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February 5, 2014 | By Joe Mozingo
The "chef" hunkered over a batch of hash oil he was making in a kitchen in Redondo Beach, using a common but extremely dangerous method known as "open blasting. " The 26-year-old meticulously stirred and heated the marijuana extract into the highest clarity, slowly producing "butane honey oil" that would be as clear and pure as amber. This potent type of hash, also called "wax," has taken off in the marijuana market with the rise of electronic cigarettes and other vaporizing devices.
February 4, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Attention electric vehicles: 2014 will be good to you. That's the prediction from IHS Automotive, which said Tuesday it expects global production of EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEVs) to rise 67% this year. That compares with just a 3.6% increase in the production of all vehicles globally. Several key factors account for the expected increase in electric vehicles. “European emissions standards are tightening in the second half of this year,” Ben Scott, an analyst for IHS Automotive, said in a statement.
February 2, 2014 | By Jonathan Guthrie
When asked how he went bankrupt, a character in Ernest Hemingway's novel "The Sun Also Rises" replies: "Two ways. Gradually and then suddenly. " This neat summation of how business failure creeps up on victims is quoted in "Big Bang Disruption: Strategy In The Age of Devastating Innovation," a new book with more than a whiff of apocalyptic prophecy about it. The book, published by Portfolio Hardcover, plays to the belief that technology has...
February 1, 2014 | By Joseph Carman
After 16 years in purgatory, a carousel barker takes his granted leave to perform a good deed on Earth. He presents his child, whom he has never seen, a star stolen from heaven. You might expect the title character to break into "Soliloquy" from Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel. " But this is not musical theater. It's a ballet, where the movement alone speaks and sings. Starting Feb. 7, for four performances at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Hamburg Ballett is presenting John Neumeier's "Liliom," a ballet in seven scenes and a prologue.
January 29, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Looks as if Sean couldn't save himself from low ratings. NBC on Tuesday halted production on the freshman sitcom "Sean Saves the World," despite having committed to five more episodes -- a move that means the series has effectively been canceled. The comedy, featuring "Will & Grace" star Sean Hayes as a divorced gay dad whose life is thrown into disarray when his teenage daughter moves in with him full-time, was part of the network's latest heavily promoted attempt to reclaim its comedy dominance on Thursday nights.  But the series has generated meager ratings and very little buzz, debuting to an audience of just 4.4 million and steadily falling to a low of 2.58 million viewers last week and notching a paltry .7 rating in the 18-to-49 demographic (which translates to about 900,000 viewers)
January 23, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
On the Internet, .com is about to get some more company. Seven new Web domains including .bike, .guru and .clothing are scheduled to be released Wednesday, the first of hundreds of online address extensions expected to become available over the next few years. The rollout is being called one of the biggest changes to ever hit the Internet as companies and individuals gain access to a wider variety of domains that could better reflect their business type or the products they sell.
January 18, 2014 | Steve Lopez
As crazy as it sounds, you may one day get into your car and head to the coffee shop, to work, to the gym or the beach without ever putting your foot on the brake or the gas pedal. No, you're not going to have a chauffeur. Your car is going to drive itself. Impossible? Not at all. The design and production of self-driving cars has already begun. Google has a fleet of them cruising Bay Area roads, and in 2012  the company ran a demonstration in which a local resident got behind the wheel of a Prius, went to lunch and picked up his dry cleaning without having to touch the controls.
January 18, 2014 | By Susan Reiter
NEW YORK - Between them, Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg have performed in dozens of "Giselle" productions over the years. Kobborg alone estimates he's danced in 25 versions of the beloved Romantic classic, created in 1841. So when these stellar danseurs and longtime friends joined forces to create a new "Giselle" production in late 2012, the three dozen dancers of the Royal New Zealand Ballet were benefiting from considerable combined experience and insight. FOR THE RECORD: A previous version of this article said that the Royal New Zealand Ballet was performing "Giselle" only in Los Angeles.
January 16, 2014 | By David Undercoffler and Jerry Hirsch
It's not an auto show without some dreaming. Alongside all the world debuts of vehicles headed to production, auto shows are a chance for manufacturers to use concept cars to tease future products or designs. Or to gauge the public's reaction to a project the automaker is considering. Highlights from the concept world at this year's Detroit Auto Show included the FT-1, a potential Supra successor from Toyota , Kia's funky GT4 Stinger concept , and Nissan's one-two punch of a teaser for the next Maxima plus a pair of IDx concepts that could serve as a spiritual successor to the popular Datsun 510 coupes from decades ago. But there were other concepts sprinkled among the show's colorful stages and elaborate displays.
January 13, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Starting in place of All-Star point guard Chris Paul is not new for Darren Collison . Playing well in Paul's place isn't new for Collison either. Clippers fans are seeing Collison's best basketball of the season now that he is starting for Paul, who will be out up to five more weeks because of a separated right shoulder. Collison has started 42 games over his career in place of Paul, including 37 games with New Orleans during the 2009-10 season when Paul was sidelined by ankle, knee and finger injuries.
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