October 1, 2010 |
American International Group Inc. said it has reached agreement in principle with U.S. government officials to repay about $100 billion in taxpayer money it still owes, a process that could end one of the largest and most controversial bailouts of the financial crisis. A key part of the plan, which has been the subject of weeks of negotiations, would have the Treasury Department convert into common stock about $49.1 billion in preferred shares purchased with money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
September 9, 2010 |
Lights, camera… satisfaction? The Minnesota Vikings will be looking for some of that tonight, when they open the 2010 NFL season at New Orleans in a rematch of last season's NFC championship game. Statistically, the Vikings thoroughly outplayed the Saints when they last met – except for five turnovers. The Saints took advantage of those miscues and rode them all the way to Super Bowl XLIV, where they knocked off Indianapolis to claim their first Lombardi Trophy.
August 30, 2010 |
Almost one in eight federal judgeships is vacant in the country and legal scholars warn that the increasingly politicized confirmation process threatens the administration of justice across the nation. Democrats and Obama administration officials accuse the Republican minority in the Senate of systematically opposing the president's nominees to prevent him from putting his stamp on a judiciary that, Democrats say, moved to the right under President George W. Bush. Republicans and conservative analysts say the stalled pace of "replenishment" is part payback for congressional Democrats' efforts to scuttle some Bush nominees and part indifference on the part of President Obama, who they say has been slow to nominate judges.
August 1, 2010 |
Judge James Wynn of North Carolina, President Obama's nominee for the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, looked to be a safe bet for an easy Senate confirmation. He is a former Navy lawyer and a well-regarded state appellate judge with a moderate record and "well-qualified" rating from the American Bar Assn. Then again, the same could have been said of Wynn in 1999 when President Clinton nominated him to the 4th Circuit. He was blocked then by Republican Sen. Jesse Helms, who blocked all of Clinton's North Carolina nominees.
July 2, 2010 |
They looked nervous. They looked edgy. They looked angry. They looked nothing like the Brazilian teams that had proudly gone before them. And finally in Port Elizabeth on Friday afternoon at the World Cup quarterfinals, the Selecao simply looked beaten. At the final whistle of the 2-1 loss to the Netherlands, defender-turned-midfielder Dani Alves collapsed onto the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium grass, completely spent, physically and emotionally. Goalkeeper Julio Cesar was in tears.
May 13, 2010 |
It might have been the least memorable Lakers playoff series in decades, a meek five-game loss to the Phoenix Suns, but the off-season it spawned was anything but forgettable. Kobe Bryant stewed and steamed after the Lakers were eliminated in the first round in 2007, sitting at a podium within a few minutes of their ouster and putting owner Jerry Buss and the front office on notice. "Do something, and do it now," he decreed. "Three years," he said, and the Lakers were still "at ground zero."
March 22, 2010 |
He works punishing hours, clocks in unpaid overtime without complaint and allows his bosses to call the shots both at the office and at home. He's the archetype of the perfect employee. He's a Toyota Man. Largely upon his shoulders, Toyota Motor Corp. last year surpassed General Motors Co. as the planet's bestselling automaker. He's the key ingredient behind Toyota's record of high quality (now tainted by its sudden acceleration problem) and productivity. The Toyota Man's handbook is the decades-old "Toyota Way," a company manifesto that emphasizes continuous improvement and teamwork in the car-making process -- a corporate game plan imitated and studied across Japan and the industrialized world.
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September 19, 2009 |
Adrienne Ferguson had retribution on her mind as she made her way along West Jefferson Boulevard clutching a stack of papers. She wasn't reacting to a perceived injustice done to her. She was taking action for a stranger who claims to have a beef with the C&H Auto Center, a small automobile body shop down the street. Ferguson and a partner operate Alibis & Paybacks, a Los Angeles firm that describes itself as "the ultimate revenge" service, offering paybacks both large and small.