| Mar 13, 2014
| 9:23 AM
"Crisis": With a busload of kidnapped high school students, a flock of powerful parents and a smattering of high-caliber stars, NBC seems prepared to do what CBS couldn't with "Hostages"--create a high-octane, character-driven suspense drama that is...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 2:30 AM
The annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is out -- along with the usual debates about objectifying women as sexual beings, modesty as a lost value and the undeniable fact that beauty is a random gift distributed by the fickle hand of an unfair God....
| Feb 27, 2014
| 2:30 AM
LAS VEGAS, NV -- These reader questions were answered by experts attending the Western Veterinary Conference here Feb. 16-20.
Q: One of our cats suffered with separation anxiety, leaving puddles on our shoes whenever we left the house. This problem was...
| Feb 28, 2014
There's a war against Legos.
I know what you're thinking: How could anyone have a beef with those colorful, plastic toy bricks with which you can build cities, stage your own Bible stories or reenact the Trojan War, the Civil War or Star Wars? And hasn'...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 8:23 AM
Mattel Inc. dominates the market for dolls with its Barbie, Monster High and American Girl brands. But now it also wants to play with blocks.
The El Segundo giant is paying $460 million to buy Canadian construction toy company Mega Brands Inc. as it...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Mattel will enter WWE's ring for another five years, with the world's largest toymaker pinning down a new deal to become the wrestling company's master toy licensee through 2019.
Financial terms of the deal were not revealed, but toys and video games are...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Warner Bros. has a bonafide blockbuster with "The LEGO Movie," which has dominated the box office since opening Feb. 7. The movie has already made over $143 million in the U.S. to date and is on its way to surpassing $200 million...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 8:38 AM
All it took was a wooden peg and round piece of wood for Michael Brown to make a wooden top that immediately caught the interest of his young audience. A toymaker and historian, Brown gave a talk on traditional American wooden toys and demonstrated how to...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 4:00 PM
When I met my husband, Brandon, online, we covered most of the essentials over email.
I knew he lived in Murrieta, 53 miles from my Seal Beach home. I knew he was a widower. I also knew he had a freezer stocked with microwaveable pocket sandwiches...
| Feb 22, 2014
| 3:28 PM
South suburban dog-lovers are banding together to collect toys for shelter animals and they're using a pit bull whose mother died from grisly injuries to bring attention to their cause.
Mama Petunia was pregnant with 10 puppies when Christina Konecki...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Arthur Rankin Jr., the Rankin of Rankin/Bass Productions, makers of holiday specials and sundry other animated goods, died Jan. 30, age 89, in Bermuda, where he had lived for many years, under the tropical rule of Heat Miser.
That for many of you the...