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February 6, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
The ragin' Cajun is back.  A year after his abrupt departure from CNN, Democratic strategist and cable-news fixture James Carville has landed a new gig as a contributor at Fox News, the network announed Thursday. “James' successful and storied career in politics over several decades is an enormous asset to Fox News,” said Bill Shine , executive vice president of programming at Fox News. ”We are privileged to have him lend his breadth of experience, wit and dynamic perspective on the network.” PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Carville, a Louisiana native who rose to prominence as a key player in Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, spent 11 years at CNN before he parted ways with the network in a major  shake-up in early 2013, just days after the arrival of its new president, Jeff Zucker . (Carville's wife, Republican strategist Mary Matalin, also left at the same time, as did conservative pundit Erick Erickson.)
February 6, 2014 | By Meg James
Rupert Murdoch's publishing company, News Corp., beat analysts' profit estimates even though advertising revenue continued to fall. News Corp. -- which includes the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Times of London and HarperCollins book publishing -- released its fiscal second-quarter earnings late Thursday. It was the second earnings report at the company since it became a stand-alone entity at the end of June. "Direct comparables are awkward because the company, in its present form, did not exist a year ago," News Corp.
February 4, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - If you want to get a glimpse of Facebook's future, download Paper, the social network's new mobile news reader. The app for the iPhone is part of what Facebook says is its big push to deliver "the best personalized newspaper in the world. " But it's more than just an app for reading news. It's Facebook reimagined for the smaller screen. Paper doesn't just help users discover news on dozens of topics. It can also be used by users to browse their News Feed, get messages and notifications and search Facebook.
February 1, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
For the last 19 years, for many Southland football fans, Super Bowl Sunday has also been Super Strange Sunday. It is the one day of the year, maybe the only day of the year, when it feels truly odd and isolating that Los Angeles does not have an NFL team. It can be disenchanting to watch America's biggest sporting event while realizing that America's second-largest city, your city, doesn't have a chance to be in that game. None of the Denver Broncos or Seattle Seahawks ever played for your pro team, or played against your pro team, or even played a pro game in your city.
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 30, 2014 | By James Rocchi
For many actors, Academy Award-nominated performances are to die for. Or, rather, if you play a character who dies - or who's dealing with illness or disability - your chances of earning a nomination and even the win go up significantly. Of the last 20 lead actor Oscar races, for example, 40% of wins have gone to actors who played characters who died on screen, an additional 25% of wins went to actors playing ill or mentally ill characters. In the last 20 years of lead actress races, 30% of wins were for playing characters who died or were ill. The numbers are inexplicably far higher among supporting actor wins (55%)
January 30, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The Lodge at Sea Island in Georgia, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina and the Allison Inn & Spa in Oregon took the top spots in U.S. News & World Report's 2014 list of the best hotels in the United States. U.S. News & World Report on Wednesday joined Forbes Travel Guides , AAA and TripAdvisor in ranking luxury hotels this month. The magazine's top 10 hotels in the U.S. included Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., lauded for its extensive renovation of the 45-acre site, and the Grand Del Mar in San Diego, which was singled out for its Tom Fazio -designed golf course and its other awards for exceptional service.
January 30, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
A lot of TV talk this weekend will be devoted to the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, but that doesn't mean the rest of the NFL has been packed up and put into deep freeze until next fall. And nowhere is that more obvious than NBC, which aired the first interview with former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin since he left the team last October. Martin created headlines last fall when he abruptly left the Dolphins and reportedly checked himself into a Florida hospital to be treated for emotional distress.
January 28, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Vin Diesel is a Katy Perry and Beyoncé fan. There's the video evidence to prove it. And -- pardon the pun -- it's "Riddick"-ulous. The "Fast & Furious 6" star posted a nearly seven-and-a-half minute video on his Facebook page Tuesday in what we can only surmise is a treat for fans. A treat in which the singer grooves and sings along to Perry's "Dark Horse" and Beyoncé's "Drunk in Love. " He gave it the simple caption, "You know I love music... " The barrel-chested actor welcomes his legion of followers to his alone time with his computer, bopping along to the pop hits in a white undershirt and camouflage shorts, you know, showing off his impressive guns and likely causing a few hard-core fans to go weak in the knees.
January 28, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Los Angeles entrepreneur Jason Calacanis is back with a new mobile news app that summarizes articles in 300 characters - - or about 40 words - - or less. His bet: With more people hoovering up news while on the go, they need a news app built for their smartphones . It may not be a groundbreaking notion, but its aim is true. Inside searches out the original article rather than rewarding someone who rehashed someone else's scoop and then slapped a clever, link-baiting headline on it (not to mention feel-good fluff and the now ubiquitous listicle )
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