2014 Archive Stories News

'Citizenfour' shines a harsh light on U.S. surveillance

Thu Oct 30, 2014

“I’m not the story,” Edward Snowden insists to his journalist handlers in the absorbing, thrilling “Citizenfour.” Too late. Directed with deft technical touch by Laura Poitras, “Citzenfour” is the much-anticipated documentary on how Snowden, a former contractor with the National Security

Has TV utopia arrived? Not so fast

Thu Oct 30, 2014

Good news keeps coming for consumers staggering under cable TV bills that are rising much faster than inflation – or so it seems at first glance. Those hoping to “cut the cord” and trade their cable subscriptions for cheaper Internet-based service got a boost this week when Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom

Knowing how and where to look for info, get smart about picking your hospital

Thu Oct 30, 2014

Prior to undergoing surgery last year to fix a herniated disc in his back, Barry Rosen, did not shop around for a hospital with a record of having infected few patients. Rosen, a 57-year-old from Aliso Viejo who makes interactive displays for trial attorneys, didn’t think he could. Turns out that’s wrong.

Gas for $3 a gallon? It's not a mirage

Thu Oct 30, 2014

Gasoline prices continued to fall Wednesday around the nation, the state and Orange County, and investment banker Goldman Sachs said the prospect for even lower costs will continue into 2015. Increased shale production in the U.S. is driving down prices, and global output is ahead of demand, cutting into the Organization of Petroleum

Oculus stands out for its mature talent

Thu Oct 30, 2014

Silicon Valley’s tech scene is known for celebrating its young. One of its superstars, Mark Zuckerberg, once famously stressed the importance of hiring youthful workers with technical expertise. “Young people are just smarter,” a 22-year-old Zuckerberg said in 2007, explaining that they have simpler lives.

Redondo journalist set free from Somalia

Thu Oct 30, 2014

Journalist Michael Scott Moore was freed last month after being held captive in Somalia for almost three years by armed abductors. Moore, 45, who grew up in Redondo Beach and graduated from Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, had traveled to Somalia to report on Somali pirates in preparation for a book on the subject. Friends say

Lakers' Randle has surgery, will miss entire season

Wed Oct 29, 2014

Lakers rookie Julius Randle had surgery on his broken right leg Wednesday and is expected to miss the entire season. Randle broke his tibia in a freak accident late in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s season-opening loss to Houston, but is expected to make a full recovery. He appeared to have hit his right leg with his other leg as

Lakers rookie Randle suffers broken tibia in season-opening loss

Wed Oct 29, 2014

LOS ANGELES – After the last two seasons, the Lakers have grown accustomed to disasters. Dwight Howard’s decision in free agency, Kobe Bryant’s injuries. The defense under Mike D’Antoni. But what transpired Tuesday in the Lakers’ regular season opener at Staples Center was next-level stuff.

Lakers lose opener to Rockets, Randle to injury

Tue Oct 28, 2014

LOS ANGELES - After the last two seasons, the Lakers have grown accustomed to disasters. Dwight Howard’s decision in free agency, Kobe Bryant’s injuries. The defense under Mike D’Antoni. But what transpired Tuesday i

Reid: Oslo's olympic-sized snub of IOC a wake-up call

Sat Oct 25, 2014

All the makings of the ideal Winter Olympic wonderland were there. It had a rich history of Winter Olympic success, a cowbell-ringing nation obsessed with winter sports, a proven track record of hosting successful Games and other international competitions and some of the best snow-capped postcard visuals outside of British Columbia and

Anaheim police arrest two in shooting death of 9-year-old

Sat Oct 25, 2014

ANAHEIM – Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 9-year-old Anaheim girl, police announced Saturday. Police on Friday arrested Ricardo Cruz, 19, of Buena Park, and Alfredo Miguel Aquino, 20, of Anaheim, on suspicion of murder at about 11 p.m. at police headquarters, according to a news release. The tw

Areas burned by Silverado Fire closed until 2015

Sat Oct 25, 2014

Portions of the Cleveland National Forest scorched in last month’s Silverado Fire will be closed to visitors until September 2015, the U.S. Forest Service announced Friday. The temporary closure will allow vegetation in burned areas to regrow, stabilizing the region and reducing the chance of flash flooding and mudslides, authoriti

Gunman at Washington school was homecoming prince

Sat Oct 25, 2014

MARYSVILLE, Wash. – A student recently crowned freshman class Homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria on Friday and opened fire without shouting or arguing, killing one person and shooting several others in the head before turning the gun on himself, officials and witnesses said. The gunman was identifi

No. 25 UCLA at Colorado: Who has the edge?

Sat Oct 25, 2014

Breaking down No. 25 UCLA’s matchup against Colorado at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colo. (Saturday, 11 a.m., Pac-12 Network): OFFENSE Like Cal quarterback Jared Goff, Colorado signal caller Sefo Liufau has, by all accounts, made a huge jump during his sophomore season. His completion percentage is up 6 percent

New e-bike franchise priced for the commuter

Sat Oct 25, 2014

The concept is simple: Get people out of their cars and onto electric bicycles. The challenge? E-bikes can be expensive. Models from well-known brands often cost thousands of dollars, preventing would-be cyclists from buying in. But Curbside Commuters hopes to change that. The new electric bicycle franchise is the sole distributor of a l

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