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June 16, 2011
  Recipe: Jocoque dip Total time: 10 minutes Servings: 8 to 10 Note: Jocoque is a dairy product similar to sour cream and is available at select Mexican markets; call ahead to ensure availability. Totopos (Mexican style tortilla chips) are crunchy and thick, and are generally available at Latin markets. Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try this or any other recipe from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen, we would like to know about it so we can showcase it on our food blog and occasionally in print.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
ABC's "Once Upon a Time" and CBS' "Good Wife" posted some of the biggest numbers on Easter Sunday, but Fox's "Cosmos" reboot was one of the only shows to improve on its ratings from last week.  "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, earned a rating of 1.4 in the key 18- to 49-year-old demographic, up 8% week-to-week, according to early numbers from Nielsen. In 18-49, a ratings point equals roughly 1.3 million viewers. Overall, the science documentary averaged 3.7 million viewers.
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SPORTS
July 22, 2012 | By David Wharton
LONDON -- The last few days before the 2010 Vancouver Olympics swirled past in a flurry for Mark Grimmette. The luger from Michigan had been chosen to carry the American flag at the opening ceremony and wondered about protocol. Instructions came at him from all sides. Line up here. Walk there. Maintain an even pace. And one more thing. "I had a lot of people tell me," he recalls, "you're not supposed to dip the flag. " Most Olympic teams briefly lower their colors as a sign of respect when they march past the box where the host nation's leaders are seated.
HEALTH
April 18, 2014 | By Rene Lynch
You can sculpt your triceps and strengthen your core with one simple exercise: dip kicks, says fitness expert Lacey Stone, who uses it on her Extreme Bootcamp app for iPhone and iPad. What it does Supporting yourself on your arms in this move strengthens your triceps, while your core muscles are engaged and helping you stabilize. Your glutes also get a bit of work from the kicks. What to do Start out by sitting on your mat with bent legs and weight resting on slightly bent arms behind you, fingers facing your body.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2013 | By Alejandro Lazo
Sales of new homes dipped last month. The Commerce Department reported that newly built homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 411,000 in February. That was 4.6% below the previous month but up 12.3% over the year. New-home sales numbers can be volatile month to month. Overall, the market for new construction has improved this year and builders have increased prices. The median sales price for a new home was $246,800 last month, the government reported. Supply has remained tight as few new homes have been built in recent years.
HEALTH
June 23, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein
Women come to Jackie Warner all the time and ask, "How do I get toned arms?" Warner, the author of the book "10 Pounds in 10 Days" and a fitness expert, has an answer: the bench tricep dip. What it does The exercise focuses on the triceps muscles at the back of the upper arm. How to do it All you need is a park or backyard bench. Facing away from the bench, place your arms behind you, hands on the bench, fingers facing forward. Place your feet close together and slightly in front of your knees.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2012
The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes fell in December after hitting the highest level in a year and a half. The National Association of Realtors says its index of sales agreements fell 3.5 percent last month to a reading of 96.6. That's down from November's reading of 100.1. But the reading is still the second highest since April 2010, the last month that buyers could qualify for a federal home-buying tax credit. A reading of 100 is considered healthy.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Superstorm Sandy was a force behind Broadway's 6.2% dip in audience attendance -- its lowest level in several years, according to end-of-season statistics reported Tuesday by the Broadway League. Box-office grosses were virtually the same: Shows took in $1.14 billion during Broadway's 2012-13 season, a fraction less than the previous season. Attendance was 11.6 million, according to the data, down from last season's 12.33 million. “This is the first year in many that we have seen such a decline,” said Broadway League executive director Charlotte St. Martin, adding that shows closed for several days following Sandy's landfall.
HEALTH
April 18, 2014 | By Rene Lynch
You can sculpt your triceps and strengthen your core with one simple exercise: dip kicks, says fitness expert Lacey Stone, who uses it on her Extreme Bootcamp app for iPhone and iPad. What it does Supporting yourself on your arms in this move strengthens your triceps, while your core muscles are engaged and helping you stabilize. Your glutes also get a bit of work from the kicks. What to do Start out by sitting on your mat with bent legs and weight resting on slightly bent arms behind you, fingers facing your body.
FOOD
July 21, 2012 | By Faye and Yakir Levy, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Ramadan is a holiday observed by fasting, but when it's time to eat, the meals can be feasts. No food or drink is allowed from dawn to dusk during the annual monthlong Muslim period of fasting, which began this year on the evening of July 19. Because of the way the Muslim lunar calendar is structured, Ramadan can take place in different seasons; this year it occurs in midsummer. So serving a variety of cool vegetable spreads is perfect. The two daily meals of Ramadan are iftar , the break-the-fast meal served after sunset, and suhoor , the early morning meal that, according to the Sunna, a Muslim sacred text, is important to eat just before dawn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- A new poll released Thursday shows the Legislature's approval rating has taken a hit in the wake of the corruption scandal involving Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco). According to the Field Poll, 46% of voters approved of the Legislature's job performance and 40% disapproved in mid-March. But after news broke of the federal corruption and arms trafficking charges against Yee, the Legislature's approval rating dropped to 43% and disapproval ticked up to 46%. In all, voter opinion of the Legislature moved negatively a net nine percentage points after the arrest of Yee, one of three state senators in recent months to be convicted or charged with a crime.
NEWS
March 4, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
We tasted three new gluten-free chips that make a pretty basket together, as well as versatile dippers: beet with goat cheese, chipotle with guacamole and lentil with a hot salsa. Two of them come from the L.A. company the Better Chip - in beet and chipotle flavors. The company makes its chips with no more than five ingredients. For the beet, that's corn, chopped beets, oil and sea salt. They have 140 calories per serving, which is about 10 chips. The chipotle chips contain corn, smoked jalapeno peppers, oil and salt.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
The subtitle of legal pundit Lisa Bloom's new book, "Suspicion Nation," is a bit misleading when it claims to be "the inside story" of the killing of Trayvon Martin and the trial that followed. There are few, if any, behind-the-scenes revelations in "Suspicion Nation. " Anyone who followed the 2013 trial of shooter George Zimmerman will be familiar with Bloom's account of the case. And in a divided United States, millions followed the story obsessively, joining competing pro-Trayvon and pro-Zimmerman Greek choruses on social media.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Consumer confidence retreated in February as fewer Americans expressed optimism about near-term economic conditions, the Conference Board reported Tuesday. The consumer confidence index fell to 78.1, down from 79.4 in January. The drop was primarily in its expectations index -- which measures consumers' expectations of economic activity in the next six months.  The survey found that consumers had "concern over the short-term outlook for business conditions, jobs and earnings,” said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Hewlett-Packard reported first-quarter earnings Thursday that beat analysts' expectations even as the company reported another decline in revenue.  HP said revenue for the first quarter ending in January was $28.2 billion, down from $28.4 billion, or about 1%. That topped the $27.2 billion Wall Street expected, according to Thomson Financial. Revenue at the company has been declining for a couple of years now. However, the 1% decline is less than the 4% decline Wall Street expected, and it's less than the 6% decline HP reported a year ago. "HP is in a stronger position today than we've been in quite some time," said Meg Whitman, HP's president and chief executive officer, in a statement released with the earnings.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
A special Tuesday episode of "American Idol" was the only real competition for the Olympics, and the singing contest continued to feel some of the pressure.  Tuesday's "Idol," which kicked off the series' first-ever so-called Rush Week, averaged 9.65 million viewers overall, down 3% from last Thursday's episode, according to early numbers from Nielsen. Among advertiser-desired 18-to-49-year- olds , the show fell 7% to a rating of 2.7.  NBC's prime-time coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics has achieved generally lower ratings than the Vancouver Games four years ago, but it is still easily beating its competitors.
SPORTS
July 27, 2012 | Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- Tradition will trump tradition at the Olympics. There apparently was some consideration, albeit brief, that the United States would break with its long-held tradition and dip the flag at the opening ceremony, which was due to start at 9 p.m. London time (1 p.m. Pacific). Not this time. The tradition has been in place since the Games were held in Berlin in 1936. Most of the other countries taking part do follow the tradition of dipping their flag momentarily during the parade of nations in deference to the host country.
NEWS
April 9, 2013 | By John Verive
The brewers at Downtown's Angel City Brewery have been hard at work building a catalog of recipes and fine-tuning their brewhouse and processes while the final touches are made to the building prior to the official grand opening. Not content to simply offer his take on classic styles like the brewery's flagship Eureka Wit and Angeleno IPA, head brewer Dieter Forstner has turned to Los Angeles' culinary history for the inspiration for his most experimental brew: the French Sip. Playing off of the long-standing rivalry between Cole's and Philippe's the Original - the two Downtown institutions that both claim to have invented the French dip sandwich -- Angel City's French Sip is an au jus-inspired brew.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2014 | By Meg James
NBC's prime-time Sochi Olympics ratings have failed to achieve the same high levels as four years ago when the games were held in a compatible time zone in Vancouver, Canada. The nine- to 12-hour time difference between Sochi, Russia, and the U.S. have tamped down audience levels, in part, because most viewers know the outcome of key competitions long before NBC's prime-time broadcasts begin. On Sunday night, NBC attracted 21.3 million viewers for its prime-time program, which showcased the breakout performance of American ice dancers Charlie White and Meryl Davis.  Sunday's audience totals represented an 8% decline from the same night during the Vancouver Olympics, when many of the contests aired live.
SPORTS
February 11, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Despite a season decimated by injury, the Lakers are still a big draw in the secondary ticket market. According to online marketplace StubHub, the Lakers are second to  the Miami Heat in ticket sales when playing on the road. The Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls and the Clippers round out the top five in ticket sales as the away team on StubHub. As the home team, the Lakers are fifth in the NBA on StubHub, behind the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Heat and Golden State Warriors.
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