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  • Ruggiero Ricci dies at 94; violin virtuoso began as child prodigy

    Ruggiero Ricci dies at 94; violin virtuoso began as child prodigy
    Violinist Ruggiero Ricci held the audience spellbound when he debuted at the Hollywood Bowl in 1932, a "wunderkind" of classical music with marvelous showmanship and beautiful tone. He was all of 13. What he accomplished in the ensuing decades is perhaps...
  • Julia Child's family outraged over Thermador ads featuring chef

     
    In her four decades as America’s cooking teacher, Julia Child had a hard and fast rule about commercial endorsements: She didn’t do them. It didn’t matter whether it was the butter that made her beurre blanc sauce sing, the pot in...
  • California Science Center set for Endeavour exhibit opening today

     
    Space shuttle Endeavour will once again be on public display Tuesday as the California Science Center opens its doors to the pavilion that will showcase its new crown jewel....
  • Endeavour shuttle helps draw 1 million visitors to Science Center

     
    More than 1 million people have visited the California Science Center since space shuttle Endeavour arrived, a considerable boost for the Exposition Park museum that averages about 1.6 million visitors a year....
  • The Swoose

     
    Los Angeles once had "The Swoose" - the oldest B-17 in existence - as a possible war memorial....
  • How to make the most of a trip to the nation's capital

    How to make the most of a trip to the nation's capital
    A spring break in the nation's capital is a rite of passage for some families, but if the airfare from the West Coast to the East has stretched your vacation budget, take heart. Many places are free, thanks to government funding (although the sequester...
  • Hopi masks auctioned in Paris amid outrage and legal objections

    Hopi masks auctioned in Paris amid outrage and legal objections
    This post has been corrected. See below for details. The gavel came down on 70 sacred Hopi Indian masks at the Drouot auction house in Paris on Friday, generating $1.2 million for the owners and auctioneers – and anger and emotional cries from...
  • Obama's arts budget plan goes beyond restoring 'sequester' cuts

    Obama's arts budget plan goes beyond restoring 'sequester' cuts
    President Obama’s budget proposal for the coming fiscal year would boost federal arts spending 10%  above where it stands at the moment, lifting it to $1.58 billion for the 2013-14 budget year that begins Oct. 1 and more than compensating for cuts...
  • James Whitmore dies at 87; veteran award-winning actor brought American icons to life

    James Whitmore dies at 87; veteran award-winning actor brought American icons to life
    James Whitmore, the veteran Tony- and Emmy-winning actor who brought American icons Will Rogers, Harry Truman and Theodore Roosevelt to life in one-man shows, died Friday. He was 87. Whitmore died of lung cancer at his home in Malibu, said his son,...