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February 1, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
Woody Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow on Saturday repeated - and elaborated on - her assertion that the filmmaker sexually assaulted her when she was a child. Farrow's open letter, published on the New York Times website, is part of a renewed public scrutiny of allegations first leveled against Allen in 1992, shortly after the end of his relationship with actress Mia Farrow. In a Vanity Fair story published in October, Dylan Farrow (who now goes by another name) also laid out details of what she said happened to her. Allen, who has long maintained his innocence, could not be reached for comment Saturday.
January 30, 2014 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO - Former First Lady Maria Shriver returned to the state capital for her first public appearance in more than three years to urge lawmakers to take action to help women and children living in poverty. Shriver spoke to a packed auditorium at the California secretary of state's office, promoting a new report aimed at calling attention to “women on the brink,” 50 years after her father, Sargent Shriver, led the War on Poverty under President Lyndon Johnson. Shriver followed up her afternoon talk with a private meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown.
January 29, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Denver quarterback Peyton Manning knows this about Seattle Coach Pete Carroll : The coach is a gracious host. Several years ago, Manning was in Los Angeles in June and wanted to get a workout in, specifically to throw the football. So he called the USC football office and reached Carroll, then coach of the Trojans. "I asked if his receivers and quarterbacks were throwing that day, and could I come over and join the throwing session because I was getting ready for training camp," Manning recalled Wednesday, saying he intended to throw whatever routes the team had been planning to throw.
January 28, 2014 | By Sam Farmer and Gary Klein
NEWARK, N.J. - Beast Mode was in Least Mode. Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch, who this season was fined $50,000 by the NFL for refusing to speak to reporters, did the bare minimum Tuesday at Super Bowl media day, answering questions for 61/2 minutes of the Seahawks' hourlong session at the Prudential Center. "I won't be satisfied with all this until it's all over," said Lynch, who didn't clarify whether he was talking about the media day circus or Sunday's game against Denver.
January 28, 2014 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
To the pop cognoscenti, the French dance-music duo Daft Punk exists as an ideal, modern musicdom's most consistent, influential, enigmatic trailblazer, in addition to being crowned the major winner of the 2014 Grammy Awards by scoring record of the year and album of the year trophies. But to another section of the population - those willfully ignorant of this year's Coachella lineup, for instance - the question Sunday might have been: Who were those masked robots? Thanks to Daft Punk's abiding silence at the awards podium, its members' identities obscured by futuristic helmets straight out of Isaac Asimov's imagination - not to mention the mystique cultivated by remaining off camera for more than half of their performance of the ubiquitous "Get Lucky" with Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder - the French duo spoke volumes about their selective embrace of the celebrity spotlight.
January 27, 2014 | By Gerrick Kennedy
The biggest winners of the night were also the most silent. It's unsurprising that the duo Daft Punk didn't lift their helmets to collect their bounty of Grammys, which included album and record of the year, leaving mostly Pharrell Williams to do the honor.  Backstage two of their collaborators, Paul Williams and Nile Rodgers, were reveling in their big night.  For Rodgers the evening was especially poignant. In 2011 the legendary disco-funk producer-songwriter and Chic guitarist was stricken with “aggressive” prostate cancer (he documented it on a blog)
January 24, 2014 | By David Wharton
A top American bobsledder has spoken out in defense of her national federation, saying officials were justified in their selections for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation has come under fire for naming track star Lolo Jones as one of three push athletes on the squad headed to Russia. Jones is a relative newcomer to the sport, but also a marquee name who made headlines as a hurdler at the 2012 London Games and 2008 Beijing Games. While not mentioning Jones by name, American bobsled pilot Elana Meyers stated that criticism of the USBSF -- which has reportedly come from social media and email -- is unfair.
January 24, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO Two engineers who say their safety concerns about the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge were suppressed by Caltrans higher-ups told a state Senate committee Friday that they nevertheless believe the new eastern span of the structure is safe. California Department of Transportation director Malcolm Dougherty, meanwhile, reluctantly conceded that "there has to have been mistakes made," but insisted that no coercion had occurred and that "if we had any concerns about safety on the bridge, we would not have opened it in September.
January 21, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
First of all, let's state the obvious: It was weird watching “The Bachelor” on Monday. If I didn't already have mixed feelings about Juan Pablo -- which, uh, I definitely did -- it certainly didn't help to learn his feelings about gay people this week. If you're just catching up, on Friday JuanPabs told a reporter that he couldn't envision a season of “The Bach” featuring a gay individual. Because they are “more pervert.” *Face palm.* On Saturday, ABC responded , calling his comments “thoughtless and insensitive.” JuanPabs then apologized and blamed a lot of the misunderstanding on his language barrier.
January 16, 2014 | By David Lauter and Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - "I already won," Edward Snowden declared recently about the reaction to his disclosures of National Security Agency secrets. But as President Obama prepares to unveil new recommendations and rules for government surveillance in a major speech Friday, it is the nation's intelligence agencies that appear to be coming out on top. Officials said Obama, who discussed the topic with British Prime Minister David Cameron in a telephone call...
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