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February 15, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
PHOENIX - His face is shadowed under an oversized baseball cap. His gaze is often averted to the ceiling or floor. His handshake is distant, his voice is small, his sentences trail off into awkward silence. The first impression of Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke is that, despite having just signed a $147-million deal with a team in baseball's second-largest market, he simply wants to run away and hide. It is a daily act of courage that he does not. "I didn't think there was anything wrong with me," he said Friday.
February 14, 2013 | By Amina Khan
A common psychiatric drug may be affecting the feeding behavior of wild fish as it filters out of our bodies, through our toilets and into treated wastewater that is released into natural water sources, according to a new study in the journal Science. The findings, which examined the effect of trace levels of the anti-anxiety medication oxazepam on wild European perch, have implications for the survival rates of fish and the way in which human pharmaceuticals may affect the delicate food web in aquatic ecosystems.
February 1, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc. has discovered in recent months just how fleeting Wall Street's love can be. But if Apple needs a big hug or a shoulder to cry on after watching its stock fall 35% since September, all the company has to do is stop by Macworld. Here are gathered thousands of the most loyal of Apple fans, the die-hard's die-hards. In what may be the least shocking news to come out of the conference, their faith in all things Apple remains unshaken and steady, even as anxiety about the Cupertino, Calif., company's future grows on Wall Street.
January 26, 2013 | By Lisa Zamosky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In a perfect world, Irvine businessman Scott Griffiths says, he hopes to continue offering health insurance to the 42 employees at his chain of high-end men's hair salons. But with the full effect of President Obama's Affordable Care Act approaching, small businesses like his are facing numerous questions and concerns about the future of employee health insurance in California and what it will mean for them. These come as insurance companies step up efforts to keep their customers and win new ones.
January 5, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
The Houston Rockets are among the NBA teams that lean heavily on advanced metrics such as win shares and true shooting percentage, but there is no ready-made formula that can help them determine what to do about Royce White . The rookie forward who suffers from an anxiety disorder remained in limbo after refusing an assignment to the Rockets' Development League affiliate. White said the Rockets had failed to heed the advice of the doctors who have been treating him for an intense fear of flying, among other issues.
January 4, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Incredible things happened in the world of pro golf in 2012. --Bubba Watson won the Masters with a shot on the second playoff hole that only a magician or a contortionist could pull off. --Brendt Snedeker won $11.13 million in one day by taking the final FedEx Cup event. --Charlie Beljan didn't die during the second round of the Children's Miracle Network tournament at Disney World. "I was pretty sure," Beljan says now. "I feared for my life. I guess that's the way I am — prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
December 20, 2012 | By Scott Glover, Lisa Girion and Hailey Branson-Potts
Joey Rovero's quest for pills ended at Pacifica Pharmacy. It was the same for Naythan Kenney, Matt Stavron and Joseph Gomez. All four were patients of a Rowland Heights physician who was a prolific prescriber of narcotic painkillers and other addictive drugs. To get their fix, they needed more than a piece of paper. They needed a pharmacist willing to dispense the drugs, and at Pacifica they found one. All four died of drug overdoses after filling prescriptions at the tiny pharmacy in Huntington Beach, court and coroners' records show.
December 18, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Mike D'Antoni said Tuesday that Steve Nash is nearing a return to the court, although the Lakers coach wasn't willing to lock down a specific date. "It's close," D'Antoni said. "A lot of it will be determined Thursday and Friday when he actually goes five-on-five and plays two hard practices and [team officials] see how he is. From there, he'll determine when he needs to go. " Nash suffered a non-displaced leg fracture in the second game of the season, a visit to the Portland Trail Blazers.
December 14, 2012 | By Stephen Ceasar and Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
By all accounts, the grade school in Newtown, Conn., had strict security procedures, tightened earlier this year in an effort to make sure the campus was as safe as possible. A letter had been sent out to all parents, alerting them to the upgrade. But on Friday, it was all quickly defeated when a gunman opened fire inside Sandy Hook Elementary in the deadliest campus shooting since the Virginia Tech rampage in 2007. In all, 26 people were fatally shot at the school - 20 of them children - before the attacker killed himself.
November 20, 2012 | Sandy Banks
It's the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and I should be making a shopping list, clearing space in my refrigerator, rummaging through cabinets for my roasting pan. Instead, I'm still in my pajamas at 2 p.m., trying to muster the energy to wash the breakfast dishes. I'm exhausted just thinking about Thanksgiving and can't bring myself to begin tackling all the preparations necessary to pull off a proper holiday. There's something in the run-up to Thanksgiving that always puts me on edge.
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