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 |
More than a dozen detectives are investigating a shooting in a tony Encino neighborhood that left an 80-year-old man dead Thursday morning, Los Angeles police officials said. Harvey Cohen died at a hospital after suffering a single gunshot during a possible home invasion in the 5300 block of Andasol Avenue, KTLA reported. Cohen's wife heard a noise early Thursday and went downstairs and found her husband lying on the floor, according to KTLA. Cohen had apparently confronted the suspect as he entered his home about 2:30 a.m., police said.
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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.
September 19, 2013 |
Debbie McManaman, her children and grandchildren spent many a summer day waterskiing or feeding the ducks at Foss Lake in western Oklahoma. Sometimes, McManaman told the Los Angeles Times, she'd envision the face of her grandfather, a tall, lanky cowboy who mysteriously disappeared when she was 13. This week, when Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers dredged a 1952 Chevy from the bottom of that lake, she was convinced he'd been found. The Chevy, caked with mud and red with rust, contained the bones of three people, authorities said.
September 11, 2013 |
By cultural indications, the Netflix original series 'Orange Is the New Black' appears to be a hit. The prison comedy, based on Piper Kerman's autobiography about her 15-month incarceration in a federal correctional facility on a decade-old drug offense, has garnered extensive media coverage -- and a parody photo featuring the puppets from the Broadway musical "Avenue Q. " But the precise size of its audience remains cloaked in mystery --...