The death of Steve Jobs has inspired a myriad of tributes--none moreso than on Halloween, as countless Apple fanboys and erstwhile iNerds have chosen to dress up as the late tech icon for the holiday, mimicking Jobs' signature jeans and mock turtleneck.Read More »from Steve Jobs dominating 2011 Halloween costumes
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Bernie Madoff's son will indirectly profit, through his fiancée, from a splashy new tell-all book about the Madoff family--something that might be tough to swallow for thousands of the convicted Ponzi schemer's victims.
The book, "Truth and Consequences: Life Inside the Madoff Family," written by Laurie Sandell and published today by Little Brown, is based largely on interviews with Andrew and Ruth Madoff, who are Bernie's son and wife, as well as with Catherine Hooper, Andrew's fiancee.
Andrew and Ruth Madoff won't directly benefit from the book, according to "60 Minutes," which interviewed both of them for a report that aired Sunday night. But Hooper, who helped spearhead the project and was originally listed as a co-author, will.
"The writer is the primary beneficiary, but I am getting compensated for the work that I did in helping arrange the book," Hooper, the founder of Black Umbrella, an emergency preparedness firm, told Yahoo News.
It's not known how much she'll take in. Hooper referred further questions to Little, Brown, which declined to comment. "As a matter of protocol we never comment on the financial arrangements regarding our books," a spokeswoman for Little, Brown told Yahoo News. Sandell did not respond to a message sent to her Twitter account.
The professional lives of Hooper and Andrew Madoff, 45, have overlapped lately. The Wall Street Journal reported in December that he had taken the title of head of operations at Black Umbrella.Read More »from Fiancée of Madoff son will profit from book about family
"We haven't been involved for years. I would hope that my work would stand for itself."
—Sarah Fenske, managing editor of St. Louis' Riverfront Times and former girlfriend of Village Voice Media owner Michael Lacey, on being named editor-in-chief of L.A. Weekly. Fenske's hiring--announced last week--is drawing criticism not only on the basis of her history with Lacey, but because of her unfamiliarity with L.A. "The question is not so much for her as it is for her bosses," Kevin Roderick of LAObserved observed. "Why did they pick someone that is coming in without any knowledge of Los Angeles?" But Drex Heikes, who resigned as L.A. Weekly's editor-in-chief last week, called Fenske's hire a "smart choice," though he admitted: "There's no question that it's not ideal. She's going to have big eyes for a while."Read More »from Owner’s ex-girlfriend named editor at L.A. Weekly
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The wife of Michael Schumacher believes the former Formula One champion is getting better after emerging from his coma and being moved to a Swiss hospital last month, she told a German magazine. In her first public comments since Schumacher's horrific ski accident on December 29, 2013, Corinna Schumacher told Neue Post that the improvement in the health of her famous husband was encouraging. Michael Schumacher, 47, spent 170 days in hospital in the French city of Grenoble after cracking his skull on a rock while skiing in an Alpine resort.
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Younger borrowers are entering the market for large mortgages, but jumbo lenders still depend on baby boomers.
- Japan able to aid US ships under attack, says minister
Japan's new policy on military action would allow its forces to come to the aid of a US naval ship under attack, Tokyo's defense minister said Friday. In a visit to Washington, Itsunori Onodera cited the hypothetical scenario as he sought to explain the Japanese government's controversial decision to ease decades-long restrictions on the country's military. If US warships were sent to defend Japan, and those ships were attacked, the Japanese "constitution was interpreted to say we could not help that ship," Onodera told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank. "That's how this change in policy should be understood." Onodera said the change approved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet on July 1 would bolster Tokyo's alliance with the United States, opening the way to new forms of military cooperation.
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- Church of England female bishops would be 'seismic'
The Church of England could be set to allow its first female bishops -- and not before time, says one of those tipped for the job, adding the days of women being left to arrange the flowers are gone. Rose Hudson-Wilkin thinks it would be "seismic" if the Church votes on Monday to allow Anglican women to take the top jobs after decades of debate on their role. As a chaplain to Queen Elizabeth and the Speaker of the House of Commons, Jamaican-born Hudson-Wilkin is already one of the most prominent women in the Church of England. "This has been on the agenda of the Church since the 1920s, from the time of the suffragettes when women were saying actually, we're human beings, we don't want to be patted on the head and told: 'There dear, you'll be alright doing the flowers or making the cups of tea'.
- Major iPhone 6 feature seemingly confirmed
The tests that put those alleged 4.7-inch iPhone 6 sapphire glass front panels through various tortures, revealing the display is more than able to take a serious beating, may have indeed shown a genuine sapphire glass display for the iPhone. In a new report from The Guardian reveals, professor Neil Alford of the department of materials at Imperial College in London said that the panels are indeed likely made of sapphire crystal. FROM EARLIER: Watch someone break the iPhone 6′s unbreakable sapphire screen “In my opinion the screen being shown off in the video could well be a sapphire screen,” Alford said, referring to the video showing Marques Brownlee trying to damage a leaked iPhone 6 component with keys, a knife
- Japan braced for more aftershocks of giant 2011 quake
Seismologists said an earthquake that struck near Japan's shuttered Fukushima nuclear site early Saturday was an aftershock of the tremor that sparked 2011's deadly tsunami, and warned of more to come. The strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast of northeastern Japan caused a minor tsunami in the early hours, though authorities lifted all weather warnings roughly two hours later. Seismologist Yasuhiro Yoshida of the Japan Meteorological Agency said it was a delayed tectonic reaction to the 9.0-magnitude quake which left the Fukushima nuclear power plant in a meltdown crisis after the coast was ravaged by monster tidal waves in March 2011. "There are fears that relatively large earthquakes will occasionally occur in the ocean area where aftershocks of the great earthquake continue," he said.