June 10, 2011 |
Firefighters raced to shore up lines of defense before flame-whipping gusts sweep through Arizona's White Mountains, where the Wallow fire has charred more than 400,000 acres of pine and spruce and pushed thousands of people out of their homes. Aided by a second day of light winds, more than 3,000 firefighters on Friday attacked the conflagration, which has destroyed at least 29 homes, the majority in the resort town of Greer, and threatened 5,200 more. A major part of the blaze was reportedly 5% contained Friday morning, as a grayish haze coated the sky, but the kind of stiff winds that fanned it across the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests and toward the New Mexico border were expected to return by mid-Saturday.
May 26, 2011 |
Dear SOS: On a recent visit to the Philadelphia area, I encountered the absolute best Welsh rarebit at a local British pub. The Whip Tavern serves a rarebit that combines good English cheddar and Stilton cheeses with Smithwick's Irish Ale, spiced with a bit of British mustard. Served with crostini. Stunning. Now 3,000 miles away, I am trying to re-create this marvelous dish. Can you get us the recipe for this great comfort food, please? WIlliam McCuskey Los Angeles Dear William: The Whip Tavern was happy to share its recipe for this rich, cheesy dish, browned under a broiler and served alongside plenty of crostini for dipping.
April 24, 2011 |
Debris from scores of flattened homes littered neighborhoods in St. Louis on Saturday, as cleanup crews combed through the wreckage and airport workers attempted to shore up ravaged terminals after a fast-moving series of storms and tornadoes barreled through the city. The storm system in Missouri formed Friday afternoon west of Jefferson City and tore into the St. Louis area that evening, said Scott Truett, a forecaster for the National Weather Service's office there. A tornado that touched down in the town of Bridgeton, just northwest of the airport, brought winds of 166 to 200 mph, Truett said.
March 19, 2011 |
Ducks winger Corey Perry was near the end of a shift and was exhausted. So when teammate Cam Fowler passed the puck up ice to him and he chugged into a clear lane on the right wing he had only one thought in mind. "I just closed my eyes and shot," he said. When he opened his eyes his teammates were rushing to congratulate him for a wicked snap shot that glanced off the glove of Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick and into the net 1 minute and 32 seconds into overtime Saturday, giving the Ducks a 2-1 victory in a physical and tense game at Staples Center.
March 4, 2011 |
One of South Korea's biggest recent hits in movie theaters, "Detective K" is a slapdash mixture of comedy, mystery, action and historical drama that proves diverting in spots but mostly exhausts with its genre-jumping restlessness. Set in the Joseon dynasty of the 18th century, director Kim Suk-yoon's epic yarn concerns the investigative efforts of a whip-smart, king-commissioned detective (Kim Myung-min) trying to solve a series of murders that might have something to do with embezzled taxes, a sultry female trade magnate (Han Ji-min)
February 10, 2011 |
Sen. Jon Kyl, the second-highest ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate, announced Thursday that he will not run for reelection, setting off a scramble for a seat long considered safe for the GOP. Kyl, 68, who was first elected in 1994, said he had no health or other issues leading him to retire, but that it was the right time to step down. "It's time for me to have an opportunity to do something else," the Arizona senator said at a news conference in downtown Phoenix, with his wife, Carol, at his side.
February 10, 2011 |
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, will not seek reelection to the seat he has held for three terms. Kyl announced his retirement at an Arizona news conference. “There is no other reason than the fact it is time,” Kyl said. “It is time for me to do something else and time to give someone else a chance.” Kyl's retirement is the fifth in the Senate as Republicans and Democrats gear up for 2012, when control of the chamber will be up for grabs.
February 8, 2011 |
The young lawyer sat in a cafe, burn marks on his hands, purple and yellow bruises hidden under the legs of his jeans. He knows he might be followed, but he doesn't care. He says that telling his story might be the only way to protect himself. Mohamed Badr is among dozens of middle-class Egyptians, many of them never in trouble before, who were picked up by the state security apparatus after their country erupted in protest against President Hosni Mubarak. Among the most prominent is Wael Ghonim, the senior marketing executive for Google Inc. in the Middle East and one of the architects of the demonstrations.
November 29, 2010 |
A visit to Las Vegas can now include a cooking class and a gourmet meal without ever leaving your luxurious suite. The Signature at MGM Grand, a three-tower, upscale hotel tucked behind its much-bigger brother, MGM Grand, offers in-room culinary classes provided through 30-minute television programs featuring the hotel's chefs. Guests booking the "Signature Dish" package can choose one of three dishes -- scallop risotto, tandoori chicken curry or baked ziti -- and then simply follow along.
November 14, 2010 |
Rep. Kevin McCarthy wasn't content to stay in his Bakersfield district this campaign season. Instead, he traveled to Frog Jump, Tenn., Lake Oswego, Ore., Sioux Falls, S.D., and dozens of other places to help elect fellow Republicans. The airport hassles, long drives and uncomfortable nights at budget motels are paying off. This week McCarthy is expected to be elected House majority whip, his party's No. 3 leadership job, after winning only his third term in Congress ? a reward for his work in helping to bring the Republicans to power.