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February 12, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Steve Nash has had a tough time since signing with the Lakers before the 2012-13 season. A host of injuries have reduced him to a shadow of his former self. Is it time for him to just step aside and retire? On Tuesday, he left after playing only 17 minutes against the Utah Jazz because of discomfort in his leg and back. Nash has played in 60 of a possible 134 games for the Lakers, and his injuries the last two seasons read like a bad episode of "Grey's Anatomy": broken leg, stiff neck, sore ankle, painful hip, irritated hamstring, bad back, lame knee.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The campaign to select a successor to former Mayor Bob Filner is down to its final hours-- with a local think-tank predicting the race between City Council members David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer is close. "It may be a late evening for poll watchers," said Vince Vasquez of the National University System Institute for Policy Research. Polls close at 8 p.m. Alvarez, 33, a Democrat, and Faulconer, 47, a Republican, are fighting to serve the final 33 months of Filner's term.
SPORTS
February 4, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
With a 43-8 dismantling of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, the Seattle Seahawks became the undisputed champions of the NFL on Sunday night. So that means the Broncos are the league's second-best team, right? Well, not necessarily. Outspoken Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman declared during a Super Bowl after-party that the Seahawks' bitter NFC rival, the San Francisco 49ers, were actually No. 2 in the NFL. After all, it took a big defensive play in the end zone by Sherman and teammate Malcolm Smith to preserve a 23-17 victory over the 49ers in the NFC championship -- an extremely close contest that didn't at all resemble the blowout that took place at MetLife Stadium two weeks later.
SPORTS
February 3, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 This week's Southern Section sports polls have been released. For boys' basketball, click here . For girls' basketball, click here . Fpr boys' soccer, click here . For girls' soccer, click here . For girls' water polo, click here.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Given the depth and breadth of the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's body of work, it's difficult to even narrow down his top performances , let alone single out the best one. Would it be his Oscar-winning turn as "In Cold Blood" author Truman Capote in "Capote"? His mesmerizing portrayal of the charismatic cult leader Lancaster Dodd in "The Master"? His tragicomic role as a neurotic college professor reuniting with his estranged sister and ailing father in "The Savages"? His surprisingly tender turn as a nurse caring for a cancer-stricken TV producer in "Magnolia?"
WORLD
February 1, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - Salvadorans vote Sunday in a presidential election that may give former leftist rebels a second chance at government - or return national leadership to the right-wing party that ruled the country for two decades. Opinion surveys have shown an extremely tight race, especially with the entrance of a new third party run by a former conservative president with family members tied to notorious corruption cases. More than 20 years after the end of a civil war in which more than 75,000 people were killed, choices remain stark in El Salvador, the tiny Central American country that, after Mexico, is the leading source of Spanish-speaking immigrants in Southern California.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Nearly four in 10 Americans want the government to do more to reduce the widening gap between rich and poor, according to poll results released Tuesday. However, there was no clear consensus among respondents in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey for addressing income inequality, a topic that is expected to be a major focus of President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night. The poll found that 37% of respondents said they want the government to be more involved in reducing income inequality, which has widened since the end of the Great Recession.
SPORTS
January 27, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
The Pro Bowl has been on life support for some time now. In the latest, and perhaps most drastic, attempt to save the NFL's all-star game, this year's edition did away with the traditional AFC vs. NFC format in favor of a battle between two teams chosen fantasy-draft style by Hall of Famers Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice. That created more drama leading up to the game, but what about the event itself on Sunday? Would the matchup between Team Rice and Team Sanders be any more exciting than the lackluster Pro Bowls we've become accustomed to?
NATIONAL
January 27, 2014 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON -- For the first time since President Obama took office, reducing the federal deficit has slipped as a priority for most Americans, particularly his fellow Democrats, according to a new in-depth study of public attitudes. That shift corresponds with the president's view. In his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, aides say Obama is likely to point to the rapid shrinking of the deficit, particularly over the last year, and suggest that other agenda items, such as improving education and investing in scientific research and the nation's roads and bridges, should take a higher priority.
NEWS
January 27, 2014 | By Cathleen Decker
A new Gallup poll suggested Monday why Republicans running in some of the most contested U.S. Senate races this year will be campaigning fiercely against President Obama, even as their Democratic counterparts strive to make the races about anything but him. Among the ten states where the president was most unpopular in 2013 are three seen as highly competitive in 2014: Montana, where Sen. Max Baucus will be leaving after six terms; Alaska, where...
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