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April 26, 2013 |
Supporters of a UCLA water polo player arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting another student have created a YouTube video proclaiming his innocence. The 76-second video - titled "Hakop Kaplanyan - Innocence 2013" - lauds Kaplanyan's athletic accomplishments, calling him "dedicated, intelligent, honest, optimistic and caring. " The freshman "is facing a rough obstacle," people in the video say, "being accused of actions that he did not commit. " "Our friend Hakop is trying to prove his innocence," they said.
April 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A cable signed by then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton proposed scaling back security personnel in the Libyan city of Benghazi five months before militants there killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, according to an interim report by House Republicans. It is unclear whether Clinton personally authored the cable, a copy of which was not included in the report. Cables from Washington typically go out under the name of the secretary of State even though almost all are written by staff members.
April 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Organizing for Action, President Obama's nonprofit advocacy organization, has sought to be nimble as it ramps up a national effort to back his agenda on gun control measures and immigration reform. But it appears the group didn't move swiftly enough to protect its presence online. An arbitrator has denied the organization's effort to obtain the domain name organizingforaction.net, registered by a quick-moving computer technician in Castle Rock, Colo., on Jan. 18, when the news broke that Obama's former advisors were launching the group.
March 29, 2013 |
Even television viewers accustomed to ad-skipping have doubtless caught the latest Target commercial promoting Justin Timberlake's third album, "The 20/20 Experience. " A new online video takes viewers behind the scenes, showing the candid -- by that we mean, excited to the point of tears -- reactions of the 20 JT fans drafted to perform his newly released single "Mirrors. " The amateur performers thought they were on stage to sing the song, but had no idea they would meet the pop music icon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2013 |
The high school senior who asked supermodel Kate Upton to his prom will have to find another date. He finally got an answer, and it's not good news for 17-year-old Jake Davidson, who attends Milken Community High School in Sherman Oaks. Upton told People magazine that she's booked, and her schedule won't allow it. But she did say that the invitation made her feel great. Davidson had invited Upton to the prom with a YouTube video that went viral, with more than 2 million views.
March 23, 2013 |
For activists, the video is not only an animal execution on tape, it's a public challenge. The clip, posted on YouTube, shows an employee of a southeastern New Mexico slaughterhouse - a business that is seeking federal approval to slaughter horses - shooting a colt between the eyes with a .45-caliber handgun after he taunts activists who have opposed reintroducing horse slaughter in the U.S. Then Tim Sappington walks away from the downed horse,...
March 7, 2013 |
In a video posted Thursday, Facebook explains that its renovated News Feed is intended to clean up the site's design. The new version of the feature has bigger picture thumbnails, shows larger maps when friends check in and shows larger previews for articles users share. Facebook has also introduced a feed switch, so users can toggle between the type of content that they want to look at. This includes photo feeds, music feeds, all friends feeds and others. LIVE DISCUSSION: Join us at 2:30 p.m. "By providing these different feeds, that really empowers people to see the things they care about most," a Facebook employee says in the YouTube video . In pictures and on video, the new design looks clean, but will users embrace it?
March 5, 2013 |
This is wild. Musician J. Viewz goes to the market, buys some random vegetables -- eggplant, mushrooms, grapes, carrots -- and wires them up as MIDI instruments. Then he sets about performing a vegetable kingdom version of Massive Attack's “Teardrop,” which you can watch on his YouTube video . To note: J. Viewz is actually the stage name of electronic music producer Jonathan Dagan. Via Freunde von Freunden . ALSO: A voyeuristic view into strangers' refrigerators 5 Questions for Mattew Dickson 5 great beer stores you should know about Twitter.com/sirenevirbila
February 23, 2013 |
Ha! I was just starting to write a post about Mira Winery in Napa Valley experimenting with aging wine in the ocean - yes, it's true! - when a video showing just what they're up to popped in my in-box. According to the winery, divers have placed four cases of the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon in specially designed cages in Charleston Harbor. Why? Mira Winery president Jim "Bear" Dyke Jr. has Charleston, S.C., roots. "The South is beginning to really distinguish itself as a food and wine destination," he says on the two-minute YouTube video . Okay, but why put wines in the ocean?
February 14, 2013 |
The strangest part of this story may be that in the middle of World War II, 74-year-old British author H.G. Wells took a train to Texas to speak to a meeting of the United States Brewers Assn. I can't quite figure out why he was tapped to speak there; perhaps he simply liked beer. By 1940, Wells had published almost all of his fiction, his fantastical works helped shape science fiction that would come later. Some of his most lasting works, all written before 1900, include "The Time Machine," "The Island of Doctor Moreau," "The Invisible Man" and "The War of the Worlds.