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February 6, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch has put away a cavalcade of criminals and ne'er-do-wells during his 20-plus years as an LAPD homicide detective, all the time sticking to his strict code of ethics and sense of justice. But while Bosch - the creation of acclaimed novelist Michael Connelly - has thrived on the page, he has largely been on creative lockdown in other mediums. After selling rights to the Bosch character to Paramount Pictures in the mid-1990s, Connelly, a former Los Angeles Times police reporter whose works have propelled him into the top ranks of contemporary fiction writers, held out hope that his popular literary franchise would eventually spark a cinematic series.
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NATIONAL
February 1, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
As 13 wildfires ripped across Arkansas on Friday, state forestry pilot Jacob Thomas Harrell took a small plane out to look for additional hot spots. Late Saturday, search crews still had not found any sign of either Harrell or the single-engine Cessna 210 Centurion since his last radio call more than 30 hours earlier. “We are going to be here until we find Jake,” State Forester Joe Fox said in a statement released Saturday evening. “Tonight and tomorrow's efforts are already planned and we are aggressively covering as much ground as quickly and safely as possible.” Two planes, a helicopter and a number of people from state, local and federal agencies have been involved in the nonstop search, the Arkansas Forestry Commission said.
NATIONAL
January 24, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found 25 dead pilot whales off Kice Island, Fla., on Thursday, adding to the state's high whale death toll. Although Blair Mase, NOAA stranding coordinator, said such incidents "come in spurts," the number of pilot whale strandings in the last year is higher than usual. "It's unusual and something we are looking at," Mase told reporters on Thursday. The 25 dead mammals -- 16 females and nine males -- were discovered just two days after eight other pilot whales were found dead about 40 miles north of Kice Island in Lovers Key. In December, 51 pilot whales were stranded in the Florida Everglades . Eleven died after beaching themselves in the Everglades and 11 others died in the Florida Keys, about 70 miles away.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2014 | By Scott Collins
The process of making TV pilots every year may be a relic of the pre-Netflix era - but CBS isn't going to abandon it any time soon. "Pilot season does work for us," CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler told reporters Wednesday morning at the TV press tour in Pasadena. "It's not perfect ... it certainly is a very difficult time …. [but] it's also exciting. " Tassler said the "creative adrenaline" of pilot season had led to such hits as "The Big Bang Theory" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
NATIONAL
January 15, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia is preparing for a memorial service on Friday after the recovery of the body of a pilot missing in a helicopter crash. Navy officials said the body of Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder, 39, of Santee, Calif., was recovered on Tuesday after searchers located the cockpit of the downed helicopter. Snyder and two other members of the helicopter crew died in the training mission. A crew of five was on board the MH-53E Sea Dragon when it crashed Jan. 8 in the Atlantic Ocean about 18 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, according to the Navy.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Fox Broadcasting says it wants to reinvent the way it makes television shows. Specifically, it wants to do away with what is known as pilot season, a frantic period in the spring in which the broadcast networks order scores of scripts and then make dozens of trial episodes known as pilots before selecting a handful of new shows for their fall schedules. Pilot season came into existence not long after Philo Farnsworth invented television, and is the beat that the television industry marches to. Networks duke it out for the best talent in front of and behind the cameras  and then parade the end result to advertisers in glitzy presentations over the course of one week in New York City.  Though Fox will still have a fall schedule and big presentation for advertisers this May, the network said it no longer wants to play beat the clock when it comes to making new shows.
NATIONAL
January 8, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the first step Wednesday toward making New York the 21st state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, announcing plans to let some hospitals distribute the drug to patients with “serious illnesses.” The announcement in his state-of-the-state speech represents a shift for Cuomo, who had opposed legalizing the drug for any use. But most New Yorkers want their state to follow the lead of others that have...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Denis Leary, who starred in FX's critically acclaimed "Rescue Me," is returning to the network with a new comedy pilot, "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. " Leary also wrote the pilot, which is produced by FX Productions and Fox Television Studios. It will mark his first TV venture since "Rescue Me" ended after a seven-season run in 2011.  WINTER TV PREVIEW: Full coverage of the season's shows   "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" revolves around "Johnny Rock" (Leary), a middle-aged rock 'n' roller who desperately wanted to be rich and famous.
NATIONAL
January 5, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
The Thompson family was sitting in Aspen's airport early Sunday afternoon, waiting for their flight back to Houston, when 13-year-old Will heard shouting outside his earphones. Outside the window, a small private jet had just crash-landed at the mountain-ringed Colorado airport. The crash killed a pilot and injured the two others aboard. “All of a sudden, we look to the right and you see this private jet come in and turn into a fireball and go 500 yards down the runway, on fire," Will's brother John, 21, told the Los Angeles Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2014 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
A Newport Beach teenager died this past weekend, hours after being injured in an off-roading motorcycle crash in Riverside County. Alex Chisholm, 17, was riding alone about 4 p.m. Sunday at the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicle Recreation Area near Borrego Springs when he lost control, according to a California State Parks spokeswoman Vicky Waters. Chisholm was going about 25 mph when he hit an obstacle similar to a sand dune, ejecting him, Waters said. The bike's handlebars hit him in the abdomen as he flew off, she added.
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