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December 27, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Freud asked, "What does woman want?" Harley-Davidson has the answer. She wants a motorcycle -- or should. That is the result of a study of female motorcycle riders and non-riders, commissioned by the Wisconsin-based bike manufacturer. Female riders were twice as likely as their non-riding counterparts to feel "confident. " They were twice as likely, too, to feel "extremely satisfied" with their appearance. More than half of those riders said the two-wheeled experience made them feel "free" and "independent.
December 25, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
In the sports world, the NBA owns Christmas Day, with five games scheduled today. The first game begins at 9 a.m. Pacific time with the Chicago Bulls playing at the Brooklyn Nets and the last game will end about 10 p.m. when the Clippers and Warriors finish in Oakland. In middle of the five games are the Lakers and Miami Heat playing at Staples Center in a 2 p.m. start. The Oklahoma City Thunder visit the New York Knicks at 11:30 a.m. and the Houston Rockets travel across the state to play the San Antonio Spurs at 5 p.m. The Heat-Lakers and Thunder-Knicks games are on ABC while the other three are on ESPN.
December 24, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Matt Barnes said he is “frustrated” that, although his flagrant-two foul was downgraded to a flagrant one,  he was still fined $25,000 by the NBA on Monday for not leaving the court in a timely manner. Barnes had been called for the flagrant two for fouling Minnesota's Kevin Love during the Clippers' victory over the Timberwolves on Sunday night at Staples Center. Officials looked at  the tape at halfcourt and ruled that Barnes would be called for a flagrant two and would be ejected from the game.
December 23, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
It's Festivus, "the holiday for the rest of us" popularized by "Seinfeld. " Observers of the fake holiday celebrate with an aluminum pole instead of a tree; instead of sending good cheer, they partake in feats of strength (wrestling) and the airing of grievances. Naturally, many people are airing their grievances on Twitter - perhaps no one more than U.S. Sen. Rand Paul . The Kentucky Republican started early Monday and kept going throughout the day. So let's see what Paul and others have to complain about this Festivus.
December 20, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Mike D'Antoni has spent most of this season blending together a bunch of young first-round draft picks whose best days seemingly were behind them. Now he has another reclamation project. Desperate for help at point guard, the Lakers signed Kendall Marshall on Friday. NBA rookies are guaranteed a two-year contract if they're drafted in the first round, but Marshall was done after one unremarkable season with the Phoenix Suns. He was traded by the Suns to Washington in October as part of a larger deal and was promptly waived by the Wizards.
December 19, 2013 | By Gary Klein
LAS VEGAS   - It has been a nice homecoming so far for Xavier Grimble . USC's junior tight end looked perfectly comfortable Thursday as the Trojans conducted their final Las Vegas Bowl practice in the pristine stadium at Bishop Gorman High, where Grimble starred before signing with USC. "I love it here," Grimble said. "I was so glad I got the opportunity to come here. It's a great place. " Grimble has been playing tour guide - "X is the man," safety Dion Bailey said - showing teammates that his hometown has more to offer than the Strip.
December 18, 2013 | By Carla Hall
Finally, there's light at the end of the bridge. Both ends, in fact. After two years and two Carmageddon weekends, all four lanes of the Mulholland Drive bridge that spans the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass are open. Woo-hoo: No more construction, no more news conferences starring politicians in shirt sleeves and neon-colored safety vests standing in front of the bridge as they declare the start of Carmageddons I and II - the freeway closures that tested Angelenos' abilities to survive an entire weekend without 10 miles of the 405. But most of all, no more traffic jams up to and on the bridge, right?
December 17, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
It is better to be right than to be happy - at least for one husband on the cutting edge of science. As part of an unusual experiment, the husband was instructed to “agree with his wife's every opinion and request without complaint,” and to continue doing so “even if he believed the female participant was wrong,” according to a report on the research that was published Tuesday by the British Medical Journal. The husband and wife were helping a trio of doctors test their theory that pride and stubbornness get in the way of good mental health.
December 16, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Jane Austen was born on this day in 1775. Happy 238th birthday, Jane Austen! Austen, of course, was the author of novels that have endured and delighted for centuries. Her biggest hits are "Pride and Prejudice," "Emma" and "Sense and Sensibility" -- lasting stories of young women coming of age in Edwardian England. Less well-known, but no less Austen-y, are "Mansfield Park," "Northanger Abbey" and "Persuasion. " Born into an affluent family, Austen had a comfortable upbringing not unlike her characters': She learned to play piano, visited friends, attended dances.
December 10, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A brush fire near Moorpark spread to at least 50 acres early Tuesday, although no structures were threatened and no injuries had been reported. Dubbed the Happy Camp fire, the blaze broke out just before 2 a.m. and was burning near Happy Camp Canyon Road and east of the Rustic Canyon Golf Course north of the 118Freeway, said Bill Nash of the Ventura County Fire Department. No evacuations or full road closures had been ordered as firefighters tried to get the upper hand on the blaze's western front in the predawn hours.
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