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January 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
  TORONTO - Canadian journalists gathered around one of their favorite basketball players before the Lakers played the Toronto Raptors. A semicircle at Steve Nash's locker? Try again. Nash was on the other side of the country, trying to rehabilitate his bad back in Vancouver for one last run at playing this season. Robert Sacre was the man of the hour Sunday, holding court with a dozen writers, only some of them American, in returning to his homeland. Sacre, 24, played high school basketball in Vancouver before going to Gonzaga and eventually being grabbed by the Lakers with the 60th and final pick of the 2012 draft.
January 14, 2014 | By Andrew Tangel and E. Scott Reckard
NEW YORK - Massive legal payouts didn't just cost JPMorgan Chase & Co. billions last year. They also cost the Wall Street giant its title as America's most profitable bank. After weathering a barrage of legal and regulatory assaults in 2013, the New York bank said Tuesday that its annual profit slid 16% from the previous year to $17.9 billion. JPMorgan's bottom line was eclipsed by the $21.9 billion earned last year by Wells Fargo & Co. despite a sharp industry-wide slowdown in mortgages.
January 5, 2014 | Times staff reports
Auburn run game vs. Florida State run defense Auburn is the top rushing team in major college football, averaging 335.7 yards a game. Tre Mason was a Heisman Trophy finalist after rushing for 1,621 yards and 22 touchdowns behind a line led by center Reese Dismukes. Mason, a junior, ran for 304 yards and four touchdowns in 46 carries against Missouri in the Southeastern Conference title game. Quarterback Nick Marshall has gained 1,023 yards and run for 11 touchdowns. Running backs Corey Grant and Cameron Artis-Payne each rushed for more than 600 yards.
January 2, 2014 | By Shan Li
Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens thinks his long bet on natural gas is finally paying off. The legendary oilman has long declared it his mission to wean America off its addiction to foreign oil. He co-founded an Orange County company that builds natural gas stations around the country and sank billions into wind turbines. Pickens' gambles have not always paid off. He lost an estimated $150 million of his personal fortune in wind farming, and admits that he was a couple of decades early into natural gas. But he thinks the time has come for natural gas to shake up the energy industry.
December 31, 2013 | by Gary Klein and Chris Dufresne
Staff writers Gary Klein and Chris Dufresne analyze the matchups as Stanford and Michigan State meet Wednesday in the 100th Rose Bowl game: Stanford run game vs. Michigan State run defense Tyler Gaffney played minor league baseball last year and watched the Cardinal from the stands at the Rose Bowl. The 6-foot-1, 226-pound senior came back stronger and has averaged 124.5 yards rushing per game and 5.3 yards per carry behind an offensive line that includes All-American guard David Yankey.
December 30, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
New York has the iconic ball. San Francisco has fireworks by the Bay. Key West drops a conch shell and a drag queen in a giant high heel. But Los Angeles? For many in the city known for its glitz and glamour, New Year's Eve is something of an empty promise. The city's blase approach to the night famously resulted in much hand-wringing during the Millennium eve, when L.A.'s celebrations looked sleepy compared to the bashes in London, New York, Paris and other world capitals.
December 13, 2013
Re "Unchecked executive power," Dec. 8 Expressing concerns about excessive executive power is one thing. But for professors Jacob S. Hacker and Oona A. Hathaway to compare the abuses committed by Presidents Bush and Obama is troubling. The Bush administration didn't ignore Congress when going to war in the Middle East; it lied to Congress and to the American public about the very reason to go to war. And if the Republicans in Congress engaged in negotiations that allowed for more open and honest discussions, Hacker's and Hathaway's objections would be entirely valid.
December 4, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
There are few Roman Catholics more prominent in the media than Stephen Colbert, so it makes sense that the "Colbert Report" host would jump all over reports that Pope Francis sneaks out of the Vatican at night, disguised as a regular priest, to minister to the homeless. "He's a vigilante vicar," Colbert declared of the reports, which the pope himself will not confirm. "Coming to the help of those in need? He's the Batpope!" And now that you mention it, he kind of is like Batman.
December 1, 2013 | By Jen Leo
Can't decide where to stay? Compare hotel options against home and apartment rentals, B&Bs, hostels and more. Name: What it does: Puts all your accommodation options in front of you. What's hot: When you type in your destination, a series of tabs appears across the top of your search results: All, Hotels, Homes & Apts., Rooms & Hostels, B&Bs and Amazing. You can easily see how many lodging options are in each tab. Get ready to do back-flips for the Amazing section.
November 30, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Legendary Vogue Editor Diana Vreeland was probably the world's most reliable generator of quotable fashion speak. ("Pink is the navy blue of India," anyone?) And the latest book of her jotted-down thoughts, "Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years" (edited by Alexander Vreeland, Rizzoli, $55), adds to the canon. If anyone in the style realm comes close to being as quirkily quotable, it's designer Karl Lagerfeld, whose assorted barbs and quips are compiled in "The World According to Karl: The Wit and Wisdom of Karl Lagerfeld" (edited by Sandrine Gulbenkian and Jean-Christophe Napias, Flammarion, $29.95)
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