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Kurt Russell: Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' could shoot in early 2015

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 15, 2014 - 9:40am
Quentin Tarantino's on-again, off-again project "The Hateful Eight" looks to be on again, according to potential cast member Kurt Russell.

Dwight Howard sends #FreePalestine tweet, then quickly deletes it

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 15, 2014 - 8:35am
Dwight Howard made a brief stand on a very touchy subject over the weekend.

Jose Antonio Vargas detained in Texas, according to reports

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 15, 2014 - 8:08am
Prominent journalist and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas was detained at McAllen International Airport in Texas on Tuesday, according to Define American, an organization he founded.

Rand Paul vs. Rick Perry: Sign of nasty 2016 foreign policy debate

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 15, 2014 - 7:58am
The sniping this week between two presumed Republican candidates for president has included cracks about hopeless naïvete, a spat over the mantle of Ronald Reagan and even an insult aimed at Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s hipster glasses.

Lithium battery boom drives $6.2 billion deal

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 15, 2014 - 7:52am
The race to control the world’s biggest source of lithium used in everything from iPad batteries to electric cars and everyday drugs is on.

'Transformers' hauls in more at box office in China than in U.S.

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 15, 2014 - 7:08am
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” keeps extending its lead over “Avatar” as the top-grossing movie ever in China, dominating the mainland box office for a third consecutive week and taking in $52 million in the seven days ending Sunday.

Hewlett-Packard chairman Ralph Whitworth resigns to address health

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 15, 2014 - 7:03am
Ralph Whitworth, the activist investor who served as interim chairman of Hewlett-Packard Co., resigned from the computer maker's board and is taking a leave from his money management firm Relational Investors to focus on his health.

Rob Schneider's big bet. NBA wants big increases in next TV deal.

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 15, 2014 - 7:01am
After the coffee. Before ABC's press tour day.

Larger-format Apple iPhone could be delayed to 2015, KGI analyst says

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 15, 2014 - 6:59am
Anyone waiting for a larger-format iPhone 6 will have to wait longer, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Retail sales tick up just 0.2% in June

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 15, 2014 - 6:46am
U.S. retail sales increased slightly in June, evidence that consumers remain cautious despite steady job gains this year.

Clorox, Valencia firm team up on UV device that zaps hospital bacteria

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 15, 2014 - 5:00am
When Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital needed to disinfect its patient isolation rooms, it turned to a cleaner that only works alone and doesn't need a mask or any other protection.

Pro-Clinton group announces $2.5 million haul in second quarter

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 15, 2014 - 5:00am
An independent group urging Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016 announced Tuesday that it raised more than $2.5 million in the second quarter of this year. This figure brings the "Ready for Hillary" Super PAC’s fundraising haul to $8.25 million over the 18 months it has been in...

2 Texas lawmakers offer bipartisan bill to combat border crisis

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 15, 2014 - 3:00am
In an unlikely partnership, two Texas lawmakers -- one Democrat, one Republican -- are proposing a bipartisan bill that would empower the U.S. to speed up immigration hearings in hopes of stemming the crisis of unaccompanied children at the border.

Hollywood cameraman insists he invented the celebrity selfie in 1981

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 15, 2014 - 3:00am
In the photographs, Lester Wisbrod is a constant: He always appears on the right, with a big smile and a satisfied look about him. On the left, a cavalcade of famous faces flashes by: Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Aniston, Charlton Heston, Renee Zellweger.

Jordan Clarkson, not Julius Randle, gets winning tip-in for Lakers

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 14, 2014 - 10:43pm
That Lakers draft pick looked pretty strong out there, fluid and gifted, often with a serious look on his face, especially when he went up for that game-winning tip-in with no time left.

No flipping as Dodgers' Yasiel Puig flops in All-Star Home Run Derby

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 14, 2014 - 10:18pm
The Dodgers ought to consider a new organizational strategy for the Home Run Derby.

Rob Schneider is serious about making a sitcom on spec

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 14, 2014 - 10:07pm
"Do we need more breakaway bottles," art director Carlos Osorio asks between takes on the set of "Real Rob."

VA overpaid $230 million in disability claims, official tells Congress

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 14, 2014 - 9:40pm
The Department of Veterans Affairs' disability system has improperly paid former service members at least $230 million over the last few years, according to the VA's inspector general's office.

Opera Software to buy Brentwood start-up AdColony

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 14, 2014 - 9:05pm
Tap to watch a TV show clip on Lifetime's iPad app, and a high-definition video ad for the Home Depot begins playing, it seems, even before your finger has left the screen.

Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes wins home run derby

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 14, 2014 - 8:59pm
The 2013 home run derby champion lit up the park again and defended his title.
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