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February 26, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Wearing bright orange shoes and sticking his arms out to help steady himself, Justin Bieber stumbled at least twice during a toe-the-line sobriety test at a Miami Beach jail. The video from a jail surveillance camera was among the few scenes that captured Bieber, according to media reports, among 10 hours of video footage released Wednesday by the Miami Beach Police Department. Evidence in criminal cases is public record in Florida once turned over to the defense. Media covering the 19-year-old pop singer's DUI case requested the video's release.
February 26, 2014 | By Monte Morin
It's billed as a faster, safer and more accurate way of screening expectant mothers for fetal abnormalities like Down syndrome, and proponents say it has already become the standard for prenatal care. But as a handful of California companies market their DNA-testing services to a growing number of pregnant women, some experts complain that the tests have not been proven effective in the kind of rigorous clinical trials that are required of new drugs. Now, a study published Wednesday by the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine has verified that one of the tests can identify likely cases of Down syndrome and other genetic disorders caused by extra chromosomes in low-risk women with greater reliability than traditional noninvasive screening methods.
February 26, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
A screening test for concussion that can be performed quickly on the sidelines was able to detect mild traumatic brain injury in about 4 in 5 college athletes who had sustained a concussion, a forthcoming study has found. The King-Devick test capitalizes on a subtle but important symptom of brain injury: a disruption in the eyes' ability to travel smoothly across a page, and to shift direction upon the brain's command. In a new study conducted on male and female athletes at the University of Florida, most subjects who took the King-Devick test soon after suffering a concussion showed reductions in speed and accuracy that were marked enough to reveal mild traumatic brain injury.
February 26, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams, This post has been updated and corrected. See the notes below for details
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered a test of the “battle readiness” of military forces deployed in the western and central areas of the country, a likely show of Kremlin muscle to reassure ethnic Russians in Ukraine that their rights and interests will be defended. The announcement of the “immediate and thorough” readiness exercises was made by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and reported by the Interfax news agency. “Putin ordered confirmation of troop capabilities for action in the event of a crisis situation that presents a threat to the military security of the country,” as well as anti-terrorism and emergency response readiness, Shoigu was quoted as saying by Interfax.
February 25, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
As the Cactus League opens for play Wednesday, the most immediate story line is not difficult to determine: Is there really a rivalry between the Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks? The Dodgers won the National League West. The Diamondbacks complained when the Dodgers jumped into the Chase Field pool to celebrate the division title, then mocked them for sending A.J. Ellis to Australia to promote the season opener rather than, say, Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks face each other Wednesday and Thursday, then once more in Arizona, then twice in Sydney, in the opening series down under.
February 21, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple said Friday that it had acquired Burstly , a small Santa Monica-based company that lets developers make their apps available for testing by outside users. The acquisition was first reported by TechCrunch and later confirmed by an Apple spokeswoman. No price was disclosed.  PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy Although Apple has restrictions on how widely companies can beta test apps on its iOS platform, third-party companies such as Burstly have allowed developers to reach more users.
February 21, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Unimpressed by Michael Jackson's iconic moonwalk? How about a "Marswalk"? NASA's Curiosity rover showed off its fancy footwork on the Red Planet this week by driving backward. The Mars Science Laboratory robot just finished its longest drive in three months,  and it did so in reverse, riding 329 feet, reaching  a total of 3.24 miles since its 2012 touchdown in Gale Crater. But Curiosity's handlers aren't just testing the rover's skills for fun;  they're doing it to save the rover's thin aluminum wheels from further, more serious damage.
February 21, 2014 | By John Horn
Clint Eastwood's "Trouble With the Curve" wasn't a box-office hit, but that hasn't stopped a bitter and costly lawsuit over its authorship. On Monday, a federal judge in Los Angeles will try to determine whether the baseball movie stole more than a base. Former actor Randy Brown tried for years to become a screenwriter. Finally, after almost two decades of thankless effort, he sold a baseball story to Clint Eastwood's production company.  The result was the Warner Bros. feature film "Trouble With the Curve," directed by Eastwood's longtime producing partner, Robert Lorenz, and starring Dirty Harry himself.  PHOTOS: Box office top 10 of 2013  |  Biggest flops of 2013 The film, a critical and commercial washout, grossed just $48.9 million globally.
February 21, 2014
The most important part of the agreement, however, was devoted to early presidential elections, to be held no later than December. The two sides also agreed that an objective investigation into the recent protester deaths would be conducted under monitoring by the opposition and the Council of Europe. The agreement buried the idea of introducing a state of emergency in the country and compelled parliament to pass a new amnesty for protesters involved in the recent clashes. The agreement bound the opposition to hand over to authorities all illegal weapons within 24 hours as soon as a special law to that effect is passed.
February 18, 2014 | By Chris Foster
When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Haas Pavilion. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 570. Records: UCLA 20-5, 9-3 in Pac-12; Cal 17-8, 8-4. Record vs. Cal: 1-0. Update: No. 23 UCLA is trying to chase down first-place Arizona. California is trying to chase down UCLA. The Bruins handled the Bears, 76-64, at Pauley Pavilion but saw a 19-point second-half lead trimmed to five before recovering their initiative. UCLA has been a much stronger second-half team in its last three games, but two of those were at home and the other was at last-place USC. The Bruins have lost three consecutive games at Haas Pavilion.
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