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December 27, 2013 | By Sara Lessley, guest blogger
Talk about a First World problem: Christmas packages that didn't arrive on time. Suffice to say, Christmas 2013 wasn't Amazon's, or UPS' or FedEx's finest hour. But from the uproar , you'd have thought NORAD had mistakenly brought down Santa and his eight tiny reindeer somewhere between Cleveland and Des Moines. In Time magazine (and to digress just a bit, who doesn't like its “Every Time Person of the Year in 30 seconds” online graphic ? Though try naming/explaining some of those middle decades to your teen in milliseconds!
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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.
NEWS
December 26, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Why, look what Santa brought Iraq: U.S. Hellfire missiles. And I'm willing to bet that, unlike the packages of some UPS and FedEx customers , the Hellfires arrived on time. And what Christmas list would be complete without some flying toys? So we're also sending the Iraqi air force (gee, is that the same air force we destroyed - twice?) 10 or so small ScanEagle drones . (Think Predators without, uh, teeth.) Just be careful though, guys, they break easily and we only have a few hundred more in reserve to sell you, just in case.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Retail sales in holiday-related categories such as apparel, electronics and jewelry rose a “decent” 2.3%, according to a Thursday report from MasterCard SpendingPulse. The so-so upswing from Nov. 1 to Dec. 24 improved on the same period in 2012 and was in line with expectations, researchers said. Overall sales from all categories swelled 3.5%.   The growth remained modest due to six fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, as well as stormy weather during the final two weekends of the season - normally key consumption time for last-minute shoppers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
The family of Jahi McMath, a 13-year-old Oakland girl declared brain-dead due to complications from a tonsillectomy, brought its Christmas celebrations to the waiting room of the hospital as the teenager remained on life support.   About 15 family members gathered at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland on Wednesday afternoon with a tree, presents and games to pass the time, a family member told multiple media outlets. The holiday came a day after an Alameda County judge declared Jahi McMath brain-dead.
HEALTH
December 26, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Mike D'Antoni is still reeling from his foot-in-the-mouth moment the other day. After the Lakers' 117-90 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Monday, D'Antoni made a comment that he immediately regretted. "Find another team to root for," he said of Lakers fans who are becoming discouraged with the team this season.  Oops. He apologized Tuesday. "I was an idiot last night," he said. "I was out of my mind. I was ticked off. We didn't play well and I said some stuff I shouldn't have.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Christmas is over but users can keep getting gifts by downloading Apple's 12 Days of Gifts app, which is giving away free videos of Justin Timberlake performances Thursday. Apple released the promotional app earlier this month and will be giving users a free daily digital present -- music videos, songs, apps, etc. -- starting Thursday and ending on Jan. 6. On the first day of gifts, Apple is letting users download four live songs from Justin Timberlake's performance at the 2013 iTunes Festival in London.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu and Ricardo Lopez
The crush of last-minute online shopping that stymied Christmas deliveries for thousands of people served as a harsh lesson to retailers and shippers: The ever-exploding number of Internet orders is making on-time distribution more difficult. Though cybershopping still is a small part of overall retail sales, companies eager to lure customers to the new frontier are adding to the pressure by touting same-day delivery options in many areas. But the difficulties that FedEx Corp.
NATIONAL
December 26, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
It was about 2:15 a.m. on Christmas Day when Chantel Guillote and her family heard a boom from the home next door at Whispering Oaks Trailer Park in Houma, La. Then came the screaming, in Spanish, as the neighbors banged on Guillote's windows. When she opened the door, she saw the smoke, and a family on her doorstep crying for help. Guillote, 35, her son and her boyfriend rushed to try to save her neighbors from the fire.  They grabbed as many of the children as they could and brought them to their trailer.
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