September 28, 2013 |
The event: Mariska Hargitay, who stars as Det. Olivia Benson on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and is founder of the Joyful Heart Foundation , hosted a fundraiser on Thursday for the nonprofit - which assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and child abuse - and celebrated the actress' public service announcements for the No More campaign. The vibe: The invitations for Joy Rocks read “casual chic,” and Hargitay dressed the part in a bejeweled blouse by Dana Lorenz of the punk-glam jewelry lines Fenton and Fallon, J Brand jeans, an Yves St. Laurent tuxedo jacket and Lanvin shoes.
September 27, 2013 |
BEIRUT -- More than 40 people were killed Friday when a car bomb exploded outside a Sunni Muslim mosque in a Syrian town near the Lebanese border, opposition activists said. The bomb went off in the town of Rankous, north of the capital Damascus, just as worshipers were leaving the mosque after Friday prayers, according to anti-government activists. Internet footage from the immediate aftermath showed charred bodies amid burning vehicles and a damaged mosque. Funeral processions and burials held soon after the bombing were shelled from nearby Syrian government bases, said Omar Abdulrahman, an activist with the Revolution Leadership Council, an opposition and humanitarian group based in Damascus and its suburbs.
September 27, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Singer and guitarist James Hetfield wore a familiar trickster grin and a pair of 3D glasses as he bobbed his head to the thundering riffs of "Enter Sandman," but it was a different sort of arena that was playing host to the world's bestselling hard-rock band. Metallica had come to Comic-Con International in July to premiere the trailer for its movie "Metallica Through the Never," and the charismatic frontman had turned his chair to watch the clip unspool along with the 6,500 fans in the San Diego Convention Center's main hall.
September 24, 2013 |
It was a game within a game for the Denver Broncos offense -- and Peyton Manning didn't even know about it. The trio of Broncos running backs were feeling so comfortable in Monday night's 37-21 victory over Oakland, they played a game of rock, paper, scissors to decide who got to blast into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown. "We were just messing around on the sideline," running back Ronnie Hillman explained. "Just something to do. Have fun. " The play in question came in the fourth quarter after Hillman tore off a 19-yard run that looked to be a touchdown.
September 23, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- A series of blasts rocked a Nairobi mall Monday, the third day of a siege that began when terrorists attacked the Westgate shopping center, killing 69 people and taking hostages. The explosions rang out about lunchtime Monday, and a pall of black smoke poured from the building as gunfire intensified. Tanks and soldiers moved in, and an ambulance rushed from the scene. Fire trucks also moved in as the black smoke thickened. PHOTOS: Kenya mall attack At least three major explosions were heard as heavy weapons fire reverberated inside the mall.
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September 19, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Johnny Laboriel, a legendary Mexican rock 'n' roll singer and icon for the Afro-Mexicano community, has died in Mexico City, a representative said. He was 71. He died early Wednesday at his home after an extended stay in the hospital for treatment of prostate cancer, the Rev. Jose de Jesus Aguilar, who administered the last rites, said via his Twitter account. Laboriel's specialty was to reinterpret American hits of the 1960s, classics like "Poison Ivy" and "Yakety Yak," translated into Spanish and sung with buoyant enthusiasm and an infectious smile.
September 19, 2013 |
What can you get in Las Vegas for less than $50? A room at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, if you play your cards right. The hotel is offering rooms starting as low as $45 from now through February for those who make reservations this month. The deal: This offer will work well for those who plan to spend the holidays in Las Vegas and want to save a bundle. Rooms go for $45, $65 and $85 on selected nights for a casino tower room with a king-sized bed. Tax and the daily $22 resort fee are extra, and some blackout dates apply.
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September 17, 2013 |
The tiny star-shaped gem that Vienna violin student Karina Ille discovered last month during a visit to California had turned her into a media star by the time she returned to her home in Austria. The 21-year-old tourist and her boyfriend, Henry Carradine, discovered the unusual stone -- a deep-blue piece of benitoite -- Aug. 11 at an open-pit mine near the Central Valley town of Coalinga. Visitors there pay $70 to spend the day digging through the rubble and can take home any benitoite they find.
September 15, 2013 |
We all know Dallas' reputation: big money, big egos, big hair. But that's not the whole story. It's quite different for locals, which I was for more than 15 years. Although I have moved on, my happy place is White Rock Lake, a park where Dallas drops the pretension. A 9-mile path rings the reservoir, and on a pretty weekend you'll find the city on parade: half-marathoners to new immigrants to love-struck couples. Behind them, tiny skiffs zip across the water, sails billowing in the wind.
September 9, 2013 |
A few minutes into J. Cole's Sunday night set at the Rock the Bells hip-hop festival in San Bernardino, the introspective wordsmith thanked the crowd for just being there. “I know there were other choices, but I appreciate you coming to me,” Cole said as the crowd cheered. It was a rather humble acknowledgment of the obvious. The final night of the two-day festival felt noticeably thinner than Saturday, but still, the nearly 11,000 seats of the main stage were packed more than 30 minutes before he began his set. The overflow crowd sprawled out on the lawn behind the general admission orchestra and loge sections. On adjacent stages, the Christian rap of Lecrae and the tawdry, strip-club bounce of Juicy J played out to whatever was left of Sunday's delegation of hip-hop purists at the San Manuel Amphitheater.