November 2, 2012 |
Hyundai and Kia overstated the fuel economy on more than one-third of the vehicles they sold in recent years, an embarrassing acknowledgment for two of the fastest-growing auto brands in the U.S. The South Korean automakers issued an apology and said they would give special debit cards to nearly a million owners to make up for the difference in the lower miles per gallon logged by the vehicles. The discrepancies were found by the Environmental Protection Agency, which began investigating after consumers complained.
February 8, 2013 |
Ambitious South Korean enterprises continue to make noise on the global economic stage. Electronics giant Samsung is giving Apple fits in markets across the globe with its hot-selling smartphones and tablets. Seoul-based Hyundai and Kia have been among the world's fastest-growing automakers in recent years. Portly singer Psy put South Korea on the pop culture map with his monster hit “Gangnam Style,” which has become the most popular video of all time on YouTube with nearly 1.3 billion views.
April 5, 2012 |
One leap, one forearm shove and one powerful dunk Blake Griffin threw down quickly sent Pau Gasol to the floor. Before he had even time to process becoming the latest victim on Griffin's dunk posters, Gasol's first instinct involved arguing with you-know-who. "I was on my [butt], I woke up, I stood up and told the referee I had a ... forearm on my face, on my throat," Gasol said after the Lakers' 113-108 victory Wednesday over the Clippers. "That's something that needs to be looked at. " The officials hardly listened.
February 19, 2013 |
To the victors go the spoils, and in professional sports that includes promotional opportunities. Two NBA teams have more than one player featured in national television advertisements promoting something other than sports coverage or sneakers. One is the defending champion Miami Heat, with reigning MVP LeBron James and nine-time All-Star Dwyane Wade. The other is the Clippers, whose highflying Lob City act has made them among the most entertaining teams in the league, and who are winning at a franchise-record pace for a second consecutive season.
December 13, 2011 |
Albert Pujols doesn't do much for me. He's already played 11 years and we missed much of that. Some folks go back to his time in high school wondering if he's older than what he claims. We might be getting him at age 39 for all we know, and what will he be like at 49 with the Angels still paying him? OK, so he'll still be better than most of the Dodgers, but now his wife, Deidre , is on the radio. She says it was an insult that the Cardinals offered her husband only a five-year deal for $130 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2009 |
A 49-year-old man who had recently checked out of a halfway house was killed Sunday in a hit-and-run accident in Watts, Los Angeles police said. The man, who was not identified, was struck by a motorist in a white Kia heading north on Broadway near 93rd Street about 3:25 a.m., police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses said that before the man was struck, he appeared to be intoxicated and was lying in the roadway. Authorities are searching for the driver, who fled the scene.