January 17, 2014 |
Even after signing Clayton Kershaw to a record-breaking deal, the Dodgers remain in active talks with Masahiro Tanaka's agent. General Manager Ned Colletti said he has spoken with agent Casey Close every day this week except Thursday. Tanaka is expected to land a contract worth more than $100 million. In addition to that, the team that signs Tanaka will owe a $20-million posting fee to his Japanese team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles. Close also represents Kershaw and Zack Greinke.
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January 10, 2014 |
Following an uptick in flu activity across the state, California Department of Public Health officials said Friday that influenza activity here was “widespread,” and urged Californians to obtain a flu immunization if they hadn't done so already. Statewide, seven adults under the age of 65 are confirmed to have died from influenza thus far this flu season; another 28 deaths are under investigation, according to state epidemiologist Dr. Gil Chavez. He said the state should be able to confirm whether most of those deaths were also flu-related within the next week.
January 8, 2014 |
Massive sunspot AR 1944 is getting feisty, and doing some damage. Several Earth-lengths across, it is one of the largest sunspots seen in a decade. It is also complex, with dozens of dark cores. "Sometimes you see a nice, big simple brown sunspot, and even though it's big, it's boring," said Alex Young of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "But as soon as they start getting twisted and breaking apart and merging with each other, you know something exciting is going to happen.
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January 8, 2014 |
New state geological maps released Wednesday show several major developments planned in Hollywood are much closer to an active earthquake fault than Los Angeles city officials initially said. The maps chart the course of the Hollywood fault, which runs from Atwater Village and Los Feliz, through central Hollywood and west along the Sunset Strip. The state accelerated completion of the maps last fall amid controversy over the Los Angeles City Council approving a skyscraper development on or near the fault.
January 7, 2014 |
The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday cracked down on Sensa Products, an El Segundo company that sells a weight-loss powder that users sprinkle on food to help curb their appetite. The powder, which is marketed as activating the part of the brain that helps control appetite, is said to make users feel fuller faster so they eat less. Federal regulators, however, weren't buying the pitch. Sensa Products now has to return $26.5 million to consumers who bought its product because the company used faulty science in its marketing to mislead consumers, the FTC said.
January 6, 2014 |
The first week of January has been an auspicious time for horror movies. Industry types would say it's the lack of fresh box-office competition, though it's also always seemed just as likely that the aftermath of the holidays are ripe for a good slasher picture. Two years ago on the same weekend “The Devil Inside” scored an eye-popping $33 million, blowing away expectations. Last year “Texas Chainsaw 3D” - a sequel to a lesser horror property than some of its '80s counterparts - managed a $22-million opening despite being just the third movie in the series over the last 15 years.
January 5, 2014 |
Disney's neo-holiday classic, "Frozen," packed snowbound theaters to narrowly beat out the weekend's only wide-release contender, "Paranormal Activity: Marked Ones," for the inaugural No. 1 ranking of 2014. The latter, the latest entry in the popular "Paranormal Activity" horror franchise, turned in a lukewarm debut for a film that came with hot hopes. People who saw prerelease audience surveys initially bet that the low-budget movie would gross nearly $30 million in ticket sales.
January 4, 2014 |
Coming out of a holiday season led by the festive "Frozen" and a "Hobbit" sequel, the low-budget "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" is staking a claim for big-screen chills as the new year gets underway. A spinoff from the found-footage franchise that has generated more than $350 million domestically so far, "The Marked Ones" earned an estimated $8.7 million on Friday to top the box office charts heading into the weekend. The thriller is expected to earn between $25 million and $30 million this weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys, and it could continue a string of inexpensive horror films that performed well at the box office last year, including "Mama" and "Insidious: Chapter 2. " "Paranormal Activity 5," a film not tied to the story of "The Marked Ones," is also due in October.
January 2, 2014 |
A low-budget, Latino-targeted horror offshoot could steal enough souls to possess the box office over the weekend. But to do so, it will have to out-draw a "Hobbit" sequel and "Frozen," which are both enjoying a strong holiday season. Paramount Pictures' "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" could gross $25 million to $30 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to those who have seen pre -release audience surveys. The movie cost about $5 million to make, similar to the last two "Paranormal Activity" films.