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December 19, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant will be out about six weeks with a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, according to a team spokesman. The Lakers All-Star guard was injured in the third quarter Tuesday in a 96-92 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. After the game, Bryant said he had just hyperextended his knee.  He finished the game with 21 points, despite playing with the fracture. Bryant missed the Lakers' first 19 games as he recovered from an Achilles' tear. Through six appearances, he averaged 13.8 points and 6.3 assists a game.
December 16, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber had a painful night, figuratively and literally, against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday -- and he played less than a quarter of football. First, he bungled the snap during a punt attempt on the Bengals' first possession, giving the Steelers the ball on the Cincinnati 1 and leading to a touchdown run by Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell two plays later. Later in the first quarter, with his team already down 14-0, Huber had a punt returned 67 yards for a touchdown by the Steelers' Antonio Brown.
December 16, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
Water samples collected at Colorado sites where hydraulic fracturing was used to extract natural gas show the presence of chemicals that have been linked to infertility, birth defects and cancer, scientists reported Monday. The study, published in the journal Endocrinology, also found elevated levels of the hormone-disrupting chemicals in the Colorado River, where wastewater released during accidental spills at nearby wells could wind up. Tests of water from sites with no fracking activity also revealed the activity of so-called endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs.
October 14, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
More than two hours before Monday's first pitch, amid the early stirrings of a stadium on the brink, two men made a single quiet decision. They each announced it alone. They each spoke while wincing in pain. There were no fans around to cheer it. There were no teammates nearby to inspire it. Yet it was a decision that altered legacies, energized a city and perhaps even saved a season. In the Dodgers' dugout, Hanley Ramirez announced he was going to play Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals with a broken left rib. "This is no time to lay down right now," said Ramirez.
October 14, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Hanley Ramirez has a fractured rib but could still play Monday night in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. “Hanley's not in any danger of hurting himself any further,” Manager Don Mattingly said. “It's just a painful thing.” The CT scan Ramirez underwent Sunday revealed that he has a fractured eighth rib, according to Mattingly. Whether Ramirez plays will be a game-time decision. He will try to swing a bat and could be in the lineup if he can bear the pain.
October 6, 2013 | From staff and wire reports
Four-time IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti fractured two vertebrae, broke his right ankle and sustained a concussion when his car went airborne into a catch fence during the final lap of the Grand Prix of Houston on Sunday, with flying debris injuring 13 spectators and a series official. Franchitti was transported to a hospital where the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner would be held overnight, and a series official was treated for minor injuries. Houston Fire Department spokesman Ruy Lozano said 11 of the 13 injured fans were treated on site at Reliant Park.
September 8, 2013
Question: My husband flew to Denver to participate in a bicycle trip around Yellowstone Park. The round-trip airfare was $422. He suffered a fracture of the pelvis. To get him home from Cody, Wyo., the airline charged us a total of $1,362. I am so stunned that I don't quite know what to say. To me this is a total rip-off, and I really need someone to explain to me why this is OK. Anne L. Stowell Los Angeles Answer: I can explain why this happened, but I cannot explain why it's OK unless I channel the greedmeisters at many U.S. airlines.
September 7, 2013 | By Kyle Schuneman
September is one of the most popular months to move, but busy renters may not feel as if they have the energy or time for DIY projects in a new home. I've pulled together five products that are easy ways to put a personal stamp on a new space. Whether you are moving now or simply refreshing the same ol' place, these quick fixes may give you the look you're after without leaving a permanent mark on your rental. 1. Cutting Edge Stencils: This company's “Geometric/Allover” stencils are a great way to update an old or cheap bookcase.
September 4, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - California may be on the brink of another great oil boom. It consequently could be heading into an environmental disaster. A state senator from Agoura Hills is trying to allow the first while heading off the second. Democrat Fran Pavley's oil fracking regulation bill is one of the most significant and controversial that the Legislature is fighting over in the final days of its 2013 session, scheduled to adjourn Sept. 13. Unless you have been buried 10,000 feet underground with all that untapped oil, you've probably read about fracking, formally known as hydraulic fracturing.
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