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ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
The Beatles and the National Security Agency? There may be stranger bedfellows, but it's difficult at the moment to come up with a good example. Nevertheless, Federal District Court Judge Richard J. Leon turned to the Fab Four in the course of his ruling in Klayman vs. Obama , a suit brought by a consortium of citizens led by conservative public-interest lawyer Larry Klayman. Leon ruled that the NSA's collection of information on U.S. citizens through their cellphone providers “surely” infringes on the rights of privacy established under the 4th Amendment and is, therefore, unconstitutional.
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BUSINESS
December 13, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Sprint Nextel Corp. is reportedly working on a bid for T-Mobile in a deal that could combine the No. 3 and No. 4 wireless carriers. Sprint could make a bid for its rival in the first half of next year, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited unnamed sources familiar with the matter. The paper said a deal could be worth more than $20 billion. A bid probably would face regulatory hurdles, as a merger would further consolidate an industry ruled by a small handful of wireless giants.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Sprint has landed at the bottom of Consumer Reports' annual ranking of cellphone service providers, dropping from the No. 2 spot last year. Sprint this year received "dismal marks" for value, voice, text and 4G reliability, according to the report, which is based on a survey of 58,399 subscribers. Verizon was once again the top major carrier, receiving high scores for data service and "some aspects of customer support. " AT&T and T-Mobile got mostly middling marks, although AT&T received the top rating for the reliability of its 4G service.
SPORTS
November 20, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Now that Danica Patrick has wrapped up her first full season in NASCAR's top-level Sprint Cup Series, how did she do? A cold look at NASCAR's statistics shows that the celebrated driver struggled throughout her initial 36-race Cup season. Patrick, on average, started in 30th place among 43 cars racing each week - indicative of her inability to do well in qualifying. Her average finish was 26th. Patrick, 31, certainly had good race cars. Her team, Stewart-Haas Racing, is co-owned by three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart and is widely considered one of the best in the business.
SPORTS
November 17, 2013 | By George Diaz
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Jimmie Johnson began the 2013 NASCAR season celebrating a victory at the Daytona 500, accidentally tearing up his car during a celebratory burnout. He finished the season in celebratory mode again at Homestead on Sunday, completing the perfect bookends to a 36-race grind by winning his sixth NASCAR Cup title. "Yes, yes, yes!" Johnson screamed over the radio after the checkered flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Denny Hamlin's first victory of the 2013 season was obliterated by Johnson's amazing "Six Pack" - a title that brings him to within one championship of tying Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. for most Cup titles in the sport's history.
SPORTS
November 10, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
By Jim Peltz AVONDALE, Ariz. - Carl Edwards never saw it coming. Edwards was poised to win Sunday's NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway when his No. 99 Ford ran out of fuel as he entered the last lap, enabling Kevin Harvick to win. "I had no clue we were going to run out," Edwards said. His crew chief, Jimmy Fennig , "talked to me about saving a little bit to have some extra, and I did that a couple of laps, but Kevin closed in and was obviously not saving fuel," Edwards said.
SPORTS
November 10, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. - As Kevin Harvick streaked to victory when Carl Edwards ran out of fuel on the last lap Sunday, Jimmie Johnson streaked toward a sixth NASCAR championship. Johnson finished third at Phoenix International Raceway to widen his lead in the Sprint Cup standings to a sizable 28 points over Matt Kenseth, who finished 23rd, with only one race left. The season finale, and the last of the 10 races in NASCAR's Chase for the Cup playoff, is next Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.
SPORTS
November 7, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. - If NASCAR's championship battle were a major golf tournament, the two title contenders would be about to play the 17th hole of the final round. Only two races remain to decide NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series championship, with Jimmie Johnson holding a slim seven-point lead over Matt Kenseth. The next race is Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, followed by the season finale a week later at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Regardless of what happens at Phoenix on the one-mile PIR oval, NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff is so close that the winner probably won't be decided until the next race in Florida.
SPORTS
November 2, 2013 | By John Cherwa
Trainer Bob Baffert found himself back in the overpopulated winner's circle as Secret Circle came late to win the $1.5-million Breeders' Cup Sprint by a neck. The six-furlong sprint is the shortest race in the Cup. Secret Circle went off as the favorite with jockey Martin Garcia, who picked up his second Breeders' Cup win of the day. He and Baffert previously won the Juvenile with New Year's Day. Secret Circle, a 4-year-old colt, paid $7, $4.80 and $3.60. Laugh Track, a strong second, returned $13.40 and $8.60 while Gentleman's Bet paid $7. "He's an amazing horse," said Jimmy Barnes, an assistant to Baffert.
SPORTS
November 2, 2013 | By John Cherwa
What's going on at the Breeders' Cup? The traditional home of longshots has been playing favorites. For the third race in a row, the favorite -- in this case Mizdirection -- won at Santa Anita in the Turf Sprint on Saturday. It was also the second race in a row that had a repeat champion. Groupie Doll was the repeat winner of the Filly & Mare Sprint. Mizdirection, partly owned by radio talker Jim Rome, came charging through the stretch to win by half a length. The 5-year-old mare is seven-for-seven on the downhill 6 1/2-furlong turf course at Santa Anita.
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