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February 8, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Surveillance cameras at a New York City car dealership captured a pedestrian being knocked off his feet by a wave of slush tossed up by a fast-moving snowplow. It was a case of splash and run. The video, from Newsfix, shows an unsuspecting, bundled-up pedestrian on a snowy sidewalk after dark. The plow whizzes by, and the person is swamped.  The window of the dealership was reportedly shattered by the wave of slush. New Yorkers have more snow to look forward to this weekend, according to forecasters.  AccuWeather reports that steady snow moving northeast from the Midwest will make things slick through Sunday night.  More snow for the plows!
January 30, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
"Searching for Sugar Man," the absorbing investigation into the whereabouts of an elusive '70s singer-songwriter, won the Academy Award for feature documentary last year. It was the first time that the entire body of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences could vote on the category. In previous years, academy members had to attend special screenings of all five nominated documentaries, signing in at the theater in order to prove they were present. Did the feel-good "Sugar Man" win because it was the best documentary - or because it was the most publicized and thus the movie that the majority of academy members saw?
January 15, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - In a case pitting free speech against abortion rights, Supreme Court justices signaled Wednesday they were inclined to strike down a Massachusetts law that sets a 35-foot buffer zone to prevent protesters from approaching clinics that offer the procedure. Opponents called the law a violation of free speech and complained it prohibits "peaceful conversation on a public sidewalk," said Mark Rienzi, the attorney representing antiabortion activist Eleanor McCullen, 77, from Boston.
January 3, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - A storm that was blamed for at least 11 deaths in the eastern half of the country moved out to sea Friday, but the icy winds and record-low temperatures left in its wake were prolonging the misery of cities digging out from snowdrifts nearly 2 feet deep. "Mother Nature has moved on somewhat," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, where at least three people died after the storm blew in Thursday night. "That doesn't mean we're out of the woods yet in terms of dangerous weather.
January 2, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Analytics gurus hate midrange jumpers, thinking them to be the most inefficient shots in the NBA. They won't be able to use Blake Griffin's performance Wednesday to bolster their case. Continually nudged toward the perimeter by a trapping defense, the Clippers forward made eight of 12 shots from at least 16 feet against the Charlotte Bobcats, continuing a seasonlong uptick in his midrange accuracy. He is shooting 38.2% on shots from 15-19 feet, a considerable improvement over the 33.5% of shots he made from the same distance last season.
January 1, 2014 | By Tom Kington
ROME - In a verdant valley east of Rome, Fabrizio Baldi admires a forgotten stretch of a two-tier Roman aqueduct, a stunning example of the emperor Hadrian's 2nd century drive to divert water from rural springs to his ever-thirstier capital. But Baldi, 36, is less interested in the graceful arches than in where the aqueduct's span ends, hidden in a wooded slope across a stream, halfway up the side of the valley. Scrambling through thick brambles, he comes across a large hole in the ground that appears to be the start of a tunnel.
December 28, 2013 | By Chris Foster
EL PASO - UCLA All-American linebacker Anthony Barr has a different idea of "fun. " This week that describes going up against Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas , a 6-foot-6, 260-pound senior in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Tuesday. Asked whether he ever had to tackle someone so big, Barr said, "I don't think so, but it'll be fun. " The Bruins are hoping Barr has a rollicking good time. Thomas is the key to the Hokies' offense, UCLA defensive coordinator Lou Spanos said, much in the same way that quarterback Brett Hundley makes the Bruins' offense tick.
December 20, 2013 | By Martha Groves
Nearing completion after five years of construction in the hills of Bel-Air, Chateau des Fleurs looms like some super-sized Hollywood notion of dynastic France. From the street, the two-story mansion on three acres - where Stone Canyon and Bellagio roads converge south of the Hotel Bel-Air, across from the fourth fairway of the Bel-Air Country Club - is largely obscured by fences, trees and equipment. A better view is available from an ungated lawn on nearby Siena Way, where an observer can peer down on the palatial, U-shaped residence with its Versailles-inspired mansard roof and dormer windows and ponder: Just how much house does a family need?
December 12, 2013 | By Hugh Hart
Elvis. Aretha. The Beatles. These are the titans. Jerome Felder, Spooner Oldham and Freda Kelly? They're the supporting players. Following on last year's Oscar-winning Sixto Rodriguez documentary, "Searching for Sugarman," a fresh set of nonfiction films this year focused on low-profile talents whose stories are every bit as fascinating as their more famous compatriots. Leading the charge this year: Oscar shortlisted documentary "20 Feet From Stardom. " Financed by the late record executive Gil Friesen, "Stardom" offers a bittersweet group portrait of half a dozen background singers who helped define landmark recordings by Ray Charles, Ike and Tina Turner, Rolling Stones, Sting and Stevie Wonder but failed to carve out comparable solo careers for themselves.  FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2014 At the outset, director Morgan Neville faced a daunting challenge.
December 8, 2013 | By Anh Do
Hieu Nguyen and fellow protesters stood on the sidewalk holding signs and waving an enormous rainbow flag as the traditional Vietnamese parade passed them by. Barred from the Lunar New Year's event - and largely ignored in their own community - members of the fledgling gay rights group decided it was time to stop playing nice. They took training sessions with established LGBT groups, sought out legal strategy from veteran gay rights defenders Lambda Legal and attended workshops.
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