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July 11, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
SAN FRANCISCO - Considering that Steve Ballmer has been chief executive of Microsoft Corp. for more than a decade, it might sound strange to say this, but the company may finally be his. Whether that's for better or for worse remains to be seen. But in announcing a sweeping reorganization Thursday, Ballmer sought to distance Microsoft from its historic identity as the company that Bill Gates created. He emphasized that although the Windows operating system continues to be its bread-and-butter business, it's no longer how the Redmond, Wash., company wants to define itself.
July 2, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The major Hollywood studios and record companies are drawing up a new lesson plan in their efforts to discourage students from violating copyright laws. Industry groups, which several years ago sued college students for downloading illegal copies of movies and music, are taking a gentler approach to fighting piracy by urging Los Angeles schools to steer students to legitimate websites. In a letter sent Monday to Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. John Deasy, the Motion Picture Assn.
May 19, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
CANNES - The movie with the Nazi martial-arts fight and drag queens dressed as clowns had just ended when Nicolas Winding Refn, giddy with excitement, or as giddy as droll Danes get, leaned forward in his seat and initiated a rousing round of applause. The director he was cheering, the auteur-of-the-absurd Alejandro Jodorowsky, was sitting in front of Refn at the Cannes premiere of Jodorowsky's new film, titled “La Danza de la Realidad.” Refn soon bounded to his feet, hugged the octogenarian and kept the clapping going for nearly 10 minutes.
May 17, 2013 | By Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama said Friday he wanted to put more Americans to work by slashing the amount of time it takes to grant federal approval for big job-creating projects. But Obama's choice of venue for his remarks - a Baltimore company that makes mining and pumping equipment - provided fodder for Republicans. They noted that the company president had, just the day before, testified on Capitol Hill in support of the Keystone XL pipeline, which the Obama administration has delayed for years over environmental concerns.
May 15, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Subaru is recalling almost 5,400 cars to correct a problem that can cause a loss of steering in the vehicles. The automaker is recalling 5,379 Outback and Legacy cars from the 2013 model year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the inner and outer shafts of the steering column can become disconnected. That would cause the cars to lose the ability to steer, the agency said in a statement. No crashes or injuries have been reported as a result of the defect, said Michael McHale, a Subaru spokesman.
May 13, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
An estimated 340,000 Ford Super Duty pickup trucks are the subject of a federal investigation into potential loss of steering in the vehicles. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration said it opened the investigation on May 7 to look into complaints that the trucks' steering gear box can fail, leading to “a complete loss of steering control.” The issue affects only Ford's F250 and F350 Super Duty pickup trucks from model year...
May 4, 2013 | By Matea Gold, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - An influential network of some of the country's wealthiest liberal political donors is steering resources to an advocacy group backing President Obama's agenda and to organizations working to pass immigration reform, providing a surge of money that could boost the president's legislative goals. Democracy Alliance, an invitation-only group that makes funding recommendations to its members, selected the pro-Obama Organizing for Action and immigration reform groups such as the National Immigration Forum as some of its top 2013 priorities at its spring conference in Laguna Beach last week, according to leaders of the organization.
April 2, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
General Motors is recalling some model year 2013 Buick Encores with steering wheel fasteners that may not have been properly installed. The problem could cause the steering wheel to come loose or separate from the steering column. If the steering wheel separates from the steering column while driving, the ability to steer could be lost, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall involves 144 Encores equipped with a heated steering wheel and manufactured between Dec. 9 and Dec. 28. GM issued a statement about the recall, saying there were no known crashes or injuries related to the problem.
March 31, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers will start their season Monday with a record payroll of $230 million. But when they take the field at Dodger Stadium to face the San Francisco Giants, they are expected to do so with a shortstop earning $494,000. For all the money the Dodgers have spent in the last year adding star attractions such as Adrian Gonzalez and Zack Greinke, they will be depending on unheralded players at some key positions - Justin Sellers at shortstop, Luis Cruz at third base, Mark Ellis at second base and A.J. Ellis at catcher.
February 28, 2013 | Henry Chu
They packed St. Peter's Square when he was named the new pope, and they came again by the thousands to see him off. On the eve of his retirement as head of the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI recalled the joy and burden of leadership Wednesday at a final general audience on which cheering devotees and a late-winter sun both smiled warmly. The eight years of his papacy, Benedict told the crowd, had been a grand journey, sometimes smooth, sometimes turbulent, but always steered by God. "The Lord did not let us founder....
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