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ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | By John Horn
Not long after Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last August, a friend cautioned the British director that his movie was "more important than you. " It turned out to be far truer than anyone, including McQueen, might have guessed. Nearly half a year after McQueen's searing retelling of the 1841 enslavement of Solomon Northup was first shown to moviegoers, "12 Years a Slave" remains the year's hot button movie, with McQueen the thoughtful and sometimes stubborn voice at the center of the conversation.
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BUSINESS
February 19, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
T-Mobile, which got into a bit of trouble with BlackBerry a few days ago when it encouraged its BlackBerry users to switch to the iPhone 5s, is trying to make amends. The wireless carrier said in a blog post that starting this Friday, it will offer a $200 credit to users -- including non-T-Mobile customers -- who trade in their current BlackBerry and upgrade to a new T-Mobile device, whether that's a new BlackBerry or another manufacturer's device. Existing T-Mobile BlackBerry users who trade in their BlackBerrys and choose a new Q10 or Z10 smartphone will get an additional $50 off. PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy The limited-time promotion came a day after BlackBerry CEO John Chen blasted T-Mobile in a blog post for targeting BlackBerry users with an offer to switch to the iPhone 5s for $0 down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
A $21,000 reward is being offered to help find who shot three California sea otters found dead last fall on a Monterey Peninsula beach, federal wildlife authorities announced Friday. One male sea otter was found dead along Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove on Sept. 3, 2013, and  the other two males were found dead two days later in the same area, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. Two of the furry marine mammals were shot in the head while one was shot through the back, necropsies showed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles police are drafting plans for a proposed program that would offer Angelenos rewards of up to $50,000 for information that helps arrest and convict hit-and-run drivers. Los Angeles has “the distinction of being the hit-and-run capital of the country,” City Councilman Joe Buscaino said at a meeting of the Public Safety Committee on Friday morning. Offering a reward would increase the incentive for witnesses to come forward, ultimately “bringing these cowards to justice.” Last year, Los Angeles had more than 21,000 hit-and-run crimes, including more than 1,200 injuries and 41 deaths, L.A. Police Cmdr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
The Los Angeles City Council approved a $50,000 reward Wednesday for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible for killing a 40-year-old man in South Los Angeles. On the night of Oct. 11, 2012, Paul T. James was walking down the 9600 block of South Hoover Street when he was approached by a person wearing a hooded sweat shirt, according to the City Council motion that asks for the reward. The suspect then fired multiple rounds at James, who later was pronounced dead at a hospital, according to the Times' Homicide Report . HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim The Vermont Vista neighborhood where the killing occurred has become deadlier since 2012, according to a Times analysis of homicide data.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
Growing numbers of dangerous laser-beam strikes on aircraft in the Los Angeles area and the rest of the nation prompted federal authorities on Tuesday to launch a reward and education campaign to combat the problem. For the next 60 days, a dozen FBI field offices across the country, including one in Los Angeles, will offer $10,000 rewards for information that leads to the arrest of anyone who aims a laser at an airplane or helicopter. Officials say that lasers shined in the eyes of pilots can cause headaches, temporary blindness and injury in some cases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
Growing numbers of dangerous laser beam strikes on aircraft in the Los Angeles area and the rest of the nation prompted federal authorities Tuesday to launch a reward and education campaign to combat the problem. For the next 60 days, a dozen FBI field offices across the country, including one in Los Angeles, will offer $10,000 rewards for information that leads to the arrest of any person who aims a laser at an airplane or helicopter. Officials say that lasers shined in the eyes of pilots can cause headaches, temporary blindness and injury in some cases.
NATIONAL
February 1, 2014 | By Chris Megerian and Joseph Tanfani
TRENTON, N.J. - With a hot sun bearing down, Gov. Chris Christie grasped a ceremonial shovel and dug into a patch of dirt where a new park would bloom in a blighted area of Newark. To his right, holding another shovel, was Bill Baroni, then Christie's appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey - and now a central player in the George Washington Bridge scandal that has enveloped the New Jersey governor and his aides. Baroni was delivering a $9-million boost from his agency's coffers to buy land for the park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
A $75,000 reward was offered Friday for information in the fatal shooting last year of an 80-year-old man in his Encino home, officials said.  The city of Los Angeles is offering $50,000 for information leading to the identity and arrest of suspects in the Sept. 19 killing of Harvey Cohen, 80. The victim's family added $25,000 to the reward. “Someone came into our home and murdered my 80-year-old defenseless husband. What kind of person would do such a thing?” Sandra Cohen said Friday in a news conference.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Los Angeles entrepreneur Jason Calacanis is back with a new mobile news app that summarizes articles in 300 characters - - or about 40 words - - or less. His bet: With more people hoovering up news while on the go, they need a news app built for their smartphones . It may not be a groundbreaking notion, but its aim is true. Inside searches out the original article rather than rewarding someone who rehashed someone else's scoop and then slapped a clever, link-baiting headline on it (not to mention feel-good fluff and the now ubiquitous listicle )
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