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December 11, 2013 | Jerry Hirsch
Mary Barra, who started at General Motors Co. as a teenager and played a key role in the automaker's post-bailout turnaround, will become the first female chief executive in the company's history. Despite the groundbreaking nature of her appointment, announced Tuesday, Barra in many ways represents the ultimate insider. The Michigan-born daughter of a Pontiac die-maker, Barra grew up loving Camaros and Firebirds and brought deep knowledge of engineering and production to her three decades at the nation's largest automaker.
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SPORTS
December 11, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Three decades ago, boxing promoter Dan Goossen managed former nightclub bouncer Mr. T. Goossen helped land Mr. T his defining role as boxer Clubber Lang in Sylvester Stallone's “Rocky III,” only to be told he was fired just as Mr. T was set to begin filming. “God doesn't help those who don't help themselves,” Mr. T told Goossen. See how history repeats itself. On Monday, Goossen learned that for the second time in a year his star boxer Andre Ward, the 27-0 World Boxing Assn.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
  Dan Scanlon, 37, joined Pixar in 2001, working as a story artist on "Cars" and "Toy Story 3," and he co-directed the 2006 short film "Mater and the Ghost Light. " He made his feature directorial debut this year with "Monsters University," which became the third-highest-grossing film in Pixar's history. We spoke to Scanlon about his own movie history recently. What's the first movie you saw? It was probably "The Empire Strikes Back," though, since I was only 4, it's hazy.
AUTOS
December 10, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
General Motors Co. named its first female chief executive Tuesday, elevating Mary Barra, a former intern who over three decades rose to head the automaker's global product development, to its top position. Barra, 51, joins a handful of women, including Marissa Mayer at Yahoo Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co.'s Meg Whitman, as CEOs of major American companies. Barra will also join the GM board of directors. She replaces Dan Akerson, who guided GM through most of the period since it emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.
BUSINESS
December 3, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
California regulators have accused the husband of an Orange County assemblywoman of misleading investors in his real estate lending business. The Department of Real Estate alleged that Dan Harkey, husband of Assemblywoman Diane L. Harkey (R-Dana Point), engaged in self-dealing and made "misrepresentations of fact to investors. " The agency's disciplinary action seeks to suspend or revoke the corporate broker license issued to Harkey's three companies, Point Center Financial Inc., National Financial Lending Inc. and Calcomm Capital Inc. An administrative hearing on the accusation, filed Nov. 19, has not been scheduled.
SPORTS
December 2, 2013 | By David Wharton
Dan Patrick has been named as the third face of NBC's coverage at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, serving as weekday and weekend host on the network's sports channel, NBCSN. The former ESPN star and current host of a nationally syndicated radio program has established himself at NBC as co-host of the "Football Night in America" show before Sunday night football games. He joins Bob Costas and Al Michaels as the primary anchors in Sochi. Network executives also announced that Rebecca Lowe and veteran television journalist Lester Holt will join the broadcast team.
SPORTS
November 25, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Want to know exactly how great it is to be the Dodgers these days? You can afford a $10-million insurance policy. Meet Dan Haren, insurance. And yet more evidence of how polar opposite the Guggenheim Dodgers are from the ones taken into bankruptcy by Frank McCourt. The Dodgers have agreed to terms with Haren on a one-year, $10-million deal. If he passes his physical - probably not as automatic as with most signings - he could become their fifth starter. If he pitches like he did in his last 13 games (6-3, 3.14 ERA, .224 opponents batting average)
SPORTS
November 25, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The signing of Dan Haren won't prevent the Dodgers from pursuing Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, General Manager Ned Colletti intimated Monday. Although Colletti didn't mention Tanaka by name, he said, "If something else comes our way, we'll take a look at it. I'm not going to close the door on any more starters. " Including Haren, whose one-year, $10-million deal is now official, the Dodgers have five starting pitchers under contract for next season. That doesn't include Clayton Kershaw, who is eligible for salary arbitration.
SPORTS
November 24, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers are close to signing former All-Star Dan Haren, who could add depth to the battered back end of their rotation. Haren agreed to a one-year, $10-million contract that includes a vesting option for 2015, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical examination. The contract could be finalized as early as Monday. Haren is coming off the two worst seasons of his career. He was 12-13 with a 4.33 earned-run average with the Angels in 2012 and 10-14 with a 4.67 ERA with the Washington Nationals this year.
SPORTS
November 24, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers have reached an agreement on a one-year deal with Dan Haren, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the contract won't be finalized until the right-hander undergoes a physical examination. Haren's deal could become official as early as Monday. Haren is viewed by the Dodgers as a potential fifth starter. Chad Billingsley, who underwent reconstructive elbow surgery this year, isn't expected back until May. Josh Beckett is also recovering from surgery to treat a nerve problem.
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