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November 25, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Comet ISON's day of reckoning is nearly upon us. On Thursday -- Thanksgiving Day -- the comet will reach perihelion, its closest approach to the sun. Whether it will survive the blistering heat of this encounter, and the powerful pull of the sun's gravity, or disintegrate into a shower of fragments is still unclear. Regardless of what happens, the journey has been captivating. "We are all standing side by side as we witness a complete scientific mystery unfold before us," astronomer Karl Battams wrote on NASA's Comet ISON Observing Campaign blog . "We have absolutely no idea if ISON will survive past the sun or not, and how it might look in our December night skies, if it ever gets that far. " ISON's journey toward the sun has been epic.
November 22, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Zombie invasion getting in the way of your daily commute? Fear not! There's a zombie-proof version of the Hyundai Tucson, inspired by TV show and graphic novel series “The Walking Dead.” The car, scheduled to go on sale in March, coincides with the 10th anniversary of the graphic novels, said Brandon Ramirez, the senior group manager of product planning for Hyundai. Hyundai designers and creators of “The Walking Dead” collaborated on the design to create “something unique for consumers,” Ramirez said.
November 21, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Brazil's history of subjugated peoples, environmentally dubious sprawl and violent resistance gets a mythic, politically forthright treatment in the animated feature "Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury. " Writer-director Luiz Bolognesi's fast-moving tale is structured around the eternal love between a 17th century Indian warrior (Selton Mello) who transforms into a bird at the moment of death and the beautiful woman (Camila Pitanga) he is fated to meet, fall in love with, and fight alongside over the course of four turbulent epochs in Brazil.
November 16, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
A Rosemead woman who was stabbed Friday by her nephew, who was then killed by a sheriff's deputy, is expected to survive, officials said. The incident began when deputies responded to a disturbance call in the 2400 block of Earle Avenue about 6:40 p.m. Friday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The deputies heard a woman yelling before she emerged from the back of the residence walking toward them with a stab wound in her neck, according to a department statement.
November 16, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Watch out for Long Beach Poly now that the Jackrabbits have survived their usual playoff scare. Orange Lutheran dropped a punt in the final two minutes, allowing Poly to rally for an 18-16 victory in a Pac-5 opener. Orange Lutheran had a 16-12 lead. The Lancers tried to get off a punt and couldn't do it late in the fourth quarter. Poly, seeded No. 3 in the tournament, took over inside the 10-yard line. Christian Pabico caught the winning touchdown pass from Josh Love with 1:43 left.
November 11, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The knock came on an afternoon in early September 1993, after Billy Watson returned home from the Los Angeles County Fair. "I opened the door and there was a baby in a little carrier on the doorstep," Watson recalls. "It was like something you see in the movies. Then I stepped outside and saw this girl running across the street. It was my daughter. " At first, Watson was mad. He and his wife, Janice, had their hands full with a 3-year-old son, Billy Jr. Now their troubled 15-year-old daughter was leaving them her infant son - their grandson.
November 11, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
The lure of big money from heroin pits Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) against an odd mix of gangsters on “White Horse Pike,” Episode 46 of HBO's “Boardwalk Empire.” “Something's wrong,” warns speakeasy owner Sally Wheet (Patricia Arquette), tipping off Nucky that partners Vincenzo Petrucelli (Vincenzo Amato) and Meyer Lansky (Anatol Yusef) concealed heroin in a rum shipment leaving Florida. Outraged Nucky intercepts his trucks at White Horse Pike in New Jersey. Providing backup are Nucky's turncoat brother Eli (Shea Whigham)
November 10, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
If the seedings released on Sunday for the Pac-5 Division football playoffs are accurate, then Bellflower St. John Bosco (10-0) and Mission Viejo (10-0), seeded No. 1 and No. 2, will meet in the championship game on Dec. 6 at Angel Stadium. Something tells me, though, the road to Anaheim won't be as simple as many think, particularly for Mission Viejo. In the Diablos' bracket is 19-time champion Long Beach Poly (9-1), the No. 3 seed, plus Trinity League runner-up Santa Ana Mater (8-2)
October 29, 2013 | By James Barragan
A jury has awarded $150 million to a 13-year-old Riverside girl whose family burned to death four years ago when their SUV slammed into the back of a truck that was illegally parked on a freeway. Kylie Asam and her then-11-year-old brother survived the Nov. 22, 2009, accident by crawling out a broken rear window. Their mother, father and another brother were killed before they were able to get out of their GMC Yukon. The family was on its way to visit relatives in Oregon for Thanksgiving.
October 28, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Most thoroughbreds leave their barns to go to the races. Paynter got off his deathbed. Were he to somehow win Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita - a longshot outcome - it would be a story that deserved all the adjectives that would be thrown at it. "I still can't believe he's alive," says trainer Bob Baffert. "When he went to the hospital, I told my wife [Jill] that this is a one-way trip. " In the Triple Crown season of 2012, in Baffert's talent-laden barn, Paynter was a tough, rugged, somewhat ornery top talent.
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