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November 7, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Many viewers who tuned in to ABC News' election night coverage on Tuesday were surprised to find the usually impeccable Diane Sawyer acting, well, a little loopy. Throughout the evening's broadcast, the anchor frequently slurred her speech, stumbling multiple times over President Obama's name and, at one point, calling him “President Barack.” She also seemed distracted and easily excited, asking off-topic questions about the Obama campaign's use of exclamation points while leaning heavily on her desk as if for support.
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BUSINESS
April 27, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
PCM Inc., an El Segundo company that sells information technology products and services, has attracted little attention in more than a quarter-century of business. But that soon may change. The owner of a competing company has starting snapping up PCM's stock, raising speculation of a possible takeover. Firoz Lalji, chairman of technology company Zones Inc. in Auburn, Wash., now owns about 5% of PCM, according to a regulatory filing. And he called PCM "one of the poorest-performing companies in its industry.
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NEWS
April 22, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) said Friday that he plans to name a new senator to fill the vacancy caused by John Ensign's (R-Nev.) resignation before May 3, and called early speculation about potential appointees "premature. " When Ensign announced his intention to resign Thursday, political analysts immediately suspected that Nevada's 2nd District congressman, Republican Dean Heller, was the most likely candidate to replace him. Heller had already announced his plans to run for the seat in 2012.
NATIONAL
April 17, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
In the circus of speculation that surrounds Hillary Rodham Clinton and her presidential prospects, Chelsea Clinton dropped a bombshell Thursday with her announcement that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a child. The former secretary of State has made no secret of her desire to be a grandmother, and sources close to her have said she would have serious reservations about diving into the grueling schedule of a presidential campaign if those demands coincide with her daughter's pregnancy.
BUSINESS
September 17, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Herbalife Ltd. shares reached a 52-week high Tuesday morning on speculation that the company may begin an aggressive share repurchase. The Los Angeles nutritional products company has been one of the biggest names on Wall Street since December, when hedge fund manager Bill Ackman accused the company of operating a pyramid scheme and said he had bet more than $1 billion that its shares would fall. So far, the company has fended off those allegations, with several high-profile investors  -- Carl Icahn, George Soros, William Stiritz and others -- taking massive long positions on the stock.
NATIONAL
September 17, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Amid the intense law enforcement search for the Navy Yard shooting suspect Monday, social media site Reddit halted attempts by amateur sleuths on its site to locate the gunman. Within hours after the first shots were fired, a subreddit called “findnavyyardshooters” had already cropped up - and was subsequently banned - on the website. Reddit General Manager Erik Martin said in a statement to The Times that the site banned the forum because it violated its rules regarding the posting of personal information.
BUSINESS
July 7, 2009 | Zachary A. Goldfarb
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission will consider new measures to curb speculation in the markets for energy and other commodities, the agency is expected to announce today. Such a move, designed to reduce the volatility of prices, faces resistance from top Wall Street firms, which fear the effort could cut into their earnings. Regulators and lawmakers have expressed concern that these firms have used their size and power to inflate commodity prices, booking profits in the process.
BUSINESS
August 23, 1991 | LESLIE HELM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Japanese bankruptcies are rising at an alarming rate as a growing number corporations and individuals sink under losses from speculative investments in the stock and property markets. Analysts say the rise in bankruptcies--which are expected to reach record levels this year--could weaken Japan's banking system and result in higher interest rates on loans to companies and consumers.
NATIONAL
April 17, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
In the circus of speculation that surrounds Hillary Rodham Clinton and her presidential prospects, Chelsea Clinton dropped a bombshell Thursday with her announcement that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a child. The former secretary of State has made no secret of her desire to be a grandmother, and sources close to her have said she would have serious reservations about diving into the grueling schedule of a presidential campaign if those demands coincide with her daughter's pregnancy.
SPORTS
October 19, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
An ESPN report surfaced Thursday that said the Lakers, among other teams, are already trying to pursue Miami superstar LeBron James, who can opt out of his contract after two more seasons with the Heat. James responded to that report Thursday, saying that it even caught him off guard. "That story, I don't know where it came from, but I understand why it came up because of who I am -- it's going to happen," James told reporters after Miami's first preseason home game. "But I'm not going to worry about it. I've got to continue to stay focused with these guys and make sure we're ready for any challenges that come.
OPINION
March 19, 2014 | Meghan Daum
Rush Limbaugh is right on this one. The reporting on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared March 8, has turned into a spectacle - not the good kind. It's all "such a show," Limbaugh told his listeners Monday. "We've got anchors and anchorettes who don't know beans about even why an airplane flies. They couldn't explain the concept of air pressure differential or lift to you if their jobs depended on it. " Actually it's even worse than "such a show": The lack of any real information has pushed television news to new levels of unintentional self-parody.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2014 | By Joe Flint
It's only been a few hours since Anne Sweeney announced her intentions to resign from her senior role at Walt Disney Co. next January, and speculation is already heating up about who will replace her. Holding the titles of co-chair Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, Sweeney is responsible for the ABC broadcast network and its local television stations as well as Disney's cable networks, including the Disney Channel...
BUSINESS
March 6, 2014 | Chris O'Brien and Andrea Chang
The day started with a possible answer to one of the digital era's greatest mysteries: Who created the bitcoin virtual currency that has become a multibillion-dollar global phenomenon? From there, with the unlikely revelation by Newsweek magazine that it might be Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, a 64-year-old Japanese American living in Temple City, the day only got wilder and weirder. It featured a media frenzy on his front lawn and a semi-comical car chase through multiple cities as Nakamoto rode in a Prius driven by an Associated Press reporter trying to elude other reporters.
SPORTS
March 4, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 On Sunday, the CIF will announce which teams are selected for the Southern California regional basketball playoffs. When the seedings come out, it's going to produce quite a debate, because lots of Open Division teams from the Southern Section are expected to be seeded higher than section champions. What's clear is that all 16 teams selected for the Southern Section Open Division playoffs appear likely to make the state playoffs, and most are going to be put back in the divisions they were in prior to being placed in the Open Division.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - If you want to get a glimpse of Facebook's future, download Paper, the social network's new mobile news reader. The app for the iPhone is part of what Facebook says is its big push to deliver "the best personalized newspaper in the world. " But it's more than just an app for reading news. It's Facebook reimagined for the smaller screen. Paper doesn't just help users discover news on dozens of topics. It can also be used by users to browse their News Feed, get messages and notifications and search Facebook.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Darcey Steinke
Jenny Offill's riveting new novel, "Dept. of Speculation," is steeped in weird and geeky facts. It opens, for example, with the information that antelope have "10x vision" and on a clear night can see the rings of Saturn. It's a fitting beginning to a book that combines eclectic minutia with a laser-like narrative of a family on the edge of dissolution. The wife, the novel's nameless main character, is in crisis, threatened by abandonment. This has fragmented her interior life, and Offill's prose reflects this chaos: paragraphs shatter, surreal details rise up and into the narrative.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2010 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. of Pasadena saw its shares record their largest daily gains in a year Friday, fueled by on-air speculation from cable business news channel CNBC that the firm could be taken over by private equity investors. Shares in the company closed at $47.61, up $3.33, or 7.5%. Amid heavy trading of nearly 10 million shares -- up nearly fivefold from a day earlier -- the stock hit a high of $48.28 in intraday trading, the highest per-share price since April 2, 2009.
NEWS
May 26, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
If Sarah Palin is indeed planning to run for president, she received some heartening news Thursday. A new Gallup poll indicates that she is competitive with the early Republican front-runner, Mitt Romney, and ahead of the scrum of other candidates that currently make up the GOP presidential field. According to a survey of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, Romney (17%) and Palin (15%) outpace the rest of the competition. The poll is one of the first since Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and real estate magnate and reality-TV star Donald Trump all declared they would not pursue the GOP nomination.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
After a judge ordered the partial shutdown of the Sriracha hot sauce plant in Irwindale, experts must now determine which parts of the factory's operation cause odors - a decision that could affect next year's sauce supply. Sauce maker Huy Fong Foods has already ground all the chiles for next year's supply of Sriracha hot sauce. The raw materials for its three sauces, Sambal Oelek, Sriracha, and Chili Garlic, are created during a three-month harvesting and production cycle that concluded earlier this month.
WORLD
November 25, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - The interim accord hammered out between Iran and global powers focuses narrowly on Tehran's nuclear ambitions but the reaction across the Middle East points to a broader significance: the prospect of a geopolitical shift with repercussions across the region. The process is still embryonic and may go nowhere. But the Middle East is already abuzz with speculation about a thaw between Washington and Tehran emerging from the Geneva talks. Some analysts say it may turn out to be a "hinge" moment that - however gradually - alters the political landscape of the highly volatile region.
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