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February 28, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Joseph Serna and Rong-Gong Lin II
Downpours resumed across Los Angeles County as the third wave of a strong winter storm barreled in late Friday afternoon. A flash-flood watch was in effect for all of Los Angeles County, as officials warned that heavy rain and possible thunderstorms could sweep across the area. The storm is expected to last through Saturday night.  The concern was highest in the San Gabriel Valley foothills, where around 3 p.m. brief intense downpours brought more flows of mud across the Colby burn area in Glendora and the Madison burn area in Monrovia, the National Weather Service said.  "We might get a little bit of a lull later tonight, and then we'll get blasted again in the morning," said National Weather Service specialist Bonnie Bartling.
February 28, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The laid-back chic of the spring runway collections begs for a warm, sun-kissed beauty look. And there is an array of new products to help achieve that vacation-refreshed magic, even if your next getaway isn't on the horizon. No tan? No problem. There are several new pigments and powders designed to enhance the skin's luminosity. Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Face Enhancer and Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer Radiant Pigment have light-reflecting properties that promise to help brighten the face with a healthy flush and hide imperfections.
February 26, 2014 | By David Keeps
For Academy Award winners and presenters, the Architectural Digest green room is a backstage oasis of pampering calm, a place where the stars can perch on bar stools without rumpling their clothes and steady themselves with a cup of coffee or a cocktail. “And there has always been a place for people to smoke,” said David Rockwell, who was the original architect of the Dolby Theatre in 2001 (when it was known as the Kodak) and created sets for the 2009 Oscar broadcast. “It was the loading dock.” Tapped by Architectural Digest to create this year's green room, Rockwell has transformed that loading dock into a California garden room that adjoins the green room, a first for the Academy Awards.
February 23, 2014 | By Jonathan Ford
Few entrepreneurs have grasped as clearly as Richard Branson the importance of public relations in modern business. Over the past 25 years, the tycoon has assembled an empire by trading access to the likable image that he and his Virgin brand project in return for hard assets and stakes in enterprises. Behind the happy-go-lucky exterior is a carefully contrived pose. This portrays Branson - in fact a vastly rich, private-jet-toting tax exile - as a combination of hippie and buccaneer, a scrappy outsider taking on complacent and anticompetitive giants of big business.
February 21, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
On March 18, 2011, an official from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission named Chuck Casto called together the NRC delegation on assignment with him in Tokyo. "We're in never-never land," he told them. Seven days earlier, a magnitude 9 earthquake had rattled a complex of six nuclear power plants known as Fukushima Daiichi, roughly 150 miles northeast of Tokyo. Then came nature's second, more devastating blow: a tsunami that swamped the complex, flooding its electrical generators and putting its three operating reactors out of commission.
February 21, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - By no means is Clippers Coach Doc Rivers going to let anyone simply out-recruit him for the services of forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis . After the Orlando Magic bought out Davis' contract Friday, it became clear that Rivers, who coached Davis with the Boston Celtics, and the Clippers strongly believe Davis will come to Los Angeles. But the Brooklyn Nets and their veterans Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce also are making a pitch for Davis. Rivers says he won't take for granted that Davis will be a Clipper if he clears waivers Monday and becomes an unrestricted free agent.
February 20, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
There are five weeks left in the high school basketball season before teams compete for a state title March 28-29 in Sacramento, and here are the story lines to follow as the City Section and Southern Section playoff contenders move into high gear: The Stanley Johnson coronation: Miami has King James and Santa Ana is about to get King Stanley, as in Stanley Johnson, the Santa Ana Mater Dei All-American trying to lead the Monarchs to a fourth...
February 19, 2014 | By Carla Hall
Anyone who thinks the U.S. space program is done with and permanently parked at the California Science Center in the form of the space shuttle Endeavour hasn't heard NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson and aerospace engineer Camille Alleyne (yes, a rocket scientist) talk about the International Space Station. Which is what they were doing on a very earthbound mission this week in Los Angeles to promote NASA's involvement in the space station and the exhibit, “Destination: Station,” showcasing what it's like to live aboard the International Space Station.
February 17, 2014 | By Scott Collins
Walking at night, sitting in dark rooms and watching Syracuse basketball - these are just a few of the fun things NBC Olympics host Bob Costas did while recovering from an eye infection that knocked him off the air last week. Costas was set to return to NBC's Sochi coverage Monday night after an unplanned week off because of viral conjunctivitis, which made his eyes red and his vision blurry and light-sensitive.  "The worst three days of it I was primarily in a darkened room," Costas, 61, told reporters earlier Monday during a conference call.
February 13, 2014 | By David Lauter
A Democratic candidate who has explicitly defended Obamacare holds a slight lead in a special congressional election in Florida that both parties are eyeing as a test of the political impact of the healthcare law. A poll released Thursday by the Tampa Bay Times shows Democrat Alex Sink leading her Republican opponent, David Jolly, 42% to 35% among people considered likely to vote in the March 11 special election. Another 14% of respondents said they were undecided in the poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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