April 25, 2013 |
Here's some Ozzy Osbourne news that has nothing to do with the singer's marital troubles : Black Sabbath is headed out on a full North American tour. The legendary English heavy-metal band -- or three-fourths of it, anyway -- announced Thursday that it will launch a 20-city swing through North America on July 25 in Houston. The tour is scheduled to stop Aug. 28 at Irvine's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater before wrapping at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Sept. 3. The shows are to begin not long after the scheduled June 11 release of "13," Black Sabbath's first album with Osbourne since "Never Say Die!"
April 24, 2013 |
Ford Motor Co.'s first-quarter profit rose more than 15%, helped by record earnings in North America and strong performance by its auto loan financing arm. Ford's net income was $1.6 billion, or 40 cents per share, compared to $1.4 billion, or 35 cents a share, in the same period a year earlier. Revenue rose 10% to $35.8 billion. “We continue to expect 2013 to be another strong year as we go further in strengthening our global product lineup and improving the competitiveness of our operations,” said Alan Mulally, Ford's chief executive.
April 11, 2013 |
Decommissioned military bunkers on national wildlife refuges could be transformed into artificial hibernation chambers for wintering bat populations devastated by the lethal fungus known as white-nose syndrome, according to an investigation by federal biologists. Temperature-controlled bunkers -- decontaminated in summer -- would enable biologists to monitor behavior and administer possible treatments that might delay the progression of the diseaseamong bats housed there the following winter, U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesman Steve Agius said.
April 9, 2013 |
Last summer's punishing drought in the Midwest caused Cargill's third-quarter earnings to sink 42% compared to the same period a year earlier, the Minneapolis-based company said Tuesday. Cargill Inc., the largest closely held company in the U.S., reported that net earnings in the fiscal 2013 third quarter were $445 million -- down $321 million from the same period a year earlier. Third-quarter sales were $32.2 billion -- up 1%. "In North America, our meat-processing businesses were pressured by the drought-related high cost of feed ingredients," said chief executive Greg Page.
April 5, 2013 |
Kendall Brown, professor of Asian art history at Cal State Long Beach and one of the experts to weigh in on the Storrier Stearns garden in Pasadena ( see related article ), has a book coming out this month. It's titled “Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America ,” and for this edited Q&A, we asked about his fascination with Japanese gardens, how best to experience them and why our notion of Japanese gardens is not entirely Japanese. What do you find most intriguing about Japanese gardens?
March 11, 2013 |
Toyota's North American subsidiary has formed a new political action committee, according to a recent Federal Election Commission filing. The Federal Election Commission "statement of organization" form shows the new PAC listed as "Toyota North America Inc. Political Action Committee (Toyota/Lexus PAC). " The PAC will be allowed to raise up to $5,000 per year from eligible company employees. Observers said it was the automaker's latest push to extend its influence. Tracy Doi, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.'s group vice president and chief financial officer, will serve as the PAC's treasurer, according to the federal filings.
March 9, 2013 |
The Rolling Stones may soon be rolling Stateside. In the wake of last year's well received 50th-anniversary shows in London, Brooklyn and New Jersey, the legendary English band is planning a North American tour, according to Rolling Stone magazine, which quoted a "concert business source. " The trek, reportedly set to launch May 2, is to include 18 shows in West Coast cities including L.A. and Seattle. "But I think they're going to do some back East as well," said another source.
March 6, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. In a move to give more autonomy to the regions where Toyota Motor Corp. sells cars and bring a new generation of leadership to the company's top management, the automaker announced sweeping executive changes Wednesday. Among the moves, Toyota appointed the engineer who developed the successful Prius hybrid as chairman of the company and named its first outsider, and first former General Motors executive, to its board of directors.
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February 7, 2013 |
Father Maur van Doorslaer lived a kind of double life. For decades, the Benedictine monk spent half the year working in a studio at an abbey in Belgium, painting abstract art in varying shades of white. For the other half, he took in the High Desert summers at St. Andrew's Abbey in Valyermo, where he made "cookies," his name for the folksy porcelain plaques he designed depicting angels, saints and biblical scenes. "For six months of the year, I'm a serious artist," he told The Times in 1986, "and for six months a year, I play with dolls.
January 29, 2013 |
Strong business in North America helped Ford Motor Co. post a big increase in fourth-quarter profit Tuesday, excluding a tax adjustment last year, but the automaker is still being hurt by Europe's economic malaise. The nation's second-largest automaker earned $1.6 billion in the latest quarter, up 55% from a year earlier. For the year, earnings slipped 5% to $5.7 billion. The results don't include the effect of 2011 changes in valuation allowance against deferred tax assets, which greatly increased net income last year.