Former New Mexico governor running for President

Former New Mexico governor running for President

Highlighting his background as both a governor and outdoor adventurer, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson announced his presidential campaign outside the New Hampshire Statehouse on Thursday before heading for a mountain known as the birthplace of extreme skiing. Johnson, a Republican, acknowledged that he is virtually unknown in New Hampshire and other key primary […]

No spring break at the gas pumps

No spring break at the gas pumps

With gas prices above $4 in some states, Americans are canceling spring break plans and rethinking summer vacation, and some tourist destinations are offering gas vouchers of as much as $50 to talk people out of giving up and staying home. At Mount Rushmore, only about 37,000 people decided in March that seeing the four […]

Comedians raise $750,000 to end malaria in Africa

Comedians raise $750,000 to end malaria in Africa

Conan O’Brien compared his career to Charlie Sheen‘s and Sarah Silverman, not surprisingly, sang a song with a foul refrain. But it was all for a good cause. Malaria No More said Thursday that the performances at last week’s “Hollywood Bites Back” comedy show helped raise $750,000 toward ending malaria in Africa. Its Comedy Fights […]

Samsung files counter lawsuit against Apple

Samsung files counter lawsuit against Apple

  South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. said it is suing Apple Inc. for patent rights violations, only days after Apple sued Samsung for the same reason. Samsung is accusing Apple of violating its rights to 10 smartphone and computer patents. The company filed lawsuits Thursday in Seoul, Tokyo and Mannheim, Germany. The lawsuits come only […]

Obama’s deficit plan faces economic realities

Obama’s deficit plan faces economic realities

President Barack Obama came to the West Coast looking to sell a long-term plan for reducing the nation’s deficit. But he couldn’t escape the reality that many Americans are still waiting for short-term solutions to their economic problems, from persistent unemployment to the crippled housing market. Voters in California and Nevada did express both an […]

Time for new combat uniforms for female soldiers

Time for new combat uniforms for female soldiers

  Imagine U.S. combat troops and aviators wearing body armor that fits so poorly that it’s tough to position a weapon to shoot, combat uniforms with knee pads that hit around mid-shin and flight suits that make it nearly impossible to urinate while in flight. For many female troops, it’s just another day on the […]

Toyota production disrupted until Nov. or Dec.

Toyota production disrupted until Nov. or Dec.

Toyota’s global car production, disrupted by parts shortages from Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, won’t return to normal until November or December — imperiling its spot as the world’s top-selling automaker. President Akio Toyoda apologized to customers for the delays due to the March 11 disasters that damaged suppliers in northeastern Japan, affecting automakers around the […]

Mary Robbins dies just 12 days after husband

Mary Robbins dies just 12 days after husband

Actor-director Tim Robbins’ mother, musician Mary Robbins, has died. She was 78. Robbins’ father, Gil Robbins, died earlier this month. Robbins says his mother died Sunday of a heart arrhythmia, just 12 days after her husband of nearly 59 years passed away. She died at the couple’s home in Esteban Cantu, Mexico. Mary Robbins studied […]

3-D erotic comedy takes Hong Kong box office

3-D erotic comedy takes Hong Kong box office

A pioneering 3-D erotic comedy has taken the Hong Kong box office by storm, beating the first-day record set by “Avatar” and drawing viewers from mainland China as it eyes a global rollout. The $3.5 million Cantonese-language production “3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy” had earned 17 million Hong Kong dollars ($2.2 million) as of […]