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January 27, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder, This post has been updated, as indicated below
With big performances, a mass wedding and Pharrell Williams' giant hat getting much of the attention, the Grammy Awards drew their second-biggest audience in 21 years Sunday night. The 56th Grammy Awards took in an average of 28.5 million viewers to CBS over three hours and 45 minutes, according to Nielsen. That's up slightly from the 28.4 million people who viewed last year's gala, but well below the record of 40 million who watched the 2012 show that aired after the death of Whitney Houston.
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SPORTS
January 26, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Lessons learned Saturday from the Ducks' 3-0 victory over the Kings at Dodger Stadium: -- It's possible to play an NHL game outdoors in Southern California without the ice turning into a swimming pool. -- The Kings, who have struggled to score goals indoors, can't score outdoors, either. The event was a roaring success, though it could have benefited from less volume on the constant, deafening music played during stoppages and less pregame activity around the rink. Beach volleyball and soccer and Frisbee and yoga and bands playing and street hockey?
SPORTS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2014 | By David Ng
This is a Christopher Plummer interview without any questions about "The Sound of Music. " Not that the veteran stage and screen actor would have minded talking about Captain Von Trapp, but he has more pressing items at hand. His one-man show "A Word or Two" at the Ahmanson Theatre opens Wednesday, and each performance requires him to command the stage for nearly an hour and a half. The show, which previously ran at the Stratford Festival in Canada, is a literary stroll through works by the actor's favorite writers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Bell's former second-in-command is an unrepentant thief who stole from the working-class citizens in the small Los Angeles County city and then lied on the witness stand in an effort to blame others, Los Angeles prosecutors wrote in a scathing sentencing memo that urges the court to punish her with a 12-year, eight-month prison sentence. If that recommendation is followed when Angela Spaccia is sentenced later this month, she would draw a longer prison term than is expected to be handed to Robert Rizzo, her former boss and the longtime face of the corruption in Bell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Acting Mayor Todd Gloria's proposal to raise the minimum wage in the city brought almost immediate doubt and opposition from business community power-brokers. In his state of the city address Wednesday, Gloria said the city needs to raise the minimum wage even beyond the scheduled statewide increase, "which is simply not enough in a city with a high cost of living like ours. " Gloria's speech finished at about 7:05 p.m. By 7:21 p.m., the conservative editorial page of the U-T San Diego newspaper posted an assessment of the speech lauding much of its upbeat tone but calling the wage idea a "significant proposal that many will disagree with.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have again proved themselves as ratings boosters for the Golden Globes. Sunday night's 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards telecast drew an average of 20.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen, the gala's biggest audience in 10 years.  That's up 6% from last year, the first time Fey and Poehler hosted, and 24% from two years ago when Rick Gervais did the honors. Golden Globes 2014: Full coverage | Show highlights | Best & Worst | Top winners/nominees In the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, the kudos-fest scored a rating of 6.5, up 2% year-over-year to its highest young-adults number in seven years.  The most-watched Golden Globes on record since NBC started airing it is still 2004, which brought in 26.8 million viewers on average.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Jean Merl
After longtime Rep. Henry Waxman survived an $8-million challenge from a deep-pocketed independent candidate in 2012, some political observers thought the Beverly Hills Democrat would not draw another substantial challenge this time around. But spiritual leader, best-selling author and friend of many in the entertainment industry Marianne Williamson has decided to seek Waxman's Westside-South Bay seat this year.  A longtime Democrat, Williamson has re-registered with "no party preference" so she can run as an independent.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Within the space of two years, Rosanne Cash lost her mother (Vivian Liberto), her father (Johnny Cash) and stepmother (June Carter), deaths she wrestled with on her two previous albums: 2009's "The List" and 2006's "Black Cadillac. " She takes the longer view in "The River & the Thread," her sterling new album informed by her nearly 10 years as an adult orphan in the world. In deeply personal and insightful songs, Cash assesses who she is and where she came from as well as what has been bequeathed to her by her parents and by geography on the road to figuring out what truly is her own. The album's title stems from a line in the opening track, "A Feather's Not a Bird," in which she evenhandedly recognizes the forces that shape a person, with the understanding that it's up to each person how those elements direct their lives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi and Seema Mehta
Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell entered the race to become Los Angeles County sheriff on Monday, boasting a number of heavyweight endorsements, including the county's current and former district attorneys. McDonnell, who served as second in command to Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton before moving to Long Beach, enters an increasingly crowded field seeking to replace Lee Baca, who last week made the surprise announcement that he would end his reelection campaign and retire at the end of the month.
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