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January 27, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: Plus + Kudos to the St. Louis Blues for detouring during an East Coast trip to practice at Yale on Friday and attend a women's hockey game in honor of Mandi Schwartz, the late sister of Blues forward Jaden Schwartz. The team's presence helped raise awareness and funds for a foundation established in her name. Mandi, a former Yale hockey player, died of leukemia in April 2011.
January 27, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
The Supreme Court on Friday gave the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic order of nuns, temporary relief on their claim that filling out a government form saying they're against providing contraceptive services to employees was tantamount to participating in the provision of contraceptive services to employees, and therefore just as offensive to their religion.  We explained the rank absurdity of the Little Sisters' claim here . ...
January 26, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Sochi Friendship Grove looked like a pleasant place for reflection on a Friday afternoon, a chance to ponder the ideals and beliefs of the Olympic movement with the opening ceremony exactly three weeks away. Uniformed high-school students, classes done for the day, streamed across the street past the park. The lemon-filled Friendship Tree, planted in 1992, was a short skateboard ride away, and to get there, you could go past a wall mural with the Olympic rings and snow-peaked mountains.
January 18, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
People recognized St. Jeanne Jugan by the begging basket she carried while walking down the roads of Brittany, in northwest France, in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Going from door to door, Jugan would ask people for money, gifts - whatever they could spare for the elderly poor. Nearly 175 years later, nuns from the religious order Jugan founded, the Little Sisters of the Poor, can still be seen in public, collecting donations to support their work. Unlike some nuns who wear casual clothing these days, the Little Sisters dress in traditional garb, in all white or black habits with gray veils.
January 13, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A 60-year-old man charged with murder in the slayings of his ill wife and bedridden sister pleaded not guilty Monday. Lance Holger Anderson is suspected of shooting his wife, Bertha Maxine Anderson, 68, in the head in their Canyon Country apartment on Dec. 11. She had dementia. Later that day, he took a taxi to a North Hills nursing facility where, police said, he fatally shot his  sister, Lisa Florence Nave, 59. She had been there since suffering a heart attack five years ago. Homicide Report: Tracking killings in L.A. County Anderson surrendered outside the nursing home to police, who at the time described the slayings as possible "mercy killings.
January 7, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The Little Sisters of the Poor, an organization of Roman Catholic nuns that runs nursing homes around the country, is testing the contraceptive coverage mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Last week, we're sorry to say, the nuns won a temporary reprieve from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Under the law, most employers are required to provide their employees with health insurance that covers birth control. But the Obama administration agreed to a compromise for nonprofit religious groups that object to contraception, exempting them from paying for such coverage.
January 4, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Father Robert Nugent, a Roman Catholic priest whose support of gays and lesbians in the church brought the Vatican's censure, ending his public role as an advocate for reconciling church doctrines with the realities of gay life, died Wednesday in Milwaukee. He was 76. The cause was cancer, said Sister Jeannine Gramick, the nun with whom he founded New Ways Ministry in 1977 to educate the church about gay and lesbian Catholics and advocate for their acceptance. For more than two decades, Nugent traveled the country with Gramick to counsel gay Catholics, give workshops for Catholic clergy and lay people, and write books on gays in the church.
January 3, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Obama administration lawyers strongly urged Justice Sonia Sotomayor and her fellow Supreme Court members to drop an appeal from the Little Sisters of the Poor and other Catholic groups who object to the so-called contraceptive mandate in the new healthcare law. Nonprofit religious charities already can opt out of the requirement to pay for insurance coverage for contraceptives and therefore have nothing to complain about, U.S. Solicitor...
January 2, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Ariel Winter has reflected on 2013 with quite a bit of nostalgia. The 15-year-old "Modern Family" actress shared several holiday posts thanking her friends and family for their support during her "wonderful" year . Ariel, full name Ariel Winter Workman, spent quite a bit of 2012 embroiled in courtroom drama with her mother, Chrisoula Workman, who allegedly abused her physically and emotionally. A custody deal in December 2012 determined that Winter would continue to live with her adult sister Shanelle Gray and temporarily put Glenn Workman, her father, in charge of her finances, L.A. Now reported . Chrisoula Workman was stripped of custody in October 2012.
December 29, 2013 | Chris Foster
Paris Hundley is protective, very protective, when it comes to her brother, UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley. "I know he looks like a big and bad football player, but my brother, he's like a cute baby," says Paris, who at 21 is a year older. When they were kids, Paris handled life's hardships with a don't-tread-on-him motto. For example, she recalls finding young Brett angry and near tears at a skating rink. "His fists were in a ball and he was upset," Hundley said. "A girl had hit him. Brett could never hit a girl.
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