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July 27, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
That Dodgers' surplus of star outfielders is having trouble just filling out the starting lineup. While Matt Kemp remains on the disabled list because of a sprained ankle , the Dodgers had to start Saturday's game without left fielder Carl Crawford. Crawford has been battling a fever for the past two days and was taken to the White Memorial Hospital for precautionary reasons before the game with the Reds. He returned prior to the start of the game. The Dodgers said he was simply sick and had a fever.
July 22, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Royal-baby fever is expected to give a boost to the British economy. For months companies have been banking on the country's obsession with the baby being carried by Duchess of Cambridge, with products such as strollers designed after the royal carriage. The Center for Retail Research estimates that the birth will infuse the British economy with about 243 million pounds, or $373 million. PHOTOS: Countdown to the royal baby Brits toasting to the birth will account for almost a quarter of the economic stimulus.
July 17, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Royal baby fever is spreading. The plague that has gripped cable news and morning shows now seems to have made its way to late night, where Stephen Colbert became its latest victim Tuesday night. After expressing his internal gratitude that the colonies were able to rid themselves of British tyranny - “Let the patriot blood shed on the fields of Lexington and Concord never be forgotten!” he declared - Colbert segued gleefully into the night's top story, the “royal baby bump.” Following a montage of breathless media speculation about the soon-to-arrive bundle of joy, Colbert chimed in. “Kate the Great is three days late, I just can't wait for her to dilate.” QUIZ: Test your royal baby knowledge The host, like so many of his TV peers, was full with questions: “When will the baby get here?
July 2, 2013 | By Paige St. John
California corrections officials say they will try to "fully comply" with a federal court order to move up to 2,600 inmates at risk of contracting valley fever out of harms way. Tuesday's announcement follows an order late last month by U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson, after a court-appointed receiver declared that African Americans and other prisoners with elevated risk of dying from the soil-borne fungus should be immediately moved....
June 18, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Over the years, cirque-style shows have dealt with themes as wide-ranging as Hollywood and 1960s counterculture, magic and martial arts, evolution and sexuality, fairy tales and mythology, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. But cirque meets the Wild West? That was something I wanted to see. Photos: 'Boom Town' cirque show at Knott's Berry Farm I caught the new "Boom Town" cirque show at Knott's Berry Farm during an annual passholder preview over the weekend.
June 12, 2013 | By Philip Brandes
Though Shakespeare's Bottom claimed his dream was “past the wit of man” to describe, it's well within the wit of the Troubadour Theater Company to revive in spectacular sequin-studded style with the return of “A Midsummer Saturday Night's Fever Dream” to Burbank's Falcon Theatre. Even by the Troubies' typically reliable comic standards, this commedia dell'arte-infused mash-up of classical lit and pop culture is an exceptionally hilarious and energetic  romp. Arguably the zaniest of Shakespeare's comedies, “A Midsummer Night's Dream” - with its interwoven narrative triad of frantic, mismatched lovers, mischievous prankster fairies and oafish would-be thespians - lends itself particularly well to the slapstick clowning and improvised fourth wall demolition that are the Troubie's forte.
May 16, 2013 | By Kate Mather
As a near-record Powerball jackpot continued to rise Thursday, another wave of lottery fever began to sweep the U.S. But this time, Californians can try their luck. The estimated $550-million jackpot is not only the third-biggest for a lottery draw game, but marks the largest since the Golden State began selling Powerball tickets April 8. "We couldn't have asked for a better situation," California Lottery spokesman Russ Lopez said. California lottery hopefuls have embraced the new game.
May 1, 2013 | By Paige St. John
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stepped in to investigate outbreaks of valley fever in two California prisons, where more than three dozen inmates have died with the fungal disease. Staff from the Atlanta-based centers' disease investigation unit met with state prison health officials Tuesday, and another meeting is planned later this week. California's health department formally requested the assistance last week on behalf of a court-appointed monitor after the state corrections department failed to follow through with repeated requests that it seek federal help.
May 1, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Epidemiologists are investigating an outbreak of valley fever that has sickened 28 workers at two large solar-power construction sites in San Luis Obispo County. Staff from the California Department of Public Health, and investigators from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health and San Luis Obispo County visited the sites near the Carrizo Plain two months ago, officials said. They identified the sites as the Topaz Solar Farm and California Valley Solar Ranch, two large-scale photovoltaic power plants whose construction often requires considerable scraping and clearing to make way for thousands of acres of solar panels.
May 1, 2013 | By Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stepped in to investigate outbreaks of valley fever in two California prisons where more than three dozen inmates have died after contracting the fungal disease. Staff from the Atlanta-based CDC met with state prison health officials Tuesday and another meeting is planned Thursday. California's health department formally asked for the assistance last week on behalf of a court-appointed monitor, who had previously requested repeatedly that state officials seek federal help.
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