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October 11, 2013 |
Past the neatly coordinated neighborhoods, the master-planned homes and immaculate lawns, on an old military runway in Irvine, a community that imagines life on a smaller scale has taken root. There, hundreds of college students from across the U.S., Canada and Europe have designed and built 19 solar-powered homes in a unique competition to see which will emerge as the most cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. Sponsored by the Department of Energy, the Solar Decathlon is a rigorous competition - the rule book is 68 pages long and regulates everything from acceptable average interior temperature (71 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit)
October 3, 2013 |
FXX may be the home of the comedy "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," but Exxon isn't laughing about the new cable network's logo. The oil giant has filed suit in Houston claiming that the "FXX" logo rips off the trademarked Exxon brand. Both logos prominently feature joined double Xs. Exxon says that causes confusion among consumers and makes it look as if FXX -- which launched Sept. 2 and is the baby sibling to the established cable network FX, both part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
September 9, 2013 |
Patrick Stewart is a married man - again! The "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "X-Men" star, 73, has married longtime girlfriend Sunny Ozell, 35, a jazz singer-songwriter. Stewart confirmed the news on Twitter, posting a carefree snapshot of himself and his new Mrs. concealed from the neck down in a children's ball pit. "Yes, married," Stewart wrote. PHOTOS: Celebrity portraits by The Times Us Weekly reported that the wedding took place Sunday, though details were sparse; however, Stewart's rep confirmed the union to People too. The photo of the smiling couple did not accentuate their 38-year age gap at all...
September 8, 2013 |
The Obama administration - with the backing of key Republicans in Congress - is poised to embark on a strategy that entails punitive airstrikes on Syrian government positions and stepped-up lethal aid to moderate elements of the Syrian opposition. So far, however, the Syrian opposition has been unable to win significant support from the country's ethnic and religious minorities. Without such support, the opposition is unlikely to prevail even with stepped-up U.S. assistance. Moreover, the inability of the Syrian rebels, who are almost all Sunni Muslim Arabs, to win over the country's Kurds, Alawites and Christians raises the question of whether their victory is even desirable.
August 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The latest in a long line of presidential pets - who could forget Roosevelt's Fala or Clinton's Socks? - has arrived at the White House, and her name is Sunny. The White House on Monday announced the debut of the 1-year-old Portuguese water dog, the same breed as the first First Dog, Bo. The Obamas have taken to the furry black pooches because of allergies in the family. Sunny is named after her disposition, the White House said - not, as some may assume, wishful economic forecasts for Obama's second term.
August 10, 2013 |
CAIRO - When Hosni Mubarak ruled Egypt, Ahmed Helal was locked up four times in Tora prison, officials' favorite detention facility for perceived enemies of the state. Each time, he was arrested in the middle of the night and thrown in with scores of others whose only offense, they believed, was being Shiite Muslims. But Egypt's Shiite community - a small, reticent minority in a country dominated by Sunni Muslims - would come to view Mubarak's three-decade reign almost as the good old days.
July 28, 2013 |
OAKLAND -- Center fielder Mike Trout was blinded by the light Sunday, losing two fly balls in the sun that dropped for run-scoring hits in the Oakland Athletics' 10-6 come-from-behind victory over the Angels in the Oakland Coliseum. "Those are things you can't control," Trout said after the Angels blew leads of 5-0 in the second inning and 6-5 in the sixth to fall 13 games behind the first-place A's in the American League West. "You can't catch what you can't see. " The Angels scored four runs in the first inning on run-scoring singles by Howie Kendrick and Mark Trumbo and a two-run single by Alberto Callaspo . Erick Aybar tripled and scored on Kendrick's groundout in the second.
July 9, 2013 |
BEIRUT - A car bomb that injured dozens Tuesday in the urban heartland of the Hezbollah movement renewed fears that the sectarian-fueled strife in Syria was migrating into neighboring Lebanon. Officials from various political movements and religious groups denounced the attack - which occurred as residents were preparing for the start of Ramadan, a Muslim month of fasting - as an effort to sow discord in Lebanon. A fragile peace has held for almost a quarter of a century, since the end of the Lebanese civil war in 1990.
June 22, 2013 |
CAIRO - Hezbollah's march into the Syrian civil war on behalf of President Bashar Assad is adding to tension along sectarian fault lines in a region increasingly roused by geopolitical maneuverings that are fueled by religious passions. Popular uprisings that overthrew secular autocrats in Egypt and other countries once enthralled Shiite and Sunni Muslims alike. But the replacement of fallen leaders by Islamist parties has further provoked the age-old vitriol between the sects, threatening to turn the Syrian battleground into a wider religious war. Hezbollah, long a proxy for Shiite-dominated Iran, is helping battle largely Sunni rebel forces seeking to overthrow Assad, a fellow ally of Iran whose Alawite faith is a spinoff of Shiite Islam.
June 8, 2013 |
BEIRUT - He sits on a couch in an inconspicuous building in a southern suburb of Beirut. A baseball cap pulled down low, his eyes twitching, Hassan, a Hezbollah squad leader, describes killing more than 20 men in three weeks in the Syrian town of Qusair. "It was a street war. We went from room to room, from house to house, from window to window," said Hassan, who is in his late 30s and sports a light beard. "It was guerrilla warfare with gangs, not a war with a traditional army....