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November 15, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
The feature debut from Irish writer-director Ciarán Foy, "Citadel" attempts to transform mundane anxieties into the stuff of a horror film. But the initial tension of the premise dissipates like a slow leak. Tommy (Aneurin Barnard) is trapped inside an elevator watching helplessly as hooded thugs attack his pregnant wife. Stabbed with a syringe, she goes into a coma and never awakens, though doctors successfully deliver the baby. The film then becomes a parable of urban anxiety and the fear of fatherhood, as Tommy develops severe agoraphobia, refusing to leave his apartment while also becoming convinced those same kids are coming back for his newborn infant.
November 6, 2012 | David Lazarus
Ann Walton-Teter was diagnosed with breast cancer in September. About a month later, she was informed by her health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross, that her coverage had been canceled because of a missed payment. Anthem would eventually admit that it was mistaken. But Walton-Teter, 43, had to battle the insurance giant to have her coverage restored just as she was recovering from a double mastectomy and preparing for chemotherapy. In other words, the Santa Monica resident had to go up against a corporate bureaucracy while she was at her weakest and most vulnerable - a situation that plays out time after time nationwide as insurers challenge patients' claims or doctors' prescriptions in the midst of medical crises.
October 15, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Tuesday night's presidential debate may have the look of a town hall, with voters surrounding the candidates and posing the questions, but the degree to which it is a casual conversation between candidates and voters or a tough grilling on the issues is largely up to one woman: Candy Crowley. The CNN anchor and debate moderator appears to have caused some anxiety within both campaigns with her comments about how she plans to approach her role in the second debate.
October 5, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
Houston Rockets forward Royce White has a self-described "mental illness. " He has many anxieties, among them a fear of flying. White told ESPN on Wednesday that he has talked to management about taking a bus to road games instead of a plane. He said that he hopes to reach a deal with the team within a week and has agreed to purchase the bus and assume liability. "What it's going to look like is every game that's drivable, I'm going to get a bus for myself," White said.
October 3, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
A former Penn State graduate assistant who complained he saw former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky showering with a young boy on campus and testified at Sandusky's sex abuse trial sued the university Tuesday for what he calls defamation and misrepresentation. Mike McQueary's whistle-blower lawsuit claims his treatment by the university since Sandusky was arrested in November has caused him distress, anxiety, humiliation and embarrassment. The complaint, filed in county court near State College, where the university is based, seeks millions of dollars in damages.
September 24, 2012 | By Melissa Healy
Management consultants say 60% of senior executives experience high stress and anxiety on a regular basis, and a thriving industry of motivational speakers teaches business leaders how to manage their corrosive burden of stress. But just how uneasy lies the head that wears the crown? Not so uneasy, it turns out. A new study reveals that those who sit atop the nation's political, military, business and nonprofit organizations are actually pretty chill. Compared with people of similar age, gender and ethnicity who haven't made it to the top, leaders pronounced themselves less stressed and anxious.
September 23, 2012 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - It was the down slope of August, and in the icy winds and freezing rain that masquerade as summer on the Arctic coast, Shell Alaska had to move its community barbecue indoors to the school gym. Billed as the oil company's thank-you to the Iñupiat Eskimo village that is about to become a base for offshore drilling operations, the event featured free hamburgers, beans and something rarely seen up in the Far North - plates heaped...
September 19, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Do you start to panic if your cellphone isn't nearby? Does just the thought of losing your phone make your heart pound? Do you keep an extra phone on hand, just in case your primary phone breaks? Do you check your phone in the middle of the night? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, than you may suffer from nomophobia (no-mobile-phone-phobia) -- the fear of being without your phone.  The good news is that you are not alone. The better news is that it may be treatable.
August 17, 2012 | Shan Li
At a job fair in West Los Angeles, hundreds of unemployed and underemployed workers lined up to apply for positions at the new Target store opening in downtown Los Angeles in October. Many applicants, dressed in business attire and carrying resumes, showed up as early as 6:30 a.m. at the Olympic Collection Banquet, Conference and Entertainment Center, hoping to land one of 250 positions, including cashiers, sales clerks and backroom stockers. "Anything I can get, I'll apply for it," said Ozzy Buckley, 18, who was wearing a pinstriped suit.
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