January 27, 2014 |
China's Jade Rabbit moon rover experienced a “mechanical control abnormality” over the weekend, according to the official Xinhua news agency, just as it was set to go to "sleep" for the long lunar night. "Goodnight, Earth. Goodnight, humans. " Those were the words in a "first-person" account from the rover's perspective that was published in Chinese state media after the robot experienced some troubling technical difficulties. Officials with China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense said scientists are now organizing an overhaul, according to state-run CCTV . China's Chang'e 3 spacecraft made headlines last month after becoming the first spacecraft to make a soft landing on the lunar surface in nearly four decades . The last one before that was the Soviet Union's Luna 24 mission, sent to collect samples in 1976.
January 27, 2014 |
It wasn't Givenchy, Elie Saab or Versace who made news on Sunday night's Grammys red carpet. It was Michael Costello, Nicholas Jebran, Johanna Johnson and Haus of Milani. Never heard of them? I must confess, I hadn't either. And that's a good thing. For once, it didn't seem as though everyone on the red carpet was dressed by the highest bidder -- angling for, or fulfilling the obligations of, six-figure endorsement deals with luxury companies. They went their own way, which may be the new way in fashion. The big talk this awards show season has been about how the ultimate status symbol is to have a one-of-a-kind couture gown made by one of fashion's biggest names.
January 27, 2014 |
After the coffee. Before making sure I didn't get married while watching the Grammys. The Skinny: Wouldn't it have been funny if Kacey Musgraves went all Richard Sherman on Taylor Swift after beating her in the best country album category at the Grammys? Now that would have been entertaining. Today's headlines includes Grammy coverage and the box office recap. Also, "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno is starting to make the rounds with exit interviews. Daily Dose: If the next time a political spot comes on and the candidate mentions you by name, you may not be hallucinating.
January 27, 2014 |
Despite Ryan Seacrest spending hours on the red carpet talking couture lifestyle with platinum-selling music stars, it was the artists who celebrated second-hand culture who busted through the pomp to win many of the 56th Grammy Awards' most coveted trophies. In fact, at times the ceremony Sunday at Los Angeles' Staples Center felt like a night for the underdogs - at least as much as anyone standing before millions of viewers on music's biggest stage can be considered such. A young woman from New Zealand, Lorde, who this time last year was gigging at small clubs, arrived in a no-name sleeveless tee to celebrate diamondless lives in "Royals.
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January 26, 2014 |
In 1989, attorney Ray Clark got a telephone call that would make him, for a while, one of the most famous lawyers in Los Angeles. The call to his small firm was from the presiding judge in the trial of Richard Ramirez, accused of being the brutal serial killer known as the Night Stalker. The defense team that Ramirez's family had hired was falling apart, and the judge wanted Clark to take over as lead defense counsel. Clark agreed, and soon became a fixture in printed and broadcast news accounts, protesting his client's innocence.
January 25, 2014 |
You've got a red carpet, you've got the USC marching band, you've got KISS lighting up the inky night while standing inside what looks to be some sort of fire-breathing insect. Kings fans Giselle Bishop and Christina Dean celebrated it all in black and white tutus and high-top shoes. They looked like smog. "It was her idea," Bishop said, proud of her friend. By the way, didn't KISS sound good? Well, they were "tracked," as they say in the recording business, their instrumentals pre-recorded.
January 22, 2014 |
Dodger Stadium in mid-January is peaceful after sundown. The distinctive scoreboard is barely visible through the twilight, the air is cool, and the quiet is almost a presence itself. "We've heard coyotes howling late at night," Dan Craig says. A ballpark at rest is a pleasant place to be … except this one isn't slumbering. It has an NHL-size hockey rink set in the infield, a beach volleyball court in left field, a small pond in right field, an in-line/street hockey area, and two performance stages waiting to be completed.
January 21, 2014 |
Coach Andy Enfield and his USC basketball team are still looking for their first Pac-12 Conference victory this season. The Trojans are 9-9 overall but have lost their first five Pac-12 games, a streak they hope to snap Wednesday night when they play host to California. It won't be easy. Cal is 14-4 and is tied with top-ranked Arizona at 5-0 in Pac-12 play. USC's most recent loss was 83-62 at No. 21 Colorado on Saturday. "We've played well in stretches," Enfield said on a conference call Tuesday.
January 19, 2014 |
"Saturday Night Live" returned from winter break last week with a new cast member, Sasheer Zamata, but give credit to host and musical guest Drake for shifting through characters as if he'd always belonged on the late-night sketch show. Whether it was impersonating Lil Wayne or Alex Rodriguez, or dressing as a cosplaying wizard or rapping a monologue that played off his Jewish roots, Drake showed he had a deft comedic hand Saturday. Not that his acting chops ever were in doubt, as his pre-hip-hop role on the Canadian soap "Degrassi: The Next Generation" made clear.
January 18, 2014 |
TORONTO - Ryan Kelly stopped walking down the hallway at Staples Center during a recent chat, a look of concern spreading across his face. He took several quick, long steps and knocked on some wood paneling. He had just been asked about his perennially sore foot. He felt the need to make sure it remained a nonfactor. "I've had no problems at all," he said. The Lakers are happy for his health. In fact, the gangly rookie forward is starting for them Sunday against the Toronto Raptors, taking the place of Jordan Hill after scoring 20 points Friday against Boston.