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September 19, 2013 | Steve Chawkins
Donkey Kong, Super Mario Brothers, Legend of Zelda: For Hiroshi Yamauchi, the hits kept coming - but he enjoyed none of them. "I have better things to do" than play video games, he told interviewers. Yamauchi, a gruff and uncompromising businessman who autocratically transformed Nintendo from a purveyor of playing cards to a gaming gargantuan, died in Japan on Thursday of pneumonia, his company said. He was 85. He ran the company for 52 years, until his retirement in 2002.
August 29, 2013 | By Melissa Pandika
You don't need to worry about walking on thin ice on Titan. The icy shell that encapsulates Saturn's largest moon is tougher and thicker than previously thought, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Like Earth's crust, Titan's icy surface floats atop a dense ocean. Earlier studies have suggested this outer layer is thin and flexible. But new data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft point to an extremely thick, rigid shell with massive underwater “roots.” While analyzing Cassini's latest gravity and topography measurements, astrophysicists at UC Santa Cruz and other institutions  noticed something unusual.
August 16, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
This weekend, audiences will get the chance to watch Steve Jobs, a man they've spent decades seeing in the news or their mind's eye, on the big screen, looking a little like a famous actor. “Jobs,” Joshua Michael Stern's take on the late icon, hits theaters after earlier premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, as Ashton Kutcher puts his best bare foot forward as the Apple founder. So it goes for actors these days. Older actors want to play monarchs and presidents. Younger performers once wanted to play rock stars.
July 31, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK -- Another Wall Street tycoon has reportedly joined the battle over Herbalife Ltd., the Los Angeles nutritional products maker. George Soros, the legendary investor known for his support of liberal causes, has taken a big bet on Herbalife, according to the financial news network CNBC. Soros has purchased a significant chunk of Herbalife shares, wagering that the company's fortunes will rise, according to the the television station, which cited anonymous sources. A spokesman for Soros declined to comment.
July 24, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Tennessee Titans rookie Jonathan Willard was driving to his first NFL training camp Tuesday when he noticed something wrong up ahead. “I saw this car in front of me, and it had all kinds of black smoke coming out of it,” the former Clemson star  told TigerNet that night. “I tried to speed up and get up next to the car to let them know the car was on fire.” By the time the car pulled over, Willard said, it was in flames. The undrafted free-agent signee said he and another man got three children and their dog to safety before finally persuading the kids' mother to leave the vehicle.
July 22, 2013 | By Alexei Koseff
WASHINGTON - It seems a more fitting subject for an Edgar Allan Poe story: a towering maroon blossom that emits the odor of rotting flesh. Up to 20,000 visitors packed the U.S. Botanic Garden on Monday to catch a whiff of the rare titan arum bloom, also known as the corpse flower, before the short-lived flowering ends. Found in the tropical rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia, the titan arum takes years to bloom, but its inflorescence, one of the largest in the world, remains open for only 24 to 48 hours.
July 18, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton
Enjoy the stock market's latest record while you can. The Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index both turned in fresh highs Thursday, propelled by favorable earnings and a drop in jobless claims. Share prices also got a boost from the latest congressional testimony by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, who reiterated the central bank's commitment to its economic stimulus efforts. But Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. uncorked disappointing earnings after the market closed, with both stocks getting clipped in after-hours trading.
July 12, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Remember the old days when the best way to get a seat for a live event was to camp out in line to make sure you beat the crowds? Lots of times such activities turned into a big, overnight parties with hordes of people with a common interest coming together to do something a little bit nutty, all in the name of having a good time and getting good seats. And you didn't have to deal with a perky news reporter waking you up hours before tickets went on sale because there were plenty of others there to bother with inane questions.
July 11, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
A Silicon Valley congressman who has held elected offices for more than three decades may have counted on a cakewalk to reelection. But his main challenger, a fellow Democrat backed by President Obama's former campaign advisors, is suddenly making the contest competitive - and one closely watched in Washington. Rep. Michael M. Honda of San Jose has voted in lockstep with Obama's agenda and has caused no controversy. But the former Obama advisors have picked his reelection race as one of a handful of high-priority contests across the nation, saying Silicon Valley needs a fresh, more aggressive representative in Congress.
June 13, 2013 | T.J. Simers
I am supposed to be resting after a trying week of golf in the Lake Tahoe area. But my blood is boiling, the Dodgers are infuriating and so why do we let our youngsters watch baseball? I begin with Monday night. I like listening to Vin Scully . He relaxes me, not to say his stories put me to sleep, but he would laugh if I hinted as much. The Dodgers are winning, and everyone knows they will win if they don't bring in Brandon League , except the team's manager. League bombed out as a closer in Seattle, which is why he's now employed by the Dodgers.
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