December 31, 2013 |
Latvia became the 18th country to make the European Union's euro its currency when fireworks exploded over Riga and church bells tolled in the new year. Latvia has posted the 28-nation EU's most impressive economic growth rates for the last two years, after self-imposed austerity measures of a severity that helped the tiny Baltic state recover from recession faster than most of the bloc's more established members. European leaders praised Latvia's vibrant economic performance, hailing its entrance into the Eurozone as evidence of the common currency's enduring appeal despite a rash of bailouts and banking crises in recent years.
December 30, 2013 |
Bradley Cooper, fresh off an Oscar nomination last year for "Silver Linings Playbook," reunited with director David O. Russell for "American Hustle," in which he plays another unhinged, comic character, an ambitious FBI agent trying to make a name for himself in a sting based on the real-life Abscam operation. We'll talk with Cooper about his second go-round with Russell in a live Web chat on Friday at 4:30 p.m. Pacific time. Topics under consideration: the challenges and rewards of playing flawed characters in Russell's universe, the time spent in curlers to achieve that perfect '70s permed hairstyle, and the chances for his beloved Philadelphia Eagles to go deep in the NFL playoffs.
December 29, 2013 |
USC Coach Steve Sarkisian has already hired three former Washington assistants, and he is apparently adding two more. Marques Tuiasosopo has accepted an offer to coach tight ends at USC, the Seattle Times' Adam Jude reported Sunday night , citing multiple unnamed sources. USC also is expected to announce the hiring of defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, Jude reported, citing sources. Tuiasosopo was Washington's quarterbacks coach last season and was the Huskies' interim coach for their Fight Hunger Bowl victory over BYU on Friday.
December 27, 2013 |
It is not a 100% return to health - not that any NHL team is ever completely without issues - but the Kings are inching toward that elusive goal. On hand Friday in practice for Saturday's game at Nashville were defenseman Willie Mitchell and goalie Jonathan Quick . It is the first trip Quick has taken with his teammates since he suffered a strained groin at Buffalo on Nov. 12. Mitchell suffered an upper-body injury at Ottawa on the Kings' last trip. Quick's presence is a definite sign of progress, considering Coach Darryl Sutter had indicated recently he did not think Quick would make this trip.
December 26, 2013 |
Federal regulators are taking a closer look at those restrictive contract provisions that force consumers to arbitrate disputes - barring them from suing a company individually or joining a class-action lawsuit. And it doesn't look as if officials are buying into the business world's claim that such provisions are in consumers' best interest. "If you were to look in your wallet right now, the chances are high that one or more of your credit cards, debit cards or prepaid cards would be subject to a pre-dispute arbitration clause," Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said during a recent appearance in Dallas.
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December 24, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - A California firefighter who was severely burned when her crew was trapped during a 2007 wildfire received a pardon from the governor Tuesday for crimes she committed in her youth. Gov. Jerry Brown's order, citing Brooke Linman's bravery and heroism, was one of 127 grants of clemency that followed a tradition of Christmas Eve pardons he began in 2011. Though most of those who were pardoned committed minor, nonviolent drug crimes decades ago, the list also includes robbers, spouse abusers, people who fired guns during their crimes, a chop-shop operator and a man who stole frozen food.
December 20, 2013 |
The first time Nick Pugliese's mother wondered if her only son had lost his mind was when he announced he was going to work for a telecommunications company in Afghanistan. The day she was sure of it came last spring, when Nick called from Kabul to say he was quitting that job and leaving the secure compound where he lived to rent a room in a ramshackle boarding house so he could play professional soccer in the Kabul Premier League. "I was, like, 'You've got to be kidding me,'" his mother, Kim Pugliese, recalled.
December 17, 2013 |
President Obama sent Russia a clear message about its treatment of gays and lesbians with whom he is - and isn't - sending to represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics in February. Billie Jean King will be one of two openly gay athletes in the U.S. delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies, Obama announced Tuesday. For the first time since 2000, however, the U.S. will not send a president, former president, first lady or vice president to the Games. Russia has come under fierce criticism for passing national laws banning "gay propaganda.
December 14, 2013 |
What happens when the high school football coach can run a faster 40-yard time than the team's starting running back? That could be the dilemma for Oakland Bishop O'Dowd this fall after hiring former Lompoc High, Washington and Raiders running back Napoleon Kaufman as its head coach. Kaufman, 40, has probably slowed a little bit since his playing days at Lompoc in the late 1980s, but he was as fast as they come. He'll have two sons on the team. Kaufman is the latest former athlete trying to make an impact in the coaching profession.
December 13, 2013 |
The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 30-year-old right-hander pitcher Edinson Volquez and 34-year-old infielder Clint Barmes to one-year deals. Volquez went 9-12 with a 5.71 earned-run average last season splitting time with the San Diego Padres and the Dodgers. Barmes hit .211 for Pittsburgh last season. :: The Colorado Rockies signed first baseman Justin Morneau to a two-year, $12.5-million deal. He will step in for Todd Helton , who retired at the end of the season.