October 31, 2013 |
A German historian has found conclusive proof that Nazi Gestapo chief Heinrich Mueller died in the final days of World War II and was buried in a mass grave in a Jewish cemetery in Berlin, the German daily Bild reported Thursday. The research carried out by historian Johannes Tuchel, head of the German Resistance Memorial Center in Berlin, appears to resolve one of the most enduring mysteries of the Nazi era and discredit decades of reported sightings of the secret police chief in Latin America after the war. As head of Adolf Hitler's notorious Gestapo, Mueller played a key role in orchestrating the Holocaust with his oversight of the arrests, deportation and extermination of European Jews.
October 28, 2013 |
Something big and mysterious is being built in San Francisco Bay, and according to two reports, Google is behind the project. A multistory structure is under construction on a barge off of Hangar 3 at Treasure Island, a former Navy base, and the project has been drawing attention thanks to the tight security surrounding it. CNET looked extensively into the mysterious structure and fo und an interesting connection to...
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October 22, 2013 |
Residents in a North Hollywood neighborhood were allowed to return home Tuesday after a bomb squad investigated a mysterious explosion. Police began receiving calls about 12:30 a.m. after an explosion in the cab of a truck in the 11300 block of Miranda Street, said Sgt. Mike Kammert of the Los Angeles Police Department. The truck was parked behind a home. The explosion blasted open its roof, damaged the home and blew out several windows in the area, authorities said. Officials said at least one propane tank was intact inside the truck, and the LAPD bomb squad was investigating whether a second tank may have accidentally blown up. “It was a pretty good boom,” Kammert said.
October 18, 2013 |
Greek police announced Friday that they were seeking the biological parents of a blond, blue-eyed girl about 4 years old who was found during a raid two days earlier on a Roma camp in central Greece, news media reported from Athens. The child, who was called Maria, was spotted by a female prosecutor who accompanied police on the raid and became suspicious of the girl's origins because she looked nothing like the couple who initially claimed to be her parents, the ekathimerini news site reported.
October 10, 2013 |
For more than half of his life, actor William Shatner has been on a mythical mission "to boldly go where no man has gone before. " Though he no longer commands the Starship Enterprise, the 82-year-old poet and TV pitchman is still visiting bizarre worlds. His most recent? That oddball realm of prog rock. His concept album, "Ponder the Mystery," finds the man formerly known as Capt. James T. Kirk supported by a new crew that wields musical instruments rather than phasers. They include former members of the band Yes - Tony Kaye, Billy Sherwood and Rick Wakeman.
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October 9, 2013 |
After they got married last year, Homaira and Jahan Hamid decided they would embark on the hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia "as soon as possible," before parental duties began to crowd out their religious obligations. When the Northridge couple discovered that a mysterious and sometimes deadly virus had emerged in the desert kingdom, killing more than 40% of the people it was known to have infected, they briefly reconsidered. The hajj - which every able Muslim must attend at least once in their lives - annually draws to Mecca as many as 3 million people, all gathered together.
October 2, 2013 |
Shares of Wall Street darling Tesla Motors fell 6% Wednesday after the high-flying stock was downgraded by an investment house and pictures and video of a mysterious Tesla Model S fire circulated on the Internet. The shares dropped $12.05 to close at $180.95. Tesla has seen a huge run-up in its stock this year, as it has ramped up sales of its luxury electric cars. The stock traded at just above $35 on Jan. 2. On Wednesday, auto enthusiast website Jalopnik posted a reader-submitted video that showed the front of a Tesla engulfed in flames on a rainy street in the Seattle area.
October 1, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah - The Team USA Media Summit has featured lots of optimistic talk about the medal prospects for U.S. athletes at the Sochi Olympics in February, and with good reason. Based on their performances in recent international events, U.S. athletes in a wide range of disciplines should be represented on the medal stand. But getting an estimated medal count from U.S. Olympic Committee executives seemed as difficult Tuesday as going down the track in a bobsled, landing a quadruple toe loop jump in figure skating, or pulling off a switch-double-corkscrew maneuver in snowboarding.
September 30, 2013 |
As if Silicon Valley's relationship to the whole National Security Agency spying-on-the-Internet thing wasn't awkward enough. Now someone has placed a slogan on a billboard over Highway 101 near South San Francisco that reads: "Your data should belong to the NSA. " Review: iPhone 5s is a great phone, but is it right for you? [Video] Guessing the identity of the organization or person behind the sign has become one of Silicon Valley's favorite parlor games in recent days. Of course, it's possible that despite creepy, Big Brother-ish overtones, that it's the NSA itself just trying to get some good marketing. Others have wondered, could it be the work of Michael Arrington, erstwhile blogger-turned-venture-capitalist-turned conscience of Silicon Valley?
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September 20, 2013 |
The question is pretty straightforward. What did $40 million in Los Angeles Department of Water and Power ratepayer money, directed to two nonprofits, pay for? The nonprofits won't say. The DWP won't say. Local 18 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which represents the majority of DWP employees, won't say. "This is ratepayer money and they need to account for it," Jeff Millman, spokesman for Mayor Eric Garcetti, said to Times reporter Jack Dolan, who broke the story.