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January 1, 2014 | Andrew Khouri
Home prices in large U.S. cities posted strong annual gains in October but slowed from a month earlier, according to a leading gauge, reflecting a seasonal cooling and the struggles of home buyers in a pricier market. The S&P/Case-Shiller index of 20 large U.S. metropolitan areas, released Tuesday, rose 13.6% from October 2012, the largest pop since the beginning of 2006, during the housing bubble. But over the month there was a cooling trend. Prices increased just 0.2% from September, less than economists had expected.
December 30, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- North Dakota's population boom, driven by the state's thriving oil and gas industry, continued in 2013, expanding at nearly twice the rate of the next-fastest-growing state, according to new census estimates released Monday. The West and South continued to drive population growth nationally, accounting for more than four in five new residents, while growth in the Northeast and Midwest continued to lag behind. Population estimates are eagerly watched by state officials since they determine the flow of money into many federal programs and, ultimately, representation in Congress.
December 29, 2013 | David Lazarus
Teresa Martin was laid off in October from her job as office manager for a packaging company. The Corona resident is now struggling to pay her bills. Martin, 57, isn't carrying any credit card balances at the moment, but she said she may have to start running up debt on plastic in the coming days if she wants to keep a roof over her head. "It's scary," she told me. "But I'm not sure what else I can do. " As we stagger into a new year, consumer debt is climbing at the fastest pace in more than five years.
December 21, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Turns out Ron Burgundy is kind of a big deal. Continuing its march toward a strong opening weekend, "Anchorman 2" held onto a slim lead over "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" at the box office. The Will Ferrell-led sequel earned an estimated $8.7 million Friday, adding to its two-day total of $13.2 million earned since opening Wednesday. The film could take in roughly $45 million since opening on Wednesday, a pace that places it roughly on par with the debut for the first film, "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," which was released in 2004.
December 12, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
TORONTO - Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who hasn't played since he strained a groin muscle on Nov. 12, remains on pace to play for the U.S. Olympic team at the Sochi Games. David Poile, Team USA's general manager, said Thursday he had been told by Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi that Quick is expected to return within a few weeks. That would leave time for him to regain top form before the U.S. opens against Slovakia on Feb. 13. Quick was the third U.S. goalie at the Vancouver Olympics, where the U.S. won a silver medal.
December 12, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Fans of Alfonso Cuaron have been noting, with a mixture of resignation and appreciation, the "Gravity" director's deliberate work pace -- after all, for reasons both economic and technological, seven years passed between "Children of Men," his previous film, and "Gravity. " They ask: Can't he just work quicker? Cuaron has the same question. "My dream is to be able to move faster and make more films. But for some reason, I'm incapable of that," Cuaron told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, shortly after being nominated for best director at the Golden Globes.
November 23, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" burned up the box office Friday, bringing its total U.S. ticket sales to $70.5 million, according to Lionsgate, the film's distributor. That figure for the Jennifer Lawrence-starring sci-fi action movie, which includes the money brought in by Thursday night showings , puts the sequel on pace to break the record for the biggest November opening ever. "Catching Fire's" box office take so far is slightly better than the first "Hunger Games," which took in $67.3 million through its opening Friday last year and went on to make $152 million in its first weekend.
November 15, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kobe Bryant was in a joking mood before the Lakers played Memphis. "I'm feeling good. I'll be back playing tomorrow," he said Friday as he walked away from reporters surrounding his locker. Then he added, "I'm kidding. " Bryant hasn't spoken in-depth to reporters in more than a week, but he's not on pace for a happy Thanksgiving, at least in the basketball sense. "He hasn't got any practice yet, so it would be tough," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said.
November 8, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Pelicans 96, Lakers 85 (final) The New Orleans Pelicans pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Lakers by 11 points. The Lakers ran out of gas against the younger, athletic Pelicans, especially with second-year forward-center Anthony Davis providing a dominant performance with a career-high 32 points. Davis also had 12 rebounds and six blocked shots. Lakers guard Nick Young hit a pair of free throws with 3 1/2 minutes left to bring the Lakers to within three points, but New Orleans went on to score the next 12 points, extending the lead to 96-81.
November 8, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
  It took forever - 574 games - yet it was accomplished immediately. Ryan Getzlaf's first career hat trick came Friday with 19 seconds still remaining in the first period, a burst that let the Ducks cruise to a 6-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at Honda Center. "It's been an ongoing joke - that there are a lot of guys on that list that I wasn't a part of," Getzlaf said. "Got it just a shade under a decade, so … joke's over. " The Ducks (14-3-1) are on a 7-0-1 run in which they haven't lost in more than two weeks, and their 7-0 start at home is a franchise-best.
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