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December 28, 2013 | Thomas H. Maugh II
The difference between a glove for the left hand and one for the right is obvious to the human eye, even though the two are mirror images of each other. It is an easy task to distinguish between them and separate them from each other. Most biological molecules have similar mirror images, but it can be difficult to distinguish between them and even harder to separate them. Hardest of all is synthesizing only the desired form, because only this form will interact with other biological molecules in the correct fashion.
December 22, 2013 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO - An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced three prominent activists to three-year prison terms and heavy fines, in what was seen as the latest worrying sign of the military-backed government's determination to suppress political dissent. The three - Ahmed Maher, Mohammed Adel and Ahmed Douma - are best known for leading roles in the 2011 uprising that toppled autocratic President Hosni Mubarak. They were arrested for demonstrating in late November against a new law that in essence criminalizes street protests, and their sentences, the maximum penalty allowed, were the first ones levied under it. The unexpectedly long jail terms provoked dismay among rights advocates, who have been feeling increasingly under siege at the hands of the government, despite its promises to set the country on the path to democracy.
December 8, 2013 | By Victoria Butenko and Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - Protesters toppled a monument to Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin on Sunday during the biggest march and rally in central Kiev since President Viktor Yanukovich galvanized his opposition by turning down a trade deal with the European Union. The protesters blocked and barricaded government offices and said they were giving Yanukovich 48 hours to disband his government before marching on his country residence near Kiev. A government spokesman said Yanukovich's administration was "ready for negotiations.
December 2, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos appeared on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday to talk about the company's efficiencies and recent innovations. During a piece that ranged from delivering groceries to providing cloud computing to the CIA via Amazon Web Services, the most eye-catching item was something that doesn't yet exist: Drone delivery. The company is calling it Prime Air. "These are octocopters," Bezos told Charlie Rose . "These are effectively drones, but there's no reason that they can't be used as delivery vehicles.
November 29, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
You'll feel like Superman after this press-and-pull exercise that works most of the major muscle groups in your body. Demonstrated here by Long Beach fitness instructor John Garey who uses it in his "Core Total Body Tone With Tubing" DVD, it's a great get-it-all-done move to use on days when you're short on time. What it does Crouch to Superman works your legs, back and shoulders. What to do Grab the tubing by the handles and step onto it with feet hip-width apart.
November 26, 2013 | By Richard Marosi
SAN DIEGO - U.S. Border Patrol agents confronting more than 100 suspected illegal border crossers were pelted by rocks and bottles during a tense standoff Sunday afternoon along the U.S.-Mexico border, federal authorities said. Nobody was seriously injured and it was unclear whether the crowd was trying to enter the U.S. illegally or hold a demonstration. One Tijuana newspaper reported that a crew working on a feature film may have orchestrated the incident. Whatever the case, the sight of the large group of people surging beyond the border within a few blocks of San Diego homes rattled agents' nerves.
November 15, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
Take your leg stretches to the next level with these moves demonstrated by orthopedist and fitness trainer Levi Harrison, developer of the Art of Fitness Cardio Core Workout. These two moves provide a 360-degree stretch of the leg muscles after a long workout. What it does By bringing the quadriceps stretch in front of your body, you stretch the inner and outer heads of the quadriceps as well. Add in a core-challenging hamstring stretch and your legs will feel loose and limber.
November 3, 2013 | By Dan Weikel and Laura J. Nelson
Despite a $1.6-billion investment in new security measures at LAX since 9/11, Friday's shooting by a gunman who made his way deep into a passenger terminal demonstrates that the airport remains vulnerable to attacks that appear costly and difficult to defend against. Lobbies, ticketing counters, baggage claim areas and sidewalks of the nine terminals at Los Angeles International Airport, the nation's third-busiest, are easily accessible to attackers intent on bringing firearms or bombs into the airport's public areas.
November 3, 2013 | Sam Farmer
No one is safe in the topsy-turvy NFL. The Buffalo Bills are on their third starting quarterback, yet they matched the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs score for score until the fourth quarter. The Chiefs won, 23-13, in a game that was closer than the score suggests. The Cleveland Browns are on their third quarterback too. They beat defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore, 24-18, ending the Ravens' 11-game winning streak against them. And the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Surely, they would be rolled in Seattle.
October 31, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"The Square" bears witness to history in an articulate, thoughtful and intensely dramatic way. A compelling inside look at the cascading series of revolutions and counter-revolutions that have shaken Egypt since the beginning of 2011, it wouldn't exist except for the passion and determination of filmmaker Jehane Noujaim. An accomplished documentary director whose credits include "Control Room" and "," Noujaim was raised in Egypt and the United States, and her family lives 10 minutes from Cairo's Tahrir Square, the film's namesake.
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