Archive for December 22nd, 2013



In the world of pinball, an underdog takes on the giant

A New Jersey startup is trying to shake up the pinball machine monopoly, but with decreased demand for the games, it's unclear whether the industry is big enough for two.
Flower, a 2009 release from thatgamecompany, is one of two video games the Smithsonian American Art Museum has acquired for its permanent collection.

Museums give video games bonus life, but the next level awaits

Acquiring a work means preserving it for years to come — and digital media like video games present a host of challenges for preservationists.
Burak Karan was a rising German-Turkish soccer player before leaving Germany to fight in the Syrian civil war. He was killed in northern Syria in October at age 26. Karan is shown here in Aachen, Germany, in 2008.

'Jihad Tourism': From Germany to the Syrian battlefield

More than 240 people have left Germany to join the civil war in Syria — the largest reported number from a European country.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Trailer #2

'The Hobbit' holds off 'Anchorman 2' with $31.5M take

On busy pre-Christmas weekend at the box office, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" held off a very different sequel, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues."
Russian former oil tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaks during a press conference at the Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charlie on Sunday in Berlin.

Freed Russian oil tycoon says he'll work for release of prisoners

Mikhail Khodorkovsky's imprisonment was widely seen as the Kremlin's attempt to silence his opposition. During a press conference, Khodorkovsky added that he did not have political ambitions.
JP Morgan Chase Quarterly Profits Falls 4 Percent
Chase Bank is keeping more than a third of its branches open Sunday after a security breach at Target raised concerns among their customers. Several other large banks say they, too, are remaining vigilant this weekend.

Final day of horse racing at Inglewood's Hollywood Park

The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year.
police tape
Los Angeles police say a gunman suspected of killing a man and critically wounding a woman in the San Fernando Valley is an Iraq war veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
empty desks chairs school classroom
A Southern California man has been indicted on charges that he molested 13 boys he came into contact with at an El Segundo school and in Plumas and Orange counties.
Dan Pashman of The Sporkful podcast suggests saucy pastas over meat: "They tend to hold up better to the chilling and reheating process."

Flying this holiday? A few tips to survive airline food

It's not just lack of quality or freshness that can put a damper on your in-flight meal: Our senses are scrambled at high altitudes. Those sweet and salty sensors might be off as much as 30 percent while in flight.
Edgar Bronfman, center, president of the World Jewish Congress, meets with Swiss bankers about a historic agreement to pay victims of the Holocaust restitution.

Edgar M. Bronfman, leader of World Jewish Congress, dies

Bronfman, the first representative of a Jewish organization to speak before the U.N., was also responsible for expanding Seagrams, which he inherited from his father.


Dan Schnur
The former spokesman for Governor Pete Wilson and current director of USC’s Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics says he may run as an independent.


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