July 26, 2012 |
Zack Greinke is available and enticing, and James Shields remains a target, but the Angels' chances of acquiring a top-flight starter before Tuesday's nonwaiver trade deadline "are below 50% right now," according to a person familiar with the team's thinking but not authorized to speak publicly about it. With an extra wild card boosting the number of playoff contenders, there are far more buyers — including prospect-rich Texas — than sellers, "and...
July 9, 2012 |
BONSALL, Calif. — America's best race walker is standing in the corner of his kitchen kneading three bags of buttered microwave popcorn into a lumpy mound of yellow dough already thick with malted milk balls, peanut butter and toffee. But that's not the main part of this cookie recipe — or any of the others John Nunn has thrown together. Because standing beside him is the secret ingredient he says makes his unusual concoctions work: his ponytailed 8-year-old daughter, Ella. "She taste-tests it. She runs the show," Nunn says.
June 17, 2012 |
ATHENS — Weeks of political paralysis look set to end in Greece with the election of parties that support the country's international bailout agreements, but the question now turns to whether a fragile new government can deal effectively with a tanking economy and popular unrest. The conservative New Democracy party eked out a slim victory in Sunday's parliamentary elections over Syriza, the radical-left group that vowed to ditch Athens' multibillion-dollar rescue deals and the harsh austerity measures they entailed.
April 20, 2012 |
Bank of America Corp.has become the nation's incredible shrinking bank - and shareholders don't seem to mind at all. The Charlotte, N.C., bank has slashed staff, combined business units and dialed back its massive mortgage business. These steps helped the bank post $3.6 billion in operating profit during the first three months of the year - a 40% surge - even as revenue fell 2.5%. The rebound has delivered a 60% jump in the company's battered stock price this year. Chief Executive Brian Moynihan told Wall Street on Tuesday that the bank has squeezed out more profit under a plan to divest businesses, cut costs and clean up its mortgage business.
April 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau acknowledged there is a slim chance his controversial recess appointment could be overturned, according to an email obtained by a government watchdog group. "There is a chance (a minor chance in my view, though everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion) that the appointment would be invalidated by a court," Richard Cordray wrote to the agency's staff in a Feb. 6 email titled "Weekly Message. " The email came a little more than a month after President Obama installed Cordray as director with a recess appointment.
March 9, 2012 |
Spanx inventor Sara Blakely is a billionaire at 41 years old, according to the annual Forbes magazine list of billionaires. Blakely, the creator and owner of the line of women's and men's slimming, smoothing undergarments, is the youngest woman ever to make the list as a self-made billionaire, meaning she didn't inherit or marry into the money. She's one of several billionaires who appear on the cover of the latest Forbes issue. According to Forbes, Blakely was 29 when she was looking for something flattering to wear under her white slacks.
March 6, 2012 |
Mitt Romney squeezed past Rick Santorum to win Ohio's presidential primary, capturing the biggest Super Tuesday prize but raising enough doubts to quash hopes of quickly ending the Republicans' bruising nominating fight. A week after the former Massachusetts governor seemed to take command of the presidential race with victories in Arizona and, more significantly, his native state of Michigan, the contest was pitched into renewed upheaval. With more than 99% of the Ohio votes counted, Romney was clinging to a narrow lead of about 12,000 votes.
March 6, 2012 |
Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim lost nearly $500 million over the weekend but remains the world's richest person. Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, who ranks second, closed the gap a bit because he only lost about $100 million. The daily financial gyrations in the net worth of the world's richest people now can be followed like stock prices or baseball standings through the new Bloomberg Billionaires Index. "The index is a dynamic measure of the world's wealthy based on changes in markets, the economy and Bloomberg reporting," the financial news company said.
February 26, 2012 |
Reporting from Phoenix -- Make no mistake: Juan Uribe is still top-heavy. But Uribe reported to spring training over the weekend with a firmer-looking torso than he did in his disastrous first season with the Dodgers, when he appeared bloated and hit .204 with four home runs and 28 runs batted in. His shoulders and arms are heftier. His midsection isn't protruding as much. "I worked hard to try to regain what I lost last year," Uribe said. Before the Dodgers' projected starting third baseman can move forward, he must revisit the past.
February 6, 2012 |
The Kings beat the clock once this season, scoring the winner against Columbus last Wednesday at Staples Center despite a one-second timing pause late in the third period (more on that later). Now, can they beat the clock before the Feb. 27 trading deadline and make a deal to boost their anemic offense? The Kings' goals-per-game average shrank to 2.09 after they started a six-game trip with a 1-0 loss at St. Louis and 2-1 loss at Carolina. Only the Dustin Brown - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams line has been reliable.