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June 29, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
LAS VEGAS - Any hard-core horological enthusiast will be quick to tell you that there's always been a lot more to a high-end wristwatch than tracking the hours, minutes and seconds. But that doesn't mean luxury watch brands aren't continually trying to add new bells and whistles (figuratively and in some cases literally) to their collections of wrist candy. The recent JCK Swiss Watch and Couture Jewelry shows here were full of watches that did more - in some cases a lot more - than simply relay the time, as well as others that told the time in very unexpected ways.
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WORLD
April 26, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis
As many as 1 million pilgrims and other visitors are expected at the Vatican on Sunday for the canonization of two of the most influential popes of the 20th Century, John Paul II and John XXIII. Pope Francis will be assisted during the sainthood ceremony by retired Pope Benedict XVI, the first time two living pontiffs will help canonize a pair of their predecessors. Giant screens have been erected in piazzas throughout the city for those unable to get into St. Peter's Square for the Mass, which is expected to begin at 10 a.m. local time (1 a.m. PST)
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BUSINESS
November 23, 1987
Collectibles are usually kept under lock and key for safekeeping. Kenneth Jacobs sells collectibles that people wear on their wrists. Jacobs sells vintage, wind-up wristwatches from the 1930s, '40s and '50s. Made obsolete by modern day electronic quartz watches, the old-fashioned mechanical watches have become a popular collectors item. More recently, however, more and more consumers are wearing these watches instead of storing them away.
NATIONAL
April 25, 2014 | By David Willman
WASHINGTON - Amid concerns about its effectiveness and multibillion-dollar cost, the Department of Homeland Security has canceled plans to install an automated technology that was meant to speed the 24-hour operations of BioWatch, the national system for detecting a biological attack. The cancellation of the "Generation 3" acquisition was made Thursday at the direction of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, according to a memorandum circulated by Michael V. Walter, the BioWatch program manager.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2006
PATRICK GOLDSTEIN'S thoughtful "Films Caught in Political Cross-Fire" [Jan. 31] quotes Jason Apuzzo, speaking of "Brokeback Mountain," "Munich," "Good Night, and Good Luck," "Syriana," "Crash" and "The Constant Gardener": "Let's face it, nobody's going to see these films." The lowest-grossing movie among those is "Good Night, and Good Luck" at $25 million. (Most of the rest have grossed around $50 million.) That translates to well over 3 million tickets sold, which roughly equals the prime-time audience for Fox News.
NEWS
June 6, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
German luxury watch brand Nomos Glashütte has created two limited-edition mechanical watches to help support the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières .  Starting this month, special versions of the Nomos Tangente 38 and Tangente 33 will be available in the U.S., with $100 from the sale of each watch ($2,140 and $1,840, respectively) going directly to support the U.S. branch of the international group. What sets the watches apart -- besides the limited-edition run of 1,000 pieces of each model -- are the following details: a red 12, the name “Doctors Without Borders” at the bottom of the white silver-plated dial and black, oxidized hands (instead of the Tangente's usual tempered blue ones)
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April 24, 2011 | By Terry Gardner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"What if digital watches were as inventive and up to date as cellphones?" That question inspired watchmaker Donald Brewer to found Phosphor watches. And Brewer isn't the only watchmaker focused on creating timepieces that blend high tech with hip fashion. Here are four innovative timepieces priced from $150 to $118,500 that can make wearing time on your wrist fashionable and fun. Phosphor Appear Inspired by the old-fashioned, flip-dot time displays in train stations, the Appear's trademarked Micro-Magnetic Mechanical Digital (M3D)
SPORTS
August 8, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Your browser does not support iframes. They were stuck back in the trainer's small office, trying to watch the Olympic live Internet feed of Dodgers catcher Matt Treanor's wife, Misty May-Treanor, attempting to win a third consecutive gold medal, all crowded around a small laptop. And then the feed froze. Treanor knew his wife and her partner, Kerri Walsh Jennings, had won the first set in their beach volleyball match Wednesday and were within two points in the second set from earning the gold medal when the Internet connection was lost.
NEWS
March 11, 1992 | Times Staff Writer
Nearing the end of his first foreign visit since leaving office late last year, former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev waded in to glad-hand a group of well-wishers in the north German city of Guetersloh. He came away without his gold wristwatch, police said Tuesday.
SPORTS
October 3, 2010 | Mark Heisler
Having survived the hype for the free-agent Class of 2010, hopefully by changing channels with your trusty remote.... Who's up for the hype for the Class of 2011? If you aren't, better change channels again or turn this page, because it's here, along with that for the Class of 2012. With everyone excited about their teams, the NBA preseason is usually a down time for trades, but this fall is more like the summer of 2011, moved up. The Carmelo Anthony watch, which may stand down for a few days, weeks or months after Denver almost traded him to New Jersey, is only the start.
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
There was an open seat in Section 106 amid the sellout crowd at Staples Center. Row 10, Seat 14. It belonged to Mychal Thompson for Game 2 of the Clippers-Golden State Warriors playoff series. He wasn't sitting in it. One of the Lakers' radio voices, Thompson is better recognized these days as the father of Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson. He doesn't see his son play often in person and he didn't want to sit for Monday's game. Too nervous. The elder Thompson carved out some standing room near the tunnel by the Warriors' bench.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
After conquering the desert with star-studded sets at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival the last two weekends, Pharrell Williams' iron-clad grip on the pop conversation continues with his latest video, “Marilyn Monroe.” The video, which debuted Wednesday, doesn't boast much of a plot. It does, however, offer plenty of gorgeous women, flashy choreographed vignettes and lots of shots of his beloved, oversize hat. There's even an appearance by Kelly Osbourne. Here are five things we learned from watching: PHOTOS: Faces of Coachella 2014 1. He loves all kinds of women, OK. Pharrell faced some pretty harsh, and woefully unfair, criticism when he released the cover art to his album “Girl,” which featured him and three women all clad in robes and sunglasses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Angel Jennings, Richard Winton and James Rainey
To the 96,000 residents of Compton, the little Cessna would have looked like scores of other small planes that flew over the city each day. But anyone paying close attention might have noticed the single-engine craft kept circling the city in a continuous loop. What they could not have known was that it packed unusual cargo - a bank of a dozen wide-angle industrial imaging cameras. They recorded low-resolution images of every corner of the 10.1-square-mile city. For nine days in early 2012, the small plane beamed the images to the local Sheriff's Department station, where deputies observed fender benders, necklace snatchings and a shooting.
SCIENCE
April 22, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
Humans and other primates aren't the only members of the animal kingdom who can watch total strangers interact and figure out who's in charge. Ravens can do it too, according to a new study in the journal Nature Communications. Researchers at the University of Vienna said they had several reasons to suspect that ravens had the chops to understand the social hierarchy of unknown birds just by looking at them. For starters, ravens “are renowned for their relatively big brains,” they wrote.
SPORTS
April 22, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Kevin Durant is a superstar. We already knew that. But apparently we needed a reminder. With Oklahoma City trailing Memphis by five with about 20 seconds remaining in regulation, a pass from the Thunder's Russell Westbrook toward Durant was deflected by the Grizzlies' Tony Allen. Westbrook was able to recover the ball and sent an off-balance pass to Durant. The Thunder star was immediately pushed out of bounds by Marc Gasol, but not before putting up a prayer of a shot -- which somehow made it through the hoop for a three-pointer.
SCIENCE
April 22, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Live streaming video by Ustream The spacewalk tools have been laid out. The Quest airlock has been set up. There's a spacewalk coming, and you can watch it live right here. Early Wednesday morning NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson will don their spacesuits for a 2 1/2 -hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station. Barring any surprises, NASA's live coverage of the event will begin at 5:30 a.m. PDT. The spacewalk itself is scheduled to start at 6:20 a.m.  The spacewalk was ordered this month to replace a computer on the space station's exterior that failed during a routine check.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1989 | JOHN H. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A brazen gunman invaded the waiting lounge of a West Los Angeles automobile dealership Monday afternoon, shooting and wounding a customer in a scuffle for the victim's $20,000 gold Rolex watch, police said. The robber fled on foot with the watch, said Police Lt. Ron Hall. He said several people witnessed the incident at Martin Cadillac, 12101 W. Olympic Blvd., near Bundy Drive. "For him to come into this busy location . . . nothing comes to mind that was this brazen," Hall said.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
New SpaceX video shows its Falcon 9 Reusable rocket launching, hovering and then successfully landing again. The video has gone viral online with more than 2.4 million views as of early Monday afternoon. It's the first test flight of the F9R and an exciting moment for Elon Musk and company: Reusable rockets are the holy grail of rocketry . As the Los Angeles Times' W.J. Hennigan recently reported, a reusable system represents sizable savings in development and operation of the rocket.  Musk tweeted about the test flight, which was filmed by drone, on Friday -- the same day that a SpaceX Falcon 9 was blasting off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on a NASA cargo mission to the International Space Station.
SCIENCE
April 21, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks tonight, and you can watch it live online, right here. Beginning at 5 p.m. PDT, the astronomy website Slooh.com will live-stream video of the shower from one of its telescopes in North America. Each year in mid-April our planet passes through a trail of dust and debris left in the wake of comet Thatcher -- a long period comet that makes a complete orbit around the sun once every 415 years. As the Earth moves through Thatcher's debris stream, tiny bits of dust slam into our atmosphere at about 110,000 mph, creating streaks of light that shoot across the night sky. The Lyrid meteor shower is not the brightest or the biggest of the annual meteor showers, but it is one of the oldest known meteor showers.
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