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December 19, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The suspension of A&E "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson this week, for comments he made condemning homosexuality in a new GQ magazine profile, has managed to open another breach in the long-simmering American culture wars. This time, the controversy involves one of the few bona-fide conservative stars on television, part of the hottest reality show on cable TV, lending the brouhaha a "Casablanca" feel: Liberals are shocked, shocked that a star from a show about life in rural America has expressed opinions still common in much of rural America.
December 16, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
Police detectives Monday announced a $75,000 reward in the killing of a reality television director at his Glassell Park home in hopes of drumming up more leads in the case. James Marcus Howe , 42, and his wife were in their home shortly before 11 a.m. the day before Thanksgiving when a person posing as a solicitor knocked on the door. Two people then ambushed the couple, and a struggle ensued. One of the intruders pulled out a handgun and fatally shot Howe. His wife, Danae, survived, but Howe died at the scene.
December 15, 2013 | KTLA
Los Angeles police and city officials will announce a $75,000 reward for information in the fatal shooting of a reality TV director and writer who was killed in a home-invasion robbery at his Glassell Park home the day before Thanksgiving. James Marcus Howe was attacked Nov. 27 when he answered his front door after hearing a knock, authorities said. When he opened the door, three people stormed into the house, shooting and killing Howe and seriously injuring his wife. Their 6-year-old was not injured.
December 12, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The world is getting to be a crowded place, but there are still enough remote locations to fuel interest in "Survivor," CBS' long-running reality series that just got picked up for its 29th and 30th editions. Host and executive producer Jeff Probst has also signed a deal to return for the new cycles, which will take the longest running reality competition show on TV into 2015. The series launched in 2000 and has since aired 413 episodes with 406 competitors. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Though the show was once a ratings powerhouse, with more than 51 million viewers tuning into the first season finale in August 2000, it has since settled down to become the second-highest rated reality series on broadcast TV in the 18-49 age group.
December 7, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Alicia Banks
Two Los Angeles police detectives went door-to-door Friday in a search for clues in the shooting death of TV writer-director James Marcus Howe at his Glassell Park home. Howe's wife was wounded in the attack that occurred the day before Thanksgiving after a man posing as a salesman knocked on their door about 10:55 a.m. When Howe and his wife approached the front door, they saw the man alone. Within seconds, another man and a woman forced their way into the home, police said.
December 5, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Has Duke Ellington ever saved your life? David O. Russell knows the answer to that particular question because Ellington's music has rescued him many times. It happened yesterday. It'll probably happen again tomorrow. And it also happens near the beginning of Russell's latest movie, "American Hustle," when a couple of con artists, played by Christian Bale and Amy Adams, plop down on the floor and listen to Ellington's slow-cooker classic "Jeep's Blues" and look into each others' eyes and know they've found heaven on a cracker.
December 3, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Online retail giant revealed its dream of same-day delivery using an innovative system that relies on drone aircraft. Dubbed Prime Air, the plan is to get 5-pound packages into customers' hands in half an hour or less. Television newsmagazine "60 Minutes" ran a segment in which company Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said that Amazon could optimistically take four to five years before the plan gets off the ground.  But it's likely to take longer. Drones entered the worldwide spotlight with the U.S. government's reliance on the technology in combat.
November 30, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Standup comedian Brody Stevens' big screen credits (as he's quick to tell you) include "The Hangover," "The Hangover Part II" and "Due Date. " He's been pals with fellow standup and current movie star Zach Galifianakis for years -- since their days of doing standup together back in New York City. And Galifianakis is now using some of his star clout to help his friend by serving as executive producer of Steven's reality-comedy series "Brody Stevens: Enjoy It. " The series, which premieres on Comedy Central on Sunday, is an expansion of the short series of the same name that played on the online HBO Go service last year.
November 30, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - California's congressional delegation has long been known for its inability to get along. But Golden State Republicans aren't just on the opposite side of issues from Democrats. Lately, they've been at odds among themselves. The divisions were on display when the state's 15 Republicans split almost evenly on a vote to end the government shutdown and extend the nation's borrowing authority. All 38 Democrats, in contrast, stuck together in support of the measure. The Republicans also split on roll calls this year to cut the food stamp program, provide Superstorm Sandy relief, reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and end a program that promotes U.S. agricultural products abroad.
November 28, 2013 | By Nita Lelyveld
Each morning this month, from 8 to 9, Stacy Elaine Dacheux has seated herself in a little roundabout in Echo Park, with low rosemary bushes behind her and a skinny cactus in front, at the spot where Lake Shore Avenue meets Effie and Lemoyne streets. On a folding chair, her legs arranged such that her right ankle rests on her left knee, she's improvised a desk on which to prop her vintage Smith Corona. Thus settled, she has typed - as cars and trucks have whizzed by and neighbors have walked by, often with dogs in tow. Dacheux is a writer and artist who had been thinking a lot about ritual when a friend asked if she'd like to give a talk at a Chinatown salon.
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