August 31, 2013 |
In 2009, Carl Crawford stole 60 bases. He has stolen at least 50 bases five times. In his first full season with the Dodgers, he has stolen 13 bases. He turns 32 this week, and he has been on the disabled list with hamstring injuries in each of the last two years. His days of leading the league in stolen bases might be over - he is a four-time American League stolen-base champion - but Crawford said he has not lost the speed to steal 50 bases. "I've been having issues with my hamstrings lately, so it's good I don't have to run so much," he said.
August 31, 2013 |
If the Bruins are coming, as the billboards scattered about town suggest, then they are not coming alone. In the UCLA football opener Saturday night at the sweltering Rose Bowl, this town's most precocious college football team proved that its arrival into this promising season will be accompanied by plenty of adjectives. Breathtaking is coming. Boisterous is coming. Brash is coming. If Saturday was any indication, a whole bunch of jaw-dropping and eye-popping is coming, as the 21st-ranked Bruins spun Nevada dizzy in a 58-20 victory that even turned the heart of its perpetually cranky coach.
August 30, 2013 |
A few years ago, Kellogg Co. embarked on an ad campaign to convince parents that eating Frosted Mini-Wheats cereal would make star students of their children, with higher levels of attention and memory. "Clinical studies" - a revered term - showed that a breakfast of the cereal improved children's attentiveness by "nearly 20%," the ads said. There are studies, and then there are studies. This one, sponsored by Kellogg itself, compared children who ate its cereal with those who ate no breakfast at all. So it was misleading to the extent that it suggested that Frosted Mini-Wheats were better at improving attention than any other sort of breakfast.
August 30, 2013 |
Lenny Krayzelberg, an Olympic backstroke swimmer, decided to retire from competitive swimming in 2004 after winning four gold medals for the United States. Knowing that he wanted to continue to work in and around the water, he set up a program for children in Southern California that teaches water safety and swimming, called the Lenny Krayzelberg Swim Academy. The program has taken off, and Krayzelberg talks to us about the importance of getting youngsters comfortable in the water and ensuring that they are safe.
August 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said Thursday it had closed a loophole in the gun laws that allowed the acquisition of machine guns and other weapons and had banned U.S. military-style firearms that were sent overseas from returning to this country. The announcement of the two executive actions came as Vice President Joe Biden swore in the new head of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Biden pledged that the White House would not give up its effort for more gun control since the shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school last year.
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August 18, 2013 |
The state Legislature is nearing a decision on whether to give the California Coastal Commission an enforcement tool it has coveted for four decades - the power to impose fines. The Senate is expected to vote as early as this week on a bill bestowing the new power to the agency that oversees development and public access along the state's 1,100-mile coastline. The bill was approved by the Assembly in May on a 42 to 32 vote and cleared a Senate committee last week, but the measure faces opposition from business groups that believe the commission already wields too much clout.
August 9, 2013 |
A U.S. trade agency handed Apple a significant victory Friday in its ongoing patent battle against rival Samsung. The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that Samsung violated two crucial mobile patents held by Apple and that products using the related technology should be banned from being imported into the U.S. The scope of the trade ban and exact products that it will cover has yet to be determined. Still, the ruling carries important symbolic and strategic value as Apple seeks to establish that it was the true innovator and that Samsung had merely copied its products such as the iPhone and iPad.
August 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly plunged in June to its lowest level since late 2009 as exports jumped to a record high, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. A decrease in imports, particularly crude oil, also helped the deficit drop to $34.2 billion, from $44.1 billion the previous month. The last time the trade deficit was lower was in October 2009. QUIZ: How well do you understand the Fed stimulus? Analysts had expected the deficit to fall only slightly, to about $43.5 billion.
August 5, 2013 |
California citrus growers have imported a tiny wasp from Pakistan to help control a pest that helps spread a citrus-killing disease. Los Angeles Times Assistant Business Editor Nancy Rivera Brooks chats with reporter Ricardo Lopez about his story on efforts to beat back the Asian citrus psyllid, the agent that helps spread the disease huanglongbing , or citrus greening. UC Riverside researchers are releasing thousands of Tamarixia radiata...
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August 1, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - California's prisons chief has agreed to meet for the first time with advocates for inmates who are in their fourth week of a hunger strike over conditions in solitary confinement. "It's progress," said Ron Ahnen, president of the Oakland-based group California Prison Focus, which publishes a newsletter circulated to thousands of state inmates that hunger strike organizers used to broadcast their protest. Ahnen is among a small group of activists set to meet Friday with Jeffrey Beard, Gov. Jerry Brown's appointed head of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.