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May 23, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Over the last year, LeBron James sold significantly more shoes in the United States than Kobe Bryant. James sold $300 million worth of his Nike signature shoes domestically, according to Kurt Badenhausen of . Bryant was second on the list at $50 million for his Nike signature shoes, followed by Carmelo Anthony's Jordan brand ($40 million) and Kevin Durant's Nike ($35 million). Dwight Howard's Adidas brand shoes brought in $5 million, on par with John Wall's Reebok shoe.  Derrick Rose, with Adidas, sold $25 million in the United States.
May 6, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Tim Tebow fans are making a plea for their favorite quarterback to be signed by and start for the Jacksonville Jaguars ... and they're taking it straight to the top. Forget about General Manager David Caldwell, who has said time and again he has no intention of bringing in Tebow despite the former Florida quarterback's popularity in the area. And team owner Shad Khan apparently is useless to these people. He knew of Caldwell's plan to stay away from Tebow ... and hired the guy anyway!
March 10, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum and Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
A nonprofit group that delivers services to people with HIV and AIDS wants voters to force the city of Los Angeles to create its own health department, separate from the county. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a longtime critic of the county's health bureaucracy, wants the city to operate its own health agency rather than rely on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The foundation has begun gathering signatures for a 2014 city ballot measure to do just that. The county department is too big and does an abysmal job of disease control, foundation President Michael Weinstein said.
February 23, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Ronda Rousey's pursuit of her dream career was fulfilled dramatically Saturday, the first female to ever win an Ultimate Fighting Championship bout doing so in nearly five full minutes of riveting action. Rousey survived a strong rear naked chokehold attempt with challenger and former Marine Liz Carmouche draped across her back, escaping the position just as Carmouche appeared to have seized a defining moment in the main event of UFC 157 at Honda Center. Instead, Rousey rid herself of Carmouche's grip, perhaps appropriately adjusting her slipping top in the unladylike brawl while standing up as Carmouche kicked toward Rousey's face.
February 16, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Magnus Walker steps between the scarred carcasses of Porsche 911s lining his garage wall. He pauses and points to a gaping hole where the car's front hood should be. "Cars in here have to die," he says, "so others can live. " With a chest-length beard and finger-thick dreadlocks, the 45-year-old English immigrant doesn't look like a prototypical buttoned-down Porsche collector. But for more than a decade, Walker has worked in downtown L.A.'s arts district, transforming scrap heaps into one-off custom 911s, earning him the nickname "Urban Outlaw.
February 6, 2013 | Chris Erskine
What fun, this national signing day, colleges' version of the NFL draft. Story I'm following most closely is of the Florida mom who reportedly ran off with her kid's signing papers so he wouldn't leave home. As Dave Barry used to say, I'm not making this stuff up. So much to mock on this overblown, overripe event, with 12 hours of breathless election-caliber coverage of the day when high school players officially sign with their colleges. Or in the case of the missing Florida mom, do not. GRAPHIC: UCLA recruits Also, so much to love.
February 1, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Daniel Day-Lewis may have been "clothed in immense power" in "Lincoln," but when it comes to memorable movie lines from the past year, it would be hard to top Jessica Chastain's forceful explanation of why she happens to be attending a particular CIA briefing in "Zero Dark Thirty. " When Chastain's CIA operative, Maya, feels herself being pushed to the margins of decision-making after discovering Osama bin Laden's location, she tells CIA Director Leon Panetta, "I'm the ... who found this place, sir. " In the video interview above, the second of three parts, Chastain said she still can't believe the life that particular line has. EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Jessica Chastain on 'Zero Dark Thirty' "I would never have imagined that line would hit such a button as it does," the lead actress Oscar nominee said.
January 30, 2013 | By Corina Knoll and Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
A key prosecution witness in the Bell corruption case testified Wednesday that signatures on city contracts, minutes for council meetings, agendas and even resolutions were forged. Bell City Clerk Rebecca Valdez's testimony could bolster the defense's argument that record-keeping in Bell was so sloppy that it would be difficult to prove that six former council members inflated their annual salaries to nearly $100,000 by serving on boards and commissions that met for a few minutes, if ever.
January 23, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
It's the move that twists ankles, crushes spirits and confounds even the sharpest of defensive minds. Jamal Crawford's crossover dribble is a straight-up pain to those who try to stop it. He can fake to his left and go to his right. Dribble behind his back or between his legs. Or hesitate before accelerating toward the basket. Often, the veteran Clippers guard will combine multiple moves in a blur of activity that resembles something out of a Harlem Globetrotters routine. Don't bother guessing which move he will go to next.
January 19, 2013 | Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Since Michelle Obama and her kitten heels first stepped onto the national stage five years ago, the keys to her personal dress code have remained remarkably consistent. Pearls, cardigans and brooches are all components of the first lady's look. Conservative relics of an old world Washington wardrobe? Not the way Obama interprets them, always adding her own twist. Here are a few of her most influential style signatures. - Booth Moore Pearls Obama breathed new life into the most traditional of heirloom accessories by choosing updated interpretations of the classic pearl necklace, which have included the edgy (tangled strands of blue-tone pearls by L.A.-based designer Tom Binns worn with a Marchesa gown to a state dinner in March)
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