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HEALTH
February 21, 2014 | By Rene Lynch
We all know plank position is good for us. But. Um. What if you lack the core strength needed to suck in the gut and engage the back, glutes and quad muscles - all while balancing between your toes and elbows? Answer: You slowly and carefully work your way up to it, says fitness expert Tosca Reno , author of the new book "The Start Here Diet. " What it does Plank position puts nearly every muscle in the body to work, especially the abs. It also helps create a mind-body connection as students learn to use opposing muscles to hold the position.
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February 15, 2014 | By Jason Song
James White hesitated before deciding to run for USC student body president, knowing he'd be a long shot because of his background. Because he's black? "No, not that," White said, adding that race isn't the biggest deal in campus presidential elections. "It's other forms of diversity that aren't appreciated. "  FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article said that USC student government presidential candidates have been exclusively male since 2005. That is the case since 2006.
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February 14, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Irwindale police continue to investigate the case of a decapitated corpse that was discovered Thursday in the San Gabriel riverbed. The body, described as that of an adult male, was found in some brush around 5:30 p.m. by a man scavenging for recyclables, not far from Foothill Boulevard and Irwindale Avenue, police said. The head was found 20 feet from the rest of the body. "We don't know how that occurred," Irwindale police Sgt. George Zendejas said. He said coroner's officials will determine the man's identity and the cause of death.
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February 13, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A decapitated body was found in a riverbed in Irwindale and a head was recovered nearby, a police official said Thursday night. A man scavenging for recyclables made the grisly discovery shortly before 5:30 p.m. near Foothill Boulevard and Irwindale Avenue, police said. The man alerted authorities. Irwindale Police Chief Anthony Miranda said the head was about 20 feet from the body, which appeared to have been at the scene for about a week. "We don't know why or how he lost his head," Miranda told The Times.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Two skiers injured in an avalanche in the Oregon backcountry were in "satisfactory" condition with broken bones after about 50 rescuers labored for 16 hours to save them, authorities said Thursday. Rescuers had to leave the bodies of two other skiers on the northeast Oregon mountain until the weather improves. Two to three more inches of snow were forecast for Thursday night. Those killed were Jake Merrill, a 23-year-old ski guide for Wallowa Alpine Huts, and Shane Coulter, a 30-year-old aerospace engineer from Seattle who had been on the multi-day trip with five others, the Baker County Sheriff's Department said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Elizabeth Hand
Marcel Theroux takes identity theft to a new level in "Strange Bodies," a literary science fiction novel as entertaining as it is thought-provoking and disturbing. The author of four previous novels, Theroux was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the U.K.'s Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction for his last book, the dystopian western "Far North," demonstrating his skill at reaching mainstream and genre audiences alike. "Strange Bodies" has a marvelously audacious hook - a contemporary reimagining of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," with one of the titans of English literature standing in for the monster.
SPORTS
February 11, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The oldest player in the NBA isn't worried about staying in front of quicker counterparts or piling up assists or leading his team to the playoffs. Steve Nash just wants his body to cooperate so he can get through a game. It was too much to ask again Tuesday night, the Lakers point guard departing prematurely because of discomfort in his leg and back. He was done at halftime after 17 unremarkable minutes, leading one to wonder just how many are left on the odometer of a 40-year-old who continues to creak his way toward the Hall of Fame.
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February 10, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Ruben Vives and Joseph Serna
The 21-year-old woman who authorities say was drunk when she drove the wrong way on the 60 Freeway, killing six people, had been previously convicted of driving under the influence. Olivia Carolee Culbreath was 17 when she was convicted of drunk driving in San Bernardino County, Department of Motor Vehicles officials said. State records also show she was cited for traffic violations at least two other times. The DMV said the restrictions on her license hadn't been lifted until last week.
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February 7, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man was found on a South Los Angeles sidewalk early Friday morning with a single gunshot wound to the head, police said, marking the first homicide of the year for Vermont Square. The body was found near the intersection of West 53rd Street and South Budlong Avenue at about 2 a.m. after Los Angeles police officers responded to calls of shots fired. He was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim An official with the Los Angeles County coroner's office said the man has not been identified.  The man was approximately 25 years old, said LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman.
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February 6, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
“The media's insatiable appetite for transsexual women's bodies contributes to the systematic othering of trans women as modern-day freak shows, portrayals that validate and feed society's dismissal and dehumanization of trans women.” - Janet Mock, in her new memoir “Redefining Realness” Well, Piers Morgan stepped right into that one. This week, the CNN host caused a stir for what some say was his insensitive handling of an...
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