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January 12, 2014 | Alana Semuels
She'd raised five children by herself, and Liz Norden was ready for the empty nest. Two of her daughters, 24 and 26, still lived with her, but they were barely home and busy with their own lives, so Norden, 51, talkative and cheery, was beginning to have days and nights to do what she liked: spend time with friends, play poker, maybe just relax. But then a bomb tore through the Boston Marathon, sending torrents of shrapnel through a crowd. Norden's phone rang that day, and she heard her son Paul say, "Ma, I'm hurt real bad. " Paul hovered on the edge of death for days, and the family could not immediately locate another son, J.P., who had just one pint of blood left in his body when he arrived at a hospital.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Multiple freeway ramps and surface streets in and near downtown Los Angeles closed Saturday night to accommodate a New Year's-themed half-marathon, causing traffic jams and frustration for people going to dinner, drinks or the L.A. Kings game. The benefit race started at 7 p.m. at 7th Street and Grand Avenue. The route winds north to Elysian Park and around Dodger Stadium before heading south and finishing at L.A. Live. The following freeway offramps will be closed until 11 p.m.: 110 Freeway, southbound: Sunset Boulevard, 6th Street 110 Freeway, northbound: Figueroa Street, 6th Street 101 Freeway, southbound: North Broadway 101 Freeway, northbound: Spring Street 5 Freeway, southbound: Stadium Way Some major downtown thoroughfares will remain closed until 11 p.m., including 7th Street from Los Angeles Street to Figueroa Street; Broadway from Temple Street to 7th Street; and West Cesar Chavez Avenue from Main Street to North Figueroa Street.
NEWS
January 1, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Runners can lace up their shoes for an active tour of Bhutan that features practice runs in the countryside, pre-race briefings and post-race relaxation. The Himalayan nation will host the marathon Feb. 23 with a course that passes through rain forests, rural villages and over a suspension bridge before ending at the onetime capital of Punakha Dzong. Como Hotels and Resorts offers a 10-day tour for those who want to explore different parts Bhutan on foot, whether or not they are marathon runners.
SPORTS
December 27, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The Boston Marathon bombing was named the sports story of the year Friday in a vote conducted by the Associated Press. Ninety-six ballots were submitted by U.S. editors and news directors. Voters were asked to rank the top 10 sports stories of the year, with the first-place story receiving 10 points, the second-place story nine points and so on. The marathon attack received 761 points and 67 first-place votes. The No. 2 sports story, Lance Armstrong's admission of doping, had five first-place votes and 517 points.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Breaking Bad" marathon (AMC, Friday through Monday) . For those whose year has been marred by not being able to discuss "Breaking Bad" at cocktail parties, AMC brings you the parting gift of a series marathon, airing from noon each day, Friday through Monday. The story of a mild-mannered chemistry teacher turned meth-making drug dealer, and of all his little friends, frenemies and enemies, it is most likely the series most named this year right after the words, "You know, television has gotten really great.
SPORTS
November 21, 2013 | By Austin Knoblauch
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has drawn plenty of ire in the baseball world as he continues to fight his 211-game suspension from Major League Baseball for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs. But MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons took the villainization of Rodriguez too far during a radio interview Thursday. While speaking with ESPN Radio's Mike Lupica, Gammons said people within the New York Yankees organization say Rodriguez "wants to blow up the world.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Got 10 days around New Year's with nothing to do? Hop on a flight to Japan to catch up on "NCIS" and be a part of history while you're at it. In an attempt to land in the Guinness World Record books for "longest uninterrupted transmission of a TV series," Fox Japan, part of Fox International Channels, has announced plans to air 234 episodes of the long-running CBS series "NCIS. " The police procedural starring Mark Harmon is currently airing its 11th season in the United States, but the marathon in Japan will only cover seasons 1-10.
NEWS
November 9, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - After days of rising expectations, diplomats from six world powers failed in marathon talks with Iran to seal a preliminary deal aimed at launching comprehensive negotiations on Tehran's disputed nuclear program . Foreign ministers, who had hoped for a breakthrough on one of the world's most urgent security challenges, said instead early Sunday that they had been unable in 161/2 hours of talks Saturday to resolve issues raised by...
SPORTS
November 6, 2013 | By David Wharton
An 86-year-old San Jose woman has died from a head injury she suffered while running in the New York City Marathon last weekend. Joy Johnson stumbled in the 20th mile of the race and fell to the ground, the New York Daily News reported . Medics urged Johnson to let them take her to a hospital but Johnson, running in New York for the 25th time, insisted on continuing. After the race, she appeared on the "Today" show, where she was interviewed by Al Roker with bandages covering the right side of her face and head.
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