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SPORTS
January 16, 2014 | Stacy St. Clair
Katie Eberling laughed when she first saw the private message sent to her Facebook account in December 2010. Olympic bobsledder Elana Meyers, who won a bronze medal at the Vancouver Games earlier that year, had written a note asking if Eberling would be interested in trying out for the U.S. team. It didn't matter that Eberling's knowledge of the sport was largely limited to the plot of "Cool Runnings" and a few races shown on television during the Olympics. Meyers cared only that the suburban Chicago native was a collegiate volleyball star who had been named to the National Strength and Conditioning Assn.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | By Jason Wells and Ari Bloomekatz
The Colby fire that broke out near Glendora, north of Los Angeles on the edge of the Angeles National Forest, exploded in size Thursday morning as dry brush, steep terrain and winds made for rough firefighting conditions. Nathan Judy, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, said the fire had grown to at least 125 acres by 8 a.m. and that it was moving quickly “going up and down the hills.” The fire was reported shortly before 6 a.m. Judy said that when he arrived at the scene early Thursday morning the fire had burned only four acres.
SCIENCE
January 16, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
Imagine for a moment that all of the nation's fast-food establishments--all the striped awnings and golden arches, the drive-thru windows, the beckoning dollar deals and wafting odor of French fries--were to vanish overnight. Would the number of our kids who carry an unhealthful amount of extra weight plummet? The answer is very likely no, says a study published Thursday in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Because if you shut off the supply of 24-ounce fountain drinks, bacon cheeseburgers, fried chicken and stuffed tacos, the children who frequently eat at fast-food restaurants will go home and do what they generally do when not eating at a fast-food restaurant: They'll snarf cookies and chips, chug sugar-sweetened soda from a bottle, and heat up frozen pizzas.
HEALTH
January 4, 2014 | Karen Ravn
It's a real heavyweight on the diet scene these days: intermittent fasting, a.k.a. IF (having ascended to heights where mere initials are enough). True, a fasting diet may not sound as appealing as, say, a cookie diet or a chocolate diet or a beer diet, but IF has been getting some jaw-droppingly good word of mouth from proponents who boast that it won't just make you thinner, it will make you healthier too. So far, evidence for their claims is promising but not overwhelming: Some of it is inconsistent, and much of it is anecdotal or rodent-based.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2014 | By Gina McIntyre
Sometimes, when adapting history for the big screen, a few fabrications are required. Take, for example, Irving Rosenfeld, the schlubby Bronx huckster Christian Bale plays in the period caper "American Hustle. " A consummate swindler with a fondness for jewel-toned velvet jackets and an outrageously bad toupee, the character is inspired by real-life con man Melvin Weinberg. But the actor is careful to point out that they are not the same person. "Mel would absolutely kick me ... if I ever said it was him," Bale, 39, said with a grin.
SPORTS
December 31, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
In a reunion game of sorts, the Clippers got knocked in the mouth by a more aggressive and harder playing Phoenix Suns team. The Clippers got run over by the high-powered Suns, 107-88, Monday night at Staples Center in a game that featured three participants facing their former teams. But that became secondary to the Clippers easily suffering their worst beating of the season, cutting their lead over the Suns in the Pacific Division to just a half-game. "They beat us in everything," Chris Paul said.
BUSINESS
December 27, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Twitter is said to be flying too high and too fast. That's the opinion of Macquarie Research Equities, which downgraded Twitter stock Friday from "neutral" to "underperform," the firm said in a note. "We continue to believe that Twitter as a company has a bright future and many opportunities ahead," analysts said. "However, as a stock, we believe nothing has changed over the last 15 days to justify the rise in valuation. " Twitter Inc.'s shares have nearly tripled since its initial public offering last month, including big gains in recent days.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Turbo," the racing-snails movie from this summer, is already a cartoon series, "Turbo: F.A.S.T.," suggesting that such an eventuality was in the cards from the beginning (or somewhere near it). That other DreamWorks-made cartoons - including "The Penguins of Madagascar," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Monsters vs. Aliens," all on Nickelodeon - have taken the same route, suggests that, more than an eventuality, it was an inevitability. One difference is that it is being released by Netflix, the streamcaster's first kids' show and ergo a historic moment.
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