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December 24, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
For the umpteenth time, the Obama administration has made a mid-course correction to the implementation of the new healthcare law. This time, the administration on Monday gave consumers in 34 states one additional day - Tuesday - to buy coverage that will go into effect Jan. 1. The seemingly never-ending series of delays, exemptions and extensions have added to the confusion surrounding the requirements imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care...
December 18, 2013 | Robin Abcarian
A word of caution: If you are a woman of child-bearing age, Catholic hospitals may be hazardous to your health. Why? Because Catholic-affiliated hospitals, which now account for one of every nine acute-care hospital beds in the country, aren't allowed to provide the medically accepted standard of care if it conflicts with Catholic teachings. This can include denying a rape victim morning-after pills. Or refusing to give abortions for ectopic or molar pregnancies, which are not viable and may threaten the mother's health or life.
December 13, 2013 | By Michael McGough
A side skirmish in the war on Christmas has developed over a Fox News host's suggestion that both Jesus and Santa Claus were (are?) white men, and that people need to get over it. Megyn Kelly - incidentally, the subject of a delightful profile this week by Dan Zak in the Washington Post - had this holiday message for young viewers: "Jesus was a white man too. He was a historical figure. That's a verifiable fact - as is Santa. I just want the kids watching to know that.
December 12, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Susan Sarandon has an award-season trick in her arsenal: pot. The Oscar-nominated actress stopped by Bravo's late-night gab fest "Watch What Happens Live!" along with actor Ralph Fiennes when host Andy Cohen enlisted her in a game of "Plead the Fifth," which requires his guest to answer three questions and let only one go unanswered by pleading the Fifth Amendment. "Name one major Hollywood event that you showed up to stoned," Cohen asked her. "Only one?!" the legalized marijuana advocate asked in knee-slapping laughter.
December 5, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of Dec. 1 - 7, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES The Carrie Diaries Weaver (Chris Wood) tries to help Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) overcome her writer's block in this new episode. 8 p.m. KTLA Nikita Amanda (Melinda Clarke) plants evidence that Nikita (Maggie Q) was hired by Pakistan to kill the president and Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca)
December 3, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Finding a closer to replace Mariano Rivera isn't the only headache the Yankees face this off-season. The team's YES Network, which carries most of its games, will soon need a new distribution deal with Time Warner Cable, the biggest pay-TV operator in the New York City area. On the Time Warner Cable website, YES is listed as a network whose contract is "about to expire. " Although the site does not give a date, people familiar with the matter said the contract expires in January.
December 2, 2013 | By Bill Plaschke
At first glance, sure, it seems USC is outrageously placing its wobbly football program in the hands of a guy who was part of the regime which sent it staggering. How could the Trojans hire Steve Sarkisian when he is so closely tied to a coach they just fired two months ago, his former coaching buddy, Lane Kiffin? How could they hire Sarkisian just four seasons after USC was punished by the NCAA for infractions that occurred while he worked as a top assistant to coach Pete Carroll?
November 15, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
The weight loss that follows a successful bariatric surgery makes most patients feel younger. But a new study suggests that following bariatric surgery, some patients show signs of being biologically younger, as well. At Stanford University, researchers looked for evidence of change in bariatric surgery patients by measuring their telomeres -- regions of repeating DNA sequences at the end of a chromosome that grow a little shorter with age and chronic illness. Telomeres are considered a biomarker of the aging process.
November 10, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
It's understandable that there is skepticism about whether Iran would abide by an interim agreement to suspend most of its nuclear activities in exchange for some relief from economic sanctions. But the United States and the other nations that have been negotiating with the new government in Tehran are right to pursue such an arrangement as a way to test Iran's insistence that it's willing to forswear the development of nuclear weapons over the long run. Members of Congress inclined to oppose this initiative should allow it time to succeed or fail.
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