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January 9, 2014 | By Richard Fausset and Cecilia Sanchez
MEXICO CITY - Nearly seven in 10 Mexican city dwellers believe that crime has rendered their cities unsafe, according to a new poll that underscores the ongoing challenge facing President Enrique Peña Nieto, who took office more than a year ago promising to beat back the lawlessness that affects law-abiding Mexicans. The December poll was released late Wednesday and is the second of its kind to be produced by Mexico's National Institute of Statistics and Geography. [Link in Spanish]
January 7, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA fans have another talking point in making a case that they have taken ownership of football in Los Angeles. For the first time since 1998, the Bruins have finished higher in the rankings than USC. UCLA is 16 th in the Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls. USC is 19th in each poll. Adding up the check list in the Jim Mora era: Head-to-head: UCLA 2, USC 0 Sun Bowl victories: UCLA 1, USC 0 Pac-12 title games: UCLA 1, USC 0 Victories over Stanford: USC 1, UCLA 0 2014 Heisman candidates: UCLA 1, USC 0 Difference in poll ranking: UCLA plus 3 Then subtract ... Coaches fired on tarmac: USC 1, UCLA 0 That brings the highly scientific, but unofficial tally to … ... UCLA 8, USC 0. ALSO: Lindsey Vonn says she will miss Sochi Olympics NFL playoff predictions: Can the Chargers continue their run?
January 3, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
The NFL has fined Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray $21,000 for leveling Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Damion Square. The league said Murray used the crown of his helmet to deliver the blow that sent Square to the ground. The game officials did not flag Murray for the hit. The Cowboys running back had taken a swing pass down the left side of the field when he began cutting back and was met by Square in pursuit. Do you think Murray should be fined for leveling Square?
January 1, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
After a highly contentious, hugely unproductive session, members of the most unpopular Congress in history will face voters this year and, very likely, win reelection in overwhelming numbers. It is a paradox of these discontented times. Participants in a Cincinnati focus group led by Democratic pollster Peter Hart expressed their feelings toward lawmakers by drawing tombstones and broken hearts. Public opinion surveys show contempt for Congress reaching unprecedented levels. But as much as they dislike their own representatives, Democrats and Republicans hold members of the opposite party in even lower regard.
December 27, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Hope you're ready for a wild and wacky NFL Sunday. With the playoffs starting next week, 10 teams are still in contention for the four postseason berths still up for grabs. Nothing's more exciting than a win-or-go-home scenario during the final week of the regular season, and it will happen twice on Sunday when Green Bay travels to NFC North rival Chicago and Philadelphia visits NFC East foe Dallas. In each case, the winner is conference champion; the loser is done until next fall.
December 27, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
On Thursday we asked which movie released this year deserved a lot more love than it received. On Friday the opposite, tougher version of the question: Which film was absurdly, ridiculously, undeservedly overpraised? Our fourth-annual most-overrated poll has a wide range of choices, critical and commercial favorites that, according to our informal survey of fellow staffers and contacts, didn't exactly merit all the affection showered on them. (Last year's winner, for guidance purposes, was “The Avengers.” )
December 23, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Peyton Manning has long been considered one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game. Is it time for us to stop saying "one of" now that the Denver Broncos quarterback has added the record for most touchdown passes in a single season (51 and counting) to an already impressive résumé that includes four league MVPs and one from the Super Bowl as well? Or maybe you'd feel better waiting till next week, when he has a good shot at breaking Drew Brees' record for most yards in a single season (5,476, set in 2011)
December 23, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Nearly a year after he died, beloved television host Huell Howser is being commemorated with a special tribute on KCET. The channel -- the nation's largest independent public television station -- issued a call to fans to vote on their all-time favorite episodes of Howser's shows "California's Gold" and "Visiting with Huell Howser. " Each episode of the former, which was Howser's most popular show, features Howser introducing viewers to very special places and people in California.
December 20, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Two thirds of Americans questioned in a recent poll said the 12-year war fought in Afghanistan to cleanse the country of terrorists hasn't been worth the price paid in lives and dollars. Nevertheless, a majority still favors keeping some U.S. forces in the troubled country even after the military mission ends a year from now, the ABC News/Washington Post poll found. The survey conducted for the media by Langer Research Associates of New York found that disillusionment with the U.S.-led war was expressed by a majority of all political leanings.
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