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August 19, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC receiver Marqise Lee lifted his right hand high above his head Monday and proclaimed that his injured right shoulder was "solid. " Lee, speaking with reporters for the first time since suffering what USC has described as a bone bruise, had just finished a team practice in preparation for the Trojans' Aug. 29 opener at Hawaii. Coach Lane Kiffin said Lee was "pretty much all the way back. " Lee said he was "100% back. " Like USC fans, the Biletnikoff Award winner is eager to find out who Kiffin will choose as the starting quarterback.
August 12, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Pinnacle Foods Inc., owner of brands such as Hungry Man dinners and Duncan Hines baking mixes, is buying the Wish-Bone salad dressing brands from Unilever for $580 million. The deal, funded by cash and new debt, comes as Unilever readjusts its priorities to beauty and health goods from food products. In January, the company, which is based in the Netherlands and Britain, sold its Skippy peanut butter brand to Spam maker Hormel Foods for $700 million. Now Pinnacle, which is based in Parsippany, N.J., will take on Wish-Bone as well as the Western brand of dressings.
August 10, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC star receiver Marqise Lee sat out practice Saturday, but the Trojans breathed a major sigh of relief. Coach Lane Kiffin said the junior had suffered a bone bruise on Friday, a condition that qualified as good news for USC. Lee, the Biletnikoff Award winner as college football's top receiver, was injured Friday after he caught a long pass and appeared to land on his right shoulder after a defender made contact. He was escorted from the practice field by athletic trainers, and carted from the practice facility with his arm in a sling, leaving the Trojans to wonder whether they had lost their most high-profile player.
August 8, 2013 | By Margaret Gray
Seldom have I been part of a more enthusiastic and vocal audience than the one at the Macha Theater for “Women Are Crazy Because Men Are A**holes.” Either the house was papered with doting relatives (and the wine was spiked with horse tranquilizer?) or Brad T. Gottfred's play about young couples stumbling through the minefield of codependency taps a universal nerve. At rise, Mandy (the wonderfully off-kilter J.J. Nolan), a modern Ophelia with tear-smeared mascara, wakes Benny (John Weselcouch)
August 7, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
When: 4 p.m. PDT. Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis. On the air: TWC, TWC Deportes. Records: Sparks 14-7, Fever 10-10. Record vs. Fever (2012): 2-0. Update: Candace Parker has missed the team's last three games because of a bone bruise in her right wrist. She will be traveling with the team to Indiana but is listed as day to day. The Sparks, who are in second place in the Western Conference, have won their last two games, both on the road.
July 18, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
X-rays taken this week showed that the broken bone in Peter Bourjos' right wrist hasn't fully healed, a setback that will delay the return of the center fielder by one or two more weeks. Bourjos, injured when he was hit by a pitch June 29, hoped to be back by the end of July, but he has been able to only throw and run; he hasn't picked up a bat. "It's better than it was, but it's still sore," Bourjos said Thursday. "The doctor looked at the X-rays and didn't see a whole lot of healing.
July 5, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Anthropologists said this week that DNA from ancient bones from northern British Columbia demonstrates a direct link between long-ago inhabitants and Native American descendants who live in the region today. Assembling complete mitochondrial DNA genomes from four ancient individuals and three modern ones, the team found that living people had the exact same sequences found in bones that were thousands of years old - proving “definitively,” they said, that the native communities had been in the region a very, very, very long time.
July 3, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Two HIV-positive lymphoma patients who received bone marrow transplants to treat their cancer no longer have detectable virus in their blood cells - even after stopping antiretroviral therapy in recent weeks, researchers reported Wednesday at the International AIDS Society Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. While saying it was too early to declare the men cured, Dr. Timothy Henrich and Dr. Daniel Kuritzkes, both of the division of infectious diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, called the results “exciting” and said they would help guide scientists' efforts to fight HIV.  But bone marrow transplants are highly unlikely to become a standard therapy for people with HIV, Henrich said in an interview with The Times.
July 3, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- In the end, the bitter family feud came to this: Police used a pickax to break down the gates at the home of Nelson Mandela's grandson Wednesday in search of the bones of the elder statesman's dead children. A spokesman for Mandla Mandela, the grandson and a tribal chief, said he agreed Wednesday to obey a court order and allow the remains to be returned after a court found in favor of his rivals within the family. However, police had to force their way into his property in Mvezo where the bodies were believed to be buried, the reports said.
July 1, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
The atomic bomb blasts of the Cold War may help put poachers of elephant tusks and rhinoceros horns in jail. Faint traces of elements created when nuclear bombs were exploded above ground from the late 1940s to 1963 have worked their way up the food chain into the bones, teeth, tusks and hair of animals whose remains are now illegal to trade. Measuring these isotopes and their chemical cousins can pinpoint the age of traded pelts and tusks to within an accuracy of about four to 16 months, according to University of Utah geochemist Thure Cerling, lead author of a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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