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January 20, 2014 | By Monte Morin
After 31 months of electronic slumber, the Rosetta spacecraft awoke to a pre-programmed alarm Monday and signaled anxious ground controllers that it had indeed woken up on schedule. "This was one alarm clock not to hit snooze on," said Fred Jansen, manager of the European Space Agency 's Rosetta mission. "After a tense day we are absolutely delighted to have our spacecraft awake and back online. " (Watch an animated video of the wake-up sequence here .) PHOTOS: Amazing images from space Rosetta and its on-board lander, Philae, are scheduled to become the first-ever probes to attempt a landing on the surface of a comet this November.
January 17, 2014 | By Richard Simon
In Long Hill Township, N.J., authorities have used just about everything - divers, K-9 units, helicopters, all-terrain vehicles and scores of volunteers on horseback and on foot - to search for David Bird. The Wall Street Journal reporter, 55, who covers energy markets, hasn't been seen since Jan. 11, when he left home for a short walk. He was wearing a red jacket, bluejeans and sneakers, and left without his cellphone or his medication, which he is required to take twice a day. "This has really got everybody very concerned,: said the Rev. Victoria McGrath of All Saints Episcopal Church, where a prayer vigil for Bird earlier this week ended with the crowd singing, "He's got David Bird in his hands.
January 17, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
In some ways, nothing speaks to the global impact of the Academy Awards quite like the international response to the nominations for best foreign language film. The five nominees in the category are Belgium's “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Cambodia's “The Missing Picture,” Denmark's “The Hunt,” Italy's “The Great Beauty” and the Palestinian film “Omar.” The final five were selected from a shortlist of nine films that had been whittled down from 76 submissions.
January 13, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- Big-game hunters in Texas stirred controversy over the weekend by auctioning off a rare African permit to hunt the endangered black rhino in the name of conservation. Dallas Safari Club officials have said they faced threats leading up to  Saturday's private auction and had contacted the FBI. Protesters gathered outside the city's convention center, where the auction was held during the club's annual meeting. Opposition to the move was vented online by celebrities including Mia Farrow , William Shatner and former "Price Is Right" host Bob Barker . Barker released an online letter to the club via the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that likened hunting an aged rhino to taking out a senior citizen.
January 4, 2014 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Forget the chicken dinner, the rubbery staple of the political fundraising circuit. Go alligator hunting with Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) on a Louisiana Bayou Weekend for a campaign donation of $5,000. Or spend a weekend in Hayward, Wis., for the Lumberjack World Championships, featuring hometown Republican congressman and former lumberjack champion Sean P. Duffy, for a donation of $1,000 per person or $2,000 per political action committee. Or join Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Downey)
December 31, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Don't even try to sell Clippers Coach Doc Rivers that his team has become the "hunted. " "There's only one hunted team - Miami," Rivers said, laughing. "That's it. I mean, come on. " And if his players are trying to sell that notion to the media, Rivers quickly dispelled that thought Tuesday at practice. The Miami Heat is the two-time defending NBA champion, and is hunted every time it plays, Rivers said. He added that after his Boston Celtics won the championship in 2008, they became a hunted team the next season.
December 24, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Think you already hate those Wall Street high rollers who took so many investors for a ride in the '90s? Just wait until Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and "The Wolf of Wall Street" are through with you. Man, does this movie have a savage bite. Yet it is such a kick to watch the filmmaker and the star in their fifth collaboration. They go at the black-hearted comedy full throttle, fully tanked and, for DiCaprio, full monty - almost. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV The script by Terence Winter stays close to Jordan Belfort's audacious 2007 memoir of his highly leveraged life.
December 20, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The Motion Picture Academy on Friday released the shortlist of nine foreign-language films that will pass to the next round of the race, and it contained the category's characteristic mix of favorites and surprises. While some of the films making the cut were on many forecasters' lists--they include Hong Kong's "The Grandmaster" directed by Wong Kar Wai, Denmark's "The Hunt" directed by Thomas Vinterberg and Italy's "The Great Beauty" directed by Paolo Sorrentino--the list omitted Iran's "The Past," from filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, who previously won the category with "A Separation.
December 19, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni was stunned to learn Thursday that Kobe Bryant will be out six weeks with a knee injury. "You hate it for Kobe, he's worked so hard getting back," D'Antoni said. "He was coming on. His shot percentage kept getting better and his turnovers kept getting less. " Bryant missed the team's first 19 games, recovering from Achilles surgery. He was hurt in his sixth game on Tuesday in a win over the Memphis Grizzlies. "It's just bad luck," said D'Antoni.
December 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Two mobile developers have created "Glass Hunt," a "Duck Hunt"-style shooter game for Google Glass that shows the high-tech eyewear's potential as a gaming platform. Google has been selling the device to selected users and is expected to release Glass to the general public next year. Like other devices, Glass runs apps, called Glassware, that users can install on their devices. "Glass Hunt" is one of the first games to arrive on the platform and it could prove popular thanks to its simplicity and the fact that it's inspired by and is similar to "Duck Hunt," an '80s classic for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
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