December 27, 2013 |
AMMAN, Jordan -- A heavy blast rocked central Beirut on Friday, killing at least five people and injuring more than 70 others, according to the Lebanese Health Ministry. A former government minister was among the dead, his political faction said. Plumes of black smoke billowed into the air, and television images showed scenes of blazing wreckage and scattered debris. The dead former minister was identified as Mohamad Chatah, according to his Future Movement political faction.
December 23, 2013 |
The hotel room was destroyed. A television lay shattered on the ground, surrounded by a shredded pile of photographs and Bible pages, soda cans and broken furniture. On the mangled hotel bed, the sheets were coiled up in a corner, still holding the form of the human responsible for this mess. Just down the hall, Billy Idol and guys from the Sex Pistols, Blondie and Adam & the Ants banged out loud and sloppy Stooges covers late into the night. It's a scene Sid Vicious might have loved if he'd lived to attend the Los Angeles art opening.
December 23, 2013 |
Whether you're looking for a gift for an aspiring fashionista or a treat for yourself, a couple of books published this fall might fill the bill. In " Rock in Fashion ," menswear designer John Varvatos breaks down the elements of rock 'n' roll style that have inspired him since his youth in Detroit in the 1960s and '70s, looks including Robert Plant's "way too small" girls' blouses, Elvis Costello's shades and Bob Dylan's scarves. More than a fashion book, it is a rich catalog of men's style with more than 250 photographs of rock gods, from the Rolling Stones to the Kings of Leon.
December 19, 2013 |
How does a man who turned his back on the world of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll in a quest to be closer to God feel about being welcomed into an institution whose very name celebrates the culture of fame? “Even though it's taken time, I've always been an optimist,” said the 65-year-old musician born Steven Georgiou, formerly known as Cat Stevens and who now uses the single name Yusuf. “I was brought up on the view that if you wait patiently till the end of the story, the good people will live happily ever after.
December 17, 2013 |
A.J. ELLIS , 32, catcher Final 2013 stats: .238 batting average, 10 home runs, 52 RBIs, .318 on-base and .364 slugging percentages, threw out 44.4% of base stealers (28 of 63), the staff ERA when he caught was 3.06. Contract status: In second year of arbitration eligibility. The good: In his second full season as the team's starting catcher, he actually improved behind the plate. He was No. 1 in the majors in throwing out runners and in catchers' ERA. Tied for third on the team in RBIs, despite batting mostly batting sixth and seventh in the lineup.
December 16, 2013 |
In the same year that Linda Ronstadt told the world she could no longer sing a note because of Parkinson's disease, she has been elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a possibility that she recently told the Los Angeles Times she'd never "given a second thought to. " Ronstadt, 67, is one of six new members who will be formally inducted next year, along with Peter Gabriel, KISS, Hall and Oates, Nirvana and Cat Stevens. Acts that made the final ballot but did not make the cut for induction are Yes, N.W.A, Chic, the Meters, Deep Purple, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, LL Cool J, the Replacements, Link Wray and the Zombies.
December 13, 2013 |
It may not be having the best season in the ratings, but Simon Cowell's "X Factor" is definitely a factor in song sales. The sweetheart duo Alex & Sierra's cover of the Sara Bareilles song "Gravity" has the top spot on iTunes' song chart following their performance on the Fox show this week. Their version of A Great Big World's "Say Something" was also still in the top 10 as of Friday afternoon after hitting No. 1 last week. Alex & Sierra, who are dating, are not the only "X Factor" finalists performing well on the charts.
December 11, 2013 |
Ellen DeGeneres would like her fans to know that her marriage is just fine, thankyouverymuch , no matter what they're printing out there. In an oft-times hilarious monologue on the Wednesday edition of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," the host, who married actress Portia de Rossi in 2008, describes stumbling over a celebrity tabloid at the hair salon and noticing herself and her wife in the upper right-hand corner. "I thought, 'Oh that's so sweet, they're honoring us,'" DeGeneres said.
December 11, 2013 |
The family had been missing for nearly 48 hours, and rescuers began to worry that the six people, three of them toddlers, could not survive that long in the freezing Nevada wilderness. On Sunday, a couple and four children ages 3 to 10 went out to play in the snow near Lovelock, about 90 miles northeast of Reno, and failed to return home. Though rescue teams immediately began searching for the family, the chances of survival in the isolated, rugged terrain seemed slim, especially as temperatures dropped as low as minus-16 degrees at night.
December 1, 2013 |
Actor Paul Walker's death in a fiery car crash under a clear-blue California sky on Saturday continues to feel so incredibly sad, and so surreal. How can it not? The actor, 40, spent much of his life on screen behind the wheel of fast cars, walking away from the worst possible pileups in “The Fast and the Furious” franchise. As one of the central players in the hugely popular series, and a part of the cast from its 2001 beginnings, it created a world where there was no curve its drivers couldn't navigate, no wreck they couldn't survive.