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February 5, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Lawmakers in 10 states are considering bills that would allow or expand online gambling, according to a group that tracks such legislation around the world. Gambling Compliance said those states included California, Colorado, Hawaii and Pennsylvania.  In a research paper released Tuesday , the group said 2014 was shaping up to be a busy year for efforts to legalize online gambling.  Legislation in California is being hammered out that would allow online gambling by tribal casinos in the state.  Last year, three states legalized online gambling.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
In the dark economic times of 2009, Dan Whitmore decided to give up being a lawyer in downtown Los Angeles to sell antiquarian books. "People in the firm thought I was nuts," he says. Now he runs Whitmore Rare Books from his home in Altadena. At 33, he's one of the next generation of antiquarian booksellers - young people going against the digital tide to sell old books, the kind printed in ink on paper. "Right now, we have more younger members than we had 10 years ago," says John Thomson, president of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Assn.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
One of the last stops on the awards-season train celebrates one of the first steps of the filmmaking process at the Writers Guild of America West Awards, which kick off in just a few hours. Comic actor Brad Garrett will host this year's ceremony, and viewers can tune in to the live webcast, which will also feature pre-awards interviews with nominees from film and TV, starting at 5 p.m. PST at www.latimes.com/envelope and www.latimes.com/wga . Included on the stream will be the WGAW's first “Mighty Pen” tweet competition, in which fans and followers will finish the sentence “The secret to great writing is…” (see www.wga.org for details)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Robert Abele
The only real response to a thuddingly unfunny vigilante satire like "May I Kill U" is, "Well, I hope that filmmaker got something out of his system. " Writer-director Stuart Urban's movie introduces us to bicycle cop Baz (Kevin Bishop), who doesn't have the best response to getting hit on the head by looters during 2011 riots in London: He quickly decides to start murdering transgressors, filming his deeds with his helmet-cam, then uploading the footage so he can become a death-wish social media darling.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Joe Flint
The National Football League is launching a new digital network that will allow fans to customize content based on their favorite teams and players. Called NFL Now, the online service will debut this summer in advance of the 2014 football season. It will be available on computers, tablets, mobile devices and televisions that can access the Internet. Live games will not be part of the service but there will be plenty of highlights to local team coverage. The network will not be a linear online channel per se, but more of a video-on-demand service that will let users tailor the programming to their needs.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - As far as Wall Street is concerned, Google Inc. can build all the robots and self-driving cars that it wants as long as it keeps growing its main business: online advertising. And increasingly, that means selling ads that are shown on mobile devices. Google reported Thursday that fourth-quarter net income and revenue rose 17%, to $3.38 billion and $16.86 billion, respectively. The technology giant, however, continued to struggle with a decline in online ad prices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Californians who use their credit cards for online purchases would gain some protection, and voters would decide whether the state's public universities could consider race and gender for admissions, under measures passed by the state Senate on Thursday. The Assembly has yet to act on either measure. Responding to cases in which hackers stole personal financial information on millions of credit card users, Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) proposed limiting the details that online merchants may collect from their customers.
SCIENCE
January 30, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Twelve million years ago, a star exploded. Today, you can see it online. At 1 p.m. PST Thursday, the website Slooh.com will livestream a view of the newly discovered supernova 2014J from its telescope in the Canary Islands.  Supernovas are extremely bright stellar explosions that can briefly glow brighter than an entire galaxy. This one is a Type Ia supernova, which means it used to be a white dwarf star.  Although this supernova was recently discovered, the white dwarf exploded 12 million years ago. It took that long for the light from this dramatic event to reach us on Earth.
SPORTS
January 29, 2014 | Chris Erskine
On the phone, history-making NFL figure Carol Channing. You mean you didn't know she was the first Super Bowl halftime star? Before her 1970 appearance, Super Bowls had featured only marching bands. Then Channing came marching in, and the game's halftimes would never be the same. In fact, Super Bowl halftime is now considered the most-watched entertainment event in the world. She turns 93 on Friday and doesn't hear well. Over the phone, my questions about her pioneering performance in New Orleans get bantered back and forth like fumbles on a frosty field, her assistant trying to help, her publicist graciously stepping in, me trying to make sense of it all in my usual ham-handed way. Wish I had a recording.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White on Wednesday announced an ambitious agenda to move students more quickly to graduation by hiring more experienced faculty and advisors, increasing online courses and boosting other opportunities to help students succeed. The measures are part of a $50-million project that aims over the next decade to increase graduation rates by 10% for undergraduates and 5% for those who transfer from community colleges as well as to improve the overall learning environment for students, White said.
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