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February 12, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
The Los Angeles City Council took its first step Wednesday to explore whether beekeeping should be allowed in residential zones, asking city staff to report back on the idea. Backyard beekeepers want Los Angeles to join New York, Santa Monica and other cities that allow residents to keep hives at home. Existing Los Angeles city codes do not allow beekeeping in residential zones, according to city planning officials. Beekeeping has nonetheless blossomed among Angelenos worried about the health of honeybees and devoted to urban farming.
February 9, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Nymphomaniac" star Shia LaBeouf continued his recent bizarre behavior, this time at the Berlin International Film Festival on Sunday, first walking out of a media conference after cryptically responding to a single question, and later showing up for the film's red-carpet premiere wearing a paper bag with the words "I am not famous anymore" written on it. About 10 minutes into the media session for "Nymphomaniac: Volume I," the first of two installments...
February 8, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - Blaze Kotsenburg was partying with friends at 3 a.m. in Salt Lake City on Saturday, all of them gathered around a television set moments before his little brother Sage was scheduled to fly his snowboard down a mountain in Russia. His cellphone rang. Blaze fished it out of his pocket. Who could be calling at this hour? "Blaze, it's Sage," said the scratchy voice on the other end. "Hey everybody, shut up, it's my brother calling from the Olympics!" Blaze shouted to his friends.
February 5, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- Extreme-sports icon Shaun White, citing the potential risk of injury, on Wednesday pulled out of the slopestyle snowboarding competition at the Olympics. White had called the course at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park "intimidating," and already it had become the source of controversy in the first two days of training -- most notably in the case of Norwegian medal hopeful Torstein Horgmo, who withdrew after breaking his collarbone in a crash on Monday. The decision for White was multi-pronged.
February 4, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Timothy Bradley won his first fight against Manny Pacquiao according to two judges, the fighter himself and a few close friends. Now that he has a rematch scheduled April 12 at MGM Grand, he's counting on a return to full physical health and the confidence generated by two 2013 victories to win definitively. “I've been ridiculed, disrespected, demonized,” Bradley said Tuesday, as he and Pacquiao took part in a news conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Tickets, scaled from $150 to $1,000, go on sale Wednesday.
January 31, 2014 | By Gary Klein and Sam Farmer
  NEW YORK - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday that the league is working to persuade a federal judge that a proposed $765-million concussion settlement will work the way it was intended. "The No. 1 thing for us right now is to get the money in place so that we can help the players and their families if they need it, and that is our priority," Goodell said during his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference, which was held at a midtown theater. U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody this month denied preliminary approval of the proposed settlement between the NFL and more than 4,500 retired players because of concerns the money will be insufficient over the life of the deal.
January 25, 2014 | By Richard Simon, Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Saba Hamedy
COLUMBIA, Md. - Three people were killed during a shooting Saturday at a mall in suburban Maryland, including the suspected gunman, authorities said. The shooting was reported to 911 at 11:15 a.m., police said, and one of the three killed was found near a gun and ammunition. “We are very confident that it was a single shooter, that there are no other shooters in the mall,” Howard County Police Chief William J. McMahon said in a news conference outside the Mall in Columbia, adding that it was a busy day at the mall with a lot of shoppers and “a chaotic scene.” “You just heard people screaming, 'There's a shooter!
January 21, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Civil rights leaders are calling for the expulsion of members of the Arizona State University chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity who planned and participated in a Martin Luther King Jr.-themed party that mocked black people. The fraternity suffered a public backlash Tuesday after photos were posted over the weekend of party attendees wearing stereotypical clothing, such as baggy basketball jerseys, bandannas and baseball caps worn backward, and drinking out of watermelon cups.
January 21, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Purdue University officials announced classes would be canceled through Wednesday after one teacher's assistant allegedly shot and killed another in the school's electrical engineering building. Cody Cousins, 23, was held in the Tippecanoe County Jail without bond on suspicion of homicide in the death of Andrew Boldt, 21, campus Police Chief John Cox said at a news conference Tuesday evening. Cox told reporters in an earlier news conference that about noon, the gunman walked into a room in the building, which is the home of the electrical engineering department, "with the intention of harming someone," then walked out after the shooting and gave himself up to a West Lafayette, Ind., police officer.
January 16, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff writers
As the wildfire near Los Angeles grew to 1,700 acres on Thursday morning, a state of emergency was declared and officials arrested three people in connection with the blaze. Meanwhile, air quality plummeted beneath the expanding plume of ash and smoke. A news conference was underway at 11 a.m. on the wildfire. The Los Angeles Times has a team of reporters on the ground.  See the latest real-time updates in our live blog . PHOTOS: Colby fire rages near Glendora
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