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Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
 
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Twelve fun apps and travel games to keep your children entertained during long trips.
 
I can't tell you how many times we have interviewed a recent college graduate who would surely get an F in Job Hunting 101. Here's my list of what job applicants can do to improve their odds.
 
 
Burbank officials on Tuesday rescued two malnourished mountain lion cubs that were hiding under a parked car after residents reportedly tried hitting them with broomsticks. The cubs, weighing 5 pounds each, may not have eaten in two weeks, officials said. Some residents were using the brooms to try to hit the cubs or shoo them away, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said. Residents called in the cubs' location in the 600 block of Eas...
 
Early Saturday morning in Seattle, Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose sat down for a long, freewheeling interview after his band's three-hour concert Friday night at Key Arena. You can read a story about the exchange here, but left on the cutting-room floor was an hour-and-a-half of fascinating conversation in which a sharp, well-spoken Rose tackled many topics that fans have been discussing for years. Over the course of the interview, which t...
 
 
As Facebook readies for a 2012 IPO, its founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg wants his company to look and act more like a blue-chip business.
 
Yahoo is discussing a plan to cut its stake in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan as part of a transaction valued at between $17 billion and $18 billion.
 
 
Moog Music’s high-tech synthesizer app Animoog just made the jump from iPad to iPhone Previously available only on Apple’s popular tablet device the application is immediately downloadable from the App Store for the iPhone and iPod touch and offers electronic music fans the opportunity to craft space-age soundtracks on mobile
 
The Secret Service is investigation threats made against President Obama on Facebook by a former libertarian city council candidate in Carson. "We are aware of the incident and are going to conduct appropriate followup," said Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie. In his post, Jules Manson calls Obama a a racial epithet and suggests he should be assassinated. Manson, who ran for office on a Libertarian platform in the Carson race in March, ca...
 
 
For the first time, the popular burger chain is about to become third in the burger world order, behind McDonald’s and Wendy’s.
 
Chinese officials appear to have at least temporarily calmed protests in a southern fishing village by offering an unusual set of concessions that include extending recognition to protest leaders.
 
 
Hospital officials in northern Brazil say a woman has given birth to conjoined twin boys with one body and two heads.
 
 
Hundreds of euro-zone lenders took out $640 billion in low-interest loans from the European Central Bank, as the currency area extended a massive financial lifeline to its struggling banking industry.
 
Microsoft Corp., a 20-year stalwart of the annual Consumer Electronics Show, has decided to fold up its booth and move on. The company, which for years highlighted its own products and broader tech trends at the show's main keynote, said it felt that it would be better to make announcements on its own time.  The company will no longer give the keynote or host a booth on the trade show floor. "Our industry moves fast and changes faster," the ...
 
 
White Castle, a 90-year-old hamburger chain known for its square "slider" burgers, is sipping on the idea of offering alcoholic beverages as it tests beer and wine sales at a restaurant in Indiana.
 
Three women and a man say they were molested as children by Bill Conlin, a Hall of Fame baseball writer and Philadelphia Daily News columnist.
 
 
Warning: elf-violence ahead!
 
wsj.com - 12/21/2011 9:14pm
Federal officials are drafting a plan to govern access to two studies on a deadly strain of flu virus after asking two scientific journals to withhold details of the research over concerns it could be used in bioterrorism.
 
 
If China's economy really is slowing, the first tangible signs of trouble will be visible in Australia.
 
 
Now police must decide whether to sift through trash at a Mobile landfill in hopes of finding the girl.
 
A group of American college students stands in a semicircle, clapping and hopping on one foot as they sing in Yiddish: "Az der rebe tantst, tantsn ale khsidim!"
 
 
The impending divorce between Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa Bryant has neighbors in the posh Newport Coast section of Newport Beach wondering if the NBA star will stay in the area. Bryant is a familar face in the area. At La Fogata Rotisserie Chicken, one of Bryant's favorite Corona del Mar eateries, Susie DiGiovanna said she feels bad for the couple's two daughters, ages 5 and 8. "I just think it's really sad ? for the children a...
 
The Justice Department is expected to announce Wednesday a settlement with Bank of America Corp. that resolves accusations that its Countrywide Financial unit engaged in discriminatory mortgage-lending practices, according to a person familiar with the matter. BofA, which acquired Countrywide during the financial crisis, is expected to pay a sizable cash penalty as part of the deal, according to the person, who was not authorized to speak public...
 
 
BAGHDAD — Rebuffing a plea by the Obama administration, Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki signaled Wednesday that he's ready to gradually drop his key partner party, the largely Sunni Iraqiya bloc, and move toward a government run by the country's Shiite majority at the expense of minority Sunnis and Kurds.
 
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and two other activist groups have taken out a full-page ad in Wednesday?s edition of Variety calling on ABC to kill a midseason sitcom, ?Work It,? about straight guys who dress in drag to land jobs. Under the headline, ?Work It Doesn?t Work,? the advocacy groups say the show ?invites the audience to laugh at images of men trying to adopt a feminine appearance,? making it ?easier to mock? transgend...
 
 
DALLAS - Sidelined for the last four games with a concussion, Claude Giroux has watched Phil Kessel and Henrik Sedin pull into a tie with him for the NHL lead in points.
 
DALLAS - Claude Giroux didn't rule out the possibility of returning to the lineup Wednesday night in Dallas. The Flyers' star center has been sidelined with a concussion since Dec. 10 and has missed the last four games.
 
 
Our weekly Glee columnist, Brett Berk, selects the 10 gayest moments from this year?s episodes.
 
wsj.com - 12/21/2011 9:38am
Six families in the euro zone tell their stories about how the debt crisis has affected them.
 
 
A Buena Park man charged with murdering a friend because he wanted to have sex with him is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Orange County. Edgar Salvador Luciozamudio, 22, refused an attempt last week by Ricardo Rios, 47, to have sex and attacked the man, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Luciozamudio is charged with punching Rios multiple times and fracturing his nose, jaw, orbital bone and several ribs, prosecu...
 
Steven Spielberg?s ?Adventures of Tintin? brings to computerized life a boy of pluck, ingenuity and derring-do.
 
 
  Are you planning to serve a nice rib roast for the holidays this year? Here's my roundup of the deals out there for the holidays in 2011. Enjoy your fabulous hunk of meat! I must say this is a meal I look forward to all year long. Note that the...
 
IRVINE ? Spiderman jumps all over the walls above 5-year-old Jaydon's bunk bed and across his sheets. Two-year-old Dillon sets up epic duels between the web-shooting Spidey and Batman and the Batmobile. Jaydon races around the apartment's living...
 
 
Want to save some money?  Macy's department store says today is the last one-day sale they're holding before Christmas You can save up to 70% on various items today (Wed. Dec. 21, 2011). And there's a $10 off $25 coupon in today's Orange County...
 
DALLAS - They are just two letters, a "V" and "H," together on the back of his helmet. They sit inconspicuously across from the NHL shield that is stuck on every dome in the league.
 
 
No matter who wins "The X Factor" Thursday night, the final performance show Wednesday made one thing perfectly clear: All three of the top three finalists ? Josh Krajcik, Chris Rene and Melanie Amaro ? are supertalented and will almost certainly go on to have successful music careers. Any of the three could walk away with the crown. It just depends on whether voters have connected more strongly with the bluesy rocker who's been slinging burr...