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SPORTS
February 1, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Dieter Ruehle had a busy day Saturday. First, he stopped by Staples Center, as he normally would for Kings' games since he's the music director for them and the Lakers. But before the game ended, he had to leave for LAX to begin his journey to Sochi, Russia, where he will play the organ at Olympic hockey games in the Shayba arena. Ruehle said he had to bring his keyboard to the Games, unlike the previous four Olympics he has worked. He has also taken the keyboard to Las Vegas for Kings' exhibition games.
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SPORTS
February 1, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Two-time champion Chad Reed held off rookie Ken Roczen of Murrieta to win his second supercross race of the season Saturday night at Angel Stadium. This was the third and final season stop in Anaheim for the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, and Reed also won at Angel Stadium two weeks ago. Roczen won the first Anaheim race Jan. 4, which opened the series' season. Supercross is the stadium version of off-road motorcycle racing, or motocross. On Saturday, Reed passed reigning champion Ryan Villopoto on the first lap of the 20-lap main event, then spent the rest of the race keep Roczen at bay. Roczen was able to get his KTM motorcycle alongside Reed's Kawasaki on the 10th lap, but Reed, 31, never relinquished the lead.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Mattel Inc.'s earnings during the all-important holiday season left Wall Street cold, suggesting that kids weren't clamoring to be given toys. The El Segundo company's net income was up 23%, rising to $1.07 a share, or $369.2 million, from 87 cents a share, or $306.5 million, a year earlier - a period that had been dampened by a massive litigation charge. But the toy giant's performance disappointed analysts, who had expected profit of $1.19 a share. Revenue also fell short of projections, declining 6% to $2.11 billion and missing the $2.37-billion mark set by forecasters as well as Mattel's own expectations.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2014
Amazon's profit and revenue both grew in the latest quarter but its results fell below what Wall Street was expecting and shares of the world's biggest online retailer declined after-hours. Amazon has long focused on spending the money it makes to grow its business and expand into new areas, from movie streaming to e-readers and even grocery delivery. Investors have largely forgiven thin profit margins and zeroed in on the company's solid revenue growth and long-term prospects.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
Harley-Davidson is bullish on the year just past and even more so on the year ahead. Executives from the massively successful Milwaukee company told investors Thursday that fourth-quarter revenue and earnings were up over the same period last year, with robust activity expected for 2014. They're counting on continued strong sales from their traditional line, but also considerable new business from their new Street 500cc and 750cc motorcycles. STORY: Dirt bikers bring new life to ghost town That smaller, lighter, more fuel-efficient bike, the company believes, will develop a very broad new customer base of younger, more urban riders domestically and abroad.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Does Google have an encore? The technology giant stunned the world with the surprise announcement Wednesday that it was selling its money-losing Motorola Mobility division to Lenovo. Now Google is gearing up to unveil its fourth-quarter results. Even before the Motorola announcement, expectations were high. Google is the big kahuna of online advertising. And in October 2013 it reported one of its best quarters. On Wednesday, just as Google was passing the Motorola hot potato, Facebook hit the equivalent of an earnings grand slam . Now Google will have to top all of that.
SPORTS
January 29, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Home, road, wherever. It doesn't really seem to matter where the Clippers are playing these days as they continue to roll along toward the All-Star break. They returned home from the best Grammy trip in franchise history to sustain the good vibes, a 110-103 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night at Staples Center requiring some late resolve. BOX SCORE: Clippers 110, Wizards 103 J.J. Redick scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and DeAndre Jordan made all four of his free throws in the final minutes after being intentionally fouled to help the Clippers win a fourth consecutive game.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple reports earnings Monday after the stock markets close, and as usual every word and number will be scrutinized for clues that will lead to sweeping judgments about the company's health or decline.  But in the myriad earnings data points released, one figure will be particularly interesting to see: iPad sales.  Last fall, after releasing the new iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display, Chief Executive Tim Cook declared: "It's going...
OPINION
January 26, 2014 | Doyle McManus
The most important person in the U.S.-Iran nuclear negotiations right now may be Harry Reid, the Senate Democratic leader from Searchlight, Nev. Two weeks ago, President Obama's nuclear diplomacy was in trouble, but not because of anything Iran was doing. The problems were domestic. A Senate bill proposing new economic sanctions against Tehran had swiftly gathered 59 supporters, a solid majority and only one vote short of the number needed to prevent a filibuster. The bill's backers, including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful pro-Israel lobbying organization, were pressing for a quick vote in the Senate.
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