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December 4, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (8-9) visit the Rockets (8-8) on Tuesday night in Houston. The Lakers topped the Rockets, 119-108, when the two teams met on Nov. 18 at Staples Center. All five Lakers starters scored in double figures, led by Dwight Howard (28) and Kobe Bryant (22). Bryant notched his 18th career triple-double as the Lakers shot a scorching 54.1% from the field. The Rockets were led by Chandler Parsons' 24 points on eight-of-10 shooting. James Harden added 20. Houston is much better at home (6-3)
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April 25, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
Elon Musk, founder and chief executive of Hawthorne rocket maker SpaceX, hastily called a news conference Friday in Washington, D.C., where he outlined an array of matters confronting his upstart company. A cryptic email was sent to media around 9 p.m. Pacific time Thursday that said he would "make an important SpaceX announcement" the next day at the National Press Club. The big announcement, however, wasn't quite clear. Musk made several revelations during the half-hour event. First, he provided an update on SpaceX's goal of creating the world's first fully reusable rocket - the holy grail in rocketry.
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March 19, 2012 | By Mark Medina
In less than a week, Derek Fisher went from leading the Lakers locker room to suddenly looking for work. The Houston Rocketsofficially waived him Monday, four days after the Lakers traded Fisher and a first-round pick for Jordan Hill. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, Fisher can sign with any team except for the Lakers once he clears waivers Wednesday. A statement released through his business manager Sunday evening indicated Fisher reached a buyout with the Rockets partly because "Derek's desire to win a sixth championship is what drives him and will continue to drive him as he moves forward.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
New SpaceX video shows its Falcon 9 Reusable rocket launching, hovering and then successfully landing again. The video has gone viral online with more than 2.4 million views as of early Monday afternoon. It's the first test flight of the F9R and an exciting moment for Elon Musk and company: Reusable rockets are the holy grail of rocketry . As the Los Angeles Times' W.J. Hennigan recently reported, a reusable system represents sizable savings in development and operation of the rocket.  Musk tweeted about the test flight, which was filmed by drone, on Friday -- the same day that a SpaceX Falcon 9 was blasting off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on a NASA cargo mission to the International Space Station.
SPORTS
November 3, 2009 | Associated Press
Rookie Chase Budinger scored 17 points and was one of eight Houston players to score in double figures as the Rockets beat the Utah Jazz, 113-96, Monday night. The Rockets pulled away with a 13-0 run early in the fourth quarter and won in Salt Lake City for the first time since spoiling the Jazz's home opener two years ago. Aaron Brooks had 19 points and nine assists and Luis Scola had 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Rockets (3-1), who made eight of their first 12 shots in the fourth quarter to blow open a three-point game.
WORLD
April 17, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- At least two rockets landed in the Israeli town of Eilat on Wednesday morning, police said, and residents of the Red Sea resort community reported a number of explosions as well as an air raid siren. No injuries were reported. A battery of the Iron Dome missile defense system was recently deployed in the area following intelligence pointing to possible rocket attacks by jihad activists in Sinai. The system did not intercept the rockets that landed in a construction site and an open space shortly after 9 a.m. local time.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 1998
The final two episodes of "From the Earth to the Moon" have been broadcast on HBO. This series, to the credit of Tom Hanks ("Fly Him to the Moon," by Paul Brownfield, April 5), was not only entertaining but remarkable for its attention to minor details that are part of the larger sweep of any endeavor. The recounting of this magnificent milestone of human aspirations and engineering was disappointing in that, like earlier depictions of space projects, the story begins after all the hardware has been delivered to the launch site.
WORLD
March 12, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Rushdi Abu Alouf
JERUSALEM--In the heaviest barrage in more than a year, dozens of rockets were launched at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, drawing condemnation from Israel's political leadership and swift retaliation by its military. At least 60 rockets and mortar shells were fired in rapid succession over a two-hour period. At least eight hit urban or open areas, according to Israel's army, while several others were intercepted by Israel's mobile air-defense system, Iron Dome.
SPORTS
April 2, 2010
Luis Scola had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and made consecutive baskets in the last 81 seconds of overtime to help lift the Rockets to a 119-114 victory over Boston on Friday. Aaron Brooks scored 30 with nine assists for the Rockets, hitting a three-pointer with nine seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Chase Budinger added 24 points. Paul Pierce scored 27 points and Rajon Rondo 23 for Boston, which has lost three straight at home. Rondo added 10 assists to surpass Bob Cousy for the Celtics' single-season franchise record.
SPORTS
January 13, 2010
at Charlotte 102, Houston 94: Stephen Jackson scored 16 of his career-high 43 points in the fourth quarter and the Bobcats clamped down on defense after halftime. Jackson's previous best scoring night was 42 set nearly six years ago with Atlanta. Orlando 109, at Sacramento 88: Dwight Howard had 30 points and 16 rebounds for the Magic, which opened the fourth quarter with an 18-4 run. at San Antonio 105, Lakers 85 at Memphis 104, Clippers 102 -- associated press
WORLD
April 21, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Israeli warplanes struck several sites in the Gaza Strip on Monday following a barrage of rockets launched at southern Israel from the seaside enclave earlier in the day, a military spokesman said. According to an army statement, seven rockets were fired from Gaza early Monday, in addition to an anti-tank missile fired at an Israeli patrol. One rocket caused damage to civilian infrastructure in the Israeli town of Sderot but no injuries were reported. In response, Israel's air force targeted three sites in Gaza.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan and Andrea Chang
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday and sped through a cloud-covered sky on its way to deliver supplies to the International Space Station for NASA. The Hawthorne-based rocket manufacturer launched the cargo mission despite a computer glitch aboard the space station and bad weather that threatened to push the liftoff back a day. Promptly at 12:25 p.m. PDT, the rocket fired up its nine engines and launched into orbit, carrying a capsule packed with 5,000 pounds of supplies for the two American, one Japanese and three Russian astronauts aboard the space station.
SPORTS
April 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
CLIPPERS AT PORTLAND Where: Moda Center. When: 7:30. On the air: TV: ESPN, Prime Ticket; Radio: 980. Records: Clippers 56-24; Trail Blazers 53-28. Update: Portland is locked in as the fifth-seeded team in the Western Conference and will open the playoffs on the road against the Houston Rockets. The Trail Blazers have gone 8-1 since LaMarcus Aldridge returned from a back injury. They could rest several starters against the Clippers in a game that will not affect their playoff positioning.
SPORTS
April 15, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Chandler Parsons probably is used to getting asked for autographs by Houston Rockets fans. But not quite under these circumstances. The Rockets' starting small forward was on his way to work a bit early Monday to see whether he'd be able to play in that night's game against San Antonio after injuring himself on a dunk Friday against Minnesota. Good thing he got off to that early start. Parsons told the Houston Chronicle that he was involved in a traffic accident -- and that the responsible driver was apparently a big fan of the team.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Lionsgate has Katniss, Tris and Bella, and now it has another young-adult hero -- YouTube star Freddie Wong.  Lionsgate, the company best known for "The Hunger Games," "Twilight" and "Divergent," has made a multi-year deal with Wong's YouTube network RocketJump Studios to develop film, television and digital content, the companies said Monday. The deal gives Lionsgate access to RocketJump's coming video slate, talent and fans, and RocketJump will take advantage of Lionsgate's development and marketing abilities and add more long-form video to its growing roster of weekly shorts, podcasts and tutorials, the companies said.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Private space companies, such as SpaceX in Hawthorne, would get a local property tax break on launch vehicles, fuel, satellites and other gear under a bill approved overwhelmingly Thursday by the state Senate. The proposal, AB 777 by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), would create the exemption from local property taxes for a 10-year period that would end Jan. 1, 2024. Legislation is needed to modernize the state's tax code to encourage companies such as billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX to build their rockets and spacecraft in California, Muratsuchi said.
SPORTS
November 11, 2009 | Associated Press
at Dallas 121, Houston 103: Jason Terry scored 24 points, Erick Dampier had 14 points and 20 rebounds and the Mavericks overcame a 17-point deficit. Orlando 93, at Charlotte 81: Dwight Howard had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Vince Carter scored 15 points in his return from a sprained ankle for the Magic. at Miami 90, Washington 76: Dwyane Wade scored 41 points and the Heat remained in first place in the Southeast Division. Gilbert Arenas finished with 21 points, eight assists and 12 turnovers for the Wizards.
SPORTS
July 5, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Houston Rockets are the favorites to sign Dwight Howard, according to Odds Shark. The sports odds provider has listed the Rockets at +140, meaning a bet of $100 would win $140. The Lakers were given the second-best odds at +180 and the Dallas Mavericks were listed third at +300. Howard, a seven-time All-Star center, has been holed up in Aspen, Colo., as he decides whether he wants to return to the Lakers or bolt. This past week, he met with the Lakers, Hawks, Mavericks, Rockets and Warriors.
SPORTS
April 7, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
vs. Houston Where: Staples Center. When: 7:30. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes, TNT; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 25-52, Rockets 51-25. Update: Houston's Dwight Howard has missed the last five games because of a strained left ankle but has reported improvement and is listed as day to day. The Rockets have gone 2-3 during Howard's absence and hold a two-game advantage over Portland for homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
An 18-story rocket carrying a $518-million military weather satellite was launched into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Thursday, extending the life of a program that began in the early 1960s. The 7:46 a.m. PDT blastoff was the first of the year for the team at Vandenberg's 30th Space Wing. "I couldn't be more proud of this team of professionals," said Col. Keith Balts, wing commander. "The team ... worked diligently to ensure that this launch was safe and successful.
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