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February 28, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the hearts of fans and fellow actors during decades of an award-winning career, accidentally died of a deadly mix of drugs, New York medical officials announced Friday. The office of New York's chief medical examiner said that Hoffman had died from "acute mixed drug intoxication" from substances including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamines. His body was found Feb. 2 in his apartment in Manhattan's West Village. Police have said that Hoffman was found with a needle in his arm and at least 50 packets containing heroin in the apartment.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown finally made it official Thursday -- he's running for reelection. Brown filed paperwork in Alameda County to seek an unprecedented fourth and final term as governor. He had been widely expected to make the move, but had remained coy about his official plans as recently as Wednesday. But with the June primary less than 10 weeks away, and with Brown scheduled to make a speech to the state Democratic Party convention in Los Angeles next weekend, the 75-year-old governor pulled the trigger on Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
Elizabeth Gilbert's novel “The Signature of All Things” is a finalist for the Wellcome Book Prize for the best book on a medical topic, along with five nonfiction books, including Oliver Sacks' “Hallucinations.” The $50,000 prize recognizes books with “a central theme that engages with some aspect of medicine, health or illness.” The other finalists are: “Wounded: The Long Journey Home from the Great War,” by Emily Mayhew, which...
NEWS
February 25, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- President Obama said Tuesday he was proud of the four manufacturing innovation institutes his administration has launched over the last year, but he said Congress needs to step in to expand the effort. Obama announced two new research hubs in Chicago and Detroit, where the government will join universities and businesses to train workers and develop new technologies. The White House tapped existing funds for the two sites and two others already underway in Ohio and North Carolina.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
Authorities announced charges Tuesday in the fatal shootings last year of a 7-year-old boy and a teenager in separate incidents police say were linked to an ongoing gang feud. Charles Adam Hall , 17, was killed Sept. 1 in a drive-by shooting in Mid-Wilshire. Police said gunshots were fired at Hall from a white four-door sedan in the 1400 block of South Redondo Boulevard.  On Dec. 2, Taalib Pecantte , 7, was a passenger in a car with his mother and a man when he was fatally shot in Mid-City about two miles away from the first killing.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Jimmy Kimmel may not have gotten much attention the last few weeks with the late-night departure of Jay Leno, the move of Jimmy Fallon and the arrival of Seth Meyers. But he's got one advantage: the post-Oscars show on Sunday night. "Jimmy Kimmel Live" is taped right across the street from the Dolby Theatre where the Academy Awards ceremony is held and takes full advantage of all the big-name stars in the neighborhood that evening. This year's lineup will include Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Martin Scorsese, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, Christoph Waltz, Ben Kingsley, Mandy Patinkin, Abbie Cornish, Barkhad Abdi, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Seth Rogen, Morgan Freeman, Andy Garcia, Adam Driver, Queen Latifah, Gary Oldman and Anjelica Huston.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung is holding a media event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, during which it is expected to unveil the Galaxy S 5. The South Korean tech giant teased the event earlier this month with an image that seemed to imply the company will unveil the latest version of its flagship smartphone. Users who wish to watch can simply hit play on the YouTube video above. PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor   The latest rumors surrounding the Galaxy S 5 said the device will feature a drastically redesigned user interface.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S5, the latest version of its flagship smartphone. The device includes a fingerprint scanner and will go on sale in April. Unlike in previous years, when Samsung announced new Galaxy S models with larger and larger screens, this year the South Korean tech giant focused its presentation on a handful of key features. Samsung said the Galaxy S5 will include a fingerprint scanner that can be used to unlock the phone and make mobile payments. If this sounds familiar, that's because Apple introduced a similar feature with the iPhone 5s when that device was announced last September.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The first-ever Daphne awards shortlist was announced Friday evening in Chicago, setting the stage to declare the best books of 1963. Yes, there were plenty of literary prizes in 1963, but they went to the wrong books. At least that's the idea behind the awards, created by Bookslut's editor Jessa Crispin. This happens: Famously, "Citizen Kane," declared by film historians the greatest film ever made, didn't get the Oscar -- the forgotten drama "How Green Was My Valley" did. The Chicago event took the form of a literary salon featuring deviled eggs, Bundt cake and whiskey.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
The opening of the Broad museum in downtown Los Angeles may have been pushed back to 2015, but its art-focused lecture series, “The Un-Private Collection,” is proceeding full steam ahead. The series, which pairs contemporary artists from the museum's collection with scholars, novelists, filmmakers, musicians and other artists, launched in September with founders Eli and Edythe Broad onstage , talking about their early days of collecting and about their new museum. On Monday the series will stage its biggest evening yet, a conversation between the artist Jeff Koons and filmmaker-actor-artist John Waters at the Orpheum Theatre in L.A., with almost 2,000 people expected to attend.
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