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June 20, 2013 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
With painstaking detail, scientists have created a three-dimensional virtual brain that not only maps the organ's anatomy in unprecedented detail but also allows researchers to see how the invisible connections between cells produce the complex behaviors that make us human. The BigBrain atlas, produced after a five-year effort, was hailed by neuroscientists as a technological tour de force that promises to speed discoveries in an increasingly important field. The work was reported in Friday's edition of the journal Science.
June 18, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Helen Mirren, who has reigned on screen and stage as the queen, can add another jewel to her crown. National Theatre Live announced Monday that its June 13 live broadcast of "The Audience," which stars Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, attracted a record 100,000 viewers in North America and the UK, the Associated Press reports. The success has prompted NT Live, which screens stage shows from England at movie theaters around the world, to plan a series of encores this summer on both sides of the Atlantic.
June 17, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- In early remarks after his arrival, President Obama held up a peaceful Northern Ireland as the "proof of what's possible" and called on young people to maintain the work that has stopped generations of deadly sectarian violence. “For you are the first generation in this land to inherit more than just hardened attitudes and the bitter prejudices of the past, you're an inheritor of a just and hard-earned peace,” Obama said in a speech to young people shortly after arriving in the city.
June 15, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
This year marks the 100th birthday of the T-shirt. Maybe. It's clear the simple little garment has been around for many, many years and rose in popularity just as fashion was losing some of its starch. But no one knows exactly when the T-shirt as we know it was born. What we do know is that in 1913, the U.S. Navy brought tees into public consciousness in a big way when it ordered a "light undershirt" for sailors to wear beneath their uniforms. Americans were likely taking their cue from European soldiers who had begun sporting lightweight cotton undergarments.  But online T-shirt maker CustomInk, for one, has seized on the Navy's 1913 endorsement of the garment to trumpet the T-shirt's century mark, as well as round up its own list of iconic T-shirts through the ages.
June 13, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
The U.S. Supreme Court decision that Myriad Genetics cannot patent two genes linked to ovarian and breast cancer came as welcome relief to researchers whose work on BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes had been thwarted by legal challenges from the company. But while researchers and clinicians no longer will receive cease-and-desist orders from Myriad, they will have to labor for years to catch up with the data and analysis the Utah-based company has been able to accumulate during the 17 years it held a U.S. monopoly on analyzing the genes, said Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla.
June 11, 2013 | By Chris Megerian and Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders made it official on Tuesday afternoon: They have a budget deal.  Brown held a press conference with Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) on Tuesday afternoon to herald the agreement.  "A budget agreement has been built," Perez said.  Brown thanked lawmakers for their willingness to compromise despite their concerns about some of his proposals.    "This is a real step forward," he said.
May 24, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
South Los Angeles residents gathered Friday to celebrate a future that many thought would never happen. At a park in tree-lined Leimert Park Village, dozens of community members cheered their victory: approval for a light-rail station on the Crenshaw Line that in five years will connect the historic neighborhood with an ever-expanding network of rail lines across Los Angeles. "You united, you organized, you demanded, and the voice of government heard you," Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson told the crowd to thunderous cheers.
May 20, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A mile-wide tornado slammed into Oklahoma on Monday afternoon, leveling neighborhoods, starting fires and causing, as one storm chaser put it, "total destruction. " [Update, 5:29 p.m. May 20: Oklahoma authorities said at least 37 people were killed in the tornado, and that the number would rise. Hospitals were treating scores of casualties, including children.] Two elementary schools were destroyed, and an untold number of homes and businesses sustained heavy damage near the cities of Moore, Newcastle and Oklahoma City.
May 19, 2013 | By Fox 40
A 10-year-old girl was fatally shot Saturday night in the Sacramento area. She was one of three people found shot about 10:30 p.m. at a home on Channing Drive near Don Julio Boulevard, Sacramento County sheriff's deputies told Fox 40. A man and a woman in their 40s, as well as the 10 year-old girl, were taken to the hospital with serious gunshot wounds.  The man and woman are expected to survive.  The child died. Evidence gathered by deputies suggests that multiple rounds were fired from outside the house into the residence.
May 17, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
After many false starts, television is becoming an interactive medium. In a sense, it's always been one - even two channels require a choice. Long accustomed to the illusion that the screen is a window through which we are sometimes directly addressed, we are well prepared to be actually watched by it: The TV of the immediate future will be pointing a camera at you. It will know your face. It will see you when you're watching, and it will tell you what you want to watch. As you may have already experienced with Netflix or Amazon, it will often be on target.
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