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  • William & Kate: How Americans plan to celebrate, for fun and profit

    William & Kate: How Americans plan to celebrate, for fun and profit

    Some American Anglophiles are swooning over William & Kate with the rest of the world, while others just see a convenient theme for dinner, dancing, or dollar-making.

  • Record Store Day: Five gems worth hunting for

    Record Store Day: Five gems worth hunting for

    Saturday is Record Store Day, an occasion to give thanks to the socially challenged luddites and misfits who are bravely and somewhat foolishly keeping the big 12-inchers alive and rotating from coast to coast! Huzzah! And Gabba Gabba Hey, y'all! I confess without shame that, many years ago as an art student, I spent most of my tuition money at one such hot, dusty vinyl den, Aron Records on Melrose Ave. in Hollywood, Calif. It was in Aron's burgeoning bins of advance DJ copies (50 cents each) that I discovered a young, wildly talented Elton John, stumbled upon the great Ry Cooder and the criminally underrated Little Feat, fell hard for Dusty Springfield, and built my voluminous Monk collection. And that was just my first semester. As you might imagine, I've unearthed a few treasures over the years at Aron, Rhino Records, and other favorite haunts. Here are five gems that you'll never see warping in the sun at a garage sale at my house.

  • TOMS shoes: Would you go barefoot for a good cause?

    TOMS shoes: Would you go barefoot for a good cause?

    TOMS shoes is hosting its annual "One Day Without Shoes," in which people shed their kicks to help raise awareness of shoeless children.

  • Google high-speed Internet coming to Kansas City. Missouri? No, Kansas!

    The New Economy Google high-speed Internet coming to Kansas City. Missouri? No, Kansas!

    Although it's usually overshadowed by its much larger sister city, Kansas City, Kan., beat out more than 1,100 cities to host Google's next-generation Internet service. Google promises 100 times the speed of today's broadband Internet.

  • Beyond Libya: Four factors affecting oil prices

    Beyond Libya: Four factors affecting oil prices

    Oil prices changed little despite high trading volume on Friday, as oil traders eyed developments in four nations: Libya, Yemen, China, and Japan.

  • California harbor 'destroyed' by tsunami, but damage less severe elsewhere

    California harbor 'destroyed' by tsunami, but damage less severe elsewhere

    The tsunami created by Japan's 8.9 earthquake has now hit the West Coast. Early reports suggest that two California towns – Crescent City and Santa Cruz – have been hit hardest.

  • Libya: US closes embassy in Tripoli, sanctions loom

    Libya: US closes embassy in Tripoli, sanctions loom

    Libya death toll could be in the thousands. The international community is responding in several ways, including at a meeting Friday of the UN Human Rights Council, which set up a commission of inquiry into the violence.

  • Qaddafi vows to stay or die as 'a martyr'; world weighs limited options

    Qaddafi vows to stay or die as 'a martyr'; world weighs limited options

    Diplomats gathered in the UN Security Council Tuesday to consider events in Libya. But the international community is likely to think twice before pushing the martyr-talking Qaddafi to the brink.

  • What if houses lasted months instead of decades?

    Green Economics What if houses lasted months instead of decades?

    Because of the durability of houses, past development ideas lead to lingering structures – regardless of demand. What does this mean for cities that climate change makes unattractive?

  • GM cars: Good December sales can't make up for poor 2010

    GM cars: Good December sales can't make up for poor 2010

    GM cars sold better in December than November – up 8.5 percent – but all of the Big Three had a rough year. 2010 was the second-worst year for domestic car sales since 1982.