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Apple stumble seen opening door for rivals

TAIPEI/HELSINKI (Reuters) – Rival smartphone makers could exploit a rare letdown by Apple in the launch of its new iPhone 4S model, which failed to wow fans, and grab a bigger share of the most lucrative part of the phone market. However, analysts also noted that Apple’s decision to keep…

U.S. man pleads not guilty to aerial bomb plot

WORCESTER, Massachusetts — A US physics graduate accused of planning to bomb the US Capitol and the Pentagon with explosives-packed model planes pleaded not guilty to all charges Monday. Rezwan Ferdaus, 26, is also accused of planning to attack the sites in Washington with automatic weapons and grenades. He faces…

Nissan to expand U.S. availability of all-electric Leaf model

WASHINGTON — Nissan North America said Tuesday it was expanding the availability of the all-electric Nissan Leaf to more US outlets and raising the price for the 2012 model. Brian Carolin, senior vice president of sales and marketing, said the Leaf will be available this fall in 10 additional states…

Discreet nonprofit American Legislative Exchange Council writes bills for conservative lawmakers

This week, both the Los Angeles Times and The Nation put the spotlight on a little-known but influential conservative nonprofit that creates “model” state legislation that often make its way into law. The organization has helped craft some of the most controversial—and industry-friendly—legislation of recent years. The American Legislative Exchange…

Chrysler recalls 11,000 vehicles to fix steering

NEW YORK — Chrysler is recalling more than 11,000 of its 2011 model year vehicles because of a potential steering problem, the US government said Thursday. Certain vehicles “may have been built with a missing or incorrectly installed steering column pivot rivet,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in…

Italian archaeologists hunt for Mona Lisa model

FLORENCE, Italy (AFP) – Archaeologists on Wednesday began digging for the remains of a 16th-century woman believed to be the model for Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in a bid to unlock an art world mystery. The team of historians say they will try to find the remains using geo-radar…

Ricky Martin gets top award by GLAAD

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Latin pop star Ricky Martin was honored by media group GLAAD for his work as a role model at a gala held on Saturday where he urged people to spread gay rights throughout Latin America. “I just want to be free. I can say, today I…

New York Times to launch online pay model

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Times will begin charging people to read some of the content on its website starting March 28 in the United States, the company’s chairman and publisher announced on Thursday. New York Times Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. said the website had started charging readers…

Mona Lisa model was a male, say Italian researchers

ROME — Italian researchers who specialize in resolving art mysteries said Wednesday they have discovered the disputed identity of the model for Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa — and claimed he was a man. Silvano Vinceti, chairman of the Italian national committee for cultural heritage, said the Florence-born Renaissance artist’s…

California’s ‘Big One’ could be massive ‘superstorm’ that floods state: scientists

The planet’s rising temperatures mean California is at greater risk of a “superstorm” that could flood the state’s Central Valley, causing damage that would dwarf even a major earthquake, scientists have warned. At a conference in Sacramento last week, 117 researchers brought together to study flooding risks in California presented…

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