12:07 PM Jan 7, 2014
Rose Silvera, of Chicago, walks across the Metra parking lot in Elgin, Ill., waiting for a friend to pick her up for work at the Chase Call Center early Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune/MCT)
(MCT) – A frigid weather system called the polar vortex gripped much of the Midwest on Monday as temperatures dropped to near-record, subzero lows, canceling school classes, grounding thousands of airline flights and prompting authorities to urge residents to stay home or go to emergency warming shelters.
6:00 PM Jan 5, 2014
Jaime Dyer points to a photograph in 2010 of the M-56 after it was lured into a cage by a government trapper. The 20-month-old mountain lion, wearing a tracking collar affixed by University of California-Davis researchers, left his mother in the foothills of Orange County and struck out on his own and leaped into a pen of sheep on the Dyers property. (Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
LOS ANGELES (MCT) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's inspector general will investigate a federal agency whose mission is to exterminate birds, coyotes, mountain lions and other animals that threaten the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers.
12:00 PM Jan 4, 2014
Google Winter Wonderlab, a pop-up showroom, at the Westfield Galleria in Roseville, Calif., on December 5, 2013. Google has set up six of these temporary locations to give potential customers a hands-on feel for new products. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group/MCT)
(MCT) – While Apple and Microsoft's share of laptops sold in the U.S. decreased in 2013, Google dramatically increased its portion of sales.
5:00 PM Jan 3, 2014
Toni Zakarija, 25, shovels the sidewalk at her home on Evergreen Avenue in Wicker Park, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Chicago. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune/MCT)
NEW YORK (MCT) – Some holiday travelers got an extra day of vacation Thursday – albeit waiting in an airport – as a giant winter storm barreled through the Midwest, heading for the Northeast.
12:00 PM Jan 3, 2014
Snapchat co-creators Bobby Murphy, left, and Evan Spiegel are seen through a window at the company's offices in Venice, Calif., in May 2013. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
(MCT) – Days after being warned of a security weakness in its popular mobile application, Snapchat became the target of a widespread cyberattack that affected millions of users, a black eye for a startup with sky-high hopes of becoming the next social media juggernaut.
10:00 PM Dec 31, 2013
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives for the Presidential Medal of Freedom presentation ceremony in the East Room at the White House on Nov. 20, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)
(MCT) – The annual Gallup poll of the most admired men and women in America has come out, and it contains two actors, a queen, a pope, a talk show host and a plethora of politicians.
12:00 PM Dec 31, 2013
LOS ANGELES (MCT) – Danny Leclair snapped a photo of two toy grooms holding hands. He sent the photo via email to his longtime partner, Aubrey Loots, with a question:
10:00 PM Dec 27, 2013
Peter Capaldi will be the 12th Doctor Who when he takes over from Matt Smith in the 2013 Christmas Special. (BBC/MCT)
LOS ANGELES (MCT) – Matt Smith has wrapped up his tenure as the star of "Doctor Who" after three years playing the time-traveling alien. His time as the ever-regenerating hero was marked by complicated puzzles of time and space, alien quirks such as a fondness for fish fingers and custard, and insisting, despite raised eyebrows from his accomplices, that "bow ties are cool."
10:00 PM Dec 26, 2013
Software developer Monica Wilkinson wears Google Glass at Crushpath in San Francisco,California, on April 27, 2013. The electronic glasses are not available to the public yet, but some developers have been able to buy them to prepare apps. (John Green/San Jose Mercury News/MCT)
(MCT) – Wearable gadgets, curved smartphones and new game consoles defined technology in 2013. That's why it's no surprise they make up the bulk of our top 10 devices of the year.
12:00 PM Dec 26, 2013
LOS ANGELES (MCT) – The massive data breach at Target last week has again highlighted how the United States remains a relatively insecure backwater when it comes to credit-card technology.
5:00 PM Dec 24, 2013
(MCT) – After months of technical glitches and political tumult, a burst of last-minute insurance shoppers illustrated the growing appetite for Obamacare and the enormous challenges ahead in making the massive health care expansion work.
4:00 PM Dec 24, 2013
(MCT) – It was a snake that reportedly led to the ban on humans in the Garden of Eden. Now a reptile trade group wants to overturn a national ban on importing four giant snakes or transporting them across state lines.
10:00 PM Dec 13, 2013
(MCT) – Gus met his birth mother only once after being adopted. But she watches his life unfold on Facebook week by week: His first day of preschool, toting a tiny backpack spangled with letters and numbers. The purple turkey he sculpted in class. The Katy Perry song he now loves to sing.
10:00 PM Dec 12, 2013
Zoe Saldana, from left, Aziz Ansari and Olivia Wilde laugh as they announce nominations for the Golden Globe Awards on Dec. 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
LOS ANGELES (MCT) – The Golden Globes have a long and often amusing reputation for nomination-morning howlers. But when the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. unveiled its 2014 nominees Thursday morning, there was no "Tourist," no "Burlesque," no "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" - partly owing to so many comedies of actual distinction in the running, such as multiple nominees "American Hustle" and "Nebraska."
10:00 PM Dec 3, 2013
(Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT) Mary J. Blige sings the national anthem before the Oakland Raiders play the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Arlington, Texas.
(MCT) - Though it takes place at the start of awards season -- and is presented by the same Nashville trade group that puts on the Country Music Assn. Awards -- "CMA Country Christmas" doesn't revolve around the distribution of trophies.
9:28 AM Dec 2, 2013
(MCT) - Delivery drones are on their way.
8:00 PM Nov 27, 2013
(MCT) - Nearly 40 news organizations have accused the Obama administration of improperly controlling images of the president by limiting the access granted to independent photojournalists while allowing free rein by the White House's own photographers.