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December 25, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
All J.J. Watt, the star Houston Texans defensive end, wants for Christmas is plastic surgery for his busted nose. OK, the NFL's reigning defensive player of the year probably wants more than that. The nose job, which he likely needs to clean up scarring from a gash that reopened during games after the initial injury, will come after the season. “Once it gets time to heal up and rest, it goes back to pretty normal,” Watt told the Associated Press in reference to his nose.
December 19, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
A judge has tossed out the claims of a former Hollywood deal-maker and banking executive that the Los Angeles police union conspired to retaliate against him for suing LAPD officers. In an order issued this week, U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner found Brian Mulligan fell far short of making a legitimate legal case in his lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Protective League. Mulligan's allegations against the union were part of a broader story of abuse and conspiracy the onetime Deutsche Bank vice president leveled against the LAPD and the union in a lawsuit after his arrest by LAPD officers in May 2012.
December 3, 2013 | By Sarah Chayes
He's done it again. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has startled and dismayed the world. After an arduous diplomatic process to define the terms of a future international presence in Afghanistan, he balked at the last second, like a white-eyed horse in front of a jump. Karzai was on board when the language of the Security and Defense Cooperation Agreement with U.S. negotiators was finalized on Nov. 19. Less than a week later, a gathering of Afghan elders, officials and community leaders (known as a loya jirga )
December 1, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
The Koch family knows drama. Howard W. Koch was one of Hollywood's biggest producers. And his grandson, Billy, is the managing partner for Little Red Feather Racing. The star horse in the stable, Egg Drop, provided plenty of thrills Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park. Taking the lead from the start in the Grade I, $250,000 Matriarch, Egg Drop surrendered the lead to Discreet Marq in midstretch, then rallied along the rail under Martin Garcia and came away with a nose victory in the one-mile turf race at odds of 10-1.
November 26, 2013 | By Stacey Leasca
Babies may be cute and cuddly, but (as any sleep-deprived parent knows) they can also be smelly, vicious, mini fighting machines. That's why everyone should watch this instructional and (very tongue in cheek) video “How to fight a baby.” Comedian Gavin McInnes shot the instructional video with his own baby, showcasing a few signature baby-fighting moves including the sleeper hold, the power-slam, tickling and of course what he calls a baby's Achilles' heel: wind. You may have thought a grown man would come out the victor in the man versus baby grudge match, but McInnes wasn't so lucky.
November 18, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
A Boeing airliner crash was caught on video Sunday, showing the plane perpendicular as it crashed nose first into the ground. Fifty people -- 44 passengers and six crew members -- died as the plane exploded into a fireball.  See the video above. The crash occurred Sunday evening in Kazan, Russia . The city is the capital of the Tatarstan republic, and as the Los Angeles Times' Sergei Loiko reported from Russia, among the dead was the son of the president of the republic.
November 18, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
What team nickname would you give to a high school in Granada Hills? Something Spanish-sounding, to go with "Granada," perhaps? The folks at Granada Hills High School must have instead focused on the "Hills" part way back when, because the teams, the students, the teachers - they're all called the Highlanders. As in the Scottish Highlands. The marching band dresses in tartan kilts and includes bagpipers; rally squads dance the Highland fling. The wonderfully incongruous name is no slam on the real Highland Scots; in fact, Scottish American groups embrace the school and its salute to their culture.
November 7, 2013 | Sam Farmer
The last time Cam Cleeland had two good eyes, a pillowcase was being pulled over his head. It was 15 years ago in a University of Wisconsin La Crosse dormitory that housed New Orleans Saints players for training camp. Cleeland and his fellow rookies were herded at one end of a long, narrow hallway. Their veteran teammates, most of them drunk, lined either side of the hall, leaving about a one-foot gap to get through. This was the gantlet, a well-worn Saints tradition of hazing and a rite of passage for the rookies.
October 29, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
While other kids were out getting their driver licenses when they were 16, Lisa Kudrow did something else "life-altering": She got a nose job. The "Web Therapy" star recently turned 50 and opened up about childhood and young adult events that affected her. The nose job "was life-altering," Kudrow told Lawrence Grobel in the Saturday Evening Post. "I went from, in my mind, hideous, to not hideous. I did it the summer before going to a new high school. So there were plenty of people who wouldn't know how hideous I looked before.
October 11, 2013 | By Karen Ravn
If your pollen allergies are acting up and getting you down, don't despair. There are steps you can take that can make a real difference. Avoiding pollen altogether is probably impossible (unless you live under a dome, in which case you have plenty of other problems). But there are ways to limit your exposure. Keep your doors and windows closed and run a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Keep your car windows closed and run the air conditioner. Check the pollen count (one good site is )
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