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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
One vehicle was "fully involved in fire" and a law enforcement officer may have been among the injured after a traffic collision Wednesday afternoon on the 405 Freeway, authorities said. The incident occurred about 1:45 p.m. and three lanes -- the carpool and No. 1 and No. 2 lanes -- on the northbound side of the freeway at Ventura Boulevard were blocked, according to the California Highway Patrol. Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department said there was "an officer that was reported injured," but that it remained unclear if the information was accurate.  In an alert, the LAFD said that at least two patients were being evaluated, including one who could have been an officer.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2013 | By David Ng
Brian Dennehy, who is currently in the Los Angeles production of "The Steward of Christendom" at the Mark Taper Forum, will reprise his recent Chicago performance in Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh" for a six-week run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2015. Scott Rudin is producing the revival production, which will run at BAM from Feb. 5, 2015 to March 15, 2015.  The production will also star Nathan Lane, who appeared alongside Dennehy in the Chicago production at the Goodman Theatre in 2012.
SPORTS
December 6, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Since college football's coaching carousel is in full swing, and it's great sport to predict where the dominoes might fall, here's a compelling scenario for USC fans to consider: Fresno State's Tim DeRuyter, one of the hottest names in coaching after leading the Bulldogs to a 10-1 record, is hired by a larger program after Saturday's Mountain West Conference championship game against Utah State. Fresno State quickly hires alum Lane Kiffin, who was fired by USC in September. (Or Fresno State hires Jeff Tedford, who makes Kiffin, a former protégé, the offensive coordinator)
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Burbank's Bob Hope Airport has begun offering PreCheck, the airport screening program that lets pre-approved travelers get through security faster. The Transportation Security Administration program is now in place at 103 airports across the U.S.; there are more than 450 commercial airports. In the Los Angeles area, LAX , Ontario , Long Beach , John Wayne/Orange County already have the program. That means travelers at those airports, if they are members of PreCheck, do not have to remove shoes, belts or jackets and can keep their liquids (still no more than 3 ounces)
BUSINESS
December 5, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Recently terminated USC head football coach Lane Kiffin and his wife, Layla, have listed their home in Manhattan Beach at $6.995 million. The couple bought the house last year for $5.5 million. The upscale beach city has long been popular with college and professional coaches and athletes, in part because of its proximity to Los Angeles International Airport and professional training facilities. Tuscan-inspired in Pacific Palisades The 7,308-square-foot contemporary Craftsman, built in 2002 and since updated, sits on nearly a half-acre at the end of a cul-de-sac.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | By Anthony Clark Carpio
Orange County transportation officials are recommending the addition of at least one free lane to the 405 Freeway, but are leaving enough wiggle room for a possible second lane. A committee for the Orange County Transportation Authority voted 6-2, with directors Gary Miller and Matthew Harper dissenting, to suggest adding one general-purpose lane in each direction of a 14-mile stretch between Seal Beach and Costa Mesa. The recommendation for "Alternative 1" was slightly modified to suggest building the single lane in a way that would allow another lane to be built in the future, said agency spokesman Joel Zlotnik.
SPORTS
December 2, 2013 | By Bill Plaschke
At first glance, sure, it seems USC is outrageously placing its wobbly football program in the hands of a guy who was part of the regime which sent it staggering. How could the Trojans hire Steve Sarkisian when he is so closely tied to a coach they just fired two months ago, his former coaching buddy, Lane Kiffin? How could they hire Sarkisian just four seasons after USC was punished by the NCAA for infractions that occurred while he worked as a top assistant to coach Pete Carroll?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Diane Lane and Josh Brolin are officially divorced, according to court documents filed the day before Thanksgiving. No details of any financial settlement were filed with the court, the Associated Press reported. "Under the Tuscan Sun" actress Lane has taken back her maiden name, cutting loose the "Brolin" she'd added when they wed eight years ago. That according to TMZ , which first reported the news Monday. The two, who have no children, filed for divorce in February.
TRAVEL
November 25, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
If you're getting ready to take a flight during the holidays, be prepared for more than the usual confusion at airport screenings. The combination of infrequent fliers and the Transportation Security Administration's new initiative that allows randomly selected passengers to receive expedited screening - an initiative that will continue during the holidays - has the potential to create passenger pileup. The TSA has moved from a one-size-fits-all security approach by allowing some passengers (75 and older)
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