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NEWS (LAST 200)
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Trump ruffles feathers by calling German...
Milwaukee man crashes SUV through second...
Floyd Mayweather flaunts wealth with Ins...
‘Houdini’ of death row: Alabama inma...
Rebel Wilsons Park Street showdown...
2017 NBA Finals: Buckle up for Cavs-Warr...
Why photo of political spouses, partners...
Estonia to expel 2 Russian diplomats...
Oversold: Oil traders punish OPEC for pr...
Fire damages Artichoke Basilles Pizza in...
Climate activists score major win with F...
Senator John Kennedy (No, Not That One) ...
News24.com | Six motorists on top 100 li...
Tillerson says US takes responsiblity fo...
Johnson attacks `monstrous´ Corbyn over...
The White House kept contradicting itsel...
Special K’s new Women Eat advert falls...
Migrant tragedy on Europes doorstep...
BREAKING: Manchester shopping centre eva...
Hilarious and very ironic spelling mista...
Stanley Cup preview: Pittsburgh Penguins...
German parents face fine for failing to ...
They tried for 17 years to have a baby. ...
Solihull sisters faced wait to claim £3...
Scores of patients suffer harm at trust ...
Kentucky sisters missing one week after ...
Mega-sinkhole appears causing traffic ch...
Monaco playmaker Bernardo Silva undergoi...
Russian duchess letters show fear for Ro...
Georgia baby tastes bacon for the first ...
The swim brands celebs can’t stop Inst...
South Dakota man pleads guilty in New Ye...
Arsenal and Chelsea fan views before the...
Changing of the Guard resumes at Bucking...
Lucy Davis attends Wonder Woman premiere...
New attack on Egypt Christians kills 28...
Tennis-Kvitova return adds sparkle to to...
Las Vegas cops on alert after ISIS terro...
Once at risk of extinction, iconic Warth...
Miley Cyrus shows her country roots on T...
Nowcasting tool can help forecast the ne...
Rebecca Judd works in home gym and share...
Second Draft: Champlain saw potential in...
Jada Pinkett Smith puts on VERY leggy di...
Parrot thief turns himself in due to the...
Lily Collins arrives at the BBC Radio 2 ...
Naked guy arrested for stealing truck wi...
Children behave worse when parents distr...
Manchester attack: Teenager among eight ...
Boy drowns on hottest day of the year de...
German Siegemund out for six months with...
Coalition strikes kill over 106 civilian...
Man shot multiple times while interrupti...
At least 15 Afghan soldiers killed in Ta...
Vanguard expects new European rules to f...
Sterling hits 1-month low, FTSE gains as...
Philippines Duterte makes rape joke for ...
Ireland looks set to elect gay premier i...
Mudslides, floods in Sri Lanka kill at l...
US stocks slip as banks and technology c...
TOWIEs Chloe Sims shows off extreme clea...
What we know about the Manchester attack...
Glassons ridiculed on social media over ...
Penpix of the top womens contenders for ...
Anatomy of an American shove: Breaking d...
Civilians bear brunt as fresh Syria stri...
Former pastor accused in pawn shop slayi...
Kell Brook beats the scales for Errol Sp...
7th-grader gets Most Likely to Become a ...
Still Star-Crossed picks up where Romeo ...
Tillerson: US takes full responsibility ...
OPEC and Russia have failed to fix the e...
Retirement timebomb: Work past 70?...
Where is the G7 summit and which countri...
Thugs who beat grandmother about the fac...
Can Labour win the general election 2017...
G7 summit 2017 LIVE: Trump, Merkel, May ...
BREAKING: Wimbledon fire - Blaze breaks ...
Swiss return funds from Ben Ali relative...
Hundreds queue up for Manchester worker ...
TOWIEs Jasmin Walia flaunts incredibly t...
Florida Highway Patrol dealing with troo...
Paulo Dybala is at Juventus long term, s...
Note in blood signed off with smiley fac...
Binky Felstead to have own spin-off show...
Fascinating photographs show the first M...
This mom delivered the ultimate insult t...
Bella Thorne and Scott Disick dunzo afte...
Low gas prices will mean more road trips...
Why Andy Murray’s been horrible since ...
Teacher roughed up student for using cel...
Trump aggressively pursued government po...
Off-duty NYPD cop arrested for selling d...
Egyptian men step up to combat sexual ha...
Mick Mulvaney defends Trump budget again...
President Trump on special election: Gre...
ATP Tour Finals to remain in London unti...
Gerard Pique eyes final Barcelona trophy...
The Latest: Melania Trump lunches with G...
Gunmen kill at least 28 Coptic Christian...
Zambian court allows opposition leader t...
Millie Mackintosh flaunts behind in biki...
In declaring martial law, Duterte cited ...
Sport24.co.za | Mokotjo ruled out of Baf...
Fin24.com | Uber tests system to charge ...
News24.com | We are in a crisis, no one ...
Denis Johnson dies; author of ‘Jesus...
Watch: Naked man steals ‘hard to hide...
U.S. durable goods orders fell for first...
Texas man placed an ad seeking family wi...
Federal budget health spending high for ...
You should be running everything, said b...
Australian inventors of Barokes wine-in-...
Childcare workers vote to walk off the j...
EPA keeps contamination hidden to protec...
China says detained Taiwan activist conf...
Radical response
Manchester attack
Peterborough hot car dog death owner spe...
Parents tell of fears for concert-going ...
Why does the Prevent strategy divide opi...
The Latest: US takes full responsibility...
Dine and Dash conman Eric Austin jailed ...
FOREX-Dollar rises after GDP data, pound...
The Latest: Hezbollah condemns attack on...
English GCSE error admitted by board...
Chechnya's anti-gay pogrom: Too much...
2017 graduates: Heres one mistake you ca...
Facebook tips for power users
Fake net neutrality comments need FCC ac...
Stuck in Memorial Day Traffic? Here Are ...
Republicans and Democrats are both wrong...
A Word With: Geoffrey Rush Loves to Play...
Saving Route 66’s neon signs: Mid-cent...
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte doesn't ...
Eyebrows rasied as frequent flier Mugabe...
I was a gluten-gulping, lactose-lapping,...
Top-eight scramble, drop zone jitters...
Lance Strolls struggles continue at Mona...
Mize ties Langer for lead at Senior PGA ...
Wall St. Flat as Consumer Stocks Gains O...
Where to get Stocholms best ice cream...
Miley Cyrus Wants to Give Ariana Grande ...
ESPN signs Chip Kelly as college footbal...
Kings pivot Cronje out of Lions clash...
Federal budget 2017: we forgot the most ...
John Terry helped me through tough times...
Is the right-wing populist monster dying...
I wont mourn the death of Topshop
How ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ rebooted ...
Antonio Valencia rewarded with Mancheste...
Zabaleta joins West Ham from Man City...
Jaguar planning a red-hot, 600+ horsepow...
Lindt cafe siege: the disturbing afterma...
UFC Fight Night Gustafsson vs. Teixeira:...
Durban port authority defends harbour pi...
Trilobites: Somehow, This Fish Fathered ...
Jared Kushner under the microscope: What...
Morning links: Alabama executes Thomas A...
This deviled egg sampler is sure to plea...
Saldana and Del Toro help open new Disne...
How Diary of a Wimpy Kid rebooted its mi...
‘Big Bang Theory’ star shares her wi...
D.C. United has stumbled on an easy path...
A look back at Wonder Woman’s feminist...
Cheetahs, Sunwolves playing for pride...
The Fragile Truce Between Bonds and Stoc...
Could McGregor beat Mayweather in a boxi...
Hamba Kahle Wiseman Khuzwayo
Gonski 2.0 still leaves Australias schoo...
Nice Speech, Mark Zuckerberg! Youre Stil...
Uganda, Tanzania sign deal for world...
Teen with rare disease scores emotional ...
How to approach NASCARs 600-mile race...
Stanley Cup 2017: Five burning questions...
Private service, public viewing for sing...
Victor Moses' unlikely rise to the ...
91 killed, hundred missing after Sri Lan...
Gays not welcome, says Russian food stor...
Over 20 applications so far for Social I...
Manslaughter case, in which a 5-month-ol...
Post offices to begin accepting income t...
GO share price climbs to near 2-month hi...
Fingers crossed! Giant panda at National...
The world’s best airplane bars: Leathe...
Metro workers face discipline after near...
Canberra is changing fast - and not nece...
Ron Rivera defends Kelvin Benjamins weig...
A nostalgic look back at Trump’s first...
Greg Gianforte’s win in Montana proves...
Greg Gianfortes win in Montana proves th...
A nostalgic look back at Trumps first tr...
The Cavaliers will face the Warriors in ...
Mother’s death bonds Maryland lacrosse...
Braves make things right after security ...
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Cavs face Warriors in 2017 NBA Finals. A...

REVIEWS & PREVIEWS (LAST 60)
After 6-day winning streak, U.S. stocks ...
How Disney fit a Guardians of the Galaxy...
U.S. first-quarter growth revised up, th...
7 fashionable headphones that will take ...
Kewin Ledesma, Tyus Santa Anna share co-...
BMW recalls 7-Series cars because their ...
U.S. durable goods orders fall for first...
How involved would LaVar Ball actually b...
A Star Is Born: Stevie Nicks turns 69 to...
A Pacific Palisades home is remodeled to...
From LAX, a $795 round-trip fare to the ...
My Favorite Room: Nicole Williams shows ...
Ride the Coronado Ferry to or from San D...
Mark Ballas on why Jersey Boys was his d...
Dr. Beach selects 2017s 10 best beaches ...
Hes got one hell of a motorcycle collect...
Dirty rooms and unfriendly employees are...
In e-sports, its the bosses who are rall...
Outside money spills into L.A. congressi...
Review: BlackBerry Keyone
Here is a recap to prepare for new Orpha...
Jerrod Carmichael is busy making sitcoms...
The Defenders, Claws, Snowfall and all t...
With ‘Boy Band,’ ‘Candy Crush’ a...
Overrated/Underrated, Summer TV edition:...
Game of Thrones has become an unlikely t...
Many Americans are unaware of the costs ...
Considering a guy romper? Here are 12 st...
Meet Carter Hudson: The guy tackling the...
How Marvel will cram four, broody superh...
Chevys 2017 Bolt EV is an all-electric a...
How to cool an increasingly hot city...
When Jerrod Carmichael isnt trying to ma...
GLOW, Midnight, Texas, Gypsy and whats n...
The birth of modern stand-up is chronicl...
American Ninja Journalist: A scraped shi...
The women of Westeros are going to war i...
Review: Breville PolyScience Smoking Gun...
Everything you need to know about The De...
Carter Hudsons a CIA officer-turned-unde...
Whats new on TV this summer? The Mist, S...
How good intentions lead to a midlife cr...
Meet 5 real-world comics who take a trip...
Overrated/Underrated: TV reunions, remak...
Prepare for the return of Orphan Black, ...
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Chelsea Manning, dont follow in Caitlyn ...
Why do billionaires care so much about c...
Top 11 Best Travel Zoom Lenses For Micro...
Voking Speedlite VK550
Geologists and engineers puzzle over how...
Piano virtuoso Yuja Wang could have gone...
At what point does Trumps comic inarticu...
Die hard: Republican healthcare bill has...
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Nonfiction: The Gulf of Mexico in the Ag...
Fiction: A Cambodian Refugee Returns Hom...
Fiction: Bringing One of Burma’s Lost ...


The U.S. economy started 2017 with a whimper, but it wasn't quite as weak as first thought. The government revised up its January-March growth reading to a rate of 1.2% — better than an earlier estimate of 0.7% but well below President Trump's ambitious growth targets.

Growth in the gross domestic...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 06:45:00 PDT )

BMW is recalling more than 45,000 older 7-Series cars in the U.S. because the doors can open unexpectedly while they're being driven.

The recall covers certain 745i, 745Li, 750i, 750Li, 760i, 760Li and B7 Alpina cars from the 2005 through 2008 model years that have the comfort access and soft door...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 06:50:00 PDT )

U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods dropped in April for the first time in five months, and a key category that tracks business investment went nowhere for the second straight month.

The Commerce Department said Friday that durable goods orders fell 0.7% in April after rising 2.3% in...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 06:55:00 PDT )
Before, when you walked in, you wouldn't even know the ocean was there. Read More

Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 07:00:00 PDT )

You can get to the exotic Cook Islands for $795 round trip from LAX on Air New Zealand.

The fare, which includes all taxes and fees and is subject to availability, is for departures on Saturdays on these dates: Aug. 26-Sept. 24, Oct. 21-Dec. 15 and Jan. 20-March 31.

Returns are on Fridays. You...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 07:00:00 PDT )

The new Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout ride set to open Saturday at Disney California Adventure looks like it was dropped from outer space into the middle of the Anaheim theme park. And that’s by design.

Walt Disney Imagineering, the creative arm of the company, re-skinned the 2004 Twilight...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 07:00:00 PDT )

After a six-day winning streak, stocks on Wall Street opened lower Friday.

Technology companies, which have led the market's recent rally, began the day slightly down. After a weak outlook from video game retailer GameStop, Activision Blizzard fell 1.3% and Electronic Arts lost 1.3%.

Costco rose...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 07:00:00 PDT )
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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 07:00:00 PDT )

Steve Alford didn’t hesitate when asked about Lonzo Ball’s enthusiastic and controversial father, LaVar.

Was LaVar Ball around the team much?

“Zero,” Alford said.

Was he ever at practice?

“Never at practice,” Alford said. “Never at practice; never called me.”

Did he ever try to meddle in your...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 07:00:00 PDT )

An unreliable wireless Internet connection can be frustrating for hotel guests, but a filthy room is the biggest peeve among travelers.

Second only to dirty rooms among the most hated hotel experiences are unfriendly employees, according to a survey of more than 1,000 hotel guests by Qualtrics,...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT )
The owners of professional video game teams are in the unusual position of pushing for the establishment of a players union. Read More

Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT )
When his son was left blind and a quadriplegic by a riding accident, Tom White might have turned against motorcycles. Instead, he built one of the country's best collections - until cancer struck. Read More

Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews ( Fri, 26 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT )

After a full day filming scenes for the E! reality show “WAGS,” Nicole Williams likes to retreat to her living room, curl up with her dogs and relax.

The model/fashion designer and her fiance, former NFL pro Larry English, are renting a 4,300-square-foot Hollywood Dell property while looking for...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT )

Beach expert Dr. Beach selected Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Fla., as America’s best beach in 2017. Only one California site made it into the top 10: Coronado Beach in San Diego.

Every year, Dr. Beach, a.k.a. Stephen P. Leatherman, professor and director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT )

For 18 seasons, Mark Ballas was arguably one of the most innovative dancers and choreographers on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” The two-time champion and nine-time finalist on the competition series even earned an Emmy nomination for his work in 2011.

But now Ballas, a graduate of the Italia...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT )
Review: BlackBerry Keyone
In 2017, do you really want a phone with a hardware keyboard? The post Review: BlackBerry Keyone appeared first on WIRED. Read More

Source: WIRED - Product Reviews (Mon, 15 May 2017 12:00:24 +0000 )
Review: Breville PolyScience Smoking Gun Pro
It's a fantastic update to a favorite tool for chefs and bartenders. The post Review: Breville PolyScience Smoking Gun Pro appeared first on WIRED. Read More

Source: WIRED - Product Reviews (Tue, 16 May 2017 11:00:32 +0000 )
Harris Poll and NerdWallet surveyed more than 2,000 Americans about their knowledge of bad credit and credit scores. We found widespread misconceptions about credit scores. Read More

Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 05:00:00 PDT )
Carter Hudson, whose career has largely played out on the New York stage, talks going undercover in his major TV debut as a CIA officer-turned-undercover drug dealer. Read More

Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 05:00:00 PDT )
Rompers and jumpsuits appear to be a top choice for dudes for summer 2017. Will you wear one? Read More

Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 05:00:00 PDT )

Summer is upon us and so is a television landscape full of new competition series and game shows. The theme for this new crop of family-friendly entertainment appears to be “recycling,” as most are classic concepts with a slightly new twist. Here are a few:

"World of Dance"

Premieres: May 30 on...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 05:00:00 PDT )
UNDERRATED

Every show that’s ended, apparently: Were you sad when your “Friends” finally parted ways with network TV, and — to an extent — you? Wait awhile. While there may not be enough money yet on the table, time will tell, as networks and streaming services can’t get enough of reunions, with...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 05:00:00 PDT )

The great war is here.

Or at least it will be when “Game of Thrones” returns in July and the show enters, presumably, the final stages of the battle for Westeros.

A formidable list of contenders are circling from as many directions as the blades of the iconic Iron Throne point: Which has not escaped...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 05:00:00 PDT )

Move over, Avengers: a new team of scrappy, street smart superheroes is moving into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On Aug. 18, Netflix will unveil the miniseries superhero team-up it’s been building towards for three years, “Marvel’s The Defenders.”

Not familiar with the new good-guy gang? Don’t...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 05:00:00 PDT )

I am not an outdoorsy person. I’m neither agile nor strong. I’m perfectly content huddled in my cubicle, typing on my laptop and enjoying the fluorescent bulbs and recirculated air.

Which is precisely why I jumped at the chance to attempt the Los Angeles course for the upcoming season of competitive...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 05:00:00 PDT )

On a cavernous soundstage in an industrial park in Culver City, a rising star on the Sunset Strip comedy scene sits at a horseshoe-shaped booth. The comic is meeting with an agent in the kind of dimly lighted, anonymous space where for generations, mythology has it, showbiz careers have been bought...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 05:00:00 PDT )
Chevy's new battery electric hatchback is Detroit's answer to the promised Tesla Model 3 - a long range, plug-in that won't break the bank. So how does it perform? Read More

Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 05:00:00 PDT )

Los Angeles street services crews have begun slathering a new light gray coating on some boring old black asphalt streets. They’re not just changing the color scheme. The city is testing whether so-called cool pavements can lower the temperature in the surrounding area and help counter the effects...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 05:00:00 PDT )

Plenty of new shows may try to ensnare you this summer, but several returning series — some in their farewell seasons — also want to pull you back in. Here are five shows we’re looking forward to either seeing how the story continues or comes to an end.

"Orphan Black," BBC America

Returns: June...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 05:00:00 PDT )
Eschenbach have chosen the tawny owl as their bird of the year. Find out more here.
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Source: ePHOTOzine - All Photography Articles (Fri, 26 May 2017 12:48:10 GMT )

The billionaires, apparently, we shall always have with us — even when we decide how to run the state-funded schools where they rarely send their own kids.

In the Los Angeles school board elections earlier this month, a number of billionaires, including Eli Broad, Netflix founder Reed Hastings...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 04:00:00 PDT )

Could anyone have dreamed up a more complex pop icon and trans heroine than Chelsea Manning? The former Army intelligence analyst, born Bradley Manning, who turned over a trove of classified files to WikiLeaks downloaded while she was stationed in an Iraq war zone, came out as a trans woman upon...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 04:00:00 PDT )

Is China about to take over Hollywood? Chinese investment has flooded into the industry in recent years. AMC, the world’s largest network of theaters, is owned by the Dalian Wanda Group, which also has purchased Legendary Picture Productions. Three other entertainment giants — Dick Clark Productions,...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 04:00:00 PDT )
We round-up the best Micro Four Thirds zoom lenses that are currently available and perfect for travel.
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Source: ePHOTOzine - All Photography Articles (Thu, 25 May 2017 13:00:01 GMT )
The Voking VK550 speedlite is available to purchase on Amazon.
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Source: ePHOTOzine - All Photography Articles (Fri, 26 May 2017 11:05:08 GMT )
After Saturday's catastrophic land failure buried part of Highway 1 along the Big Sur coastline, geologists and engineers are trying to find a fix. Don't expect an opening any time soon. Read More

Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 03:00:00 PDT )

Glendale resident David Cannizzaro has had asthma since he was 7. Prior to Obamacare, his healthcare strategy was to see the doctor as little as possible so his insurer wouldn’t notice his preexisting condition and decide to raise his rates or drop his coverage.

Now that Republican lawmakers are...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 03:00:00 PDT )

Yuja Wang has a new crush: the fast-talking, buck-toothed Donkey from “Shrek” addressing tourists at Universal Studios Hollywood from the window of a waffle cart.

“Step on up. Nice hair. Bring it with you,” Donkey teases one woman.

Wang stands transfixed in her skin-tight fuchsia minidress and...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 03:00:00 PDT )

Plenty of reasonable people believe that the United States should put its own strategic interests above concerns about human rights when it comes to foreign policy. To them, it’s simply a matter of being realistic.

But even those who believe the U.S. should be less critical of other countries’...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Fri, 26 May 2017 03:00:00 PDT )
Save 40% on the entire Photobox range over the Bank Holiday Weekend.
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Source: ePHOTOzine - All Photography Articles (Fri, 26 May 2017 10:49:13 GMT )
A nakedly autobiographical meditation on art, Barbara Browning’s “The Gift” both mentions and belongs to the recent crop of autofiction. Read More

Source: The New York Times - Sunday Review (Fri, 26 May 2017 09:00:20 GMT )
Thomas E. Ricks reports on the hubris and sorrow of war, from ancient Greece to Afghanistan. Read More

Source: The New York Times - Sunday Review (Fri, 26 May 2017 09:00:19 GMT )
In “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea,” Jack E. Davis explores the damage done by a tragic human belief in the inexhaustible bounty of nature. Read More

Source: The New York Times - Sunday Review (Fri, 26 May 2017 09:00:17 GMT )
Charmaine Craig draws on family history in her novel about modern Burma’s power struggles. Read More

Source: The New York Times - Sunday Review (Fri, 26 May 2017 09:00:16 GMT )
Vaddey Ratner’s novel “Music of the Ghosts” follows a Cambodian refugee’s return to her homeland, searching for news of her long-lost father. Read More

Source: The New York Times - Sunday Review (Fri, 26 May 2017 09:00:14 GMT )
J. Courtney Sullivan’s novel “Saints for All Occasions” covers five decades in the lives of a pair of immigrants and their descendants in America. Read More

Source: The New York Times - Sunday Review (Fri, 26 May 2017 09:00:01 GMT )
In Daisy Johnson’s story collection, “Fen,” teenage torment plays out in a shape-shifting world. Read More

Source: The New York Times - Sunday Review (Fri, 26 May 2017 09:00:11 GMT )
Where did they go? The plots of four new novels hinge on missing persons, past and present, accidentally lost or deliberately AWOL. Read More

Source: The New York Times - Sunday Review (Fri, 26 May 2017 09:00:14 GMT )
Meet Arsenal, the intelligent camera assistant that's got photographers talking.
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Source: ePHOTOzine - All Photography Articles (Fri, 26 May 2017 09:32:20 GMT )

The reverberations from the Ducks’ playoff elimination were felt deeply Thursday, enough to have an impact on their off-season strategy and next season.

Defensemen Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen are expected to have shoulder surgery to repair torn la-brums, general manager Bob Murray said. Lindholm...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (星期四, 25 五月 2017 19:50:00 PDT )
Here are 10 quick landscape photography tips to help you take better landscape shots.
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Source: ePHOTOzine - All Photography Articles (Fri, 26 May 2017 00:10:03 GMT )
1.0 stars out of 5: Pursue a ticket to a different movie.
Allow me to mangle Tolstoy for a minute, and say that each good comedy is good in its own way, but that all bad comedies are alike. There's variation, of course, but they all limp along on sad, weak legs and confused direction. They're airless...
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Source: Movies.com - Dave White Reviews (Fri, 08 May 2015 21:06:08 GMT )
1.0 stars out of 5: Stay home.
Although there is at least one earlier, less sexual, usage of the slang term "the d-train," referring to having a generalized bad experience, lately the expression has become more synonymous with the penis. That's because pop culture always needs...
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Source: Movies.com - Dave White Reviews (Sat, 09 May 2015 01:33:01 GMT )

Curt and dismissive as it may sound, The Surge is a Dark Souls clone to the core, but it's also the best kind--one that uses From Software's tried-and-true foundation as a launch pad for new ideas. Not everything hits, but The Surge works far more often than it doesn't, and what it does change is mostly better executed here than in its forebears. Deck 13 has crafted a satisfying adventure that breathes new life into a flooded sub-genre.

The Surge's story is about as unnerving as they come. The world's fallen to pieces, in part because mega-corporations have failed as stewards of the earth. Not to worry, though, as they also offer the cure. You play as Warren, a paraplegic looking for work with CREO--a medical device company. In the opening moments, you register for implants that could cure you, but will require you to work for CREO using a snazzy new exoskeleton. It gives you boosted strength and speed, and of course helps you walk again, but as payment CREO more or less takes your soul. But it gets darker.

As soon as you start up the procedure, you're chemically paralyzed, but not anesthetized. As machines hack and drill into your flesh and bone, you feel every excruciating second--haunting screams bellow out of the speakers as you watch bots cut into Warren. Then, you're dumped out into the wasteland just outside the facility, discarded as a failure. Now, you fight to survive, because what else is there to do?

Surge doesn't really do much with its story that hasn't been tread a thousand times in everything from Soylent Green to Deus Ex; Big companies are bad and we probably shouldn't let them muck with our biology. What it does do well is pace the game out and establish a sinister tone. While Souls-based games tend towards more Lovecraftian themes, Surge goes all-in and blends the fear of technology run amok with body horror in some inventive ways. Plus, it's less about tackling massive beasts and ruling powers of the world and more just trying to survive one helluva bad day. Thematically, that puts it closer to Dead Space, and that lends itself to an even slower, more intentional pace than its inspirations.

By and large you'll be squaring off against other discarded folks like yourself, and their suits just don't work quite right. Arms will twitch, and they'll lumber and lunge all over--it's stark and eerie. Plus, that aesthetic foundation dovetails into excellent addendums to the core Souls formula. The game is hard, you lose your stuff when you die and you have to go get it back--none of that has changed--but combat has a very different pacing to it. Blocking is much rarer, and instead of slashing at foes when you have an opening, you now have to pick out weak points on their body.

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Most enemies will have some form of armor or protection, meaning that you'll first need to lock-on, and then hack away to create openings. A much greater emphasis has been placed on interrupting enemy attacks by targeting weak points. Slicing an unarmored leg will stagger enemies and interrupt their assault--the best defense here is a hawkish offense.

You're not nimble, and without a shield or too many other means of avoiding damage, you're encouraged not to just find openings to attack, but to create the specific openings you need. You might need to club someone's leg to bring them down, but if they move just so, it'll be hard to get close. The puzzle then becomes maneuvering so that you can strike effectively. This has the added bonus, of course, of making most encounters feel distinct. You'll see the same animations and movement patterns over and over again, but different weak points and different weapons add enough variety to keep Surge from feeling too repetitive.

Not all is well, though. While Surge definitely impresses with its creative melding of tone and play, it does lead to a lot of awkward controls. Souls games are convoluted enough, with a button for just about everything. But the need to target different body parts and weaknesses here, as well as the practical requirement of locking on, means that you'll occasionally die while trying to fiddle with the targeting reticle. Even with plenty of play-time, it's tough to get used to. And it doesn't stop there.

Jumping always has to be done from a run, and there's just enough platforming throughout to make this awkward process a nuisance. Imagine being on a ledge with no guard rails, and having to leap to a higher platform from a running start. Often enough you'll start running and fall right off. Warren has a momentum to him that keeps his controls always feeling a bit loose. That's fine for most, and in step with the rest of the subgenre--especially since it elevates the intentionality of action--but when that bit bumps up against some of Surge's other changes, it's clumsy to say the least.

But, there's a host of other features and additions that keep Surge exciting enough that it's worth it to push on in spite of those frustrations. For example, implants and other add-ons slot into your exo suit and add a host of new abilities and techniques. You use most of them by building up energy with a series of successive hits, before pulling off a flashy finisher. It's simple enough, but when mixed with the targeting system and general flow of combat keeps the game feeling brisk and aggressive--despite its clunky movement.

Surge is far from perfect, but none of its problems are deal breakers. They're minor bumps that come from an otherwise inventive, exciting new entry in a packed sub-genre. It bucks the trend towards creative bankruptcy, adopting some fresh ideas and layering those together with aesthetics, tone, and play to create an inspired adventure.

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Source: GameSpot - Reviews (Wed, 17 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700)

Being a Viking wasn't easy. Between the icy winters and all the fighting, it's a tough life. Enter Expeditions: Viking--a game founded on the intrigue that lies between Jutland and the British Isles centuries before they grew to be the modern marvels we know today. It's a premise that the hardcore tactical RPG wields with enthusiasm, but its performance isn't the most refined. Rampant bugs trigger frequent crashes and make portions of the game unplayable, but when you catch a smooth multi-hour stretch, the strategy game will entice you back with solid storytelling, deep combat, and satisfying role-playing.

Expeditions: Viking opens (as these stories so often do) with your father's passing. He died on a journey to the British Isles, so his position of leadership falls to you. Immediately, you're berated by some of his most bitter enemies and dissenters, and you're tasked with holding everyone together and bringing glory to your tribe.

As a setup, it works well enough--and does a wonderful job of inviting you into this world. But it's also an early sign of the game's blemishes. While bands of drunkards challenging your claim to rule on the night of what amounts to your coronation is exciting, it also leads, inexorably, to some basic questions, but there aren't too many answers. Some say your father was too focused on conquest, while others claim he ignored the needs of his people.

It's a confusing tangle of different, conflicting accounts. Some of those issues fall away soon enough, however, as more vibrant, nuanced characters come into focus. Stitched between the dialogue, you'll find rich descriptions that round out the development of your gang. As they worm their way into your adventure, though, it's tough to shake the feeling that Viking is nudging you away from the man behind the curtain, so it wows you with its cast and the novelty of its setting. And it works...mostly.

The needs of your people aren't as straightforward as you might expect. There's an entire pantheon of gods whose favor you'll need, not to mention requisite arcane knowledge of the lands and its medicines. These sorts of crisp details play up the role and mystique of magic in the world without breaking believability. Divine presence is faint but palpable, and that imbues the world with a certain vitality. Vikings, like most Dark Ages folk, were a superstitious lot, and Expeditions: Viking shows you that perspective as clearly as it can.

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Morality, too, has to be viewed through the eyes and conscience of the era. It's a notable challenge, but it's also a fun one to play with. There aren't any deep, profound revelations about humanity to be found here, but novel ethical frameworks are the bread and butter of most role-playing classics, and it's wondrous to see a backdrop leveraged to such effect. Resources are scant in the frozen north, and staying the slaughter of conquered combatants isn't always prudent or kind.

Combat keeps to that theme. It's slow and painful--you'll take losses and often face permanent consequences along the way: arrows tear through bone and sinew; axes break bones and shields; no one gets out unscathed. That's all a natural part of Viking life, though. Battles are hard, but fair--especially as the game opens up its tactical options.

Fun as political jockeying in the 700s may be, mixing it up with blood and iron is even better. Expeditions: Viking borrows heavily from its tabletop forerunners like Dungeons & Dragons. Bulky warriors grab axes, nimbler fighters use bows or slings or knives, and everyone else can pick from an array of simple sidearms. When you're ready to bop some baddies on the head, you'll have plenty of skills and abilities to complement your tactics. Taken together and spread across your party of marauders, techniques are a tactician's dream, offering all manner of precise or circumstantial benefits to exploit. Archers can spot for one another, offering each other battlefield support, while a wall of shieldmaidens can choke an enemy advance and help you crack opposing lines. Just about any approach is valid--as battles get tougher, though, you'll have to think to keep moving.

If you do lose, you'll face the usual game-over screen and have to restart--but not every time. Early on, the game is quick to suggest that failure isn't a big deal, and that you may see new story or plot regardless of the outcome. While that's true, the concept gets short shrift. Vikings are, to reiterate, brutal and bloodthirsty. It's rare that you'll be allowed to walk away from defeat. And that's a shame, because there's so much that Viking nails. Deep connections between plot and play yield powerful synergy, at times. The choice to switch to non-lethal attacks at the right moment for the right person might net you a bargaining chip for later. Similarly, exploration and trade will outfit your fledgling fighting force--at least until you hit a modern term that pulls you out of the experience.

So much of the game is spent being a bit too pedantic about Norse culture for it to escape critique when it drops the pretense. That would be fine on its own, but a lot of that world-building crumbles with quest design, too. The nature of the setting lends itself to politicking, and to a degree, that's explored. You'll need to rework some relationships and build alliances to cement the legitimacy of your rule, after all. But it's hard to stay in the moment when you're told you need to collect generic "trade goods” in order to progress.

Those headaches compound a few hours in when excessive, intrusive bugs start to hit. Conversations might fail to load and progress, loading screens will hang and then crash to the desktop, and Viking seems to be so poorly optimized that at one point, it pressed an eight-core processor and a GTX 1080 graphics card close to their thermal limits. That's far more disruptive than it may sound, and players may find themselves stalled for real-world days trying to figure out ways to advance that don't crash the game.

Viking lives in its atmosphere, so it's appreciated that most of the game is a spirited romp. For now, that experience is mangled by dozens of technical hiccups and anachronisms. At its heart lies an earnest drive to recreate a slice of Viking culture, and those looking for just that niche will find nothing better. But for everyone else, it's impossible to recommend until it's given some major help. There's a lot to be gained from stepping into the 8th century, but be prepared to have your journey hindered by bugs.

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Source: GameSpot - Reviews (Mon, 08 May 2017 09:00:00 -0700)

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Source: ePHOTOzine - Book Reviews (Mon, 9 Nov 2015 15:48:38 GMT )

A Show Of Hands is a book full of images of people's hands.

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Source: ePHOTOzine - Book Reviews (Wed, 23 Sep 2015 11:13:42 GMT )

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 25 May 2017 13:00:00 PDT )

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 25 May 2017 13:05:00 PDT )

Since Hollywood loves a nostalgic reboot, it’s no surprise that the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise is setting sail once again, six years after 2011’s “On Stranger Tides.” For this film, subtitled “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” Disney has hired a lesser-known filmmaking duo to reanimate the series...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Movie Reviews (Thu, 25 May 2017 13:10:00 PDT )

Fox News may be seeing a repeat of advertiser backlash that eventually drove out its former top anchor, Bill O’Reilly.

At least seven advertisers — Cars.com, Leesa Sleep, Casper, USAA, Peloton, the Crowne Plaza hotel chain and doorbell company Ring — have reportedly asked to be pulled from Sean...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 25 May 2017 11:55:00 PDT )

Oscar De La Hoya has penned a letter to boxing fans, urging them to turn their backs on the possible Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Conor McGregor boxing match.

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 25 May 2017 12:00:00 PDT )

Seventeenth century playwright William Congreve famously wrote that hell has no fury like a woman scorned. House Republicans may feel some of that heat once their constituents find out the healthcare bill they passed could make maternity coverage vastly more expensive and harder to obtain.

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews ( Thu, 25 May 2017 10:45:00 PDT )

Scientists with the NASA Juno mission have released the findings from the spacecraft’s first two orbits around Jupiter — and the results are unlike anything they expected.

Deep beneath its striped layers, Jupiter still has a surprising amount of structure that researchers had not predicted. The...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 25 May 2017 11:00:00 PDT )

Five years ago when Uber was known for its luxury black cars, Lyft launched its peer-to-peer ride-hailing service, turning regular vehicles into taxis.

Now, Uber is synonymous with peer-to-peer ride-hailing, and Lyft is launching its own luxury black car service, Lyft Lux and Lux SUV.

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 25 May 2017 10:00:00 PDT )

Small-satellite launch company Rocket Lab said its Electron rocket made it to space but did not reach orbit in its first test flight, as the Huntington Beach firm and other small-rocket start-ups inch closer to commercial operations.

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 25 May 2017 10:00:00 PDT )
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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 25 May 2017 09:00:00 PDT )
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