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January 4, 2014 | Lauren Beale
Leonardo DiCaprio has sold his beach house compound in Malibu for $17.35 million. The leading man had leased out the oceanfront Cape Cod-inspired property in the summer of 2012 at $150,000 a month. Then about a year ago he put it up for sale at $23 million. The compound contains three recently remodeled homes on less than half an acre. There are a total of seven bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms in an undisclosed number of square feet. Outdoor features include a beach-facing deck with a transparent guardrail, a spa, a fire pit, gardens and lawn.
December 30, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Among all the challenges of sending robotic explorers to other planets and moons, nailing the landing has to be the most nail-biting part. Now, a team at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View has devised a strange, flexible "super ball bot" concept that could take a rough landing on another world's surface and use the same structure to start rolling like a tumbleweed around the terrain. The super ball bot is unlike any landing gear ever sent to another planet. For example, the 2004 Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity essentially used a giant airbag ball to cushion the spacecraft as it bounced across the surface.
November 18, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
When: 8. Where: Galen Center. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 710. Records: USC 2-1, Cal State Fullerton 2-1 Update: USC's freshmen are getting plenty of playing time. Guards Julian Jacobs and Kahlil Dukes and forwards Nikola Jovanovic and Roschon Prince combined to score 50 points in wins over Cal State Northridge and Northern Arizona. Jacobs leads the Trojans with 13 assists and is third with 17 rebounds. Coach Andy Enfield lists as his starters Jacobs, Jovanovic, guard Pe'Shon Howard, center Omar Oraby and guard Byron Wesley, who had a career-high 31 points against Northern Arizona.
November 14, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
NFL tonight INDIANAPOLIS (6-3) AT TENNESSEE (4-5) TV: NFL Network, 5:30 PST. Line: Colts by 3. Over/under: 421/2. Sam Farmer's pick: Nothing like the smelling salts of a 30-point loss to St. Louis to jar the Colts awake. They have a chance here to open a three-game lead in the AFC South, and they aren't going to let a backup quarterback beat them. Colts 24, Titans 17
October 25, 2013 | By Monte Morin
New images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal a land of liquid methane and ethane lakes spotting the north pole of Titan, Saturn's largest moon. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge released the new images this week, saying that a fortunate coincidence of seasonal change and spacecraft positioning made the pictures possible. "The view from Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer gives us a holistic view of an area that we'd only seen in bits and pieces before and at lower resolution," read a statement from Jason Barnes, a participating scientist at the University of Idaho, Moscow.
October 21, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Kenneth Stanley "Bud" Adams, owner of the Tennessee Titans and one of the founders of the American Football League, was found dead Monday at his Houston home. He was 90. Adams, an eccentric Texas oilman, lived alone and reportedly had not been seen since Saturday. He died of natural causes, the Titans announced. A sharply controversial figure in Houston, Adams moved the Oilers to Tennessee after the 1997 season because he could not strike a deal for a new, publicly funded stadium to replace the aging Astrodome.
October 21, 2013 | By David Ng
A violin that was played by a musician on the Titanic as the ship sank in 1912 has been sold at auction for more than $1.7 million, more than triple expectations. The instrument sold at a Saturday auction in Britain for £1.1 million, or about $1.78 million. It had been estimated that the selling price would be between £200,000 and £300,000. Henry Aldridge and Son, the British auction house that specializes in Titanic-related memorabilia and that held the auction, said the instrument was discovered in 2006, and was played by second-class passenger Wallace Hartley, who was one of hundreds who perished on the tragic night of April 14, 1912.
October 19, 2013 | By Henry Chu, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
LONDON -- The violin believed to have belonged to the bandleader on the Titanic fetched nearly $1.45 million at auction Saturday, becoming far and away the most expensive piece of memorabilia associated with the ocean liner ever to be sold. The British auction house Henry Aldridge & Son had originally expected the battered-looking instrument to sell for a third of that amount. But the legend surrounding the fiddle, its embodiment of the heroic self-sacrifice of a band that famously kept playing as the ill-fated ship met its watery doom, boosted bidding to stratospheric levels.
October 17, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - It's probably a myth that he played the hymn “Nearer, My God, to Thee” as the great ship sank, but the battered, seawater-damaged violin believed to have belonged to the bandleader on the Titanic is to go on auction this weekend. The instrument is likely to fetch the highest amount ever for a piece of Titanic memorabilia - up to nearly half a million dollars, the English auction house Henry Aldridge & Son said Thursday. For many devotees of the Titanic and of the movies it spawned, the story of the orchestra continuing to play to comfort or distract terrified passengers remains an emotional touchstone, the epitome of courage, calm and defiance in the face of impending doom.
October 12, 2013 | Sam Farmer
Six weeks ago, Alterraun Verner had no guarantees he'd be a starting cornerback for the Tennessee Titans. Today, he's made as big an impact as any defensive player in the NFL. What are the odds of that? Actually, Verner could calculate those for you. He was a math major at UCLA who went back to school a year after he was drafted and finished his degree. "I wanted to knock it out as soon as I could," Verner said by phone this week, during a break from preparations for Sunday's game at Seattle.
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