February 8, 2014 |
The Lakers were down to five healthy and eligible players Wednesday night when center Robert Sacre picked up his sixth personal foul, fueling hope for a struggling Cleveland team that it would play the final 31/2 minutes with a man advantage. It was merely a Sacre-tease. An obscure NBA rule requiring each team to have five players on the floor nullified a Cavaliers power play. Sacre, though penalized with a technical foul, was allowed to remain in the game, and the Lakers won, 119-108.
February 6, 2014 |
Sony Corp., a struggling electronics maker trying to regain its once stalwart status, is undertaking a major restructuring that includes the sale of its PC division, a spinoff of its TV business and layoffs of thousands of employees. The Japanese tech giant said Thursday that it had decided to shed its Vaio personal computer brand after a "comprehensive analysis of factors, including the drastic changes in the global PC industry. " It is in talks to sell Vaio to Japan Industrial Partners Inc., a Japanese investment fund.
February 3, 2014 |
MOSCOW - Was it the influence of video games? A breakdown in respect for authority? Cuts in mental health services? In a phenomenon all too familiar to Americans, Russians searched for answers Monday after a 15-year-old student at a Moscow high school fatally shot a teacher and a police officer and held a class of 29 captive until he was persuaded by his father to release those in the room, officials said. Police then arrested him. The student reportedly was armed with a shotgun and possibly another weapon.
February 1, 2014 |
On Thursday, in the last line of the press release announcing Mayor Eric Garcetti's pick for general manager of the Department of Water and Power, was news of another hire: David Wiggs, it said, would return to the agency to serve as assistant general manager of its power system. Wiggs was previously general manager of the city-owned utility from 2001 to 2004, when he resigned for health reasons; he'd been on leave while undergoing treatment for cancer. He left, however, amid a scandal: A public relations firm with close ties to then-Mayor James Hahn had routinely overbilled the DWP. The utility was paying FleishmanHillard $3 million a year to improve its public image, and the firm worked closely with Wiggs, even writing his talking points when he spoke to the City Council.
January 31, 2014 |
Of all the surprises this season, this wasn't one of them: Pau Gasol was left off the All-Star team. Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni thinks he knows why. The Lakers (16-30) are 14th in the Western Conference. "When you're not in the top eight, top nine, I'm a firm believer that, you know what, numbers don't mean a whole lot if you're not winning," D'Antoni said Friday. "So you've got to be very careful about putting somebody on the All-Star team that doesn't have [victories]… unless you're in the East, probably.
January 30, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Does Google have an encore? The technology giant stunned the world with the surprise announcement Wednesday that it was selling its money-losing Motorola Mobility division to Lenovo. Now Google is gearing up to unveil its fourth-quarter results. Even before the Motorola announcement, expectations were high. Google is the big kahuna of online advertising. And in October 2013 it reported one of its best quarters. On Wednesday, just as Google was passing the Motorola hot potato, Facebook hit the equivalent of an earnings grand slam . Now Google will have to top all of that.
January 27, 2014 |
The Grammy Awards are first and foremost a celebration of pop music, but Sunday night's ceremony also had copious connections to the world of movies. Here's a look at some of the subtle and shameless film hyping, trailer dropping and Oscar campaigning. The evening's first two presenters were a past and a present Oscar nominee: Anna Kendrick, nominated for her supporting role in "Up in the Air" in 2010, and Pharrell Williams, nominated this year for the original song "Happy," from "Despicable Me 2. " When the behatted Williams asked Kendrick whether she had any Oscar advice for him, she replied, "Don't lose.
January 27, 2014 |
Blue-eyed people have been living in Europe for at least 7,000 years, scientists have discovered. A man who lived on the Iberian peninsula before Europeans became farmers probably had blue eyes but dark hair and skin, according to scientists who have sequenced his DNA. This surprising combination of eye, hair and skin coloring may have not have been unusual during his lifetime, but it is no longer seen among modern Europeans, the team reported ...
January 26, 2014 |
Betting on the outcome of the Grammys is always a losing game. And the nominations for the 56th annual ceremony prove the voting members of the Recording Academy are as broad as ever with their musical tastes. But history has shown that unpredictability could be the theme of the evening. Will 17-year-old Lorde make Grammy history? Will Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Robin Thicke's staggering chart prowess be rewarded by voters? Will a rap album take the night's top prize for the first time in a decade?
January 25, 2014 |
There may be 82 Grammy categories, but don't expect to see more than 10 of them on Sunday's telecast of the Grammy Awards. Instead, the three-plus-hour awards show is more of a televised concert, and this year, Paul McCartney, Daft Punk, Katy Perry and Lorde are among the scheduled performers. But if the Oscars brings more trophies to its live show, the Grammys packs more theater. The bulk of the Grammy awards are scheduled to be handed out Sunday afternoon during a pre-telecast ceremony that will be streamed starting at 1 p.m. on Grammy.com . That means the big show, which airs tape-delayed on CBS at 8 p.m. on the West Coast, can carry that much more drama.