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July 31, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK -- Another Wall Street tycoon has reportedly joined the battle over Herbalife Ltd., the Los Angeles nutritional products maker. George Soros, the legendary investor known for his support of liberal causes, has taken a big bet on Herbalife, according to the financial news network CNBC. Soros has purchased a significant chunk of Herbalife shares, wagering that the company's fortunes will rise, according to the the television station, which cited anonymous sources. A spokesman for Soros declined to comment.
July 24, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Tennessee Titans rookie Jonathan Willard was driving to his first NFL training camp Tuesday when he noticed something wrong up ahead. “I saw this car in front of me, and it had all kinds of black smoke coming out of it,” the former Clemson star  told TigerNet that night. “I tried to speed up and get up next to the car to let them know the car was on fire.” By the time the car pulled over, Willard said, it was in flames. The undrafted free-agent signee said he and another man got three children and their dog to safety before finally persuading the kids' mother to leave the vehicle.
July 22, 2013 | By Alexei Koseff
WASHINGTON - It seems a more fitting subject for an Edgar Allan Poe story: a towering maroon blossom that emits the odor of rotting flesh. Up to 20,000 visitors packed the U.S. Botanic Garden on Monday to catch a whiff of the rare titan arum bloom, also known as the corpse flower, before the short-lived flowering ends. Found in the tropical rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia, the titan arum takes years to bloom, but its inflorescence, one of the largest in the world, remains open for only 24 to 48 hours.
July 18, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton
Enjoy the stock market's latest record while you can. The Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index both turned in fresh highs Thursday, propelled by favorable earnings and a drop in jobless claims. Share prices also got a boost from the latest congressional testimony by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, who reiterated the central bank's commitment to its economic stimulus efforts. But Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. uncorked disappointing earnings after the market closed, with both stocks getting clipped in after-hours trading.
July 12, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Remember the old days when the best way to get a seat for a live event was to camp out in line to make sure you beat the crowds? Lots of times such activities turned into a big, overnight parties with hordes of people with a common interest coming together to do something a little bit nutty, all in the name of having a good time and getting good seats. And you didn't have to deal with a perky news reporter waking you up hours before tickets went on sale because there were plenty of others there to bother with inane questions.
July 11, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
A Silicon Valley congressman who has held elected offices for more than three decades may have counted on a cakewalk to reelection. But his main challenger, a fellow Democrat backed by President Obama's former campaign advisors, is suddenly making the contest competitive - and one closely watched in Washington. Rep. Michael M. Honda of San Jose has voted in lockstep with Obama's agenda and has caused no controversy. But the former Obama advisors have picked his reelection race as one of a handful of high-priority contests across the nation, saying Silicon Valley needs a fresh, more aggressive representative in Congress.
June 13, 2013 | T.J. Simers
I am supposed to be resting after a trying week of golf in the Lake Tahoe area. But my blood is boiling, the Dodgers are infuriating and so why do we let our youngsters watch baseball? I begin with Monday night. I like listening to Vin Scully . He relaxes me, not to say his stories put me to sleep, but he would laugh if I hinted as much. The Dodgers are winning, and everyone knows they will win if they don't bring in Brandon League , except the team's manager. League bombed out as a closer in Seattle, which is why he's now employed by the Dodgers.
June 5, 2013 | By Andrew Gastelum
Jason Dietrich always wanted to put on Cal State Fullerton pinstripes. He cheered for the Titans baseball team as a teenager, and visualized himself as a player jogging onto Goodwin Field to an ovation one day. That dream didn't materialize. But at 39, Dietrich is finally wearing those pinstripes and has played a major behind-the-scenes role for a Fullerton team that is among college baseball's best. As pitching coach, Dietrich guides one of the game's stingiest - and youngest - staffs.
June 3, 2013 | By Andrew Gastelum
Behind eight efficient innings from freshman pitcher Thomas Eshelman, Cal State Fullerton booked a date in the super-regionals with UCLA for the fourth times in the last seven postseasons.  Despite sitting in the visitor's dugout in their home stadium, the Titans (51-8) looked right at home in a comfortable 6-1 win over Arizona State on a brisk Sunday night at Goodwin Field. “We took advantage of what they did wrong and played the way we play,” Titans Coach Rick Vanderhook said.
May 31, 2013 | By Andrew Gastelum
Cal State Fullerton took the first step Friday night toward what it hopes will be a return to the College World Series, defeating Columbia, 4-1, by using a familiar and simple formula: Score early and ride stellar pitching the rest of the way. Titans right-hander Grahamm Wiest delivered his best performance of the season, pitching a three-hitter, his first complete game of the year. And third baseman Matt Chapman homered, drove in two runs and scored twice for the Titans. "We're good at formulating a plan and sticking to it," Chapman said.
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