve her dream of opening a hair salon in Southern California. She has spent more than a decade doing odd jobs, barred from getting the required business license because she is in the country illegally. "It makes me happy to know we're being heard," said Galvan, 43, who is originally from Mexico City. "If this happens, it will be such a relief. " The path to citizenship as laid out in the bill is a lengthy one. Jose Cruz, a day laborer from Guatemala looking for work outside a Los Angeles Home Depot, said he was willing to wait.
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April 11, 2013 |
A man who tried to saw his arms off in a West Covina Home Depot bled all over the store and was on the brink of death before he was rescued, a first-responder said. Art Hurtado, an off-duty Pasadena paramedic who was at the store, was the first medic on scene to help police. “Found him face down, blood all over the store, multiple aisles,” Hurtado told NBC4. “Barely had a pulse and he was just barely breathing.” West Covina police say the man calmly, quietly walked into Home Depot before 1 p.m. Wednesday and headed to the hardware section where the saws are. “He walked into the saw area and began cutting both of his arms,” said Cpl. Rudy Lopez.
April 4, 2013
Re "On the front lines of firearms debate," March 29 The National Rifle Assn. and others on the right may criticize New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the "nanny in chief," but he is on to something. Look around you: Most people are overweight or obese. They may watch sports, but they never participate and get the exercise they so badly need. They eat the wrong foods, especially in restaurants, and they never seem to move. We have an unhealthy nation, a major reason why healthcare costs are so high.
April 1, 2013 |
The Indian Supreme Court ruled Monday that a Swiss drug company cannot patent a medicine used to treat a rare form of leukemia, in a decision with global implications for generic drugs. The court ruled that Glivec, the drug developed by Novartis, was not different enough from drugs already on the market, touting an Indian law that sets stiff requirements for patenting new medicines. Activists and aid groups heralded the Monday decision as a crucial victory for impoverished patients worldwide who rely on India for affordable generic medicines.