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BUSINESS
October 10, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Volvo Trucks has been targeting the viral-video market with its "live test" campaign. The latest stunt film in the series, released Thursday, features a Volvo FL truck chased by bulls in Spain. "The Chase" is an ad, yes, but it's also a rollicking bit of fun, and you can see why previous entries in this series have gained Web viewers -- including " The Hook ," which saw the president of Volvo Trucks standing on the front panel of a construction truck dangling 66 feet above the ocean.
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NEWS
October 2, 2013 | By Paul Thornton
Good news, President Obama: Americans support the Affordable Care Act, as Jimmy Kimmel showed Tuesday night. The bad news: They hate Obamacare. Of course, we all know that "Obamacare" is the pejorative shorthand for the Affordable Care Act, Obama's 2010 healthcare reform law being held ransom by House Republicans who cite the American people's dislike of the legislation as their reason for bringing much of the federal government to a halt. Correction: As Kimmel showed , some of us know.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2013 | By David Ng
John Calvert, a Hollywood illusionist whose magic tricks won him numerous fans as well as several film roles, including three movies during the 1940s in which he played the detective known as the Falcon, has died. He was 102. Calvert died Friday in Lancaster, according to the International Brotherhood of Magicians. No cause was given. Hollywood's Magic Castle said on its Facebook page Friday: "We are very sad to report that Mr. John Calvert, our oldest performing magician, has passed away at the age of 102. " Calvert impressed many of Hollywood's most famous personalities with his sleight-of-hand tricks, and he invited some of them to perform in his stage shows.
SPORTS
September 20, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The moral of the story is: Don't try to jump over a moving car. Kobe Bryant's famous video from 2008, a commercial for Nike's Hyperdunk, appeared to show him jumping over a speeding Aston Martin -- only it never happened. Bryant's commercial was all special effects, which the Lakers guard acknowledged as soon as the video made its splash. The show "Sport Science" attempted to re-create the actual stunt, but as the video below shows, it's just too dangerous. As the ill-fated jump illustrates, the timing is just too hard to calculate with the naked eye. Part 1 Part 2 Bryant's clip certainly made an impression.
BUSINESS
September 9, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Mic Rodgers, Mel Gibson's stunt double until the late 1990s, and his wife, Robyn Britton, have sold their home in Agoura Hills for $1.85 million to psychologist Morris Halperin. The Craftsman-inspired contemporary, built in 2005, features high ceilings, a combined kitchen/family room, an office, a craft room, four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and 3,662 square feet of living space. There is a two-car garage off the main house. The one-acre property contains a swimming pool, a spa and a 1,340-square-foot Craftsman-style building with a workshop, a bathroom and indoor parking for five more cars.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
When a production benefits the Bulgarian economy as much as "Getaway" apparently did, it might seem mean-spirited to knock it. And when its wall-to-wall car stunts are the real, metal-on-metal deal, shot in the streets of the capital city, that's worth noting. But unless you're a demolition-derby fetishist or a connoisseur of vehicular mayhem, none of that will buy you a thrill in this video game posing as a movie, a preposterously plotted kidnapping story starring a high-performance Mustang.
NATIONAL
August 27, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- A clown banned from the Missouri State Fair for his involvement in a skit that mocked President Obama said that he has received death threats and complained that "a lot of people have lost their ability to laugh. " "I've had one lady spit in my face," Tuffy Gessling told Kansas City's KCTV . "Look at the country as a whole. There's a lot more to be mad at than a rodeo clown at a rodeo trying to make somebody laugh," he said.  Although it was another clown who wore the Obama mask during a bull-riding contest as the crowd was asked whether they wanted to see Obama "run down by a bull," Gessling has told media outlets that the skit was his idea.
NATIONAL
August 14, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Expect a kinder, gentler Missouri State Fair from here on out. This week, the Missouri State Fair Commission ordered that officials and contractors hired by the state's rodeo association -- which would include cowboys and clowns -- complete sensitivity training before they are allowed to perform at the state fair again. What could prompt such a thing? The jeers of a clown. In a provocative bit of satire that went viral, a rodeo clown in Sedalia put a broomstick up his pants, donned a Barack Obama mask and asked the crowd whether it wanted to see a bull run over the president.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The Bloodhound Gang was ordered not to perform at a Russian music festival over the weekend after a recent incident in Ukraine that involved the Russian flag. According to CNN , Jared Hasselhoff, a member of the Pennsylvania-based rock band best known for its goofy 1999 hit "The Bad Touch," stuffed the Russian flag down his pants during a concert Wednesday in the Ukrainian city of Odessa. "Don't tell Putin," the bassist reportedly said. TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts Video footage that appears to show the stunt -- and contains plenty of explicit language -- has turned up on YouTube, which may be why Russian officials canceled the Bloodhound Gang's appearance at the Kubana music festival, held over the weekend in Krasnodar Krai.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Mic Rodgers, known for his work as Mel Gibson's stunt double up until the late 1990s, and wife, Robyn Britton, have listed their home in an equestrian community in Agoura Hills at $1.999 million.  The contemporary Craftsman-style house, custom built by the couple in 2006, features an office, a playroom, a craft room, a combined kitchen/family room, four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and 3,662 square feet of living space. Ceiling heights range from 9 to 17 feet, and clerestory windows bring light into the interiors.
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