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SCIENCE
November 6, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Children with autism spectrum disorders usually aren't diagnosed until they are at least 2 years old, but a new study finds that signs of the condition are apparent as early as two months after birth. Researchers focused on babies' ability to make eye contact with caregivers, since lack of eye contact is one of the hallmarks of autism. Among typical children, interest in the eyes increased steadily with age. But for children with autism, interest in the eyes waned starting between 2 and 6 months of age. By the time they reached their second birthdays, levels of eye fixation among children with autism were only half as high as levels seen in typically developing children, according to a report published Wednesday by the journal Nature.
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NEWS
January 30, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is not thrilled about the prospect of spending $7 million on a meaningless beauty contest. But that's the situation the state finds itself in, after Show-Me State Republicans opted to award their delegates based on a March party-run caucus instead of the Feb. 7 state-funded primary. "It's a bad idea for all kinds of reasons," Carnahan said in an interview Monday in Washington, where she is attending a meeting of the National Assn.
OPINION
January 13, 2011
Some of Los Angeles' elected leaders are suffering one of their periodic bouts of forgetfulness, this time about what it means to have or avoid a conflict of interest. Over at Los Angeles County, Supervisor Don Knabe thinks it's no big deal that he regularly takes action on matters before him that could benefit clients of his son, lobbyist Matt Knabe. Neither the supervisor nor his lobbyist son makes any apologies for those issues; each says he is merely doing his job. At Los Angeles City Hall, Councilman Dennis Zine showed a tad more sensitivity when he quietly recused himself from a matter before the council that would affect a client of his girlfriend, also a lobbyist.
SPORTS
February 7, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers share “a mutual interest” in a long-term contract extension, General Manager Ned Colletti said Thursday. Colletti wouldn't say whether the club has started negotiating a new deal with Kershaw's representatives and made clear he wants details of any talks to remain private. “This is not going to be a daily discussion point for us publicly,” Colletti said. “But there is a mutual interest.” Earlier in the day, USA Today reported that Felix Hernandez agreed to a seven-year, $175-million deal with the Seattle Mariners.
NATIONAL
August 6, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
OAK CREEK, Wis. -- A “person of interest” sought by investigators in connection with the shooting Sunday at a Sikh temple here has been identified and ruled out as a suspect, an FBI spokesman said. Leonard Peace of the FBI said the man, whom he declined to identify, “has been located, interviewed and ruled out in connection with the investigation.” Earlier Monday, officials displayed a photograph of the man, who had showed up at the shooting scene, and said they wanted to talk with him, even though they were convinced that a single gunman was responsible for killing six and wounded three.
SPORTS
March 23, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
The New York Jets are interested in playmaking receiver DeSean Jackson, the former Long Beach Poly High and California standout who is under contract with the Philadelphia Eagles through 2016. Jets owner Woody Johnson, speaking at the NFL owners meeting Sunday in Orlando, Fla., said that the 27-year-old receiver and kick returner was among a group of players in whom the team had an interest. The major issue is the $10.25 million owed to Jackson this season, a cost the Eagles might be willing to shed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2014 | By Anh Do
Police said they have a person of interest in custody in connection with separate assaults on five women that occurred on a single day in Garden Grove and Anaheim. The man was taken into custody at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the 6100 block of Robin Way in Buena Park, said Garden Grove police Lt. Ben Stauffer. But authorities will not officially name a suspect in the assaults until victims positively identify him, Stauffer said Saturday. They did release a composite sketch of the suspect.
NEWS
January 8, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
In rejecting a challenge to President Obama's policy to continue embryonic stem cell research, the Supreme Court wisely chose Monday to further vital research over the interests of competing scientists and religious groups. The court did not issue a decision. Instead, it rejected a petition to hear arguments in an appeal of a 2011 ruling by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which decided the National Institutes of Health could continue embryonic stem cell research from lines derived from already destroyed embryos.
NATIONAL
March 23, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times
TUCSON - Arizona lawmakers passed a law to dismantle a Mexican American studies program in Tucson schools, but the legislation has had an unintended effect: The controversy is renewing interest in the state and nationwide in ethnic studies and Chicano and Latino literature. Some Tucson students have found new ways to study the subject while receiving college credit to boot. Others who had no interest on the topic say they are now drawn to the material. "Underground" libraries with Chicano literature are popping up across the Southwest and are set to open soon in unexpected places such as Milwaukee and Louisville.
SPORTS
December 18, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin, This post has been corrected. See note below.
Dodgers co-owner Peter Guber said Wednesday he has no interest in buying the Oakland Athletics. The East Bay Express reported Wednesday that Guber and his ownership partner in the Golden State Warriors, Joe Lacob, lead an investment group exploring the possibility of buying the A's and building a ballpark in Oakland. "Absolutely not true," Guber told The Times. "100% not true. " Guber declined comment about whether Lacob might be interested but called it "categorically incorrect" to say he might be. "I have not had any conversations with the league or any of the owners about buying the team," Guber said.
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