March 3, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Samsung Electronics Co. struck social media gold when Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres used one of its smartphones to take what has now become the world's most famous selfie. DeGeneres never mentioned Samsung, a major Academy Awards sponsor, but handed actor Bradley Cooper the company's Galaxy Note 3 for the celebrity-filled shot that included Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o. The Oscars selfie was such a viral hit that it crushed the previous record set by President Obama after his reelection in 2012 and temporarily knocked Twitter's service offline as fans retweeted it more than 700,000 times in the first half hour alone.
March 1, 2014 |
Tom Capizzi is going to Hollywood Sunday night for the 86th Academy Awards, but not in a limo or a tux. Instead, he will be protesting near the Dolby Theatre, hoisting a green sign saying "Chase Talent Not Subsidies. " Capizzi will be among hundreds of visual effects workers staging a pre-Oscar rally, hoping to bring attention to the plight of rank-and-file entertainment industry workers who have been hard hit by the flight of film and TV jobs to other states and countries offering rich incentives.
February 26, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Thursday will propose the first major revamp of nutrition labels in more than two decades, an update that would emphasize calorie information, include the amount of added sugars and revise serving sizes to reflect how people really consume food. The revision is aimed, in part, at addressing serious public health issues, including obesity and other chronic diseases. Administration officials believe the new labels could lead consumers to make more healthful food choices and encourage the food industry to reformulate some products, particularly those with high amounts of added sugar.
February 24, 2014 |
The first Honda Fit rolled off the assembly line Friday at a new $800-million factory near Celaya, Mexico, a symbol of the growing might of the country's auto industry. Honda's U.S. factories spit out hundreds of thousands of Accords and Civics each year. But when the automaker redesigned the Fit for North America, it turned to Mexico for an increasingly skilled workforce and favorable export rules. Mexico already accounts for about 18% of North American auto production, but that's expected to jump to 25% by 2020 as automakers pour billion of dollars into factories, said Joe Langley, an analyst at IHS Automotive.
February 21, 2014 |
Travis Wear has had an unusual final season at UCLA. It started last spring, when Coach Ben Howland was fired. It continued in the fall, when he underwent an appendectomy. But things are going better for Wear in recent weeks. He had 13 points, making six of eight shots, Thursday in a win over California. Heading into Saturday's game at Stanford, he has made 26 of 40 shots in UCLA's last six games. "The beginning of the season was a little tough, coming off the surgery," Wear said.
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February 17, 2014 |
Horst Rechelbacher, the founder of Aveda Corp., owner of a line of upscale organic salon products, and game-changer in the world of beauty products who brought Earth-friendly production practices and products to market on a mass scale, has died. He was 72 and had pancreatic cancer. Rechelbacher, widely known by his first name, died Saturday at his home in Osceola, Wis., the company announced. In 1978, Rechelbacher launched Aveda Corp., with a staff of two and a goal of building a bridge between beauty and medicine.