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Spurrier calls Nick Saban best 'recruiter' in college football history

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 15, 2014 - 11:05am
South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier, who may have the best jab since Marvin Hagler, took what seemed to be a subtle poke at Alabama Coach Nick Saban.

'Boondocks' creator Aaron McGruder signs deal with Adult Swim

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 15, 2014 - 10:49am
Aaron McGruder, creator of the edgy "The Boondocks" animated series, has signed a first-look development deal with Adult Swim. The first project will be a new live action/adventure pilot with the working title of "Hooligan Squad" about an American insurgency in Japanese occupied San...

Conan O'Brien will make acting debut in 'Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda'

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 15, 2014 - 10:37am
By his own admission, Conan O'Brien will never be a movie star on the level of George Clooney or Tom Hanks. But that doesn't mean he can't turn to acting at age 51. Which is why the "Conan" host announced on Monday's show that he will soon be making his debut as a thespian in the upcoming...

Lionsgate, Alibaba plan subscription video streaming service in China

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 15, 2014 - 10:28am
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and Lionsgate announced on Monday that they will launch a subscription streaming service for mainland China.

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

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 15, 2014 - 10:26am
The Dodgers ought to consider a new organizational strategy for the Home Run Derby.

'Midnight Rider' producers booked in Ga. in camera assistant's death

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 15, 2014 - 10:22am
Pasadena-based film producers of the "Midnight Rider" Randall Miller and his wife, Jody Savin, who have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 27-year-old camera assistant, turned themselves over to authorities in rural Georgia on Sunday.

TV ratings: '24' rises in finale, 'Under the Dome' wins

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 15, 2014 - 9:57am
Fox won the Monday night ratings race with the combined pull of Gordon Ramsay and Jack Bauer, but CBS' "Under the Dome" regained its position as the night's top show, according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen.

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.
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