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February 23, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Jason Collins, a 35-year-old free agent, signed a 10-day contract Sunday with the Brooklyn Nets, which makes him the first openly gay athlete in one of America's four major sports leagues. The 7-foot center, who came out after playing last season with the Boston Celtics, is a 12-year veteran primarily known for his defense and rebounding. He had not previously been signed by any team this season. ESPN first reported that Collins was expected to sign Sunday and possibly play in the evening at Staples Center against the Los Angeles Lakers.
February 22, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
When: 6 p.m. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 19-36, Nets 25-27. Record vs. Nets: 1-0. Update: Despite their record, the Nets are alive and well in the race for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Lakers lost a 27-point lead but held on for a 99-94 victory at Brooklyn in November. Nick Young scored 26 points in that game and Pau Gasol had 21.
February 19, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera and Dawn C. Chmielewski
WASHINGTON - Beaten back twice by the courts, the nation's top communications regulator will make a last-ditch attempt to craft rules aimed at ensuring the Internet remains open and free of interference from a rapidly consolidating broadband industry. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, moving quickly after a court tossed out most of the agency's so-called net neutrality rules last month, started a new effort Wednesday to recraft regulations that advocates say would form the cornerstone for future broadband and pay-TV service.
February 13, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, This post has been updated as indicated below
Comcast Corp.'s $45.2-billion bid to acquire Time Warner Cable would expand the reach of the nation's largest residential Internet provider into one-third of America's broadband households. The digital land-grab is likely to serve as a rallying cry for those who advocate government regulation over broadband providers. As a result of the deal, Comcast would reach 30-million broadband customers out of 92-million U.S. households with high-speed Internet access. Its sheer size and market clout present an opportunity for the Federal Communications Commission to revisit its efforts to regulate broadband Internet access.
February 9, 2014 | By Jonathan Gruber
The recent Congressional Budget Office report on healthcare reform has lots of good news. Insurance premiums are lower than anticipated, the Affordable Care Act will cost $9 billion less than previously estimated and the provision designed to buffer insurance companies from risk will actually raise revenue, not function as any sort of federal government bailout. But the good news has not gotten much attention because the CBO also projected that, within the next several years, healthcare reform may reduce employment and worker hours by the equivalent of about 2 million full-time positions.
February 8, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
NASHVILLE  - Corey Perry days earlier said one of the factors bedeviling the Ducks during their 10-game rut was that the puck wasn't bouncing the team's way. That changed Saturday night, as two Ducks' passes were deflected off Nashville players into the goal and a long-distance shot weaved almost magically to the net through skaters' traffic in Anaheim's 5-2 victory over the Predators at Bridgestone Arena. "You work hard, you create your own bounces," Perry said. "A garbage goal, as they say, takes the monkey off your back.
February 4, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - In a rare display of bipartisanship, Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a nearly $1-trillion farm bill, a hard-fought compromise that sets policy over agricultural subsidies, nutrition programs and the food stamp safety net for the next five years. The Senate approved the measure, 68-32, as a cross-section of farm state senators from both parties fought opposition from budget hawks and some liberals and sent the bill to the White House for President Obama's signature.
February 3, 2014 | By Jon Healey
This post has been corrected, as noted below. Entering the home stretch of his congressional career, Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) is trying again to let the federal government regulate the Internet just enough to preserve the status quo. And this legislation is almost guaranteed to meet the same fate as his last bill on the topic back in 2010: It will run into a brick wall of GOP opposition. Waxman's proposal would overturn a recent appeals court ruling that barred the FCC from enforcing the "net neutrality" -- excuse me, "open Internet" -- rules it adopted (with its two Republican appointees dissenting)
February 1, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Instead of fretting about facing the NHL's best team, Dallas Stars goalie Dan Ellis reflected back upon his time as the Ducks' backup. "Anytime you've played with friends and in a building … you enjoy yourself out there, can joke around with the guys between a play," Ellis said. "That keeps you a little bit looser … always fun to come back here. " Ellis, who played a combined 23 games as understudy to Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller from 2010 to 2012, became the first man in the NHL this season to shut out the league's second-most potent offense by stopping all 26 shots he faced in the Stars' 2-0 victory at Honda Center.
January 31, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
What better way to launch a line of party dresses than to throw a party, invite all your model-gorgeous friends and dress them for the event? That's exactly what L.A. stylist and society maven Mary Alice Haney did on Thursday night, when she hosted a dinner and disco party at the Standard Hotel's Mmhmmm Lounge to mark the arrival of her collection on Net-a-Porter  last month. Except, she reported, the line has already nearly sold out on the fashion website. (More stock is coming soon, and you can also purchase the collection at .)
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