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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2014 | By David Colker
Artist Nancy Holt's best-known work, "Sun Tunnels," is outdoors, huge and open to the public - but only a relatively small number of people have seen it in person. It sits on 40 acres of land she bought in a desolate part of the Great Basin Desert in northwest Utah, accessible only by dirt roads with no buildings in sight. There sit four massive concrete tubes, each weighing 22 tons and towering more than 9 feet tall. The tubes are precisely oriented to frame not only landscapes in the distance but also the ever-changing patterns of the sun and stars in the sky. By limiting what someone in a vast open space can see, Holt meant to make the universe more personal.
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NEWS
February 13, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
At Marc Jacobs, the final show of the fall 2014 season of New York Fashion Week, the overriding feeling was lightness and calm, which may be how the designer is feeling after leaving his post as artistic director at Louis Vuitton in Paris to focus full time on his own label based in New York. The palette was pale, and the prevailing silhouette a futuristic-looking tunic top worn over slim, flared pants with contouring paneling the only details. There were also cloud-like, rounded shearling jackets, rib knit leggings and sweaters, paired with color block flat boots.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Forgot to plan a Valentine's Day gift for your loved one? Uber may be able to help. Uber, the mobile app that lets users hail drivers, will enable users in Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas and New York request sky messages from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific time Friday. But the feature doesn't come cheap. Uber said each sky message costs $500. PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy The feature is Uber's latest marketing stunt that lets users hail unique services.
NATIONAL
February 11, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Sky, a wire fox terrier with scores of best-in-show titles under her furry white belt, added another one to the collection Tuesday night by winning the top prize at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The ginger-and-white dog defeated six others - whittled down from more than 2,800 - to take the prize, which brings no money but a trophy, a large ribbon, fame and a steak lunch at Sardi's. It's the 14th time the breed has won best in show here. "It's overwhelming. I'm so proud of her. There's no words to describe this," Sky's handler, Gabriel Rangel, said after the judge, Betty Regina Leininger, tapped Sky at the close of the two-day event.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2014 | By Angel Jennings and Bettina Boxall
A deep marine layer that has settled over parts of Southern California is producing some drizzle and a lot of gloom, but no measurable rain for the drought-stricken region, forecasters said Sunday. The moisture layer "is giving us conditions reminiscent of May and June, when we have May gray and June gloom," said Ryan Kittle, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. For some parts of the Southland, the cloudy conditions have brought some rain showers. San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties has seen some "legitimate rain," that produced about a quarter-inch of rain in some areas, Kittle said.
SCIENCE
February 6, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
On the 529th day of Curiosity's journey on Mars, the rover turned its cameras to the skies and sent back this humbling image of Earth and our moon. Our planet and moon appear as two small dots in the Martian sky, no bigger or more significant than Mars or Jupiter look to us. The image was taken Jan. 31 Earth time, 80 minutes after the sun set on Mars. Although Earth and the moon look small, they are currently the two brightest bodies in the Martian night sky, according to a release from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  If you or I were standing on the Martian surface, we would have no trouble seeing our home planet with the naked eye.  PHOTOS: Moons of the solar system Earth does not always appear so bright on Mars.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Six months after agreeing to drop the SkyDrive brand, Microsoft has finally announced the new name of its cloud storage service: OneDrive. The Redmond, Wash., tech company unveiled the new name Monday, saying OneDrive conveys the mission of the service, which is to let users access their important files from many devices by storing them all in one location. "We know that increasingly you will have many devices in your life, but you really want only one place for your most important stuff," the company said in a blog post Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 | By Diana Marcum
FRESNO - On bad-air days here in the Central Valley, school officials hoist red flags to warn parents and pupils that being outside is officially deemed “unhealthful for all groups.” This winter, though, the most polluted on record, schools have not only raised red flags. On several days, they have had to send out notices saying the red flags should really be purple - indicating “very unhealthful” air - if only they had them. But such warnings have been be so rare that schools don't even have the flags designating the most extreme conditions.
SCIENCE
January 23, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
The European Southern Observatory has released a new image of the Lagoon Nebula that twinkles with hot new stars and stellar clusters that are busy forming in the plumes of gas and dust within the nebula's midst. This picturesque nebula is 100 light years across and lies 5,000 light years from Earth, in the constellation Sagittarius. ESO has photographed the nebula before, as you can see in the gallery above, but this new image is especially frothy, rich and detailed. If you want to take a closer look, the ESO has posted a  zoomable version that allows you to dive deeper into the nebula.  The image was taken by the VLT Survey Telescope (VST)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
It's not exactly Beyoncé shocking the world by dropping an unannounced album on iTunes. But for fans of indie-aligned pop and rock, Sky Ferreira provided a jolt late Monday with a tweet that linked to a video featuring her and Ariel Pink performing Pink's song "My Molly. " Ferreira's collaboration with the L.A.-based eccentric -- in which they crash around a white-walled soundstage -- follows the release in October of her long-anticipated debut album, "Night Time, My Time. " The video was directed by Grant Singer, who also made recent clips for the record's title track and "You're Not the One. " And "My Molly" might be the first in a series of such surprises.
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