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OPINION
March 16, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Californians may be inured to rolling blackouts that cut off their power for hours at a time, but imagine an outage that darkens the entire country - for more than a year. That nightmare scenario could happen if just a handful of crucial, heavy-duty electrical transformers are taken down, according to a confidential federal report disclosed last week by the Wall Street Journal. Federal regulators and the utilities' trade association were outraged that the report was leaked, but the real outrage is that this vulnerability persists even though policymakers and industry executives have known about it for years.
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NATIONAL
March 14, 2014 | By Evan Halper and Cindy Carcamo
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration handed backers of medical marijuana a significant victory Friday, opening the way for a University of Arizona researcher to examine whether pot can help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress, a move that could lead to broader studies into potential benefits of the drug. For years, scientists who have wanted to study how marijuana might be used to treat illness say they have been stymied by resistance from federal drug officials. The Arizona study had long ago been sanctioned by the Food and Drug Administration, but under federal rules, such experiments can use marijuana only from a single, government-run farm in Mississippi.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Robert Abele
As disarmingly bracing at times as the stunning Alberta mountains behind its love-frazzled characters, the romantic comedy "The Right Kind of Wrong" works often in spite of its willful eccentricities. Failed novelist turned dishwasher Leo (Ryan Kwanten) is an unwitting poster boy for marital disappointment thanks to his ex-wife's popular blog and book, "Why You Suck. " In rebounding, Leo decides feisty tour guide Colette (Sara Canning) is the woman of his dreams, despite the fact that he meets her on her wedding day. What follows is what you'd expect: a hapless dreamer's grand gestures, flabbergasted hand-wringing by the newlywed - whose bohemian mother (Catherine O'Hara)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By David Ng
"Mozart in the Jungle" -- a satirical look at the classical-music world that stars Gael Garcia Bernal as a thinly veiled parody of conductor Gustavo Dudamel -- has been picked up by Amazon, the online retailer announced this week. The pilot episode of the racy comedy was released online earlier this year. In addition to "Mozart," Amazon Studios has picked up "The After," from "X-Files" veteran Chris Carter; "Transparent," a domestic comedy; and "Bosch," based on the novels by Michael Connelly.
SPORTS
March 12, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant has a new commercial spot for his latest Nike signature shoes, featuring the "Kobe light bulb. " Bryant's fictional light bulb, with filament in the form of the veteran guard's logo, is described as both unbreakable and capable of ending global warming. The ad is used to plug Bryant's "Kobe 9 Collection," which is billed as "the best collection since the invention of the collection. " The Lakers' all-star guard recently released a similar spot with a customized " Kobe piano . " Bryant is currently sidelined with a knee injury, with little chance to return with just over a month remaining in the regular season.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Shelby Grad
The large 6.9 magnitude earthquake that rattled Northern California on Sunday was the state's largest earthquake in nearly a decade. But it caused no damage or injuries. That's because the quake was centered 50 miles off the coast of Eureka and occurred at a depth of "10 miles beneath the Pacific seabed," according to the U.S. Geological Survey. By the time the waves reach the shore, they had dissipated significantly. The USGS said the north coast felt only moderate to light shaking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By David Zahniser
Attorneys for Los Angeles have recommended that the City Council pay $185,000 to settle a lawsuit over a car crash involving Councilman Jose Huizar, according to records and interviews. The payment stems from an incident in 2012, in which Huizar - driving a city-owned SUV - rear-ended a car driven by David Ceja, a former Huntington Park police officer. Humberto Guizar, Ceja's lawyer, described the payment as a compromise, saying that he could have "possibly gotten a seven-figure amount" had the case gone to trial.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The Los Angeles Philharmonic TchaikovskyFest - 15 all-Tchaikovsky concerts in 11 days featuring the L.A. Philharmonic, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and YOLA (Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles) - ended with a sensational performance of the "1812 Overture. " A humongous orchestra made up of 159 members of the L.A. Phil and Bolívars playing side by side crowded the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage Sunday. Every note sounded rapt. For the famous celebratory finish, bells pealed gloriously; timpani and bass drums were whacked as though they needed their living daylights beaten out of them and trumpets stationed in the organ loft blazed in golden sonic glory.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Chris Lee
At precisely 10:46 p.m. Sunday -- after the Oscar-hand-out action inside the Dolby Theater was receding in the cultural rear-view mirror with every witticism of Ellen DeGeneres -- and the Academy Awards after-party festivities were in full swing on the uppermost floors of the Hollywood and Highland complex, with just about everybody who is anybody in the 2013-14 awards season scrum turned out in their black-tie finest -- Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
Light showers are expected to continue into Sunday, but the worst of a storm that brought heavy rain to Southern California has passed. As of 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the storm had dropped over 3 inches of rain in downtown Los Angeles, over 4 inches in Van Nuys and over 10 inches at Cogswell Dam in the Angeles National Forest, according to the National Weather Service . "We said it was going to be a strong storm, and it was. There was some very...
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