November 10, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The appointment of Mullah Fazlullah as head of the Pakistani Taliban signals a significant shift for the militant organization into a potentially more uncompromising, violent group based increasingly on ideology rather than tribal ties, analysts said. Fazlullah, a hard-liner from Pakistan's Swat Valley, was named Thursday after his predecessor was killed days earlier by a U.S. drone strike as he emerged from a meeting at a mosque in lawless North Waziristan near the Afghan border.
November 9, 2013 |
BEIJING - The Chinese leadership is hyping a Communist Party meeting that began Saturday as the greatest financial rethink since leader Deng Xiaoping launched China's economic revolution in the late 1970s. In keeping with past patterns, the Chinese will not divulge specifics of the four-day session here until it concludes. But proposals that have leaked out in recent weeks include easing business regulations and liberalizing interest and currency exchange rates. The economic revolution launched more than three decades ago is still unfinished, leaving the country with a hybrid economy sometimes waggishly referred to as "capitalism with Chinese characteristics.
November 4, 2013 |
After a long day of bidding (thanks to massive online interest from around the country), the Oprah Winfrey Collection Auction at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club on Saturday ended with more than a thousand attendees both in person and online. On Monday, representatives for Winfrey announced that the sale of her personal antiques, furnishings and artworks netted a total of $559,200 (excluding the buyer's premium) for charity. This reflects Winfrey's items only, and not those of other estates that were included in the Kaminski auction.
October 12, 2013 |
The last coach to lead UCLA to victory in the Rose Bowl game - or any significant bowl contest, for that matter - still refers to the Bruins as “we” out of habit and affection. Terry Donahue's heart is still with UCLA, and he's an unabashed admirer of Coach Jim Mora and the coaching staff for pointing the team toward sustained success. Donahue, who won Rose Bowl titles after the 1982, 1983 and 1985 seasons, was at the Rose Bowl on Saturday for a ceremony that renamed the press box the Terry Donahue Pavilion.
October 8, 2013 |
Leo Reed has been a professional football player, a police officer and bodyguard to Sylvester Stallone. But he is best known in Hollywood as the leader of Teamsters Local 399, the powerful union representing 4,500 studio transportation coordinators, location managers, casting directors, animal wranglers and drivers who haul stars, props and equipment to film and TV sets. Reed, the undisputed leader of Local 399 for nearly 25 years, now faces his first serious challenge in what is widely acknowledged as an unusually close and deeply divisive election to select the next secretary-treasurer of the union.
October 4, 2013 |
SEATTLE - A chrome football helmet, shiny as a polished trailer hitch, sits on a round table in Coach Steve Sarkisian's office. The University of Washington debuted the alternate headgear in a home game against Arizona last Saturday. "I love it," Sarkisian said. "Looks a little bronze in here, but it's silver under the lights. " Considering the state of football in this city, a reflective helmet is appropriate. For Sarkisian, looking across Lake Washington is a little like looking in a mirror.