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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  
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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...
BUSINESS
January 21, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
Nearly half of baby boomers who are in the workforce today say they don't expect to retire until they're 66 or older, and one in 10 think they'll never stop working, according to a new poll. Financial concerns are the biggest factor driving boomers' diminished retirement plans, but their “notoriously hard-charging work ethic and drive to get ahead” also factor in, according to the Gallup poll. The poll is the latest to suggest that a years-long change in Americans' retirement plans is accelerating as the boomer generation ages.
SPORTS
January 20, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will play in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Feb. 2. The Broncos, who will be playing in the Super Bowl for the seventh time, beat the New England Patriots, 26-16, in Colorado on Sunday.  The Seahawks, who will be making their second appearance in the Super Bowl, came back from a 10-0 deficit to beat the San Francisco 49ers, 23-17, in Washington state on Sunday. The Broncos are considered to have the best offense in the league, while the Seahawks are regarded to have the best defense.
NEWS
January 20, 2014 | By Cathleen Decker
The reason New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has begun to punch back more forcefully against accusations of bullying and cronyism is suggested in a new poll showing the road-closure scandal surrounding the governor has cut into what once was his chief asset: a perception of blunt honesty. A national survey by the Pew Research Center and USA Today showed that almost 6 in 10 Americans who had heard of the controversy do not believe his assertions that he did not know that his aides were involved in closing lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge last September - causing a massive four-day traffic jam - until evidence of it became public recently.
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