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Robert Cummings, the perennially youthful bachelor photographer of the 1950s television series "The Bob Cummings Show," died Sunday at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills. Cummings, 80, died of kidney failure and complications of pneumonia, hospital spokeswoman Louella Benson said. The actor, who also was in advanced stages of Parkinson's Disease, was admitted to the hospital Nov. 18.
April 8, 2014 | By Claire Noland
Mary Anderson, a redheaded actress who auditioned for the part of Scarlett O'Hara in the 1939 epic "Gone With the Wind" but wound up playing a supporting role as Maybelle Merriwether, died Sunday. She was 96. A longtime resident of Brentwood, Anderson died under hospice care in Burbank. She had been in declining health and had suffered a series of small strokes, said her longtime friend Betty Landess. Anderson was one of the last surviving cast members of the film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's Civil War novel.
December 7, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Edgar Quintero swears that he doesn't really know any swaggering narco kingpins. He just impersonates them in his songs. With his bandmates in the group BuKnas de Culiacan, Quintero fires up dance halls from El Paso to East L.A. packed with fist-pumping teenagers and twentysomethings. He's a virtuoso of the narcocorrido genre, accordion-driven, blood-lusting ballads that lionize the exploits of Mexico's brutal drug cartels and their bosses. "With an AK-47 and a bazooka on my shoulder / Cross my path and I'll chop your head off / We're bloodthirsty, crazy and we like to kill," goes one typically sanguinary tune.
April 5, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Saturday's Santa Anita Derby is an eight-horse race, but the kind of buzz that has accompanied California Chrome, ever since he blew the field away in the March 8 San Felipe, makes it difficult for the other contenders to get any attention. California Chrome not only runs like the wind -- he has won his last three races by a total of 19 lengths -- but he and his connections present several stories that are hard to ignore. There is much talk that he would become only the fourth-ever Cal-bred to do so if he won the Kentucky Derby.
November 23, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Brian Dennehy sat cross-legged on a stool and bent to rub his aching right knee and shin. His day of rehearsing "The Steward of Christendom" would soon be done. But the physical nicks and dings that the former Columbia University football lineman and ex-Marine copes with at age 75 weren't his main concern. He was more worried about getting his head around the part he'd handpicked for himself to play at the Mark Taper Forum, knowing full well that it's a forbidding green monster. Green because it's Irish, Dennehy's favorite flavor by birth.
December 30, 2013 | By Karin Klein
Saturated fat's bad, bad image - the evil ingredient that supposedly makes people fat and keeps them that way, while clogging our blood vessels and raising our cardiovascular risk - has been getting a bit of a makeover. That shouldn't surprise anyone too much. Just a few years ago, anything but a low-fat diet was considered sure to doom people to a life of obesity. Then studies began finding that “good” fats such as those from olives, nuts and some fish were healthful for us and that people on diets high in refined carbohydrates - so-called high-glycemic diets --lost less weight than those on some diets richer in fats, even when the groups ate the same number of calories.
April 21, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Kevin Tighe doesn't mention "Emergency!" in his biography in the program for the Mark Taper Forum's production of the acclaimed dark comedy "Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo." The 65-year-old actor originated the title role in Rajiv Joseph's audacious, Iraqi War-themed play when it premiered last year at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Currently in previews at the Taper with the original cast, the Pulitzer Prize finalist officially opens April 25 and continues through May 30. So is Tighe embarrassed over his starring role as L.A. fireman-paramedic Roy DeSoto in the 1972-77 series from producer Jack Webb that also starred Randolph Mantooth as his partner, along with singer Julie London and her husband, "Route 66" composer Bobby Troup.
March 12, 2014 | By Martin Miller
If there is such a thing as a comic antihero, Elder Cunningham in the highly acclaimed and wildly irreverent "The Book of Mormon" is it. Cody Jamison Strand portrays the character who is the kind of person - very clingy, prototypically schlubby and frequently less than truthful - that would have folks of all religious denominations unified in their haste to un-friend him on Facebook. And yet, Strand's character is able to harness those repellent qualities and humorously bring together Mormon missionaries and a small village in Northern Uganda - not only in their appreciation of each other, but for the universal role that storytelling and religion play as well.  PHOTOS: Best in theater 2013 | Charles McNulty The Tony-award winning musical is now on national tour at the Pantages Theatre through May 11. Below is an edited transcript of a conversation with Strand, 24, who also performed the role on Broadway.
December 19, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
Amanda Seyfried may have put it best: "I'm just so sick of my part," she said half in jest of her role as Cossette, but as an explanation for why she put "I Dreamed a Dream" into her karaoke machine and sang Fantine's iconic song in her bedroom. "It wasn't as good as yours," she said with a laugh to Anne Hathaway, who plays the role in "Les Miserables," during the Envelope Screening Series. When asked what other parts they would like to sing, both Hathaway and co-star Hugh Jackman said it would be Inspector Javert's "Stars," sung in the film by Russell Crowe.
October 5, 2010
How high is too high when it comes to your blood pressure? A reading of 140/90 and up is considered high. About two-thirds of Americans older than 65 have high blood pressure, and more may experience pre-hypertension. There's no quick and easy way to reduce blood pressure, but a combination of exercise and eating right can help. DASH, or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension , published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, outlines specific foods and serving sizes for a 2,000-calorie diet that may help bring your numbers down.
April 2, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Pacific Gas & Electric Co., indicted by the federal government for criminal behavior stemming from a Bay Area natural gas explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes, still faces more trouble. In the next few months, PG&E will face the likelihood of a fine from the California Public Utilities Commission as high as $2.25 billion for its role in the September 2010 disaster in the city of San Bruno. On Tuesday, the U.S. attorney in San Francisco announced that a grand jury indicted PG&E on 12 alleged violations of the federal Pipeline Safety Act involving poor record keeping and faulty management practices.
April 2, 2014 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - It was a German-born Russian empress, Catherine the Great, who first annexed Crimea more than two centuries ago. Can another strong-willed German woman - who keeps a portrait of Catherine in her Berlin office as a symbol of visionary leadership - loosen Russia's renewed grip on the peninsula? Many in the West are pinning their hopes on Angela Merkel, Germany's long-serving chancellor, to stand at the forefront of a potent, united response by Europe to Russia's seizure of Crimea from Ukraine.
March 31, 2014
Kate O'Mara, 74, a British actress best known for her role as Caress Morrell, sister to Joan Collins' Alexis Colby, in the 1980s prime-time soap opera "Dynasty," died Sunday at a nursing home in southern England after a short illness, according to her agent, Phil Belfield. The actress, who began her television career in the 1960s, is remembered by many for her role in "Triangle" - a soap opera set aboard a North Sea ferry that is often cited as the worst piece of British television.
March 30, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The name is familiar, but the title is not. The Angels hired Rick Eckstein, the older brother of former World Series-winning Angels shortstop David Eckstein, as their major league player information coach in November, which begs the question: What the heck - or would that be what the Eck? - is a player information coach? In short, it's a position that combines scouting and on-field coaching duties. "It's a hybrid role," General Manager Jerry Dipoto said, "one that will be very valuable to our club.
March 27, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Su'a Cravens made a bold debut last season. The USC safety intercepted a pass in the opener and went on to earn recognition as a freshman All-American. Cravens is aiming higher in 2014. He strives for first-team All-American honors. He seeks inclusion on the list for the Thorpe Award, presented annually to the top defensive back in college football. "I'm shooting for the stars," Cravens said Thursday. "You won't go anywhere if you don't. " The 6-1, 215-pound Cravens started all but one game and intercepted four passes last season.
March 20, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - President Obama teased Ellen DeGeneres about the selfie she took at the Oscars and confessed to leaving his socks and shoes lying around while the first lady is out of town, but before the end of his Thursday appearance on her talk show, he got DeGeneres to put in a plug for the Affordable Care Act. That's Obama's deal with popular media these days as the president enlists help to boost healthcare sign-up numbers before the March 31...
February 27, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Bobby Abreu, perhaps placated by assurances he would receive significant playing time this season, seemed to back off his play-me-or-trade-me demand a bit after meeting with Angels Manager Mike Scioscia and General Manager Jerry Dipoto before the team's first full-squad workout Monday . "They said they would find a way to get me about 400 at-bats as a designated hitter, left fielder and right fielder," said Abreu, who turns 38...
November 12, 2009 | Michael Ordona
Bill Nighy's journey to mid-'60s England began in, of all places, mid-'60s England. As a teen, he left home for Paris to write, came back unwritten, then became an actor, later to play a key (imaginary) figure in the very music that transformed him as a youth. But let's start with Bill the Mod. "Mods loved black American music: Stax, Atlantic and Tamla Motown," says the actor in a quiet, cultured voice at a table at L'Ermitage. "You had a half-inch all-over haircut. You wore Ravel loafers and trousers of the cigarette type but slightly too short, and I regret to say this, and I'm embarrassed and ashamed, but with . . . colored socks."
March 19, 2014 | By Dominic Gates
SEATTLE - A review of crucial systems on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner ordered immediately after two serious 787 battery failures in January 2013 has concluded that the jetliner is safe, meets design standards and is about as reliable as other Boeing aircraft were after being introduced, according to a final report published Wednesday. The review, conducted by Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing Co. technical experts, also validates the oversight role played by the regulatory agency, concluding that "the FAA had effective processes in place to identify and correct issues.
March 17, 2014 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON - Uneasiness filled the room at an otherwise routine congressional budget hearing last week as Rep. Jackie Speier took the microphone and lit into the nation's top military commanders about a crude chain of emails. Speier, more than most in Congress, does not get intimidated when talking bluntly to Pentagon brass. She has faced tough times before: She was left for dead on the tarmac of an airfield in Guyana during a fact-finding mission 36 years ago, when followers of cult leader Jim Jones killed the congressman she was working for and hit her with five bullets.
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