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February 21, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
California's Gold Rush may have started at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, but Empire Mine in Grass Valley proved to be among the largest gold-producing mines in the state. For more than two decades, the state historic park had plans to relive those glory days by taking tourists on mining carts into the historic shaft -- plans that cost the agency $3.5 million before they were scrapped last year over budget and safety concerns. California State Parks spokeswoman Vicky Waters said Tuesday that the agency put the brakes on re-creating the mine-shaft experience at the park in October.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Walking slowly, with the aid of a retractable cane, Philomena Lee, the 80-year-old Irishwoman who inspired the Oscar-nominated drama "Philomena," appeared under the towering marble rotunda of Los Angeles' City Hall this month to receive the latest of her growing list of honors: a certificate of recognition signed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. A week earlier, the retired psychiatric nurse had been at the Vatican's St. Peter's Square, where she was blessed by the pope. She's met with Democratic senators on Capitol Hill, navigated the red carpet beside movie stars at multiple awards shows and stood onstage at the Golden Globes in front of a televised audience of more than 20 million people.
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia - This has been a tough week for the Ukrainian athletes at the Sochi Olympics. Sports have seemed far less important amid reports of bloody clashes between the government and opposition demonstrators back home. So Valj Semerenko could be forgiven for crying on the podium as she and her teammates received gold medals for their upset victory in the 4x6K biathlon relay Friday night. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi "I tried to calm down and was trying to hide it behind my skis," she said.
SPORTS
February 20, 2014 | Stacy St. Clair
The first time Aja Evans took a run down the bobsled track, a sensation she likens to being stuffed in a garbage can and pushed off a cliff, she wasn't sure she wanted to do it again. Her mother insisted. "She told me to fight through it. She told me I was in this for bigger reasons than that one run," Evans said. "And I'm so glad I listened to her. " Two years after heeding her mother's advice, Evans and her pilot Jamie Greubel won a bronze medal Wednesday in the women's bobsled.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
For most viewers, Olympic figure skating can be a subjective and murky sport, the difference between medals and also-ran status found in small gradations not visible to the naked eye. But in Wednesday night's prime-time short skate from Sochi, Russia, NBC viewers were treated to a more direct view of the haves and have-nots. The top three skaters - South Korea's Yuna Kim, Russia's Adelina Sotnikova and Italy's Carolina Kostner  -  had the kind of performances that makes even skating duffers take notice, finishing within a point of one another.
SPORTS
February 20, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - Elvis Stojko was ready. It was moments after the women's Olympic figure skating competition and Stojko had a detailed result sheet in hand. He began to tick off, element by element, why he felt Adelina Sotnikova of Russia deserved to beat defending champion Yuna Kim of South Korea and Carolina Kostner of Italy. "Adelina came loaded," Stojko said. "Did the other two have more beautiful skating? Absolutely. But it's a sport, and this was totally fair. " It was no surprise that Stojko, a two-time OIympic silver medalist from Canada known for his athleticism, might have such an opinion about an outcome certain to be among the most questionable and debated in figure skating's checkered judging history.
SPORTS
February 20, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - Halfpipe history was coming down to Maddie Bowman of the U.S. or Marie Martinod of France, and the space right behind the interview area was a curious mosh pit of fun, frolicking and fretting. Bowman, of South Lake Tahoe, had bettered her first effort, scoring 89.00 on her second run, sending a group of French fans and Bowman supporters into a frenzy of singing and chanting. It all came down to one final run for Martinod, the final skier on this Thursday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
A major downtown project aimed at closing one of the most frustrating gaps in Los Angeles' rapidly expanding rail network moved a step closer to reality Thursday when federal officials signed an agreement to provide $670 million in funding. At a Little Tokyo ceremony, county transportation officials accepted the pledge of money for a 1.9-mile, $1.4-billion underground link between unconnected light-rail lines that skirt opposite ends of downtown, one near Union Station and the other near Staples Center.
SPORTS
February 19, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
As the Olympic men's hockey tournament moves on to the semifinal round Friday, six of the seven Ducks who departed for Sochi nine days ago still have visions of gold. Defenseman Cam Fowler and Team USA play Team Canada and its Ducks' stars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in a rematch of the overtime gold-medal game of 2010, while Finland, with veteran forward Teemu Selanne and rookie defenseman Sami Vatanen, upset Russia on Wednesday to advance to a meeting with top-seeded Sweden, which has forward Jakob Silfverberg.
SPORTS
February 19, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- Meet snowboarder Vic Wild, the newly minted Olympic gold medalist from Russia -- by way of White Salmon, Wash. Is this setting a trend, perhaps? The winner of the men's parallel giant slalom on Wednesday answered the question with a one-word answer and then continued with a longer explanation. This was not long after sharing athletic glory with his wife, Alena Zavarzina of Russia, who took the bronze in the women's parallel giant slalom. "No. I don't recommend that mentality," Wild said.
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