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January 28, 2014 | By Matt Pearce and Saba Hamedy, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
An unusual blanket of snow across the South triggered epic traffic snarls and stranded hundreds of students at their schools Tuesday. LATEST: Drivers trapped, kids sleep at school Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama struggled to cope with 2 to 4 inches of snow, while Atlanta's 3 inches led to six-hour commutes -- at least for drivers who didn't abandon their cars on the slippery roads. "I just decided to get ... out and walk home like the rest of the people.
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SPORTS
January 15, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Jim Harbaugh has a flattering body. That's what his wife, Sarah, told KMVQ-FM (99.7) in San Francisco earlier this week. We'll just have to take her word for it because all the rest of us see on the sideline every week is the 49ers coach wearing a very unflattering outfit -- a black sweatshirt tucked into pleated khakis. And not just any pleated khakis either. "You have to find them at Wal-Mart," Sarah Harbaugh said. "I threw them out and when he went to the combine, he found a Wal-Mart.
NEWS
January 9, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Former California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, who is weighing a gubernatorial bid, faulted Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget for failing to include provisions that would spur job creation and improve the business climate. "Too many Californians are suffering today because our state's economy is lagging so badly," Maldonado said in a statement. "Jerry Brown's budget proposal does little to help our state create the jobs needed so that Californians can continue to live here and not have to look beyond our borders for economic opportunity.
NEWS
January 9, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly slashed at Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal Thursday morning, saying the incumbent was taking a rosy, short-sighted view of the state's fiscal health that fails to address systemic challenges facing California. He said Brown was basing his budget plan on the taxes generated by Proposition 30, the voter-approved hikes in the state sales tax and on high earners. "After picking the pockets and balancing California's budget on the backs of hardworking taxpayers through the largest tax increase in state history, Gov. Brown this morning declared all of California's problems magically solved,” Donnelly said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
GLAAD has condemned "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson in the wake of inflammatory remarks about gay people .  In January's issue of GQ, Robertson said that "homosexual offenders" will not "inherit the Kingdom of God" and unfavorably compared "a man's anus" to the vagina.  The gay rights group was quick to denounce his comments.  In a statement, GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz slammed the Robertson family patriarch: "Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter
Four people were killed in Compton on Saturday morning after a high-speed pursuit by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies ended with the pursued car slamming into another vehicle before flipping and bursting into flames. The collision happened about 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of West Greenleaf Boulevard and South Wilmington Avenue, said Sheriff's Sgt. Peter Ramirez. The car was being pursued after it was pulled over by deputies who believed it matched the description of a vehicle used in a shooting that had just occurred.
NEWS
December 11, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John A. Boehner delivered an uncharacteristically forceful response to conservative groups lining up against the budget compromise announced Tuesday , accusing them of “using” people to advance their own goals rather than the GOP's. Speaking with reporters at the Capitol on Wednesday, the Ohio Republican mocked the powerful conservative forces that he said were staking out opposition to the deal even before its full details were public. “They're using our members and they're using the American people for their own goals,” Boehner charged.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Someone made Paris Hilton the butt of a Twitter hoax Thursday involving "her" reaction to the death of Nelson Mandela, and girlfriend is not happy about it.  "RIP Nelson Mandela," the Photoshopped tweet read. "Your 'I Have A Dream' speech was so inspiring. An amazing man. " That's right, Hilton was supposedly so dumb she confused Mandela with Martin Luther King Jr., the fake tweet would have you believe. Photos: Celebrities react to the death of Nelson Mandela A quick check of Hilton's verified account at the time the hoax started revealed she was on a plane to Miami.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
More than 1,000 people picketed ABC 's headquarters in Burbank on Saturday to protest a Jimmy Kimmel segment that joked that the United States should “kill everyone in China.” Burbank police said they responded to the protest in the 2300 block of Riverside Drive after some demonstrators went into a restricted area. However, police said the protest was peaceful and no one was arrested. The protest was part of a nationwide move backed by Chinese American organizations against the “ Jimmy Kimmel Live ” recurring segment called “Kids' Table.” Similar protests were planned for Saturday at other ABC locations.
SPORTS
November 9, 2013 | Wire reports
Roger Federer fought back to reach the semifinals in the ATP World Tour Finals in London. On the back of a poor season, the 17-time Grand Slam winner overcame a 3-0 deficit in the third set to beat Juan Martin del Potro, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-5, to reach the semifinals for the 11th time. The Swiss earned a chance to prove that - despite his aging legs, aching back and recent lack of consistency - he can still beat rival Rafael Nadal, his semifinal opponent. "I just have to have the right mind-set to give it one last go, maybe play with a little less pressure than I have in previous matches with him," Federer said.
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