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ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Annlee Ellingson
Edited to a crisp 82 minutes and set almost entirely within the walk-in appliance after which it's named, "Freezer" is an economical yet expansive thriller that kicks off immediately when Robert (Dylan McDermott, looking ripped) gets tossed inside. An average Joe (who nonetheless makes short work of the plastic ties binding his wrists and ankles), he soon learns the motive for his abduction when two Russki heavies burst in looking for some missing money. Some $8 million, to be exact.
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SPORTS
January 16, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
During a recent visit to the White House, Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh watched a video of President  Obama shooting hoops. In the video, from last year's Easter Egg Roll, Obama made just two of 22 shot attempts while playing with children and players from the Washington Wizards.  Bosh, whose team was being honored at the White House on Tuesday for winning their second consecutive NBA championship last summer, went on to defend Obama....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A winter heat wave continued across Southern California on Wednesday, setting or tying record temperatures for the day and creating extreme fire conditions across parched wildland areas. Point Mugu Naval Air Station, Fullerton and Camp Pendleton each topped out at 90 degrees, which were the highest temperatures in the nation, according to the National Weather Service. Downtown Los Angeles hit 85, tying a daily record set in 2009. Bob Hope Airport in Burbank recorded a high of 86 degrees, breaking by one degree a record for the day set in 1976.
SPORTS
January 12, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Jonas Hiller needed 28 saves to win his 13th consecutive game Saturday, but his night was decided by watching his team strike for three goals in a 5-minute 10-second span during the second period. "When the guys score four, five goals every night, it's not too tough to win as a goalie," Hiller said. By beating the Phoenix Coyotes, 5-3, at Jobing.com Arena to sweep the five-game season series against their division rival, the Ducks extended their team record of scoring four or more goals to six consecutive games, and improved their NHL-leading record to 34-8-5.
SPORTS
January 11, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
RANKINGS, COMMENTS THROUGH SATURDAY PRESIDENTIAL SUITE AT THE WALDORF ASTORIA 1. INDIANA (29-7)  ABC doesn't want Pacers in the Finals even with 141% local TV ratings jump. (2) 2. SAN ANT. (28-8)  Spurs lead West but have ground to make up in Texas (0-2 versus Rockets). (5) CORNER ROOM AT THE W 3. MIAMI (27-10)  Heat receives anti-flopping warning after losses to Knicks, Nets. (1) 4. OKLA. CITY (28-9)  Thunder starting to wear down with Kevin Durant continually going one on five.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
The noirishly titled "Cold Comes the Night" is a tense little thriller that provides juicy roles for its deft lead actors, Alice Eve and Bryan Cranston, as well as some well-played action and several neat twists. Directed by Tze Chun ("Children of Invention") from a script by Chun, Osgood Perkins (Anthony's son) and Nick Simon, the film finds Chloe (Eve), a struggling single mom running a seedy, hooker-happy motel in bleak upstate New York, on the cusp of packing up her small daughter (Ursula Parker)
NATIONAL
January 8, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy, This post has been updated. See note below.
A religious group believes it has an idea that could "complement and contrast" the Ten Commandments monument located on Oklahoma state Capitol grounds: a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan, depicted as a Baphomet -- a goat-headed figure with wings and horns -- sitting on a pentagram-adorned throne with smiling children at its side. On Monday, the New York-based religious group Satanic Temple formally submitted its application for the monument to the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission , which oversees the Capitol grounds in Oklahoma City.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2014 | By Jack Dolan
More than $40 million spent over the last decade to improve labor relations at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has, instead, sparked an increasingly tense standoff between a union boss and the city's most powerful elected officials. City Controller Ron Galperin announced Wednesday afternoon that he was issuing subpoenas to compel Brian D'Arcy, leader of the DWP's largest employee union, to show where the millions went. The rare legal maneuver came hours after D'Arcy failed to appear in Galperin's office to begin an audit of two DWP affiliated nonprofits D'Arcy co-manages - the Joint Training Institute and the Joint Safety Institute.
SPORTS
January 4, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Back when he was an assistant coach for the Packers, Steve Mariucci used to combat the cold during games by holding quarterback meetings in the sauna. (An added perk: There was only a sauna only in the home team's locker room.) [Sam is checking whether this is still true, but he may not find out in time for deadline. ac] Both teams could certainly use that dash of comfort Sunday, when the temperature is expected to dip well below zero. Thermometer aside, the 49ers have been torrid lately, finishing the regular season with an NFL-best six-game winning streak.
SPORTS
January 4, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
If the NBA playoffs started Sunday, they would include one team five games below .500, two other teams with losing records at home and a fourth team that has gone 0-5 in its division. In what kind of an insane realm does this mishmash of mediocrity qualify as success, and where do the Lakers sign up? It's called the Eastern Conference, with membership confined to mostly poor, huddled masses yearning to wheeze free. Eleven of the 15 teams have losing records. Toronto's 16-15 record is good enough to lead the awful Atlantic Division, where the second-place team will probably be high in the draft lottery.
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