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February 22, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times
Could Watson, the IBM computer that trounced two top-notch "Jeopardy!" players on the TV quiz show, become a fixture in the doctor's office? Maybe, but not likely next week. A Baltimore Sun story says Watson creator IBM and experts at the University of Maryland's School of Medicine are looking at ways to merge the computer's current "speech" skills with medical knowledge. "In the future, I see the software sitting with the physician as he is interviewing the patient, and processing information in real time, and correlating that with the patient's medical record and other records," Dr. Eliot Siegel, director of the Maryland Imaging Research Technologies Lab at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, told the paper.
April 13, 2014 | By Dan Wiederer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - If you remember the first time Bubba Watson won the Masters - heck, the two-year anniversary was just Tuesday - that victory came with high drama and a legendary shot: Watson's hooked, gap-wedge magic trick to the green from deep in the pine straw on the final playoff hole at Augusta National. “Made me famous,” Watson acknowledged. So on Sunday evening when he arrived at the final green with a three-shot advantage and a long, fast birdie putt, Watson simply needed reassurance that he was in such a comfortable position.
March 1, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
Watson -- the IBM supercomputer that cleaned up on "Jeopardy!" -- lost to Rep. Rush Holt of New Jersey in a battle of wits Monday evening at a D.C. hotel. So it looks like we can put off welcoming our new machine overlords for one more day. The faux "Jeopardy!" contest pitting Watson against Holt and some other House members was intended to emphasize the need for increased math and science education to bolster U.S. global competitiveness. Holt, a physicist who was a five-time winner on "Jeopardy!"
April 13, 2014 | By Dan Wiederer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The fireworks show that seemed to be scheduled for Sunday's final round of the Masters fizzled out late in the afternoon. It wasn't just that Bubba Watson cruised to his three-shot victory, it's that playing partner Jordan Spieth was really the only one to seriously contend on the final day. In the penultimate group, neither Jonas Blixt nor Matt Kuchar began a serious charge. Blixt and Kuchar shot 71 and 74, respectively, Sunday but combined to make just one back-nine birdie - Blixt's on the par-five 13th.
January 10, 2008
Drum 'n' bass music may have peaked in popularity a decade ago, but there are still plenty of hard-core believers left in Los Angeles. Some of the fiercest supporters these days of the sped-up (often reaching 180 beats per minute) dance music variant are female DJs.
February 16, 2011
Super-computer Watson soundly defeats the humans on Day 2 of the "Jeopardy!" challenge. What will happen in the final round? ( Los Angeles Times ) CBS News' Lara Logan is recuperating after a horrific attack in Egypt. ( Los Angeles Times ) Two years after her death, Liam Neeson is finally talking about losing Natasha Richardson. ( Los Angeles Times ) Lady Gaga claims she was in her Grammys egg for 72 hours. Others say she's full of gaga. ( Radar Online )
May 8, 1986
The sixth parole bid by Charles (Tex) Watson, a Charles Manson follower convicted in the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others, was rejected. A three-member Board of Prison Terms panel unanimously refused Watson's plea for freedom, citing the "heinous, atrocious, cruel" nature of the 1969 slayings. "You became not only like him (Manson), but worse. You inflicted 156 stab wounds, he didn't," panel member Ray Jauregui said.
July 30, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Martha B. Watson Stern, the owner of a Texas kennel where President Obama's dog, Bo, was bred, died of kidney failure July 21 at a hospital in Charlottesville, Va., where she and her husband, Art, had a summer home. Stern, who drew attention in April as breeder of the Portuguese water dog that became the Obama family's pet, was 72. --
October 18, 1998
Patt Morrison is correct in saying that the J. Paul Getty Museum should buy the Watson brothers' photo collection ("Preserving L.A.'s Family Album," SoCal P.O.V., Sept. 6). I recently called the Getty looking for photos for a research project I'm working on. They tried to be helpful, but their photography on Los Angeles is substantially limited. Mike Valent Carpinteria
October 1, 2009 | Ronald D. White
SAN RAMON, Calif. -- Major oil company Chevron says its board has promoted vice chairman John S. Watson to serve as chairman and chief executive. The 52-year-old Watson will succeed David J. O'Reilly, 62, who is retiring from the company after 41 years, including 10 years as chairman and chief executive. George L. Kirkland, 59, will replace Watson as vice chairman. Kirkland currently serves as executive vice president of global upstream and gas. Chevron Corp. is based in San Ramon, Calif.
April 13, 2014 | From staff and wire reports
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Bubba Watson claimed his second Masters title on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club by taking control of the final round with three birdies late on the front nine and then cruising to a three-shot victory. Watson, who won his first major tournament at the 2012 Masters, shot a final-round 69 to finish at eight-under-par 280. Jordan Spieth, a 20-year-old Masters rookie from Texas who began Sunday as co-leader with Watson at five under, shot even par for the day to finish tied at five under with Sweden's Jonas Blixt, who had a final-round 71 while playing in his first Masters tournament.
April 13, 2014 | By Teddy Greenstein
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Like John Travolta's character in “Saturday Night Fever,” Jordan Spieth strutted down the Augusta National practice range, one confident stride after the next. While onlookers applauded, Spieth high-fived Sean Foley, the swing coach for Justin Rose. After reaching the practice green, Spieth bantered with playing partner Bubba Watson. He appeared completely in his element, a 20-year-old ready to prove that experience matters as much as the color of your shirt.
April 13, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The winner didn't raise his fists to the sky, he dropped his head to his knees. The winner didn't shout to the heavens, he wept into the shoulder of his wife. The winner didn't play precision golf or careful golf or even anything that can be remotely described as textbook golf. Run a lint brush over those green jackets, put some storm windows on Butler Cabin, the Masters has once again been won with Bubba Golf. Or, in the joyous, Southern-twanged tones of thousands who lined the 18th fairway at Augusta National early Sunday evening, Bub-baaaa!
April 12, 2014 | By Dan Wiederer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, had already fulfilled his interview obligations behind the Augusta National clubhouse Saturday, his demands smaller than usual with a third-round 76 dropping him into 16th place and bursting the bubble of his repeat bid. So the Masters spotlight quickly shifted within Scott's group, to a caddie of a 20-year-old Masters first-timer. Michael Greller was the new encircled man, the on-course compass for Jordan Spieth, a wildly skilled Texas kid with eye-opening maturity and an unlikely emergence as the 54-hole Masters co-leader.
April 12, 2014 | By Teddy Greenstein and Dan Wiederer
- Say this for Bubba Watson : He has a positive attitude. Despite shooting a two-over-par 74 in Saturday's third round of the Masters, the 2012 champion called it "all in all, a good day. " "The greens were the firmest I'd seen in years," Watson said. "I'm not too worried about what went on … and if I play bad [Sunday], I still have a green jacket. " Watson, who holds a share of the 54-hole lead at five under, left a flurry of putts short Saturday and three-putted two greens - two more than he had Thursday and Friday combined.
April 12, 2014 | From staff and wire reports
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- After two rounds of stellar golf, Bubba Watson stumbled on moving day at the Masters. Watson had four bogeys on the front side Saturday -- twice as many as he had in the first two rounds combined -- and failed to pull away from an emboldened group of challengers that included 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, whose two-under-par 70 in the third round gave him a share of the lead with Watson at five-under 211 through 54 holes. Already the youngest player since the Depression to win on the PGA Tour, Spieth showed he might be ready to make a run at becoming a major champion.
October 23, 1986 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, Times Staff Writer
Just back from an official trip to Spain, state Sen. Diane E. Watson said she is ready to campaign hard for the Nov. 4 election. However, instead of working for her own reelection against a long-shot Republican in the 28th District, she said she will be spending much of her money and energy working for those Democrats whose victories are less certain.
September 13, 2012 | By Amber Dance, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The robot, sitting quietly in a corner, suddenly hums to life and rolls down the hospital corridor on three wheels. Perched atop the sleek machine is a monitor showing the smiling face of Dr. Paul Vespa, the physician who's piloting the rover from miles away. He can pull up to a patient's bedside, ask questions, observe symptoms and even use a stethoscope. "People forget that you're on the robot, and you forget that you're on the robot," says Vespa, a neurocritical care specialist at UCLA who uses the device to consult in other hospitals and check on UCLA patients from home.
April 12, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The man with the most continually shouted first name in golf will begin the final round of the Masters on Sunday in a final pairing with the most frightening of competitors. A 20-year-old kid who refuses to call him by his first name. Jordan Spieth respectfully refers to all of his elders as "Mister," which will make him the only person at Augusta National not referring to his co-leader as "Bubba. " "Yeah, 'Mr. Watson,' for sure," Spieth said, pausing, smiling.
April 11, 2014 | By Dan Wiederer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Felt good off the club face. Looked good the whole way. Bubba Watson stood on the 16th tee at the Masters on Friday, eyes wide and zeroed in. His nine-iron at the 170-yard hole was tracking for the flag, then curled toward a possible ace. Watson thought it had a chance, so enthralled by the shot's path that he raised his club to his mouth and bit down. The ball settled four feet from the hole. So Watson settled for sinking an effortless birdie putt. Ho-hum.
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