May 20, 2013 |
BAGHDAD - Car bombs around Iraq killed at least 65 people Monday amid the worst wave of violence in the country since U.S. troops withdrew a year and a half ago. The attacks, which occurred along busy commercial streets in Shiite and Sunni areas, followed a string of bombings and other attacks last week that killed more than 200 people. The ongoing violence has stoked the impression among Iraqis that the country is sliding back into chaos reminiscent of the civil war that claimed tens of thousands of lives between 2005 and 2008.
May 17, 2013 |
It hasn't even been on sale for a month, but already the Galaxy S 4 is about to sell its 10 millionth unit. Shin Jong-kyun, Samsung's co-chief executive, said the company believes the GS4 could hit that mark as soon as next week, according to the Korea Times. "It is selling much faster than the previous model S3,” Jong-kyun said on Thursday in Seoul. Samsung's Galaxy S III was one of the most popular smartphones to hit the market before the company rolled out the successor, GS4. Last year Samsung was also quick to hit the 10-million mark with the Galaxy S III, but that took all of two full months.
May 1, 2013 |
An air of finality might be the closest they get to catching a whiff of the Finals. The Lakers are done. The Clippers could be by Friday night. And to think some people actually wrote that these teams could go all the way. Oh, right. Sorry about that. Given the expectations, this could easily go down as the most disappointing NBA season in L.A. in the 29 years the city has hosted two teams. The Lakers were presumed Finals contenders who were supposed to challenge the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' record of 72 regular-season victories.
April 23, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Tuesday faced the most serious political crisis of his young government, an explosive dispute with rival parties over electoral dirty tricks that could imperil his ambitious reform plans. Peña Nieto's highly touted Pact for Mexico, a kind of blueprint for his administration's agenda that had seemed to have won consensus from most major political groups, was on the verge of collapse after fresh reports of vote-buying by the president's Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI. The government was forced to cancel a series of public events under the auspices of the Pact for Mexico to avoid the embarrassment of a boycott by the main opposition factions.
April 11, 2013 |
Uruguay is poised to become the second country in South America that allows gay marriage, after lawmakers approved a bill despite the objections of the Roman Catholic Church. President Jose Mujica is widely expected to sign the “equal marriage law,” which the nation's Congress approved Wednesday. The bill removes references to “husband and wife” in marriage contracts, substituting a gender-neutral term, and also allows couples of the same sex to adopt children. “A marriage is a union of two people who love each other,” leftist lawmaker Sebastian Sabini said Wednesday, according to El Observador . ”Nothing more and nothing less.” Before the vote, Catholic bishops in Uruguay said that the law “jeopardizes the rights of the child” and went beyond protecting the rights of gay couples to “assimilate these situations into marriage.” The bishops quoted the words of Pope Francis, who opposed gay marriage while serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires in neighboring Argentina, writing, “The identity and survival of the family is at stake.” Gay marriage opponents lost that fight in Argentina, the first country on the continent to allow same-sex couples to wed, and now appear to have lost it in Uruguay as well.
March 27, 2013 |
Using Walter Isaacson's best-selling biography as a frame, award-winning author Mari Yamazaki has created a manga version of the life of Apple founder Steve Jobs. It's being serialized in the Japanese comic magazine Kiss, alongside tales of teen love. So it's not surprising, then, that Jobs is portrayed as " a cute, doe-eyed kid who worries about whether his adoptive parents love him," writes Sam Byford at the Verge. In the first installment, he also grows into a rebellious teenager; the Verge has a shot of the frame in which Jobs reclines on the grass, smoking a joint.
March 11, 2013 |
Mike Azzie, a longtime friend of Oscar Pistorius, says the Olympic star is "on the verge of suicide" after being charged with the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. "I would say that, just speaking to him, that he is a broken man and that I would go as far to say that he would be on the verge of suicide," Azzie told South Africa's BBC3. "It really worries me. " Azzie said Pistorius "always seems to mention Reeva and to ask us to pray for her and her family. He has no confidence in his tone of voice and he is just a man that is almost like someone that is walking around in circles and doesn't know where he is going.
February 14, 2013 |
U.S. skier Ted Ligety is on the verge of joining some elite company. He has already won gold medals in the super-G and super-combined at the world championships in Austria this week, so if Ligety wins the giant slalom Friday, he will become the first man to win three or more gold medals at a world championships since skiing legend Jean-Claude Killy won four gold medals in 1968. By the way, Ligety's specialty is the giant slalom, and he is favored to win Friday. So, no pressure at all. “I did not expect to have two gold medals,” Ligety said.
January 22, 2013 |
SEATTLE - This is a city that knows how to nurse a grudge. Seattle basketball fans never got over their anger when Starbucks Chief Executive Howard Schultz signed the deal in 2006 that would ultimately send the beloved SuperSonics to Oklahoma City. Try Googling "Howard Schultz" and, take your pick, "traitor," "Howard the Coward" or "evil incarnate. " Fan forums endured for years sharing venom and regret over the team's reemergence in 2008 as the Oklahoma City Thunder. Guys in Sonics hats showed up at Schultz's book signing at a Costco in 2011 and proudly videotaped themselves getting thrown out. A documentary film, "Sonicsgate," explored in excruciating detail the raw deal that preceded the transfer and the civic pain that ensued.
January 3, 2013 |
Andy Reid is on the verge of becoming the new coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, according to an ESPN report citing unnamed league sources. The report said there are still minor details to work out but that Reid and Chiefs officials met for nine hours Wednesday at a private airport in the Philadelphia area and that “the major issues have been discussed and agreed upon.” Reid had been scheduled to talk to the Arizona Cardinals about their coaching...