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ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The late-night circuit is usually a well-oiled Hollywood hype machine through which movie stars and hot-shot directors can safely plug their latest films. Every once in a while, though, things go off the rails, a phenomenon that seems to happen with a bit more frequency on Letterman, whose arched detachment can allow those moments to play out in all their awkward glory. In honor of the "Late Show" host's announcement that he plans to retire in 2015 , here are five of the most memorable movie guests to grace Letterman's couch.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
After David Letterman announced Thursday that he would be retiring after more than three decades in late-night television, the news, though not exactly unexpected, sparked an immediate response on Twitter. With the genre's elder statesman planning to sign off in 2015, celebrities of all stripes weighed in on the latest upheaval in late night.  Here are a few of the most notable reactions: PHOTOS: David Letterman's possible successors President Obama : "There are more than 10 reasons  #DavidLetterman  will be missed.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
David Letterman announced an end to his three-decade career in late night on Thursday night's "Late Show. " And it's apparent from the audience members' reaction that they had no idea it was coming. In fact, the stunned silence following Letterman's announcement was probably caused by the studio audience awaiting the punchline to the gag they thought Letterman was setting up. "Leslie [Moonves], it's been great. You've been great. The network has been great. But I'm retiring," Letterman said from his desk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | Steve Chawkins
Robert L. Brosio, a retired federal prosecutor who supervised high-profile cases that included those against bank swindler Charles Keating Jr. and Los Angeles police officers who were involved in the beating of Rodney King, has died. He was 77. Brosio, who for 28 years led the criminal division of the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles, had a massive pulmonary embolism in February, his daughter Serena Brosio said. He died Friday at a Pasadena hospital. While he seldom argued cases in court himself, Brosio was in charge of more than 100 prosecutors and set a standard of "ramrod integrity," said Nora Manella, an associate justice of the California Court of Appeal in Los Angeles.
NATIONAL
March 31, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian, This article has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details
FT. MEADE, Md. - In nearly nine years as head of the nation's largest intelligence agency, Gen. Keith Alexander presided over a vast expansion of digital spying, acquiring information in a volume his predecessors would have found unimaginable. In Iraq, for example, the National Security Agency went from intercepting only about half of enemy signals and taking hours to process them to being able to collect, sort and make available details of every Iraqi insurgent email, text message and phone-location signal in real time, said John "Chris" Inglis, who recently retired as the NSA's top civilian.
SPORTS
March 28, 2014 | By David Wharton
Alpine skiing legend Jean-Claude Killy has resigned as a member of the International Olympic Committee just weeks after finishing his work as the chief coordinator for the Sochi Games. In a statement released by the IOC on Friday, officials the 70-year-old Killy had informed them of his plans some months ago. "Jean-Claude was a great ambassador of the Olympic ideals and I thank him for his many years of excellent service to the Olympic Movement,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
The head of Los Angeles County's public health department has announced his intention to retire. In a letter sent to department employees Thursday, department director Jonathan Fielding wrote, "After considerable thought, I have decided to leave County service when a successor, whom I understand will be identified through a nationwide executive search, is ready to assume the post. " He did not explain the reasons for his departure, but said he plans to "return to UCLA to help train future health leaders and do research on how we can be even more effective.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
The head of Los Angeles County's public health department - one of the largest agencies of its kind in the nation - announced he is retiring, now that a controversial campaign to break apart his agency has been abandoned. Jonathan Fielding was named the first head of the public health agency in 2006, when county supervisors separated it from the department that runs the county's large hospitals and network of community medical clinics. He had previously served in a similar position as the county's health officer.
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