"Super 8" is the rarest of things this time of year: a summer blockbuster that's completely earnest and irony-free, not filled with cheeky pop-culture references or cheesy product placement. The effects, while spectacular, also happen to be germane to the plot, and they have an intimate, tactile quality, rather than seeming too glossy or removed from reality. (And they're not in 3-D. Yes, it is indeed possible.)
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John Halchak, Senior Fellow at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
John Halchak, a senior fellow at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, has been with the Space Shuttle program since its inception.
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Photos by Michael Owen Baker
Libyan leader Gadhafi vows to fight to the death
Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi vowed to fight to the death in a defiant speech Tuesday after NATO military craft unleashed a ferocious series of some daytime airstrikes on Tripoli.
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Early Hitler letter on Jews unveiled in NYC
The signature under the typewritten words on yellowing sheets of nearly century-old paper is unmistakable: Adolf Hitler, with the last few scribbled letters drooping downward. The date is 1919 and, decades before the Holocaust, the 30-year-old German soldier — born in Austria — penned what are believed to be Hitler's first written comments calling for the annihilation of Jews.
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Pavilions Set to Open in Woodland Hills
After nearly 10 months of construction, a 47,700-square-foot Pavilions supermarket will open Thursday at Corbin Village in Woodland Hills. To celebrate its grand opening, Pavilions will host a wine-tasting reception on Wednesday night to benefit the West Valley Boys and Girls Club.
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Photos by Michael Owen Baker
Mavericks vs. Heat -- NBA Finals, Game 4
Chris Bosh scored 16 points, Dwyane Wade added 13, and the Miami Heat had a 47-45 halftime lead over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the NBA finals.
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Heat won't look back, Mavs don't feel defeated
Mavs down 2-1, James not sure there's a big fix
Even when the Dallas Mavericks erase those big leads Miami keeps building, another problem lurks. LeBron James simply switches over to Jason Terry, blanketing the Dallas Mavericks' No. 2 scoring option the way he did league MVP Derrick Rose in the previous round. Terry did nothing in the fourth quarters of Games 1 and 3, and not surprisingly, the Mavs lost both of them.
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White House State Dinner
The White House welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel on June 7, 2011. The al fresco event, underneath the stars in the Rose Garden, features tuna tartare and petite filet. Singer James Taylor and National Symphony Orchestra supply the entertainment for the 200 guests.
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Congressman's Twitter account
Anthony Weiner's attempt to end the media storm surrounding a lewd photo sent from his Twitter account is only stirring up the situation as he flatly denies he sent the photo, but he can't say for sure that the shot of a man in underpants isn't him.
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Apple's Steve Jobs emerges from leave, unveils new products
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has briefly emerged from a medical leave as the company unveiled a new storage service and new software for Mac computers and mobile devices. Jobs received a standing ovation as he appeared in San Francisco for his second major public appearance since he went on medical leave in January for unspecified reasons and duration. James Brown's "I Feel Good" played over the loudspeakers just before he walked on stage, looking thin, in his signature outfit of mock turtleneck and blue jeans. An operating system called Lion will make Mac computers behave more like mobile devices. Apple Inc. unveiled iCloud, which lets customers more easily share data among devices. It is free for now and replaces an Apple service called MobileMe, which costs $99 a year.