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May 15, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Ellen DeGeneres just landed a major honor in the form of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, while pal Ryan Seacrest landed something pretty cool himself: DeGeneres' Beverly Hills house. DeGeneres becomes the 15th comic superstar selected for the honor by the Kennedy Center, including original 1998 honoree Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, Tina Fey and Steve Martin.  Ellen's "special brand of humor has allowed us to find hilarity in the mundane and has kept us laughing for years,” Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubenstein said . "It's such an honor to receive the Mark Twain Prize," the talk show host said in a statement.
January 24, 1985 | Associated Press
Former Arizona State placekicker Luis Zendejas signed a guaranteed one-year contract Wednesday with the United States Football League's Arizona Outlaws, club officials said. Zendejas, who set a NCAA career scoring record of 368 career points last fall, was scheduled to meet the media at a news conference here Thursday morning before participating in his first pro practice.
November 26, 2010 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times
Nicki Minaj never envisioned herself as hip-hop's reigning "it" girl. The question alone makes her giggle as she offers an answer nowhere near as cocky as her saucy rhymes. "When I was growing up I thought I'd be a famous actress," she says. "Acting came very natural to me. I didn't imagine all this music stuff happening. " Minaj is harnessing those drama skills, which she honed at LaGuardia High School in New York City, by assuming the identity of one of the many animated alter egos she's masterfully crafted in lyrics: There's Roman Zolanski, her gay male counterpart; Nicki Lewinsky, the sex kitten; Nicki the Ninja, a spotlight stealer; Nicki the Boss, who runs her own empire; and Nicki the Harajuku Barbie ?
August 14, 1987
Ten-year-old Christopher Lee Marshall landed in aviation record books Thursday afternoon as the youngest pilot to fly across the United States and back when he guided his single-engine Piper Warrior through foggy skies to the ground at Burbank Airport. The tired fourth-grader from Oceano, Calif., waved a teddy bear as he climbed out of the cockpit and was greeted with hugs from his grandparents and friends. Christopher was accompanied on the flight by his instructor, Rowe Yates.
February 1, 1987
A helicopter made a forced landing on the USC campus Saturday morning after the pilot, blinded by the sun, clipped a radio tower and hit a tree, police said. No one was injured. The pilot of the Sikorsky chopper suffered only a cut on the nose, and a passenger escaped injury when the craft came to rest in an intersection on the campus at about 7:30 a.m., Lt. Tom Runyen said. Neither was immediately identified.
November 14, 1995 | FRANK MANNING
UCLA's dream to create a nature reserve in the Santa Monica Mountains has finally become a reality. The university recently acquired from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy a 67-acre tract off Stunt Road, near Mulholland Highway. The land will be used for the study of resource management, wildlife ecology and archeology, UCLA officials said.
December 24, 2010 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
Restoring a policy abandoned by the George W. Bush administration, the top Interior official on Thursday gave the agency that manages 245 million acres of public land the authority to temporarily protect pristine areas of the West. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who issued the order, called it "a new chapter in terms of how we take care of our Bureau of Land Management lands. " Salazar's directive casts aside a Bush policy that was adopted after an out-of-court settlement between then-Interior Secretary Gale Norton and the state of Utah.
December 8, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS -- Manny Pacquiao was seeking to definitively affirm Saturday night the judging that gave him two decisions and a draw in his three tight fights against rival Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. But Marquez, who earned a draw in their first meeting and lost two controversial decisions in their second and third bouts, caught the former welterweight champion from the Philippines with a jarring right to knock him out just before the bell to end the sixth round in their non-title welterweight bout.
May 30, 2011 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
Chinese authorities Sunday blanketed volatile towns in Inner Mongolia with armed police, blocked Internet and telephone connections, and confined students to their campuses and activists to their homes in an effort to forestall protests scheduled Monday over the death of a Mongolian herder during a confrontation over land use. The killing of the herder, allegedly run over May 10 by truck drivers who were transporting coal across pastoral lands,...
October 16, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
It hasn't reached the point of Clippers fans covering their eyes and wincing whenever Blake Griffin hits the floor or lands out of bounds. At least the rookie hasn't crashed over the scorer's table at Staples Center this preseason, as he did about a year ago. But concern cranked up to, oh, say threat-level "blue" when Griffin landed hard on the court early in the fourth quarter Saturday. He appeared to do a quick inventory of body parts, left the game and had a quick word with team trainer Jasen Powell on the sideline.
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