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HEALTH
December 27, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Those fitness resolutions will do you no good if they lead you to visit the likes of Hooman Melamed. As an orthopedic spine surgeon, Melamed sees the downside of efforts to get strong and fit. Exercising the wrong way can put a person out of commission for a long time, he says. One recent morning, Melamed met us at the Spectrum gym in Santa Monica and demonstrated the right way to do some common exercises and use some popular equipment, and he talked about the risks of getting it wrong.
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OPINION
December 20, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Two days after a judge ruled that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records was probably unconstitutional, the Obama administration on Wednesday released a report in which a presidential task force called for an end to the program. The President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies also suggested other significant reforms in the collection of data about Americans and foreigners. President Obama, who said he welcomed a debate over the activities exposed by Edward Snowden, should take the panel's advice.
SPORTS
December 16, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Teemu Selanne and Dustin Penner confronted desperate situations Sunday night, and the Ducks' forwards each responded with productive poise, not panic. After Selanne snapped his personal 19-game goal-less drought with a second-period goal, Penner answered an unexpected late tie with the last-place Edmonton Oilers by scoring the winning goal with three minutes 17 seconds left to give the Ducks a 3-2 victory at Honda Center. "Maybe we weren't as mentally sharp as in days past," Penner said after the Ducks (23-7-5)
IMAGE
December 7, 2013 | By Alene Dawson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Many moons after the "Rachel" haircut hysteria, much ado is still being made about Jennifer Aniston's hair. The 44-year-old "Friends" and "Horrible Bosses" star recently cut her long tresses into a bob, and it made headlines across the planet. We went to Aniston, who has joined the ranks of beauty entrepreneurs as co-owner of Living Proof hair care, to find out how she stays serene and beautiful in the spotlight. On the red carpet, you don't significantly change your beauty look.
WORLD
November 25, 2013 | By David Zucchino
KABUL, Afghanistan - From presidential candidates to grocers and spice merchants, many Afghans threw up their hands in frustration and exasperation with their elected president on Monday. They had watched Hamid Karzai on TV the day before, and many were baffled by what they saw. Karzai had brusquely rejected the recommendations of a special grand council he had personally convened to vote on whether Afghanistan should sign a security agreement with the United States. After the council, or loya jirga , enthusiastically endorsed the pact, Karzai refused to sign and launched an angry diatribe against the United States.
BUSINESS
November 23, 2013 | By David Pierson
With millions of turkeys thawing and piles of stuffing waiting to be prepared, Thanksgiving is one of the riskiest times of year for food safety. Bacteria can be lurking anywhere in crowded holiday kitchens, spread by cross contamination or undercooked food. That's why epidemiologists see a spike in food-borne illness in November and December. Companies such as poultry producer Butterball join government agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in stepping up efforts to educate consumers about the potential dangers of the annual fall feast.
NATIONAL
November 23, 2013 | By David Willman
WASHINGTON - Despite intense pressure to hold down federal spending, the Defense Department is launching a high-priced effort to create its own production pipeline for vaccines and biodefense drugs - an initiative that defies the advice of government-hired experts and duplicates what another agency is doing. Construction began in late October on a plant in north Florida that will produce flu vaccine and specialized medicines for the Pentagon to protect military personnel against germ warfare agents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Before Mary and Liz Cheney, there were Newt and Candace Gingrich. Starting in the '90s, the Gingrich siblings -- one a straight, conservative politician and the other a married, gay activist -- played out the same family drama over gay marriage that is now roiling the Cheney clan. “The struggle that the Cheney family is going through is one that lots and lots of families go through when it comes to LGBT family members,” Candace Gingrich told me Monday from her home in Hyattsville, Md. “I feel for them, because it's magnified about 8,000 times, but the bottom line is that one sister does not accept the basic right of her other sister.
NEWS
October 24, 2013 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON--As Washington tries to find a way past the political dysfunction that triggered the shutdown of the federal government, Gov. Jerry Brown came to town Thursday to suggest it look for inspiration in California. Brown told a ballroom of liberals celebrating the anniversary of the Center for American Progress, one of the left's favorite think tanks, that it was only a few years ago California had been written off by the pundits as a lost cause. “Three years ago California was called a failed state,” he said.
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