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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.
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.
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.
February 19, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Robert J. Lopez
The winning Powerball numbers were announced Wednesday night, heightening speculation regarding whether anyone struck it rich in the $400-million multistate jackpot. The winning numbers are 17, 49, 54, 35 and 1, and the Powerball was 34, according to the  Multi-State Lottery Assn . If no one wins tonight's mega drawing, the money will rollover and the jackpot could soar to $500 million, lottery officials say. The drawing took place at 7:59 p.m. Pacific time. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday night.
February 19, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris announced Wednesday that she will lead a delegation of state attorneys general to Mexico this spring to address issues surrounding transnational gangs. Harris, appearing at a California Newspaper Publishers Assn. conference, said she and other attorneys general from border states will meet with their Mexican counterparts to discuss trafficking, cybersecurity and piracy concerns. She said the trip signaled a push for "collaboration and communication and sharing of information to be more efficient with often restricted resources.
February 19, 2014 | By Susan King
Besides showcasing new French cinema, the 18th City of Lights, City of Angels film festival, which takes place April 21-28 at the Directors Guild of America, will feature several classic films and a tribute to New Wave pioneer François Truffaut. The festival will be honoring Truffaut on the 30th anniversary of the death of the director of such classics as "The 400 Blows," "Shoot the Piano Player," "Jules and Jim" and "Day for Night" with a special program. Details will be announced soon.
February 19, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
T-Mobile, which got into a bit of trouble with BlackBerry a few days ago when it encouraged its BlackBerry users to switch to the iPhone 5s, is trying to make amends. The wireless carrier said in a blog post that starting this Friday, it will offer a $200 credit to users -- including non-T-Mobile customers -- who trade in their current BlackBerry and upgrade to a new T-Mobile device, whether that's a new BlackBerry or another manufacturer's device. Existing T-Mobile BlackBerry users who trade in their BlackBerrys and choose a new Q10 or Z10 smartphone will get an additional $50 off. PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy The limited-time promotion came a day after BlackBerry CEO John Chen blasted T-Mobile in a blog post for targeting BlackBerry users with an offer to switch to the iPhone 5s for $0 down.
February 19, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The finalists for the 34th annual L.A. Times Book Prizes were announced Wednesday morning: 50 books in 10 categories are in the running to win the L.A. Times Book Prizes, to be awarded in April. Two authors will receive special recognition: John Green with the Innovators Award and Susan Straight with the Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. Bestselling young adult novelist John Green will be presented with the Innovators Award for his dynamic use of online media to entertain and engage.
February 14, 2014 | By Eric Maddy
BOYS' BASKETBALL SOUTHERN SECTION OPEN DIVISION PLAYOFF FIELD (16 teams) Opening-round pairings to be announced Sunday. Mater Dei Loyola Corona Centennial Etiwanda Chaminade Chino Hills Redondo Bishop Montgomery Sierra Canyon St. John Bosco Compton Riverside North Cantwell-Sacred Heart Gardena Serra Cathedral Mayfair         GIRLS' BASKETBALL SOUTHERN SECTION...
February 14, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- President Obama will announce millions of dollars in federal drought assistance Friday when he flies to California and tours fields and orchards ravaged by the deepening water crisis, aides said. The president wants farmers to know he is paying close attention to the drought and has instructed federal agencies to expedite help, Tom Vilsack, the secretary of Agriculture, said Thursday. “The federal government will do all it can to alleviate the stress associated with this drought,” Vilsack said in a call with reporters.
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