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December 18, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Christmas not complete without film of a burning Yule log playing on your TV? The annual holiday tradition is back this year, but with a few modern variations. The annual Yule log film began in 1966 when New York station WPIX first aired a three-hour film of logs burning in a fireplace on Christmas Eve. Ratings were surprisingly good, so the next year the film was re-aired, and then re-aired again. "The Yule Log" airing became a WPIX tradition in New York, where many apartment dwellers had no fireplace of their own, but eventually ended in 1989.
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December 30, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers slumped through a winless Week 9, including losses to the struggling Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers. Pau Gasol returned from a respiratory infection to play against the Phoenix Suns, but the Lakers were bombarded by outside shooting, falling 117-90 . After the game, Coach Mike D'Antoni suggested that Lakers fans root for another team if they're discouraged by the team's inconsistency, given the voluminous injuries....
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September 18, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell
Universal Pictures announced Tuesday that the North American release date for "Les Miserables" has moved to Christmas Day, from its original date of Dec. 14. On its new date, "Les Mis" is set to match up against Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" and two comedies: "The Guilt Trip," starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand, and "Parental Guidance," starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler. On its previous release date, the film would have contended...
BUSINESS
December 30, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
When it comes to app downloads, no day is more important than Christmas. Each year, millions of new tablets and smartphones are given as gifts, which means users turn on their gadgets and quickly start downloading apps, making Dec. 25 a gold rush for software developers. But the growth rate for Christmas Day app downloads is slowing, according to Flurry , an analytics and advertising firm. Although Christmas 2013 saw a record-breaking level of app downloads, overall app downloads increased by 11% from a year earlier.
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December 26, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 2-year-old girl died on Christmas Day after drowning in a pool in the backyard of a Glendora home, police said. Police were called Wednesday at about 4:45 p.m. about the drowning at a home in the 700 block of North Sunny Grove Lane. The first officer arrived about 90 seconds later, authorities said. "When the officer arrived, family members were performing CPR on a 2-year-old child they had just pulled out of a pool in the rear yard," according to a news release from the Glendora Police Department.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2010 | By Sharon Bernstein and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Abbot Kinney Boulevard, with its specialty shops and galleries in Venice, can be a frantic spot this time of year. But on Christmas morning, it's likely that hardly a creature will be stirring. Except at 3 Square Cafe and Bakery, which will be open for lunch. "It's a very cool atmosphere because the street is so quiet," said Wolfgang Gussmack, executive chef and partner at 3 Square, which has been open on Christmas for several years. The restaurant's wait staff and cooks will arrive at 7 a.m. on the holiday morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2000
Monday is Christmas Day. * Closed: All government offices, courts, banks, post offices, stock and commodity exchanges, libraries and many businesses. Metrolink trains and other Ventura County transit services will not run, but MTA buses will follow Sunday schedules. Trash pickup will be delayed one day throughout the week.
BUSINESS
December 27, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It seems Santa's sleigh was filled with smartphones and tablets this year as more than 17.4 million Android and Apple mobile devices were activated on Christmas Day -- setting an all-time record, according to a new report. Tuesday's total was more than 2½ times the 6.8 million activations on Christmas Day 2011 and more than four times the average of 4 million activations per day between Dec. 1 and Dec. 20. The figures were reported Thursday by Flurry, an app analytics platform that tracks more than 260,000 apps.
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December 27, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man was found dead in a Compton parking lot on Christmas Day, his body riddled with bullets, authorities said. Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department heard gunfire in the area near the 700 block of West Laurel Street just before 9 p.m. on Wednesday and drove in that direction.  "When they reached the location, they found the victim, lying in the parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds," according to a release from the...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Did Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie become "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" on Christmas Day? The unconfirmed rumor du jour has Hollywood's No. 1 celebrity couple spiriting their brood off to the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean to swap "I dos. " The Dec. 25 ceremony allegedly took place at designer Donna Karan's Parrot Cay estates, suggests the Telegraph, and those in attendance were said to have included Brad's parents Jane and William Pitt, and...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The extended frame provided by Wednesday's Christmas holiday meant a long, topsy-turvy weekend at the box office. A mix of powerhouse holdovers with a handful of new releases made for an unusual mix in the rankings, with “Frozen,” “Hobbit 2,” “Anchorman 2,” “American Hustle” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” all in play. Disney's animated family hit “Frozen,” in its sixth week of release took in an estimated $10.3 million on Friday in more than 3,300 theaters, pushing it toward an estimated cumulative gross of nearly $230 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man was found dead in a Compton parking lot on Christmas Day, his body riddled with bullets, authorities said. Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department heard gunfire in the area near the 700 block of West Laurel Street just before 9 p.m. on Wednesday and drove in that direction.  "When they reached the location, they found the victim, lying in the parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds," according to a release from the...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" didn't steal quite enough box office riches to beat the "Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" on Wednesday. "Wolf of Wall Street," the Leonardo DiCaprio-starring dark comedy from Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures, grossed an estimated $9.1 million in the U.S. and Canada, coming in just behind "Smaug," which looks like it generated around $9.3 million in ticket sales.  "Smaug," the second part of the "Hobbit" trilogy based on the book by J.R.R.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 2-year-old was rescued from a burning apartment building in Torrance early Thursday morning in a fire that authorities said was intentionally set by the toddler's father. Fire crews and officers responded to the fire in the 16700 block of Crenshaw Boulevard around 12:15 a.m. and saw that a portion of the four-unit apartment complex was "fully engulfed in flames," according to Sgt. Robert Watt of the Torrance Police Department. A woman who lived in the apartment where the fire was the worst was standing in front of the building when crews arrived and told them that her 2-year-old was still inside.
NEWS
December 26, 2013 | By Susan Denley
The duchess of Cambridge wore an "old" green plaid Alexander McQueen coat on Christmas -- and by old we mean she's been photographed in it before. She topped it off with a jaunty green hat by Gina Foster. [The Cut] Joan Rivers is feuding with Jennifer Lawrence because the "Hunger Games" actress dissed "Fashion Police" for encouraging superficial values. [The Cut] Dame Vivienne Westwood designed costumes for the Vienna Ballet to wear during a New Year's performance at a Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra concert.
NEWS
December 26, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Talk about a Christmas news peg; try this headline: “1 in 200 mothers reports a 'virgin' birth, study finds.” Now, full disclosure, the study was actually published on Dec. 17. But some folks, like me, are just getting around to writing about it because, well, it fits in with the holidays in a shameless and somewhat tasteless way. (A little insight into the secret world of the so-called journalism profession: This is sometimes called “saving string.”...
BUSINESS
December 26, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
There was much sadness for some owners of Dogecoins -- a digital currency that started out as a joke but has now become a popular way to tip someone on the Internet. On Christmas day, hackers digitally robbed 21 million Dogecoins, an amount whose reported value on virtual-currency exchanges is between $14,900 to $17,200. The Dogecoin currency was created earlier this month to poke fun at Bitcoin, a new form of currency that is being used to purchase products and services. PHOTOS: Got a Christmas gadget?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Denise Piazza was inside her upstairs apartment when the shots resounded on Christmas Day. There weren't squealing tires or a revving engine like you'd expect to hear after a drive-by shooting, she said, just the five or six loud pops about 5 p.m. Wednesday, and then children's screams. Witnesses said they could tell 24-year-old Juliana Barrios was dead before her panicked family carried her body into a car and rushed her to a nearby hospital. "She wasn't moving," said Piazza, who has lived in the 700 block of East 87th Street in South Los Angeles for 14 years.
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