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December 6, 2000
I never thought I'd long for the good ol' days where the presidency was decided in a landslide victory. CHERYL H. LONG Arcadia
April 23, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
The image of bandit Jesus Malverde turns up as a kind of venerated saint inside " Quitapesares (Solace)," a makeshift chapel by artist Maria Romero erected near the end of a large new exhibition at the UCLA Fowler Museum. On May 3, 1909, the outlaw was hanged from a tree in the town of Culiacán, capital of Sinaloa near the country's northwest coast, by the federal government of Mexican dictator Porfirio Diaz. He was left to rot in the sun. At least, that's what people say. Historians have found no evidence that the story is true.
February 7, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
Reporting from Boston — The Lakers' margin for error is credit-card slim, their lack of depth and talent costing them if they don't play a nearly perfect game. In fact, you can hear all about it if you listen closely. "It just seems like our margin for error is really, really small right now," Derek Fisher said after the Lakers lost a seven-point lead Monday in the last 41/2 minutes of a 95-90 loss to Philadelphia. Said Kobe Bryant : "Our margin for error is just not as big as some of the other teams.
April 20, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
It may be no surprise that the U.S.-based airline that has drawn the most complaints per passenger over the last five years is Spirit Airlines. After all, the Florida-based carrier is known for super-tight seating and dozens of fees, including charges for soft drinks and carry-on bags. But the executives at the ultra-low-cost carrier are probably not sweating the study results because another report released last week said that Spirit also had the highest profit margin of any U.S. carrier in 2013.
October 27, 2012 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
Even in vividly blue California, President Obama's luster has faded since his historic victory here in 2008, a new poll has found. Despite his sizable lead over Mitt Romney, the president is unlikely to repeat his historic 2008 margin of victory here because of his diminished power to pull in people who don't traditionally support Democrats, according to the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. The drop in appeal across party and demographic lines has translated, at this point, to a 14-point edge over the Republican nominee among likely voters - well below Obama's 24-point victory in 2008, the biggest margin in modern times.
November 9, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
The CW has given rookie fantasy crime drama "Beauty and the Beast" a full-season order. The series, a revamp of the 1980s CBS drama of the same name, is pulling in decent numbers for the network with "The Vampire Diaries" as its lead-in, averaging 2.4 million viewers and a 1.3 rating among women 18-34. The Thursday drama, which stars Kristin Kreuk ("Smallville") and Jay Ryan ("Terra Nova"), is the second of the network's three freshman series to get a full-season order, joining "Arrow.
February 12, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Mark Balelo, the flamboyant auctioneer who appeared on A&E's "Storage Wars," was found dead in his car on Monday morning, in what appeared to be a suicide. According to the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office, the 40-year-old Balelo died of asphyxiation from carbon monoxide and exhaust fumes. He was found in a car parked in a garage at his Simi Valley auction house, Balelo Inc. Balelo, known as "Rico Suave" on the series, which follows a team of auctioneers who sell off the contents of reclaimed storage units to buyers, drew interest for the outlandish outfits he wore to auctions and for the large sums of cash he brought to auctions to buy items.
January 7, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Huell Howser, the public television host of "California's Gold," among other shows, died Sunday at age 67. Even though there will be no new episodes of his long-running adventures throughout the Golden State (he'd already retired from the show late last year), there are plenty of highlights left online for fans to continue to visit with the outspoken California booster. For the hard-core fan, or people with a lot of time on their hands, Howser's entire run of 443 episodes over 18 seasons are maintained at Chapman University's website in the Huell Howser Archive . But everybody has their own favorite Huell Howser moment, and several are posted on YouTube.
November 30, 2012 | By Paul West
Just weeks after the election, President Obama has launched a campaign-style drive to gain the upper hand in budget talks with Republicans. How the negotiations play out will provide a much clearer measure of exactly how much clout he gained in winning re-election. Obama's success at the polls was due in no small part to his campaign organization, which is getting well-deserved attention for its sophisticated use of analytics .  (The famously data-driven Mitt Romney, on the other hand, may have been misled by faulty internal numbers, as a recent New Republic article illustrated.)
January 9, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Even though her episodes have yet to hit the airwaves, Nicki Minaj's addition to the “American Idol” panel has already been one of the competition's more polarizing decisions during its decade-plus history. Fans of the aging singing competition were vocal about what the entertainer -- known for  bawdy, razor-sharp raps, colorful wigs and eye-popping garb a la Lady Gaga -- could bring to the panel, especially after the ballyhooed signing of pop diva Mariah Carey. Online commenters questioned her ability to offer credible criticism to aspiring singers, given her hip-hop background, while others felt she shouldn't be on a panel with an industry veteran such as Carey.
April 9, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Josh Beckett was not great. The Dodgers do not need him to be, and that makes for a pretty great situation for the home team. Think about it. What other team could afford to employ a guy making close to $16 million as a fifth starter, with no shortage of experienced understudies behind him? In his first major league start in 11 months, Beckett lasted four innings, gave up five runs and got no decision in the Dodgers' 7-6 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday in 10 innings. He was long gone by the time Victor Martinez roughed up Kenley Jansen again.
March 27, 2014 | Helene Elliott
PITTSBURGH -- As much as the Kings' 3-2 victory over the Penguins was about numbers -- highlighted by their seven-for-seven penalty-killing effort as they tied a franchise record with their eighth straight road win -- their success was equally about their attitude and being at their best when the situation seemed to be at its worst. In earning one-goal wins in Philadelphia, Washington and Pittsburgh in a four-day span and in holding NHL scoring leader Sidney Crosby to one assist Thursday while blanking the league's most potent power play, the Kings turned apparent adversity into an advantage to win their fifth straight game and 13th in their last 16. They finished play against the East at 21-8-3, tying San Jose and St. Louis for the most wins by a West team against the East.
February 12, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Russia's anti-gay laws have been a source of concern for many Americans heading into the Olympic Games, but Stephen Colbert appears to have the solution. On Tuesday's "Colbert Report," he sent "self-avowed man's man" Buddy Cole to meet with the U.S. men's speed skating team to give them some tips on how to seem not gay. We should mention that "Buddy Cole" is actually former "Kids in the Hall" member Scott Thompson. The Buddy Cole character actually made his debut on "The Kids in the Hall" and Thompson himself once described the character as a "butch queen.
February 11, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw revealed on Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of cancer than affects the white blood cells in bone marrow. The 74-year-old former anchor of "NBC Nightly News" is currently contributing to the network's Winter Olympics coverage in Sochi. He released a statement through the network. "With the exceptional support of my family, medical team and friends, I am very optimistic about the future and look forward to continuing my life, my work and adventures still to come," he says.
February 9, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
It was Showtime at Staples Center on Sunday night, starring the return of Chris Paul, the comeback of Blake Griffin from an injury scare and the rest of the Clippers playing their roles. Playing in his first game since he separated his right shoulder Jan. 3 at Dallas, Paul had seven points and eight assists in the Clippers' show-stopping and franchise-record-setting 123-78 victory over the overmatched Philadelphia 76ers. With Griffin overcoming a bruised left shin suffered in the first quarter to score 26 points, grab 11 rebounds and hand out six assists, the Clippers set a franchise record for biggest margin of victory.
January 17, 2014 | Times wire services
General Electric Co. shares fell the most in seven months after Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt failed to deliver on a profit-margin forecast that he had been repeating for more than a year. GE shares dropped 62 cents, or 2.3%, to $26.58 on Friday after GE said profit margins at units making jet engines, medical scanners and locomotives expanded last year less than the 0.7 percentage point that Immelt set as a goal in December 2012 and affirmed last month. The misstep comes as Immelt focuses on manufacturing growth while shrinking the Fairfield, Conn., company's finance unit.
May 7, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Lana Parrilla is getting her own fairy-tale love story: The actress is now engaged to beau Fred Di Blasio. The "Once Upon a Time" star, who plays Evil Queen / Mayor Regina Mills on the ABC fantasy series, was traveling in Israel last week with actors from ABC's "Scandal" when Di Blasio, a software executive, popped the question in the Negev Desert on April 28, her rep confirmed to the Ministry.  The couple prefers to keep details of the proposal...
July 3, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Andy Griffith, who died in his sleep Tuesday at age 86, was buried on his North Carolina farm mere hours after his early morning death. Cindi Griffith, the actor's wife since 1983, was at his side when he died, the family told the Charlotte Observer . "He is the love of my life, my constant companion, my partner, and my best friend," she said in a statement to the paper. "I cannot imagine life without Andy, but I take comfort and strength in God's grace and in the knowledge that Andy is at peace and with God. " PHOTOS:   Life in pictures  |  Celebrities react  |  Notable deaths The prompt, intimate service and interment "had been planned for some time," a funeral spokesman told CNN. Griffith, who died about 7a.m., local time, on the Outer Banks' Roanoke Island, was buried by 11:30 a.m., a Twiford Funeral Homes representative told TMZ. "He has been laid to rest on his beloved farm on Roanoke Island," the funeral home's website said Tuesday.
January 16, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates appeared on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" on Wednesday to discuss his new memoir, "Duty," which has stirred up the Washington chattering class for its criticisms of President Obama. Gates arrived wearing a very visible neck brace, which Stewart couldn't help but reference. "Apparently you wrote about Chris Christie and there was retribution," Stewart said. Gates actually suffered a fall on New Year's Day in his home in Washington State and fractured his first vertebrae.
December 12, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
With holiday spending on clothes and toys off to a chilly start, worried retailers are plying shoppers with an early gift: Black Friday-style bargains extended into the first weeks of December. Merchants get nervous each year during the dreaded early-December shopping lull, when consumers rest their wallets before swarming back into malls at the last minute - if they return at all. But this time, shoppers are splurge-shy, there's a dearth of hot new fashion trends and the key Thanksgiving weekend failed to deliver hoped-for sales.
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