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February 12, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Sid Caesar was a comic pioneer on television, anchoring “Your Show of Shows” with his irreverent, often physical comedy. But the actor, who died Wednesday at 91 , also made his presence felt in a hit movie several decades later. In 1982's “My Favorite Year,” the character Stan “King” Kaiser (Joseph Bologna) is based on Caesar, a tough-minded actor on the movie's fictional variety show. Richard Benjamin's film looks at the arrival of a swashbuckling alcoholic actor named Allan Swann  (Peter O'Toole, channeling the spirit of Errol Flynn)
February 11, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia - No one had to tell Kikkan Randall that a historic opportunity had slipped away. The cross-country skier entered Tuesday's sprint free event as a heavy favorite and was hoping to end a 38-year medal drought for the U.S. in the sport. Instead, she faltered in the quarterfinals and was left behind on a sunny, slushy day at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi "It's a bummer," she said. "I've been waiting for this race for a long time.
February 9, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - On a sparkling morning filled with the promise of history, the glistening path down Rosa Khutor was no country for this old man. Bode Miller finished what is likely to be the last downhill flight of his long Olympic career Sunday by skidding to a slow and quiet stop. The most decorated ski racer in American history remained frozen in his tracks, his gloved hands holding his steaming head, perfectly still. When he finally slushed away from the finish corral, he did so as if the weight of the world were on those skis, one slow left, one slow right.
February 7, 2014 | By David Wharton
- It seems Martin Fourcade has grown tired of waiting. The French biathlete ranks among the favorites to medal when his sport begins a full schedule of events Saturday at the Laura Cross Country Ski and Biathlon Center. "Over four years we've spoken of this, of being in a 'box' that's all about training," he told the Olympic News Service this week. "And so I'm ready to leave it. I only want to get going. " Fourcade will face tough competition from two Norwegians. Emil Hegle Svendsen dominated at the 2013 world championships and Ole Einar Bjoerndalen needs one more medal to equal the record of 12 for the Winter Games.
February 5, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
From “American Idol” to Congress? Clay Aiken hopes so. The former “Idol” runner-up has formally announced his run for Congress as a Democrat in his native North Carolina. (And yes, we are just as confused as you are.)  Aiken officially launched his campaign for the seat held by Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers on Wednesday, and he's already issued a campaign video. In the nearly five-minute video -- it's on YouTube and is featured on his new campaign site -- the 35-year-old pop crooner stands in a modest living room, saying it's the home of a family friend who took him and his mother in years ago. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times "For most Americans, there are no golden tickets.
February 3, 2014 | Russ Parsons
Jimmy Murphy, the genial Irishman who reigned as a Beverly Hills dining room power broker for more than three decades, has died. The longtime maitre d', first at the Bistro in Beverly Hills and later at his own Jimmy's Beverly Hills, was an icon in the days when restaurants were better known for their dining room staffs than for the chefs who were working in their kitchens. Murphy, 75, died at home in Beverly Hills on Friday afternoon after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, his family said.
January 21, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
It's a good kind of too busy right now for actress Elisabeth Moss. At Sundance for the world premieres of two films, Alex Ross Perry's “Listen Up Philip” and Charlie McDowell's “The One I Love,” she has also been making awards-season rounds for AMC's "Mad Men," as well as the miniseries “Top of the Lake,” for which she recently won a Golden Globe. Making her schedule even more hectic, the final season of “Mad Men,” in which Moss plays Peggy Olson, a meek secretary transformed into a self-possessed advertising executive, is currently in production.
January 20, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
The new face of the U.S. men's Alpine team has never skied "wasted," a la Bode Miller, but he has skied feeling sicker than a dog. The face, in fact, could have used a box of tissues as he sniffled through an interview last November at training camp in Colorado. Ted Ligety had a cold. "Not just a little bit of a cold," he said. In his sport, the snow must go on. "It's just such a big part of ski racing, I've raced sick so many times," he said. "It's not really a big deal.
January 18, 2014 | E. Scott Reckard
Most of the risky mortgages that triggered the financial crisis have disappeared from the marketplace, and lenders will have even more reason to avoid them because of a new federal crackdown on loose lending. But one housing-bubble favorite -- the interest-only loan -- will remain a common offering to well-heeled home buyers, despite new rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The rules, which took effect last week, exclude interest-only loans from "qualified mortgage" status, which protects lenders from liability over defaults.
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