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December 12, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Sunday night I was emailed the last Bowl Championship Series standings ever assembled. I didn't cry, but I sniffled. The standings were compiled and delivered, seven Sundays a season, by the National Football Foundation. You could click the short-form or long-form version, but it was always long-form for me because I wanted to soak up every nutty nuance of the standings. In the old days, one of the categories that helped pick the finalists was called "Quartile Rank. " Tennessee finished No. 1 the first year, 1998, with a quartile rank of 0.80, yet I don't remember Volunteers students printing T-shirts celebrating "We're No. 0.80!"
December 10, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
A burst of gusty winds that hit the Los Angeles region Tuesday morning is expected to give way to calmer conditions and warming temperatures. Areas in eastern Ventura County and western L.A. County felt the brunt of the frigid temperatures amd high winds hit 65 mph in some areas, said Kathy Hoxsie of the National Weather Service. The high winds had downed trees and power lines Tuesday morning and were expected to make  driving difficult along the 5, 118  and 210 freeways, according the w eather service . Thousands of customers from Granada Hills to Inglewood also temporarily lost power, although crews were still investigating the cause.
December 10, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Alicia Banks
Blustery conditions toppled trees across Los Angeles on Tuesday during the peak of strong Santa Ana winds and cold temperatures. Trees all over the city were impacted, with some falling on cars, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The department was not aware of any deaths or life threatening injuries, he said. “The winds have subsided for the most part and all is well,” he said. Trees can be tricky because they can be damaged by previous winds, said Kathy Hoxsie, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
December 10, 2013 | By Cristy Lytal
Supervising sound editors Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns put their sea legs to the test on the open-water thriller "All Is Lost. " Directed by J.C. Chandor and starring Robert Redford, the nearly dialogue-free film tells the story of a man whose 39-foot yacht collides with a shipping container on the high seas. As sound editors, Boeddeker, Hymns and their colleague Brandon Proctor collected and created sounds heard in the film - a symphony of flapping sails, creaking decks and pounding waves.
December 7, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
There would be no tournament records for Tiger Woods on Saturday. One day after his scorching 10-under-par 62, Woods had to settle for par 72 in the face of gusty winds at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. But that still was good enough for the third-round lead of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, which benefits Woods' charities. Woods, who already has won the event a record five times, was 11 under par (205) and held a two-shot lead over Zach Johnson, who also shot 72. Bubba Watson shot a three-under 69 to climb into contention at seven under, while Matt Kuchar struggled to a four-over 76 and was fourth at four under.
December 6, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - In a decision that highlights the clash between two cherished environmental goals - producing green energy and preserving protected wildlife - federal officials announced Friday that some wind power companies will be allowed to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty. Conservation groups decried the Obama administration's new regulation as a "stunningly bad move" for wildlife, but wind industry officials said Friday that the rules from the Department of the Interior were far from a "free ride.
December 5, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
The cold weather is expected to get colder when rain, heavy winds and up to six inches of snow hit Southern California beginning late Friday, forecasters say. Rain will begin falling in Ventura and Los Angeles counties late Friday and Saturday before tapering off Saturday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Three to six inches of snow are expected above 4,500 feet, and one to three inches of snow could fall as low as 3,000 feet, the Weather Service said.
December 5, 2013 | By Michael Ordoña
For Paul Greengrass, the journey of "Captain Phillips" took him through unfamiliar waters in which he had to make himself at home. "For some reason with this one, I took a few days to find my way," the director says. "I remember feeling I was a bit inhibited with the material. I spoke to Chris Rouse, my editor, one night and said, 'I'm worried the stuff I'm doing is a bit boring.' He said, 'Oh, I thought it was a choice!' "So the next day I thought, 'We're going to go for it now,' and I started to really let rip. Tom came up to me a few hours later, 'That's more like it!
December 3, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
The 101-year-old Western Costume Co. is continuing to clean out its closet, putting wardrobe pieces from such classic films as "Gone With the Wind" and "Citizen Kane" up for bid at a Hollywood memorabilia auction organized by Profiles in History. The Calabasas-based auction house announced Tuesday that the items set to hit the auction block later this month will include a three-piece suit worn by Orson Welles as Charles Foster Kane in the final "Rosebud" scene of "Citizen Kane," and a black mourning hat worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind.
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