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February 5, 2014 | By Tony Perry and Ari Bloomekatz
SAN DIEGO --  A 60-year-old woman wanted for her 1977 escape from a Michigan prison was betrayed by her eyes and arrested this week in Southern California. Police went to an apartment near Balboa Park on Monday, acting on information from the Michigan Department of Corrections, and knocked on the door. The woman inside initially denied being fugitive Judy Lynn Hayman, giving officers the fake name of Jamie Lewis with what appeared to be government documents supporting the identity, said San Diego police Lt. Kevin Mayer.
February 4, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - If you want to get a glimpse of Facebook's future, download Paper, the social network's new mobile news reader. The app for the iPhone is part of what Facebook says is its big push to deliver "the best personalized newspaper in the world. " But it's more than just an app for reading news. It's Facebook reimagined for the smaller screen. Paper doesn't just help users discover news on dozens of topics. It can also be used by users to browse their News Feed, get messages and notifications and search Facebook.
January 31, 2014 | By Allen Barra
In July 2009, a year before his death at age 99, John Wooden was named by the Sporting News as the top coach in the history of American sports. Not many argued with the selection. Over his 29-year career he won 664 of 826 games for a winning percentage of .804. From 1964 through 1975 his UCLA Bruins won 10 NCAA championships, and UCLA's games drew higher TV ratings than most NBA games. Surprising as it seems, Wooden, arguably the most influential coach in basketball history, has never had a definitive biography until now. In "Wooden: A Coach's Life," Seth Davis, a senior writer at Sports Illustrated and studio analyst for CBS Sports, has written a virtual cutaway view of the history and evolution of basketball in the form of a biography.
January 27, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
Blue-eyed people have been living in Europe for at least 7,000 years, scientists have discovered. A man who lived on the Iberian peninsula before Europeans became farmers probably had blue eyes but dark hair and skin, according to scientists who have sequenced his DNA. This surprising combination of eye, hair and skin coloring may have not have been unusual during his lifetime, but it is no longer seen among modern Europeans, the team reported ...
January 25, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In the midst of television's last golden age, a creepy and effective telling of the infamous Lizzie Borden case blew out the walls of both the TV movie and the historical crime drama. "The Legend of Lizzie Borden" starred Elizabeth Montgomery, who in 1975 was firmly entrenched in American hearts as the sweet-faced, nose-twitching Samantha Stephens from "Bewitched. " To see her as a grimly corseted spinster sweltering under the heat of a New England summer and her family's penny-pinching morality was shocking enough.
January 21, 2014 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO - With the state's finances in the black and a probable reelection bid to come, Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State address Wednesday is expected to hew to a familiar theme: Stay the course. As with the budget blueprint that Brown introduced recently, his address to a joint session of the Legislature is likely to highlight the state's improving financial health and his accomplishments of the last three years. "That's his reelection message: progress," predicted Bill Whalen, a fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution who was a speechwriter for former Republican Gov. Pete Wilson.
January 21, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
Ever notice how a fast-talking short person walking alongside a lanky, laconic friend will eventually leave him in the dust? Despite the difference in the length of the walking partners' legs, the impatient one will get to his destination first every time. Why? Because he just moves faster. A new study bears out such observations, finding that in the impatient and impulsive, even the tiny, sweeping eye movements we make to scan across our field of vision are more jittery than they are in patient people willing to wait for a reward.
January 21, 2014 | By Lauren Beale, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Southern California's most over-the-top party house, complete with a casino room and a two-story disco, is back on the market and it's looking more outrageous than ever. Owned by English glamour photographer Richard Franklin , the West Hollywood residence was designed as a home and photo studio but most recently has been leased out at $30,000 a month, according to the Multiple Listing Service. Even from the curb the house looks out of the ordinary. Three-foot-tall street numbers are perched atop the double-door entry.
January 18, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
People recognized St. Jeanne Jugan by the begging basket she carried while walking down the roads of Brittany, in northwest France, in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Going from door to door, Jugan would ask people for money, gifts - whatever they could spare for the elderly poor. Nearly 175 years later, nuns from the religious order Jugan founded, the Little Sisters of the Poor, can still be seen in public, collecting donations to support their work. Unlike some nuns who wear casual clothing these days, the Little Sisters dress in traditional garb, in all white or black habits with gray veils.
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