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November 7, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Homicides are down 13% in Los Angeles in 2013 compared with last year, and the city is on target to have the lowest number of killings since 1966, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday. While overall crime is down about 5% compared with 2012, Beck said, the drop in homicides continues to amaze him. As of Thursday, the city reported 222 homicides. "That is 33 less homicides so far this year than last year," Beck said in a news conference at the Olympic police station.
November 3, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
College football recruiters have suddenly concluded that Chris Brown, a senior offensive lineman at Los Angeles Loyola, is a big-time prospect. UCLA, USC, Texas A&M, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Mississippi, Oregon, Washington, Boise State, Washington State - they've all made scholarship offers since the season began. At the same time, the Internet recruiting experts who didn't have any stars marked on Brown's name in September have been left scrambling to catch up. Brown, 6 feet 6 and 290 pounds, is still trying to figure out how he became so popular.
October 30, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
A record number of 21 endangered California condors were treated at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens for lead poisoning in October - more than half of what the center sees in a typical year, officials reported. The zoo's announcement comes just weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation requiring hunters to use non-lead ammunition in an effort to keep the toxic element from being passed on from carcasses to scavengers, such as condors. Adam Keats, senior counsel and urban wildlands program director for the Center for Biological Diversity, attributed the high quantity of condor poisonings to hunting.
October 16, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The city of Long Beach is announcing that it has achieved pension changes for all city employees after reaching a tentative agreement that asks four of the city's bargaining units to increase the amount employees pay into their retirements. The contracts represent the final piece of nearly three years of negotiations with nine unions that sought to lower pension costs as the city struggled financially. Since 2007, the city has eliminated 786 positions and slashed $134 million from its general fund.
October 8, 2013 | Chris Lee
The numbers said "Kick-Ass 2" was going to do just that. Before its theatrical release, audience tracking surveys estimated the superhero action-comedy could gross as much as $25 million its opening weekend. Instead, the sequel took in only $13 million, finishing far behind the civil rights drama "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and earning "Kick-Ass 2" an instant reputation as a flop. For decades, tracking was used by studios to determine filmgoer interest ahead of a new movie's release and tell marketing executives where to spend their ad dollars.
October 6, 2013 | Sam Farmer
The Denver Broncos can actually make a defensive play every so often. And Tony Romo is still Tony Romo. Those two truths kept the Broncos undefeated Sunday, as Denver held on to win at Dallas, 51-48, thanks in large part to a crucial error down the stretch by Cowboys quarterback Romo, who is famous for them. Just before the two-minute warning, with the score tied and the Cowboys backed up to their 14-yard line, Romo dropped back and threw a pass into a Bermuda Triangle of Denver defenders.
October 5, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
The score was so one-sided it looked like a paycheck game for homecoming. The winning school totaled 614 yards to the losing team's 234 and won the first-down battle, 33-9. So was this No.1 Alabama against winless Georgia State? Actually, it was No. 8 Florida State over No. 25 Maryland. The Seminoles' 63-0 win over the Terrapins in Tallahassee was the most coldblooded dissection of a turtle since your junior high biology class. The only thing missing was formaldehyde.
October 2, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA nose tackle Seali'i Epenesa remembers his visit to Utah as a sophomore in 2011. "I saw snow for the first time in my entire life," he said. Utah won, 31-6, on an icy field that became a slippery slope for the Bruins. UCLA defensive line coach Angus McClure recalls a field trip to Salt Lake City in 2007. "We went up there highly ranked; we were undefeated," he said. Utah won, 44-6, in game that had neither snow nor a UCLA touchdown. The Bruins return Thursday to open Pac-12 Conference play at Utah.
September 25, 2013 | By Gary Klein
After another dominating effort by USC defense's last week, Leonard Williams stood on the field at the Coliseum and offered a key to the unit's success. "We have a great chemistry," he said. Williams, 6 feet 5 and 290 pounds, has been a main element for a group that ranks fourth nationally in total defense and sacks per game. Just as he did last season when he recorded 13 1/2 tackles for losses and earned Freshman All American recognition, Williams has been a disruptive force for a defense that will try to neutralize Arizona State on Saturday at Sun Devil Stadium.
September 21, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - In what may be Act 2 in the decline and fall of campaign funding laws, the Supreme Court appears poised to lift the lid on the total amount the wealthy can give directly to all candidates and political parties. Increasingly, the money that funds election races for Congress and the presidency comes from a small sliver of the very rich, what the Sunlight Foundation called the "elite class that serves as gatekeepers of public office in the United States. " The nonpartisan group has tracked how a growing share of election money comes from the top 1% of the wealthiest Americans.
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