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ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Jerry Seinfeld apparently has teamed up with his "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David for a new project. But any more information than that will have to wait. Seinfeld participated in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" Q&A on Monday to promote his new Web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. " During the online discussion , he was asked about his friendship with "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star David. Together, they once created one of the most iconic sitcoms of the 1990s: "Seinfeld. " In response to a question about the most mundane thing David and Seinfeld ever obsessed over, he wrote, "We never obsess over anything that isn't mundane.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Top of the Lake BBC Warner, $34.98 The New Zealand TV miniseries "Top of the Lake" is a different kind of mystery-procedural - more like a cross between "Twin Peaks" and "The Killing" than an episode of "Law & Order. " Credit the creators: writer Gerard Lee and writer-director Jane Campion, the latter of whom is best known for her Oscar-winning film "The Piano. " Here Campion tones down her arty, elliptical style and conforms to television conventions, telling a slow-burning but fairly gripping story about a big-city police detective (Elisabeth Moss)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
At a small memorial service in Orange County on Saturday, loved ones remembered a family that disappeared four years ago and was recently found in shallow desert graves.  At the Vineyard Community Church in Laguna Niguel, about 200 friends and family members celebrated Joseph and Summer McStay and their two young sons. The family  disappeared in 2010 . Their skeletal remains were found in the desert near Victorville  in November, and their deaths remain unsolved.  The service was closed to the media.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Lacey Chabert just designated herself a party of two: The "Party of Five" alum has gotten married.  Though she excitedly announced the news of her secret nuptials on Twitter on Friday, the "Mean Girls" actress did not name her groom.   "Just wanted to share some personal news with you guys... " the 31-year-old tweeted Friday, adding , "I'm starting off 2014 as a Mrs! Over the holidays, my best friend & love of my life...we became husband & wife! #soblessed #love" She of "fetch" fame also shared a photo of herself with her maid of honor, Crissy.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
A federal judge has ruled that Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick, Dr. John H. Watson, are no longer protected by copyright, and that all elements of the famous sleuth's stories created by the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle before 1923 are now in the public domain. The court case required U.S. District Judge Rubén Castillo to become something of a Sherlock Holmes expert, and in a 22-page ruling issued last week in Chicago, he began by summarizing the four novels and 56 short stories Conan Doyle wrote about the fictional detective: The character first appeared in 1887.
TRAVEL
December 23, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: I took my family on a trip to Seattle on Alaska Airlines in August. While unpacking my luggage in my hotel room, I found a nasty surprise: a filthy latex glove. Obviously, someone had gone through my belongings and left it behind. Besides the ick factor, there was no form in my suitcase saying it had been inspected. I didn't notice any items missing, but I had to launder all my underwear just to feel comfortable wearing them. My baggage has been searched before; in one case, a form was left; in another, items were stolen and no form was left.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2013 | By Jason Wells and Ari Bloomekatz, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
As the holder of one of the winning tickets for the $648-million Mega Millions jackpot claimed her prize, the wait for whoever bought the other winning ticket in San Jose continued Thursday. In the absence of anyone coming forward, local media focused much of their attention on the owner of the store who sold the winning ticket, Thuy Nguyen, who took over Jenny's Gift Shop just four months ago. Nguyen was met by a throng of cameras and reporters who wanted to know what he'd do with his $1-million retailer bonus and who he thought the ticket-purchaser might be. His is a small shop patronized by regulars, many of whom come in multiple times a day to re-up on their lottery chances, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
A year after the Air Force blasted it into orbit, an experimental space drone continues to circle the Earth. Its mission and hush-hush payload, however, remain a mystery. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, which looks like a miniature unmanned version of the space shuttle, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Dec. 11, 2012.  At the time of launch, Air Force officials offered few details about the mission, saying that the space plane simply provided a way to test new technologies in space, such as satellite sensors and other components.
SCIENCE
December 10, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Perhaps the Red Planet's dry equatorial region is still a little wetter than we thought. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has discovered strange dark lines that vanish and reappear with the seasons, and scientists think they could be signs of salty water that may intermittently flow near the surface of Mars. These recurring thin lines are typically less than 16 feet wide and can stretch for three quarters of a mile. They fade in cooler times and reappear in warmer ones - perhaps because in the warmer seasons or in direct sunlight the water would evaporate, leaving the salt marks behind.
SCIENCE
December 6, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Peering far deeper than ever before into humanity's murky genetic past, scientists sequenced the DNA of an ancient European relative and found a puzzling connection to the Far East. The genetic sample came from a 400,000-year-old thigh bone pulled from the cold, damp depths of a Spanish cave called Sima de los Huesos, or “Pit of Bones.” Researchers surmised that it belonged to an extinct species of hominin known as Homo heidelbergensis, a direct ancestor of Neanderthals, and they expected it to resemble DNA extracted from of a handful of Neanderthal bones found in Spain, Croatia and other sites in Europe.
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