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July 18, 2009 | ROBERT LLOYD, TELEVISION CRITIC
Locally occupying the space left by the 2006 amalgamation of UPN and the WB as the CW, the WE is among the least of the networks (Lifetime, Oxygen, Style) branded as being "for women." (Menu choices on its website include "Singles" "Bridal" "Expecting" and "Moms."
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WORLD
April 7, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Paul Richter
TEHRAN - When Iran's leaders signed a preliminary nuclear deal with world powers in November, they promised the six-month agreement would quickly start "melting the iceberg" of Western sanctions, lead to new trade ties and lift the lives of ordinary Iranians. Opponents of the deal in the United States and the Middle East said much the same thing, warning that it would rapidly erode the international sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy. It hasn't worked out that way. More than four months into the deal, many Iranians think the interim accord has done little to help them.
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NEWS
September 6, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
As a parent, I never wished popularity on my children; it takes a lot of work to stay on top. And researchers have come up with a reason I hadn't thought of: Popular kids are more likely to smoke cigarettes, they say. The conclusion, published Wednesday in the Journal of Adolescent Health, is based on surveys among teenagers in ninth and 10 th grades at seven predominantly Latino high schools in the Los Angeles area. It confirms previous studies about high school students in the U.S. and Mexico.
SPORTS
April 2, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SACRAMENTO -- Sad news for Lakers writers. There might be only seven games left to cover the eminently quotable, entirely likable Nick Young . But good news for Young: Lakers governor Jeanie Buss loves his personality, seeing a player who can connect with fans. It might not lead to more money when he becomes a free agent this summer, because Buss defers to her brother, Jim , and Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak to make the business decisions. But it can't hurt the player who calls himself "Swaggy P," the "P" still an unknown entity that Young is reluctant to reveal.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Since his “Carlos Danger” alter-ego emerged a week ago, wannabe New York mayor Anthony Weiner has once again become late night's favorite punching bag. Now, even Kristin Chenoweth is joining in the pile-on. Tuesday on “The Tonight Show,” the multi-talented performer proved that despite her diminutive stature, she sure can pack a punch, singing a devastating spoof of the song “Popular” from her Broadway musical “Wicked.” In the original number, Chenoweth's character counseled her unpopular roommate in the art of being liked.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1993
President Reagan was a very popular President. Look where it got us. President Bush was a very popular President (most of his term). Look where it got us. Frankly, I'm reassured we've got an unpopular President for a change. Bill Clinton must be doing something right. WILLIAM DIX Los Angeles
SPORTS
September 18, 2009 | Mike Penner
Conclusive proof that controversy sells: During the five-month period from April 1 to Aug. 28, Brett Favre's jersey was the top-seller on the NFL's merchandise website, followed by Jay Cutler at No. 2 and Michael Vick at No. 4. It is also further evidence that wherever he plays, Favre sells. "It is normal for sales of a player's jersey to jump significantly when he changes teams," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Associated Press. "However, we're witnessing the Favre Factor.
NEWS
June 22, 2008 | James Hannah, Associated Press
As midnight approached, a grassy field where the old train depot once stood pulsed with activity. About 90 people tiptoed around night-vision cameras atop tiny silver tripods and dodged remote sensors connected to a computerized surveillance system. They waited for the Lincoln ghost train, which some people believe passes through this western Ohio city on the anniversary of the 1865 trip that carried the president's body to Springfield, Ill., for burial. Ghost-hunting groups around the country are swelling with members, their popularity fueled by television shows, the Internet and the increasing availability of high-tech equipment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2010 | By Martha Groves
Alerted by Facebook, Twitter and plain old word of salivating mouth, foodies by the thousands descended Saturday on downtown Los Angeles for the "first annual" LA Street Food Fest. By midday, the line of eager epicures extended for blocks along South Beaudry Avenue, outside the grounds of Los Angeles Center Studios, and the wait to buy a $5 entry ticket was two hours. Once inside, the hordes queued up again to grab tidbits for a dollar or two or three from about 30 of the city's most popular food trucks, among them Flying Pig, Fishlips Sushi, Komodo, Frysmith and Coolhaus.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2008 | From Times Staff Wire Services
Popular Inc., the parent of Banco Popular, agreed to sell much of U.S. consumer finance unit Equity One to a unit of American International Group Inc. for about $1.5 billion, the companies said. The sale includes much of Equity One's mortgage loan and consumer loan portfolio, and carries a 3% premium to the amount of loans sold, Popular spokesman Enrique Martel said. AIG may close 106 of Equity One's 130 branches, which operate in 15 U.S. states, and retain about 250 of the unit's 512 employees, Martel said.
NEWS
March 11, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
In their new book, "My Pet Chicken Handbook: Sensible Advice and Savvy Answers for Raising Backyard Chickens" (Rodale, 246 pages, $17.99), chicken experts Lissa Lucas and Traci Torres of the online resource My Pet Chicken have assembled an informative insider's guide to raising chickens at home. "My Pet Chicken Handbook" teaches just about everything you need to know to manage your own flock. We recently asked Lucas and Torres about what people most want to know about chickens. Chickens are popular right now. Why?
BUSINESS
March 6, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
QuizUp, a popular mobile game that had been available exclusively for Apple iOS users, launched Thursday for Android devices. The game allows users to face off against their friends by taking quizzes. Users choose a topic and then must answers questions correctly and as quickly as possible in order to get a higher score than their opponent. QuizUp offers a wide selection of topics, including the "House of Cards" Netflix series, music from the 2000s and flags from around the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Days before the Los Angeles Marathon, organizers canceled a  popular nighttime bicycle race along the 26.2-mile route because they did not obtain the proper permits. Every year since 2009, hundreds of cyclists have gathered in the dark along Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake, waiting for road closures to begin along the marathon route, which stretches from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica. Just after 4 a.m., cyclists swarm the streets to enjoy three hours of car-free fun on some of Los Angeles's normally most congested boulevards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter
Pope Francis is one of the best-known religious figures in the world, but a new Pew Research poll seeking to quantify his popularity raises questions about the so-called Francis effect. The poll found an overwhelming embrace of Francis, who has been trying to steer the Catholic Church toward a greater emphasis on compassion for the poor and marginalized. Sixty percent of non-Catholics and 85% of Catholics surveyed said they viewed the pontiff favorably - numbers approaching those of Pope John Paul II, whose peak popularity ratings among Catholics hovered just above 90%. However, the poll found no change in the number of people who self-identify as Catholic or in the number sitting in church pews on Sundays.
SPORTS
March 1, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- His qualifying laps finished, Dale Earnhardt Jr. climbed from his car and walked briskly down pit road toward the garage at Phoenix International Raceway. Earnhardt moved quickly because he was instantly surrounded by a dozen fans seeking autographs or to snap his picture, and they hustled to keep pace with him. Had he stopped, the crowd would have swelled and Earnhardt would have fallen behind schedule. NASCAR this year unveiled major changes in its playoff and qualifying formats in hopes of raising the sport's popularity, which has dipped in recent years after surging in the mid-2000s.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Just days after agreeing to sell itself to Facebook in a $19-billion deal, WhatsApp made waves again Monday, this time announcing it plans to offer voice calls on its popular mobile messaging service. WhatsApp Chief Executive Jan Koum said the service would roll out on Android phones and iPhones this spring. WhatsApp plans to add voice calls for Blackberry, Microsoft and Nokia phones later, Koum said. "I think we have the best voice product out there. We use the least amount of bandwidth,” Koum said at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1994
Most popular Republican drink around Washington right now: Southern Discomfort with a splash of Whitewater. BOB MILLS Studio City
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1994
No wonder soccer is so popular. Players get their kicks, use their heads and, once in awhile, they even get to score. ANGIE PAPADAKIS Rancho Palos Verdes
SPORTS
February 18, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- The highlight of Juan Uribe's off-season didn't come when the third baseman agreed to a two-year, $15-million contract with the Dodgers. It came in the days and weeks that followed. Uribe heard from several teammates, either directly or through the media. They all expressed similar sentiments: How delighted they were he was returning. That he was a leader in the clubhouse and a key figure on their team. "I was really proud of that," Uribe said. "That reinforced my belief that I made the right decision to come back.
SPORTS
February 15, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia - The Jamaican bobsled team won't reach the podium here unless nearly everyone else gets lost on the way to the track Sunday. But if there were a competition for the most popular team in the Caucasus Mountains, they'd be a lock for gold. Making their first Olympic appearance since 2002, the Jamaican bobsled team has enjoyed rock-star status here. Giddy volunteers clap when they walk by, reporters line up for interviews and fellow Olympians continually ask them to pose for pictures.
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