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SPORTS
February 19, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Dwight Howard made his return to Staples Center on Wednesday night for the first time since leaving the Lakers as a free agent over the summer to join the Houston Rockets. His new team completely destroyed the Lakers on Wednesday night, 134-108. Howard, playing to a chorus of boos every time he touched the ball, finished with a double-double: 20 points and 13 rebounds. All-Star guard James Harden led all scorers with 29 points. He also dished 11 assists and committed only one turnover.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Drake has apologized for railing on Rolling Stone after the magazine bumped him off the cover in favor of Philip Seymour Hoffman. He took to his website on Friday to issue an open letter “to clear the air about an extremely emotional day.” “I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He is one of the most incredible actors of our time and a man that deserves to be immortalized by this publication,” Drake wrote.
HEALTH
February 14, 2014 | By Melinda Fulmer
Lower-back pain is one of the most common adult complaints. Here's a way to roll away some of the tension in this area. Fitness instructor Jill Miller uses yoga therapy balls (or tennis balls) to massage away the tension in this low-back lengthener. What it does The yoga therapy balls grip the skin as they roll, digging and loosening up the thoracolumbar fascia, the connective tissue that covers the muscles of the back of the trunk. What to do Lie on the floor and prop yourself up on your elbows.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
On top of taking issue with Macklemore's apology to Kendrick Lamar, Drake is now contesting parts of his interview with Rolling Stone - and feeling peeved he doesn't grace the cover. In a series of tweets to his more than 14 million Twitter followers on Thursday morning (some of which were subsequently deleted), Drake admonished the publication. The issue wasn't his opinions on Macklemore - his comments on the Seattle rapper's Grammy wins went viral when Rolling Stone teased the interview online on Wednesday - but over remarks on Kanye West.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Former Los Angeles Controller Wendy Greuel and state Sen. Ted Lieu of Torrance, the two best-known Democrats in a crowded field to succeed retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills), have added to their lists of endorsements. Reflecting her work on national and local fronts, Greuel's campaign announced backing from former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros and Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson. "Wendy Greuel gets the job done," Cisneros said in a statement released by the Greuel campaign; he cited her work on federal help for the city after the 1994 Northridge earthquake and on affordable housing and housing for homeless veterans when she worked for HUD early in her career.
SPORTS
February 6, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
The rich just got richer. Signing players from 15 states, Alabama Coach Nick Saban continues to have the magic touch in college football recruiting. Both Rivals- .com and Scout.com proclaimed Alabama's recruiting class No. 1 in the nation on Wednesday. "They got a stud at every single position," said Greg Biggins, a national recruiting analyst for Scout.com. "There's not one single area that they didn't fill with an impact type of kid. They can recruit nationally unlike anyone right now. They're on a different level.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Anh Do
An immigration officer who demanded that a Vietnamese immigrant pick up hundreds of egg rolls and deliver them for an office party will stand trial later this year on bribery charges. Mai Nhu Nguyen, an Irvine resident, allegedly took thousands of dollars from three applicants seeking citizenship or lawful permanent resident status, authorities contend. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employee was indicted last summer has been ordered to stand trial in June at U.S. District Court in Santa Ana. Authorities arrested Nguyen, 47, last June after she allegedly accepted a $2,200 bribe from an immigrant awaiting citizenship.
WORLD
February 3, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM--The debate over Scarlett Johansson's Super Bowl ad has hit The Wall. The actress' ad for SodaStream, an Israeli company that does some of its manufacturing in the West Bank, has kicked off a rock 'n' roll battle pitting Israel's rock community against Pink Floyd's Roger Waters. The ad for SodaStream, whose kitchen appliances turn tap water into seltzer, drew the ire of activists who support a boycott of products made in Israeli-occupied territories. It prompted Waters to post an open letter to Johansson on Facebook, challenging her decision to endorse an Israeli company and posing a long list of questions about Israel's treatment of Palestinians.
BUSINESS
February 2, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
In most luxury hotels, if you want wireless Internet access, you are going to have to pay. That trend may be changing. Sort of. Loews Hotels & Resorts announced last month that it will offer free Wi-Fi at all 18 of its hotels, including the ones in Hollywood, Santa Monica and San Diego. If you want faster Internet to connect up to eight devices, however, that will cost $19.95 per day. In the past, many luxury hotels offered only one choice: Wi-Fi at a hefty price. Previously, Loews charged about $15 to $20 per day for the slower Internet that it now offers free of charge.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
"I, Frankenstein," the only new wide-release movie in theaters over the weekend, posted less-than-monstrous results that failed to instill any fear in holdovers "Ride Along" and "Lone Survivor. "  The 3D horror-action hybrid, starring a muscular  Aaron Eckhart as Victor Frankenstein's monster, grossed an estimated $8.3 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada, coming in below expectations for a sixth-place finish. Distributed by Lionsgate and produced by Lakeshore Entertainment and Hopscotch Features, the re-imagining of Mary Shelley's 19th-century novel cost about $65 million to make.
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