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December 13, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Sitting courtside at NBA games poses some serious hazards, and we're not just referring to your wallet. There's also a chance that a 200- or 300-and-something-pound-man can come flying at you full speed. Just ask P. Diddy's lawyer. Kenny Meiselas, who represents the rapper, along with Lady Gaga and Nicky Minaj, took his daughter to a Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks game on Wednesday. Before he knew it, Bulls rookie swingman Tony Snell had decided to dive for a loose ball, perhaps momentarily forgetting that his team was down by 20 points.
December 3, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A 43-year-old Oceanside man was sentenced Monday to 116 years in prison for repeatedly molesting the daughter of a Marine, including while the Marine was deployed twice to Iraq and then to Afghanistan. Daniel Hood was convicted of 18 felony counts. He was arrested after relatives found that he had videotaped some of the molestation, apparently as part of a plan to produce child pornography, prosecutors said. "This defendant robbed his young victim of her childhood," said San Diego County Dist.
December 1, 2013 | Ronald D. White
Financial planners like to see smooth waters for clients in their 50s: saving lots in the best earning years of one's career, avoiding new debt, paying off the mortgage by retirement or soon thereafter. Instead, Christopher and Robyn Reagan of South Pasadena have weathered a storm of big events. "We had just gotten to a point where we could afford to live in this house," said Christopher Reagan about the couple's 73-year-old, three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in South Pasadena, purchased in 1998.
November 25, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Brittany Murphy's mother, Sharon Murphy, is rejecting a recent claim by her daughter's estranged father that poisoning was a possible cause of the actress' 2009 death. Angelo Bartoletti, Brittany's biological father, last week made public the results of new toxicology tests he'd had done after suing to gain possession of hair samples that were not used in the autopsy process.  The tests revealed higher-than-normal levels of 10 heavy metals in his daughter's hair, he said, and the lab he used suggested such a result was most likely from third-party poisoning.
November 19, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Brooke Shields will publish a book about the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters with Dutton, the publisher announced Tuesday. The book does not yet have a title or release date. Shields was a child star raised by a single mom, Teri, who died last year. In a release about the book, Dutton explains, "Shields will share stories of both the highs and lows of being raised by a single mother who loved the world of show business and often was a media sensation all by herself.
November 19, 2013 | By David Colker
Walt Disney's name is on Los Angeles' world-famous concert hall, but it was a far less-known Disney who came from behind the scenes to ensure that architect Frank Gehry's vision for the building stayed intact. Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney's eldest daughter, had previously shunned the limelight along with other women in the family. "We were just three women, my mother, my sister and me," she said in a 2003 Los Angeles Times interview. "Housewives, if you will. " That's pretty much how the public knew her until 1997, when some of the city's most powerful figures came close to forcing out Gehry during a crucial planning phase of the hall.
November 11, 2013 | By Sunshine de Leon and Barbara Demick
MANILA - Each story is more heartbreaking than the last; tales of the courage and good fortune it took to survive amid utter destruction, balanced in many cases by the last glimpse or word of a loved one who didn't. President Benigno Aquino III declared a "state of national calamity" Monday in an effort to speed up aid to islands of the central Philippines, ravaged by a monster typhoon. The death toll climbed slowly to 1,774, but it's expected to rise to 10,000 or more as bodies are collected in the cities and relief teams are able to reach cut-off rural areas.
November 8, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It's been a challenging, rewarding and revealing year for America's first family of drag racing, the Forces of Yorba Linda. John Force, the 64-year-old patriarch, was in fifth place in the Mello Yello Series funny-car standings in July before a switch to a new chassis on his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang vaulted him toward his 16th title, which he clinched in Las Vegas two weeks ago. He followed that up Friday by leading the funny-car qualifying at...
November 5, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A Santa Ana man is in jail Tuesday after police say he nearly beat his infant daughter to death. Andres Tafoya, 30, was arrested over the weekend after dropping his severely injured 2-month-old daughter off at a local hospital. Police said Tafoya was alone with his daughter Friday after his girlfriend - the infant's mother - left for work. In the mother's absence, Tafoya allegedly punched the baby multiple times in the head. When police went to investigate, Tafoya fled and stayed on the streets because he “basically had nowhere to go,” said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
October 31, 2013 | By Kay S. Hymowitz
When I started following the research on child well-being about two decades ago, the focus was almost always girls' problems - their low self-esteem, lax ambitions, eating disorders and, most alarming, high rates of teen pregnancy. Now, though, with teen births down more than 50% from their 1991 peak and girls dominating classrooms and graduation ceremonies, boys and men are increasingly the ones under examination. Their high school grades and college attendance rates have remained stalled for decades.
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