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BUSINESS
December 12, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter has caused an uproar with a controversial change to its blocking policy. It used to be that when you blocked a user, it meant that person could not follow you and could not track your updates on the service. Now even if you block someone, that person can still see everything you do, interact with you and receive your updates in his or her timeline. You just won't see that person's activity on Twitter. That means blocked users can retweet or favorite your tweets.
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SPORTS
October 10, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
President Mike Ditka? That would be an interesting alternate timeline to visit. Ditka, the former Chicago Bears coach, was speaking to a group of people in North Dakota when he said his biggest mistake was not running for the U.S. Senate against the current president in the 2004 Illinois Senate race. Because if he had won, Obama would not be president today. “Biggest mistake I've ever made,” Ditka said. “Not that I would have won, but I probably would have and he wouldn't be in the White House.” And Ditka is such an icon and so popular in Illinois, he probably would have won. ALSO: Sloane Stephens, John Isner to play in Hopman Cup for U.S. NFL games are the 12 most-watched programs in new TV season NASCAR driver Travis Kvapil arrested on suspicion of domestic assault    
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
Aaron Paul blinked back tears from the podium as he accepted his second supporting actor Emmy for his turn as the troubled Jesse Pinkman on “Breaking Bad.” Paul said he didn't expect to win, figuring his costar Giancarlo Esposito would take the trophy, as many predicted, for playing the drug kingpin Gus Fring. EMMYS:  Full coverage  |  Winners  |  Reactions  |  Red carpet arrivals  |  Timeline  |  Highlights  |  Best & worst “I cried in his arms and said, 'It doesn't make sense to me that I was on that stage and you're not,'” Paul said backstage.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Swathed in gunmetal blues and grays and motored by a deliriously heaving pulp sensibility, the British gangsters-and-cops thriller "Welcome to the Punch" is derivative, dumb fun. Writer-director Eran Creevy shows himself to be well versed in the mythic sweep of Christopher Nolan's and Michael Mann's crime sagas, if not their intelligence with storytelling. Plotted like a British conspiracy miniseries (think "State of Play") that's been reduced to only the juiciest, silliest moments, it pits James McAvoy's dogged, renegade detective against Mark Strong's brooding criminal mastermind, and eventually the two together against a greater threat with - naturally - political connections.
NEWS
May 5, 1993
The Dianne Klein column ("The End Does Not Justify the Fanatical Means of Terrorism," March 16), after building on the murder of Dr. Gunn, asks for governmental vigor in pursuit of pro-life fanatics as if they were murdering terrorists. Two significant issues come to mind: life and freedom of assembly. I'll comment on the life issue. What is life? When does life begin? When does life end? Courts have addressed life of a fetus with respect to the time from conception. So now, a legal system says what is life and what is not life: To the system, life depends on a particular spot on the gestation timeline.
NEWS
November 15, 2013 | By Daniel Rothberg
Let's be honest, sometimes there's no better way to waste time on a Friday at work than on Facebook. And after stumbling upon the addictive new website "What Would I Say?," wasting time got even more fun. The website culls old Facebook activity and uses the information to predict a future status based on what you talk about and how you talk about it. The result: a sometimes funny, sometimes nonsensical status that is often uncannily accurate. "What Would I Say?" got even better when we discovered that users can generate statuses for Facebook pages belonging to celebrities or organizations.
NATIONAL
May 11, 2013 | Times staff and wire reports
WASHINGTON - A top Internal Revenue Service official knew as early as June 2011 that conservative groups seeking nonprofit status were being singled out for additional scrutiny, raising questions about when senior officials were informed and why the IRS allowed the agency's commissioner to deny the targeting effort in March 2012 testimony before Congress. The IRS has said the commissioner was not aware of the targeting at the time, but it has not explained why the testimony was never corrected.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook is bringing back F8, its conference for software developers in a bid to get them to create more and better mobile apps for the giant social network. The conference will be held April 30 in San Francisco, Ilya Sukhar, Parse chief executive and Facebook product manager, announced at SXSW on Saturday. F8 will return to its roots by focusing on technical content for mobile and Web developers, not on major announcements for Facebook users, Facebook said. The conference will feature hands-on workshops and technical sessions for about 1,500 developers to learn how to create, grow and make money from apps, the company said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2013 | By John Horn and Chris Lee
For pop culture aficionados, it's become a cherished ritual that must be observed around the biggest broadcast events: the TV drinking game. For Sunday's Hollywood edition, Times-sanctified enablers have gone beyond boozy suggestions and conjured up a list of prompts to maximize your  enjoyment of - while perhaps minimizing your sobriety during -- the 85th Academy Awards. FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2013 | Top nominees Some suggestions ... * Every time Seth MacFarlane makes a self-serving reference to one of his TV shows or movies: Take a shot of cheap tequila.
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