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February 19, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Arsenio Hall has been hosting his revived late-night show since last fall, but no one told the staff at "NBC Nightly News," it seems. During a recent report on Jimmy Fallon taking over "The Tonight Show," producers filled the screen with nine headshots of Fallon's late-night colleagues. There was Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart, David Letterman, Chelsea Handler, Andy Cohen, Carson Daly, Craig Ferguson, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel. Missing? Arsenio Hall. Hall was also absent from a New York Times report on the shifting late-night landscape.
February 19, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
You'd think someone whose very life and livelihood are all about history would be a little more mindful of it - even the bad bits. Of all people, Prince William, the heir presumptive to the British throne, should know something about the dangers of forgetting history, accidentally or deliberately. And yet, in his passion for the deeply, harrowingly important cause of ending the killing of animals for the ivory trade, he wants to get rid of the evidence of the crimes he wishes to expose.
February 19, 2014 | By Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - They skidded and scrapped and careened from the history books into a scrunched heap at the end of a cold track. Lauryn Williams and Elana Meyers stayed squeezed in their sled, stunned, while Canadian gold medalists Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse danced to the end of the stands to hug their families. "Hopefully America will forgive me," Meyers said. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi Williams and Meyers huddled against a fence before the ensuing flower ceremony, mourning, while the Canadians hugged and kissed and posed in front of them.
February 17, 2014 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON - Brutal winter weather contributed to a downturn in job growth and other economic data, raising questions about the strength of the recovery and testing the Federal Reserve's resolve in unwinding its key bond-buying stimulus program. Fed policymakers will have another month of data to consider when they next meet in mid-March. But if the views of John C. Williams are any indication, the Fed is likely to hold course. As president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, one of the Fed's 12 district banks, Williams has a seat at the mahogany table where top Fed officials meet regularly to discuss the economy and make policy decisions.
February 17, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia - In their first training run together here, U.S. bobsled pilot Elana Meyers and brakeman Lauryn Williams crashed into a wall at the end of the track and severely damaged their sled. Williams - a former sprinting star who took up the sport seven months ago - accepted responsibility for the mishap, saying she had applied the brakes too late. Team mechanics worked through the night to fix the sled and the two were back on the track the next morning, when they posted the fastest time in their training heat.
February 16, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Shawne Williams' 10-day contract with the Lakers expires Sunday, leaving him a free agent on his 28th birthday. The 6-foot-9 forward signed with the Lakers on Feb. 6 for $69,998. Because Williams is on a minimum contract, the NBA will reimburse the Lakers $17,981 with $52,017 of Williams' salary counting against the team's salary cap and luxury tax. Williams was originally picked up by the Lakers in the off-season, signing a non-guaranteed contract.  Before his contract locked in for the entire season, the team waived him Jan. 7. In 36 games this season, Williams averaged 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 38% from the field.
February 15, 2014
We are going to tuck away the stern, objective journalistic approach for a day and suggest you root. That means you, golf fans. Or you, general sports fans - anybody with a TV that gets the Golf Channel and CBS. Click it on Sunday and root. Better yet, come on out to Riviera Country Club and walk alongside one stumpy little guy, whose curly hair flows out from under his cap like he's a Rory McIlroy impersonator and whose putter, at the moment, is also impersonating McIlroy in his good days.
February 15, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Win the Masters, and the perks go beyond the green jacket and a spot in the field for life. Win the Masters, and you get to select the menu for the Champions Dinner the following year. The menu choice would be more than trivial for Charlie Beljan. "I still can't stand food," he said Saturday after shooting a three-under-par 68 at Riviera Country Club. "I'm waiting for somebody to put out a pill I can swallow, and that will take care of it. " Beljan is tied for second place at the Northern Trust Open, two shots behind William McGirt, who is at 12-under 201. The tournament concludes Sunday, with McGirt looking for what would be the first PGA Tour victory of his career.
February 13, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Former Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton on Thursday announced his endorsement of Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell to be the next L.A. County sheriff. McDonnell's "uniquely varied skills, recognized and respected leadership, and decades of experience with both the LAPD and the Long Beach Police Department will lend themselves to facilitating meaningful change,” Bratton said in a statement released by McDonnell's campaign. Bratton said his decision was based on his respect for and close working relationship with McDonnell, who once served as his second in command.
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