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2007-12-22 15:00:00

By MONICA CORCORAN, LOS ANGELES TIMES When Kanye West's mother, Donda, died of complications after cosmetic surgery in November, the media homed in on the troubling history of her doctor and the risks associated with the procedure. The hip-hop star has yet to speak out on his mother's death, and there are many unknowns. But one question that might never be answered is this: How did Kanye West feel when his mother decided to undergo a tummy tuck and breast reduction at age 58? Or did she...

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2007-09-05 14:30:00

A mission that was supposed to last just five years is celebrating its 30th anniversary this fall. Scientists continue to receive data from the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft as they approach interstellar space. The twin craft have become a fixture of pop culture, inspiring novels and playing a central role in television shows, music videos, songs and movies from the 1980s and 1990s. Many of these fictional works focus on what would happen if an alien race were able to locate Earth via Voyager's...

2007-08-13 21:15:00

By Stephen T. Watson As visitors to her Web site can see, Cindeee is eager to please the right kind of gentleman. The Buffalo-area escort has a sophisticated Internet home, offering photos of her in skimpy lingerie and a rich description of what she offers customers. The site even boasts a list of her prices, an interactive schedule of her future availability and links to reviews from clients. "I will provide for you a unique, unforgettable experience - whether it may be a simple dinner...

2007-06-12 06:50:00

Those chicken breasts and thighs for sale in the grocery meat case might not be all bird, and consumer advocates say few shoppers know it. Processors have been injecting some fresh poultry with up to 15 percent water, salt and elements of seaweed in recent years because, they say, it makes the meat taste better and government regulators allow it. But critics say almost a third of the chicken Americans now buy has the additives, so it costs consumers more when it's sold by the pound and...

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2007-05-21 14:14:31

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Wearing Clark Kent glasses and a natty gray suit, Bill Nighy looks nothing like the tentacle-faced sea captain he portrays in "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End." Nor does he resemble the vampire lord he played in "Underworld" or the zombie he embodied in "Shaun of the Dead." He seems nothing like the cuckold husband he was in "Notes on a Scandal" or the washed-up rocker he played in "Love, Actually." Nighy, 57, disappears into each of these characters, just as...

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2007-05-05 06:00:00

Think of Freecycle as a yard sale where no money changes hands. The profit is the time you don't have to spend on a Saturday morning convincing a stranger your son's hamster cage really is worth a buck. Conversely, think of it as a cyberplace where it's possible to ask for a headboard for your daughter's bedroom or a set of golf clubs for your son, and before the day is out, go pick it up. Without leaving town. Without spending a penny. No matter what "it" is, you'll probably be able to...

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2007-04-26 05:11:12

LOS ANGELES -- Tobey Maguire says he and his big-screen alter-ego, Spider-Man, "have very different lives." Still, both are caught in the same web of uncertainty: What next? The upcoming release of "Spider-Man 3" raises as many questions as it answers for the web-slinging hero and the actor behind him. Is the Spidey franchise finished? Will Maguire sign on for a fourth installment? Will Peter Parker propose to Mary Jane? How will fatherhood and marriage affect Maguire's future? What roles lie...

2007-03-08 09:00:00

By Norimitsu Onishi Three grandmothers from three different countries, speaking no common language, they had traveled far to protest outside the Japanese Consulate here Wednesday. What bound them - a 90-year-old Taiwanese from Taipei, a 78-year- old South Korean from Seoul, and an 84-year-old Dutch-Australian from Adelaide - was their experiences as sex slaves of Japan's military during World War II. All three had participated in international conferences for Japan's former sex slaves...

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2007-01-12 06:00:00

CHICAGO -- NASA's evolving plans for building a permanent moon base by 2024 portray the facility as a scientific outpost where astronauts will build telescopes, forage for rare minerals and prepare for future Mars missions to be launched from the lunar surface. But the reality is likely to be far more modest, many scientists say, with few tangible scientific benefits in the short term. Some researchers who support the return to the moon argue that the National Aeronautics and Space...

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2007-01-07 09:00:00

By Jeremy Manier NASA's evolving plans for building a permanent moon base by 2024 portray the facility as a scientific outpost where astronauts will build telescopes, forage for rare minerals and prepare for future Mars missions to be launched from the lunar surface. But the reality is likely to be far more modest, many scientists say, with few tangible scientific benefits in the short term. Some researchers who support the return to the moon argue that the National Aeronautics and Space...