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ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
The VH1 biopic of platinum-selling girl group TLC is taking shape. Rapper and VMA stage crasher Lil Mama, Keke Palmer and actress-singer Drew Sidora (“The Game”) are set to portray the groundbreaking R&B/hip-hop/pop trio known for its brazen anthems and fiery interpersonal drama. "I would sing 'No Scrubs' over and over again to the point my parents would have to tell me to stop, but I never did, I had my little hairbrush as my mic and nobody could tell me I wasn't the fourth member of TLC," Palmer said in a statement announcing her casting.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Kelly Clarkson has gone off on Clive Davis in a way he almost predicted in his memoir, "The Soundtrack of My Life. " "It's clear that Kelly Clarkson has a decidedly independent streak, to say the least, and often speaks in public before she realizes the implications of what she's saying," he wrote in a chapter of the book that deals largely with their professional relationship. It's a chapter full of Clarkson not liking what Davis suggests, with Davis winding up always in the right.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2013 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON -- The trillion-dollar coin isn't going to save the day. The U.S. Treasury says it won't mint the coin as a way of escaping the debt-ceiling crisis. The Federal Reserve also nixed the plan. Even though the platinum coin idea started as something of a joke, it caught on in the blogosphere and gained some notable supporters such as Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman. The plan envisioned the administration minting a platinum coin, then depositing it at the Fed to draw the trillion bucks to pay government bills should Congress fail to raise the debt ceiling.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2012 | By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
"Days Go By" is the first album since 2008 for the Offspring, and the title's twilight tone makes you wonder what message is being transmitted from the skate park in Huntington Beach. Nostalgia for guitar solos? A lament for long-gone platinum sales? Or maybe just the end of summer school? Dexter Holland, lead singer of the Orange Country pop punk stalwarts, considers the question from the driver's seat of a customized black van with leopard-print upholstery. As he drives toward the Huntington pier he explains that the theme is one of resilience and perseverance - a less-biblical message of "This too shall pass.
WORLD
August 16, 2012 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Police opened fire Thursday on striking workers at a South African platinum mine, leaving as many as 18 dead, according to authorities and news reports. South African police officials confirmed that lives were lost in the shootings, captured on graphic Reuters news service video and tweeted, but they didn't give casualty figures. There were conflicting news reports that 12 to 18 people had died. The gunfire came after police moved in to try to disperse workers after a week of violence at the mine involving workers from competing unions armed with machetes, sticks and spears.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Miley Cyrus has changed her hair - dramatically. She's gone for a platinum blond power-pixie cut, and she's rocking it. And it turns out it's something she's wanted to do since she was touring as Hannah Montana. Following in the footsteps of the likes of Anne Hathaway, Emma Watson, Michelle Williams and more , the 19-year-old pulled off a dramatic makeover , the transition to which is shown above. Helping Cyrus get the look she wanted was stylist-to-the-stars Chris McMillan, who can be seen in a picture tweeted along the way. " ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥ feeling so happy in my skin," Cyrus said late Sunday night, accenting the tweet with a photo and a flurry of hearts.  Still, she battled some haters, fighting back by repeating that age-old phrase about opinions being like, well, something else that everyone has, and reinforcing that she's digging the new look.
IMAGE
July 29, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
Marilyn Monroe certainly achieved fame in the course of her 36-year lifetime, but in the five decades since her death, she's become such a celebrity-branding superstar, it often feels as if America's proto-platinum pinup never really left the building at all. She is routinely referenced in store windows and on runways; her image graces such products as glossy magazine covers and wine bottles; and her persona regularly flickers to new life on TV and...
SPORTS
July 12, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant have had their fair share of verbal sparring bouts when they were teammates on the Lakers from 1996-2004. According to rapper Nas, who has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums since 1994, one of basketball stars might be a bit more glib than the other.  When asked who is a better rapper, Nas said, "Shaq got that. " "Shaq got a classic hip-hop album," Nas said. "I don't think Kobe got a chance to put out an album.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Ann Rutherford, an actress whose small role as Scarlett's younger sister Carreen in the 1939 film "Gone With the Wind" was her most enduring, has died. She was 94. Rutherford, who also portrayed Mickey Rooney's teenage girlfriend in the Andy Hardy movies, died Monday evening at her home in Beverly Hills, said her close friend and fellow actress Anne Jeffreys. Rutherford had been in declining health with heart problems. As she became one of the last surviving cast members of "Gone With the Wind," Rutherford made a second career out of attending festivals featuring the beloved Civil War epic.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Elvis is coming back from the dead, thanks to some digital wizardry. Digital Domain Media Group Inc., the Academy Award-winning studio that created visual effects for the "Transformers" films and "Tron: Legacy," has signed an agreement with Core Media Group to jointly develop and produce a series of "virtual" Elvis Presley likenesses for a range of entertainment projects, including appearances in shows and film and TV productions. With studios in Los Angeles; London; Vancouver, Canada; and other cities, Digital Domain created the computer-generated likeness of the late rap artist Tupac Shakur for Dr. Dre's recent show at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
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