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ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Gina McIntyre
Jon Favreau's restaurant comedy “Chef,” Rob Thomas' crowd-funded “Veronica Mars” movie and a documentary about zombies in film and popular culture will premiere at the 21st edition of the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas, organizers announced Thursday. The festival, which runs March 7-15, also will host an event with prominent physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who will discuss his new Fox series “Cosmos,” as well as an hourlong conversation with surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
That sound you're hearing is the air going out of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's 2016 Republican presidential aspirations, thanks to the scandal known as Bridgegate. We've always known that Christie, a former federal prosecutor, has a temper. He can be nasty and combative -- particularly when it comes to entrenched liberal interests like labor unions -- and, frankly, that's what a whole lot of Republicans like about him. (His temper is also beloved by Democrats who believe his explosive tendencies are their best secret weapon against him.)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The Kickstarter-backed film version of the cult-favorite teen TV series "Veronica Mars" has taken another step on its journey to theaters with the release of its first trailer, which finds star Kristen Bell up to her old sleuthing tricks in the seaside town of Neptune, Calif. Though the mystery series, which ran for three seasons on UPN and the CW, never found mainstream success and was canceled in 2007, it did attract an ardent core of fans who have since clamored for a movie. They got the chance to show they were serious back in March, when Bell and series creator Rob Thomas reunited to launch a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $2 million to fund the film.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Jan. 5 - 11, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES The Bachelor Former bachelor Sean Lowe gives new bachelor, Juan Pablo, advice in the season premiere. 8 p.m. ABC Hostages In the two-hour season finale, Ellen (Toni Collette) prepares to operate on the president (James Naughton) while Duncan (Dylan McDermott)
NATIONAL
December 25, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
All that tens of thousands of people really wanted for Christmas was to have their electricity back after fierce ice storms brought down power lines in a wide swath from Michigan through parts of upstate New York to frigid New England and Canada. More than half a million customers have lost power since the ice storms, coupled with fierce winds, toppled the power lines, beginning Saturday. Repair crews from utilities across the region, helped by out-of-state workers, toiled to repair the damaged lines, but by Wednesday morning, several hundred thousand customers were still without power.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
MANZANAR, Calif. - Over the objections of critics, Los Angeles is moving ahead with plans to build a $680-million 200-megawatt solar energy plant within view of this desolate Eastern Sierra site that was a Japanese American internment camp during World War II. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Southern Owens Valley Solar Project would erect 1 million photovoltaic panels on 1,200 acres it owns roughly 6 miles south of Independence and...
NEWS
December 23, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Here are 11 ways to celebrate New Year's Eve in Las Vegas -- whether with synchronized fireworks or concerts by the likes of Bruno Mars, John Legend, Kristin Chenoweth and Maroon 5 -- and two ways to recover. Among the choices: Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars christens the Chelsea, the new, intimate venue at the Cosmopolitan . Tickets, priced at $150 and $200 (plus taxes and fees), are available online  or by calling (800) 745-3000. The concert also will be screened outdoors beside the resort's ice skating rink.
SCIENCE
December 23, 2013 | By Amina Khan
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has gotten a brand new software upgrade, but the intrepid robot's wheels are a little worse for wear. Officials at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge reported last week that they upgraded Curiosity's software as it headed toward Mt. Sharp, the 3-mile-high mound in the middle of Gale Crater. The laser-shooting laboratory on wheels has already found habitable environments suitable for certain Earth-like microbes . They hope that Mt. Sharp's clay-rich layers could be awash in clues as to exactly how life-friendly the Red Planet could have been.
SPORTS
December 21, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
Quarterback Luke Napolitano has thrown short touchdown passes to Bo St. Geme and Connor Sage and Corona del Mar is out to a quick 21-0 lead over Sacred Heart heading into the second quarter of the CIF state Division III bowl game at StubHub Center in Carson.  Cornerback Barrett Barbato returned an interception 68 yards for the Sea Kings' last score with 11 seconds left in the first quarter.     
SPORTS
December 21, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
Not only did Newport Beach Corona del Mar extend its school-record winning streak Saturday afternoon, it made a bit of history with a convincing 27-15 triumph over Atherton Sacred Heart Prep in the CIF Division III state championship bowl game at StubHub Center in Carson. The Sea Kings became the first California team to win 16 games in a season and they did it by turning to the potent rushing attack that has been a trademark of the program during its run to three consecutive section titles.
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