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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...
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.
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.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
The oil industry believes that a state oil severance tax in California would be "bad tax policy" and threaten the state's economy. It thinks my arguments in favor of the tax, which were laid out a couple of weeks ago, are "misleading. "  We know the industry's mind because it was described by Catherine Reheis-Boyd, president of its West Coast lobbying arm, the Western States Petroleum Assn. , in an essay for The Times published on Christmas Eve.  That "misleading" charge is especially amusing, because of the nature of Reheis-Boyd's counter-arguments.
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.
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 Ricardo Lopez, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A day after Christmas, UPS and FedEx are still playing Santa and scrambling to deliver packages that missed their Dec. 24 delivery deadlines.  The shipping giants blamed their tardiness on heavy holiday shipping volume and bad weather in some parts of the country. "UPS understands the importance of your holiday shipments," United Parcel Service said in a statement Wednesday. "UPS is experiencing heavy holiday volume ... the volume of air packages in our system exceeded the capacity of our network immediately preceding Christmas so some shipments were delayed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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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