September 23, 2013 |
Success has finally caught up with Universal's Horror Nights as the gold standard of Halloween theme park events has grown too predictable, complacent and popular for its own good. After years of defining and redefining the bleeding edge of theme park terror, a combination of overwhelming crowds, shrinking space due to construction and a weak collection of haunted mazes delivered a triple whammy to Halloween Horror Nights this year at Universal Studios Hollywood. Photos: Halloween Horror Nights 2013 at Universal Studios Hollywood Crowds have become an increasing problem as Horror Nights has grown in popularity, but this year was unbearable.
September 18, 2013 |
UCLA put pressure on two defenses Saturday: Nebraska's and its own. The Bruins scored four touchdowns in seven minutes, giving UCLA's defense little time to rest. Not that the players were complaining. "We love that stuff," linebacker Jordan Zumwalt said. "When we hold a team to a three-and-out and our offense scores right away, we're not going, 'Aw, shucks, we've got to go back on the field.' It's 'let's go do that again.'" UCLA's isn't the only defense playing faster to keep pace.
September 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve policymakers unexpectedly voted Wednesday not to alter one of the central bank's key economic stimulus programs. The move defied market expectations that the Fed would begin tapering its monthly purchases of $85 billion in bonds this month. The Dow Jones industrial average shot up about 80 points on the news. Live chat: Join us at 2 p.m. The decision to continue the year-old program at its same pace for at least another month showed concern by Fed officials that the economy is too weak to handle even a small reduction in stimulus.
September 12, 2013 |
The Philadelphia Eagles have an even higher gear, and Coach Chip Kelly is determined to find it. Yes, the team that tore off 53 plays in the first half of Monday's 33-27 victory at Washington - more than the 49 plays the Carolina Panthers ran all game in their opener - is capable of going even faster. "I felt like it was slow, to be honest with you," Kelly said this week. "I'm not joking. We've got to do a better job. We left the ball on the ground too much. We didn't get the ball to the officials.
September 7, 2013 |
Vin Diesel's sci-fi vehicle “Riddick” is bringing crowds, albeit modest ones, into U.S. theaters on what is traditionally one of the slowest movie-going weekends of the year. The film took in an estimated $7.3 million on Friday and as the only major new release of the week will easily top the weekend box office. “Riddick,” the third entry in writer-director David Twohy's sci-fi series, was predicted to tally as much as $23 million this weekend. Yet the film's distributor, Universal Pictures, did not believe the movie will open with more than $20 million.
September 4, 2013 |
Football is serious business but offers enough unintentionally funny moments to occasionally split your sides. Labor Day weekend's laugh track featured California's coaching staff accusing the opponent of faking injuries to slow down its offense. Now wasn't that rich, as in Rodriguez. First-year Cal Coach Sonny Dykes, who led the nation's highest flying offense last year at Louisiana Tech, thought Northwestern players were purposely cramping up to cramp Cal's style - and the fact that Cal somehow managed to run 99 plays in a 44-30 loss didn't dampen the premise.
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September 1, 2013 |
In a sunbaked parking lot near downtown Los Angeles, a young man in a red polo shirt hopped out of a Honda sedan and jogged to the nearby valet stand, eyeing a long line of customers. "It can get pretty hectic here," valet Elmer Nolasco said, grabbing a stack of parking stubs. "The factory workers, they come and go at the same time. " After complaints that workers were late for their shifts because there was not enough parking, American Apparel - the largest sewing facility in North America - has hired a valet company to wrangle thousands of cars at the company's vast Alameda Street headquarters.
August 31, 2013 |
In the words of the Galaxy's star forward Landon Donovan, it's "crunch time" for Major League Soccer's reigning champion. There are nine games left in the regular season for the Galaxy, starting with Saturday night's match against the San Jose Earthquakes, a state and conference rivalry dubbed the California Clasico. And the Galaxy has no shortage of reasons to want a victory over San Jose in the game at StubHub Center. For starters, the Galaxy entered the game tied with Seattle for second place in the hotly contested MLS Western Conference, eight points behind division leader Real Salt Lake.
August 27, 2013 |
The hardest week of preseason practice is behind UCLA. The Bruins are days from their season opener against Nevada. "It's easier this week," Coach Jim Mora said. "You're actually focused on an opponent. " Last week was difficult. "The game is still on the horizon, it hasn't arrived yet," Mora said. "They're tired after two weeks of training camp. " Running back Jordon James said that last week was "definitely the dog days of camp. " This week, James said, "everyone is fired up. We've been in camp almost four weeks.
August 27, 2013 |
Home prices in large U.S. cities rose sharply in June, marking the fourth consecutive double-digit gain for the nation's leading home price index. The Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller index for the nation's biggest 20 cities was up 2.2% from May and 12.1% over the same month a year earlier. Every city tracked by the measure posted an increase in June, but only six cities saw prices rising faster in June than in the prior month, indicating that the torrid pace of gains may ease. More than half of the cities posted double-digit gains when compared to the same month a year ago. Western cities lead the way with Las Vegas up 24.9%, San Francisco 24.5% and Los Angeles 19.9%.