January 21, 2014 |
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - An explosion tore through a bus carrying Shiite Muslim pilgrims in western Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 22 people and injuring dozens. Pakistani media reports said the bus was traveling from the Iranian border through volatile Balochistan province when it was struck about 30 miles southwest of the provincial capital, Quetta. Shafqat Anwar, the assistant commissioner in Mastung district, told reporters that at least 32 people were injured. Two vehicles carrying security forces who were escorting the pilgrims' buses were also damaged in the blast, officials said.
January 19, 2014 |
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A bomb struck a military convoy in restive northwest Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least 22 soldiers, officials said. A convoy of more than 40 vehicles was leaving the garrison town of Bannu for the troubled North Waziristan tribal region when an improvised explosive device exploded inside a truck at about 9 a.m., according to military officials. Ten vehicles were destroyed in the blast. The bomb was planted in a private truck that had been hired by the Frontier Corps, a paramilitary force under the command of the Pakistani army that regularly battles insurgents in the country's lawless northwestern tribal areas, said a security official who requested anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media.
January 18, 2014 |
INDIANAPOLIS - The Clippers knew that facing one of the elite teams in the NBA in the Indiana Pacers would require them to execute at all costs. The Clippers failed to execute far too often, leading to a 106-92 defeat to the Pacers on Saturday night. Against a Pacers team that has the best record in the NBA at 32-7 and now has a 21-1 home record, the Clippers couldn't afford to play a lesser brand of basketball. But they did. They shot 39.8% from the field, 25% (five for 20)
January 15, 2014 |
Katy Perry is roaring back to business. After lying relatively low after the heavily hyped release last fall of her album "Prism," the singer announced Wednesday that she'll hit the road in North America this summer. The so-called Prismatic world tour, slated to play the U.K. in May, is to begin a Stateside run on June 22 in Raleigh, N.C. Forty-six concerts are scheduled, including stops Sept. 16 at Anaheim's Honda Center and Sept. 19 at Staples Center. Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves and Tegan and Sara will take turns as Perry's opening act, with Tegan and Sara set to appear at the Southland shows.
January 14, 2014 |
Southern California home prices jumped in December, the first significant increase since June. The median sale price in the six-county region hit $395,000 last month, a 2.6% gain from November and 22.3% over the same month a year earlier, research firm DataQuick reported Tuesday. The firm attributed the rise to fewer distressed sales and demand that has outstripped tight supply. It's too soon to tell if the monthly increase signals the return of aggressive price appreciation.
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January 13, 2014
Sam Berns, a spunky teenager who was proud to call himself a "band geek" and was at the heart of a 2013 documentary about a genetic condition that accelerates aging, has died. He was 17. Berns, a Massachusetts high school junior and Eagle Scout who was bald, bespectacled and weighed only 50 pounds, died Friday from complications of progeria, the Progeria Research Foundation announced. An avid fan of Boston sports teams, Berns also was passionate about playing the snare drum and marching in full uniform with Foxborough High School's marching band.
January 12, 2014 |
Not once since the Ducks distanced themselves from the Western Conference pack had goaltender Jonas Hiller recorded a shutout, but their plentiful production meant he never had to blank an opponent to be sure of a win. Sunday night, with their legs tiring in their third game in four days, the Ducks needed him to get a shutout. And he did. Hiller stopped 22 shots and Andrew Cogliano scored off a slick setup from Saku Koivu in the second period as the Ducks defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 1-0, at Honda Center to extend their winning streak to seven and long-term dominance to 17-1.
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January 5, 2014 |
A state coastal agency could soon decide whether Huntington Beach can rezone a site in the Bolsa Chica mesa, an area that opponents say is home to Native American artifacts and remains, to allow for a housing development. The California Coastal Commission is set to vote Wednesday on whether the city can amend its Local Coastal Program - local governments' guide to development in the coastal zone - to allow for new homes on the northwest portion of Bolsa Chica. In a report, commission staff recommends denying amendments because the changes would "eliminate a higher priority land use designation and does not assure that significant culture resources and sensitive habitats will be protected" under the California Coastal Act. The move would also violate a part of the Local Coastal Program that the commission has already approved.
January 4, 2014 |
The large pictures on the wall at the Lakers' facility show Kobe Bryant elevating for a shot by the basket, Pau Gasol driving the baseline against Al Horford and even Ryan Kelly lofting a mid-range jumper in an exhibition game. No pics of Kendall Marshall. Yet. You can't really blame the Lakers, who had no reason to attach themselves to a player who might not have made it out of January with them. But then Friday night happened, Marshall becoming the first Lakers player since 2002 to get 20 points and 15 assists in a game.
January 2, 2014 |
After making first-line forward Dustin Penner a healthy scratch in favor of Jakob Silfverberg on Tuesday, Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau had Silfverberg paired again with stars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in practice Thursday. Penner has one goal and no assists and has twice been a healthy scratch - including Tuesday - in the last 11 games. Penner, 31, practiced Thursday with a second line of Mathieu Perreault and Teemu Selanne . "I don't know how long it'll last, but I thought [the first line]