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World Cup 2014: Highlights, lowlights and surprises

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 14, 2014 - 2:05pm
Thirty-one days, 64 games, 12 cities, 171 goals and one bizarre assault, with Uruguay's Luis Suarez biting an Italian opponent. This World Cup had it all.

Creator of Google Glass and camera-equipped contacts moves to Amazon

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 14, 2014 - 1:49pm
The man who created Google Glass has left the Mountain View, Calif.,  tech giant for Amazon, a sign that the Seattle online retailer may be eyeing an entrance into the wearable device market.

21st Century Fox wants one big happy TV family with new structure

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 14, 2014 - 1:34pm
In restructuring its television operations, 21st Century Fox is hoping to create one big happy family that will put more hits on the Fox network while continuing to make shows for rival networks as well.

Watch Chad Johnson hug referee after his first CFL touchdown catch

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 14, 2014 - 1:31pm
Chad Johnson seems to have mellowed since his days in the NFL.

John Oliver tackles income inequality on 'Last Week Tonight'

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 14, 2014 - 1:21pm
Are you someone who pays for HBO or gets it through, ahem, other means? How you answer that question will say a lot about where you fall on the debate about income inequality. Or, at least, that's what John Oliver says in the warm-up to his extended look at America's wealth gap on Sunday's...

Stocks close higher; Citigroup climbs

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 14, 2014 - 1:14pm
Stocks are closing sharply higher as the market shakes off its worst weekly performance in three months.

Report: NBC's Ann Curry mulled for spot on 'The View'

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 14, 2014 - 1:12pm
Is Ann Curry destined to rub elbows every morning with Rosie O'Donnell?

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl returns to regular Army duty, but future in limbo

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 14, 2014 - 1:10pm
Six weeks after Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed from Taliban captivity, he has completed treatment at a military hospital in Texas and is being returned to active duty, Army officials said Monday.

Leighton Meester, Adam Brody see other people in 'Life Partners'

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 14, 2014 - 1:09pm
While recently married actors Leighton Meester and Adam Brody – Ladam? Adeighton? – typically keep their relationship out of the public eye, the film “Life Partners” brings the two together on screen for the first time since 2011’s “The Oranges,” where they met on set. But don’t expect any...

Canada's 'Backpackers' and 'Seed' come home to roost at CW

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 14, 2014 - 12:45pm
'Backpackers' is a shallow excuse to get wild and crazy in Europe. 'Seed' is a twist on the old childish-adult-transformed plot, but it's surprisingly substantial.

'Backpackers' is a shallow excuse to get wild and crazy in Europe. 'Seed' is a twist on the old childish-adult-transformed plot, but it's surprisingly substantial.

Adam Wainwright -- not Clayton Kershaw -- to start for NL All-Stars

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 14, 2014 - 10:32am
Clayton Kershaw might be the best pitcher in the major leagues, but he will not start the All-Star Game.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz formally renounces Canadian citizenship

Los Angeles Times Book Reviews - June 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Ted Cruz may never be president of the United States.

'Dumb and Dumber To' trailer has old pair up to new gross-out tricks

Los Angeles Times Book Reviews - June 11, 2014 - 8:32am
The last 20 years have changed many things, but those looking for some good old reliability can take comfort in one thing that hasn’t changed: the perfect clueless, gross-out-ness of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne. The two, ahem, heroes of the Farrelly brothers' “Dumb and Dumber” are back...

Watch some guy named Bobby Ramos troll LeBron James and the Heat

Los Angeles Times Book Reviews - June 11, 2014 - 8:10am
Few can massage a phrase as Bobby can.

'Edge of Tomorrow' tops China box office; 'X-Men' hits $100 million

Los Angeles Times Book Reviews - June 11, 2014 - 8:08am
Tom Cruise’s “Edge of Tomorrow” edged out the competition at the mainland China box office last week, earning $26.5 million in its first weekend of release and taking the No. 1 spot at the box office for the seven days ending Sunday.

Stock market declines after World Bank cuts economic outlook

Los Angeles Times Book Reviews - June 11, 2014 - 7:35am
Stock prices slipped early Wednesday after the World Bank cut its global economic forecast, including reduced estimates for the United States and China.

Amazon takes on Warner Bros. Paula Deen is coming back.

Los Angeles Times Book Reviews - June 11, 2014 - 7:11am
After the coffee. Before covering Capitol Hill in my bathrobe.

Egyptian activist, 23 others get 15 years in jail for political dissent

Los Angeles Times Book Reviews - June 11, 2014 - 7:05am
A criminal court on Wednesday handed down a 15-year jail term for a leading figure in the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak in connection with a protest last year against the military-backed government. It was the first such verdict under new Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi.

Ruslan Provodnikov wants to impress, earn fight with Manny Pacquiao

Los Angeles Times Book Reviews - June 11, 2014 - 7:00am
Ruslan Provodnikov is moving toward the tricky moment of needing to call out his stablemate Manny Pacquiao.

Tough moments on reality TV? The ugly cry face, for starters

Los Angeles Times Book Reviews - June 11, 2014 - 7:00am
The thing about reality TV is that it isn't scripted — truly, it isn't. So when a situation gets a little out of control, it's up to the show's host to handle it, smooth things over, figure out a way to make good TV out of a problem.
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