October 13, 2013 |
Many unsavory ventures make their home in the seamy underbelly of the Internet, including some particularly unscrupulous payday lenders that use high fees and shady methods to drain borrowers' offline bank accounts. This month, the state Department of Business Oversight took an important step to protect Californians from such predators by warning banks and credit unions not to process transactions from unlicensed online lenders. It was the latest in a growing number of moves by state and federal regulators to weed out the worst purveyors of a risky form of credit.
October 12, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A full day of talks Saturday between Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai failed to yield a decisive breakthrough on a security agreement amid questions over immunity for U.S. troops. The two sides appeared to move closer, however, after lengthy discussions that lasted late into the evening. Karzai said the issue of which country has jurisdiction after 2014 over any crimes committed by remaining U.S. forces would have to be resolved by an assembly of elders known as a loya jirga and the Afghan parliament.
October 12, 2013 |
For more than two decades, the Nederlands Dans Theater's international profile was defined by longtime artistic director Jiri Kylian. Since Kylian stepped down, the company has begun to show the world the face it always presented at home in the Hague: that of a consistently creative troupe with a repertory showcasing a variety of choreographers, many of them current or former company members. All three works on Nederlands Dans' program at the Music Center from Oct. 18-20 fit that description.
October 2, 2013 |
The recent turmoil over the Grand Avenue redevelopment effort leaves a bunch of pretty basic questions unanswered. For starters, who exactly is going to design a planned retail, residential and hotel complex across Grand from Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles? The master plan that the joint city-county committee overseeing the project temporarily rejected last week - before changing course and extending its agreement with developer Related Cos. through Jan. 20 - was designed by the big corporate firm Gensler, with contributions from New York architect Robert A.M. Stern.
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October 1, 2013 |
Climate change is taking a visible toll on Yosemite National Park, where the largest ice mass in the park is in a death spiral, geologists say. During an annual trek to the glacier deep in Yosemite's backcountry last month, Greg Stock, the park's first full-time geologist, found that Lyell Glacier had shrunk visibly since his visit last year, continuing a trend that began more than a century ago. Lyell has dropped 62% of its mass and lost 120...
September 23, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- A series of blasts rocked a Nairobi mall Monday, the third day of a siege that began when terrorists attacked the Westgate shopping center, killing 69 people and taking hostages. The explosions rang out about lunchtime Monday, and a pall of black smoke poured from the building as gunfire intensified. Tanks and soldiers moved in, and an ambulance rushed from the scene. Fire trucks also moved in as the black smoke thickened. PHOTOS: Kenya mall attack At least three major explosions were heard as heavy weapons fire reverberated inside the mall.