September 11, 2013 |
The two catamarans zipping across San Francisco Bay in the America's Cup finals each weighs about 163 tons less than America, the winning yacht in 1851 and namesake for sports' oldest active trophy. The lighter load obviously helps these boats achieve speeds up to 50 mph, but there's much more to their design; both are engineering marvels that maximize the energy provided by wind and water. The AC72 (America's Cup, 72 feet long) catamarans are defending America's Cup champion Oracle Team USA, owned by billionaire Larry Ellison, and challenger Emirates Team New Zealand.
September 5, 2013 |
The less seriously the genial French comedy "Populaire" takes itself, the more amusing it is. Fortunately, with small exceptions, this film doesn't take itself very seriously at all. Nominated for five Cesars and a box-office hit in France, "Populaire" is, for the most part, the fluffiest of French light comedies, though its accomplished stars, Romain Duris and Déborah François, have previously made strong impressions in serious roles: Duris in...
September 4, 2013 |
CARACAS, Venezuela - With parts of Venezuela still dark after a mysterious blackout that left the capital and 17 states without electricity, President Nicolas Maduro laid the blame on opposition sabotage as his government scrambled to respond to the power failure. The power shutdown began midday Tuesday after an apparent failure in high voltage transmission lines in Aragua and Guarico states, which led to total outage in several of the country's most populous areas. Power was restored by early Wednesday to most of metropolitan Caracas, the capital, and a dozen states, according to the government.
August 30, 2013 |
Teemu Selanne decided to return and retire Friday, the Ducks' 43-year-old legend announcing in a humorous video that he'll play the 2013-14 season, his last as an NHL player. "I'm very happy, very excited," Selanne said after spending another summer in his native Finland mulling the decision. "Obviously, we have a good team. We have all the tools to go all the way. " The defending Pacific Division-champion Ducks will pay Selanne $2 million, a cut from his $4.5-million salary last season, according to a hockey official unauthorized to speak publicly about financial information.
August 26, 2013 |
The world's biggest burger chain is branching into a new realm of finger food, rolling out chicken Mighty Wings nationally starting Sept. 9. The lightly-breaded, bone-in drummettes and wingettes will come in three-, five- and 10-piece options, the company confirmed Monday. The choice of nine sauces include Chipotle Barbeque Sauce, Creamy Ranch Sauce, Honey, Honey Mustard Sauce, Hot Mustard Sauce, Spicy Buffalo Sauce, Sweet Chili Sauce, Sweet 'N Sour Sauce and Tangy Barbeque Sauce.
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August 14, 2013 |
Days ago, critics of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca openly fretted that he was going to cruise to a fifth term in office. But on Wednesday, the field of potential challengers suddenly grew. A retired commander who made a name for himself by publicly exposing abuses inside the agency's jails declared his candidacy. Hours later, a source confirmed that Baca's ousted undersheriff planned an announcement Thursday of his bid to unseat the sheriff. Then, another source close to Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino said the former LAPD senior lead officer has been approached about running, but has not made a decision.
August 12, 2013 |
Looking back at the weekend in auto racing, when Kyle Busch won a NASCAR thriller at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International and the American Le Mans Series made some news in Wisconsin, five things come to mind: 1. Put a road course in NASCAR's Chase for the Cup. Sunday's race at Watkins Glen was frenetic and compelling down to the last turn. Again. The race jumbled the Chase standings. Again. So why not make a road course (Sonoma is the other option) one of the 10 races that decide NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series champion?
July 16, 2013 |
Dustin Penner spoke of something being "rekindled," his comfort with old friends and teammates, and his scoring touch being foremost in his thoughts as the former King signed a one-year contract to rejoin the Ducks on Tuesday. Penner's contract is worth $2 million, according to a hockey official not authorized to comment publicly. "Just past experiences … more times than not it can happen again," said Penner, referring to his 29-goal season in 2006-07 alongside Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry when the team won the Stanley Cup. "I remain good friends with Getz and Perry.
July 9, 2013 |
Who says President Obama isn't a unifier? Last week, this newspaper's Edmund Sanders reported from Cairo "As rival camps of Egyptians protest for and against the toppling of President Mohamed Morsi, there is a rare point of agreement: America is to blame. " Both the Muslim Brotherhood and the coalition arrayed against it believe that the United States is against them. And, amazingly, both sides have a point. Obama supported Hosni Mubarak, our geriatric dictator-client, right up until the moment Mubarak needed us most.
July 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - When House Republicans file into the Capitol on Monday to start thrashing out a response to the Senate's landmark immigration bill, former President George W. Bush will be presiding over a ceremony for new U.S. citizens at his newly minted library in Dallas. In a keynote address to mark the center's first major policy event, Bush will argue that overhauling the nation's immigration laws will be good for the country. A panel discussion titled "What Immigrants Contribute" will follow.