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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2013 | By Jon Schleuss
Julio Maciel was headed home on the Expo light-rail line in downtown L.A. on a recent weekday. He entered at the Pico station, sat down and waited for a train headed south. But when he walked inside, he didn't pay. Maciel thought he had paid, he said, because he had bought an unlimited day pass. He didn't know he needed to tap it against a shiny, metal validator by the entrance. "I didn't see any signs," Maciel said. The Pico station is long and slender and has two entrances at either end where the validators stand.
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SPORTS
November 15, 2013 | Bry Broderick Turner
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 6-3, Nets 2-5 before Friday's games. Record vs. Nets (2012-13): 1-1. Update: The Clippers have five players on the Western Conference All-Star ballot releasedFriday: Guards Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford, forward Blake Griffin and center DeAndre Jordan. The Nets, with new Coach Jason Kidd and a veteran, star-studded roster, were last in the Atlantic Division before Friday.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
American Airlines and US Airways moved another step closer to creating the world's biggest carrier but had to make concessions to help ensure the deal wouldn't lead to service cuts and higher fares. The Justice Department said Tuesday the agency would back the $11-billion combination under an agreement that the airlines give up dozens of gates at major hubs including New York, Washington and Los Angeles. Both sides heralded the agreement as a boon to consumers because those gates must be auctioned off to low-cost competitors.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. reported a profit of $505,000 for the fiscal quarter ending Sept. 30 -- a significant decline from the same quarter a year earlier, when the studio made $75.5 million. Revenue was $498.7 million, down 29% from $707 million for the same quarter a year ago, when the company was helped by the home entertainment release of its hit film "The Hunger Games. " Lions Gate posted earnings per share of 0 cents, a decline from a per-share gain of 56 cents a year earlier.  However, the company beat the expectations of analysts, who had predicted a loss of 7 cents per share, according to investment research firm Zacks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County flood control officials presented several options for removing built-up debris and mud from a basin above Devil's Gate Dam in northern Pasadena in a draft environmental impact report released Thursday. The basin became choked by mud and debris after the 2009 Station fire and storms that followed. Flood control officials have warned for years that the buildup compromises the dam's ability to contain debris and floodwater in another major storm. Officials say locations downstream from the dam along the Arroyo Seco that could be in danger of flooding include the Rose Bowl, 110 Freeway, neighborhoods in Pasadena and South Pasadena, and the northeastern Los Angeles communities of Highland Park, Hermon, Montecito Heights, Mount Washington and Cypress Park.
NATIONAL
October 25, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON -- Seven people, including two District of Columbia police officers, were injured after a large crowd rammed a gate at a concert Friday afternoon on Howard University's campus, police and university officials said. At 3:17 p.m., police "received a call for a large crowd ramming the gate" at 6th Street and Howard Place Northwest, a D.C. police spokesman, Officer Paul Metcalf, said. One of the civilians suffered a broken leg, Metcalf said, and all other injuries were minor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
L.A. County flood-control officials presented several options for removing built-up debris and mud from a basin above Devil's Gate Dam in northern Pasadena in a draft environmental impact report released Thursday. The basin became choked by mud and debris after the 2009 Station fire and storms that followed. Flood-control officials have warned for years that the build-up compromises the dam's ability to contain another major storm. They say areas downstream from the dam along the Arroyo Seco -- including the Rose Bowl, 110 Freeway and neighborhoods in Pasadena, South Pasadena and the northeastern Los Angeles communities of Highland Park, Hermon, Montecito Heights, Mount Washington and Cypress Park -- could be in danger of flooding.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Besides its all-inclusive historical sweep - from the first African to set foot in the New World to the first African American to occupy the White House - what distinguishes Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s new series, "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross," from many previous documentaries on the black experience is … Henry Louis Gates Jr. Gates, a Harvard professor and academic typhoon the world knows as "Skip," is one of the more familiar faces...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2013 | By Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times
Jeanette Winterson's new novel is a strange and spare piece of horror writing about witch trials that arrives on these shores just in time for Halloween. "The Daylight Gate" is based on a real-life story of the Pendle Witches, men and women charged in 1612 with using their alleged craft to murder innocents in Lancashire in northwest England. Winterson re-creates the turbulent times that fed the anti-witch hysteria. King James, obsessed with the idea of witchcraft, has ascended to the throne.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 42-year-old Bellflower man was shot and killed while sitting in his van early Sunday evening, authorities said. Ricardo Venegas died on the sidewalk outside of his van in the 6000 block of Main Street in South Gate, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said it was called to the scene shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday. There was no immediate word on suspects, but homicide detectives were on scene investigating.  ALSO: Two men shot outside Hollywood restaurant BART unions extend talks for one day, avert Monday strike Dry ice explosion at LAX: No injuries reported, FBI investigating Twitter: @aribloomekatz | Facebook ari.bloomekatz@latimes.com
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