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Lakers' Nash done for season, and likely career

Thu Oct 23, 2014

Steve Nash finally gave up the fight to get back onto the court after battling nerve issues in his back and legs the past two years and will sit out this season, the Lakers announced Thursday. Nash’s decision to forgo another attempt to return likely spells the end of his Hall of Fame career. The 40-year-old point guard previously

Harmonson: What does the NFL survey sent to SoCal residents mean for an L.A. team?

Wed Oct 22, 2014

Dozens of answers into the ordeal, it no longer was clear if the screen featured a dating profile or a survey about interest in the NFL’s return to the nation’s second-largest market. Queries about commitment levels gave way to questions about income and preferred locations for the relationship to blossom. But

Ballot measure would overhaul rainy day fund

Tue Oct 21, 2014

SACRAMENTO – California would revamp its little-used rainy day fund to pay down billions in pension obligations and other debt and to provide a larger cushion against future economic downturns under a measure voters will decide in November. Lawmakers of both parties and Gov. Jerry Brown compromised last May to send Proposition 2 to

Grading four new TV mysteries

Tue Oct 21, 2014

While I was on the road with the Lakers, I spent much of my travel time reading history books and mysteries. To me, history and mystery books share very similar qualities. They both are filled with villains seeking to exploit others through violence and secret manipulation and heroes determined to discover the truth and vanquish those who stand

Lansner: Here are five ways the Ebola crisis may cost you

Tue Oct 21, 2014

It can be extremely awkward to talk about money when people are dying and suffering. But there are economic costs to the Ebola crisis. The hardest hit areas in West Africa – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – are by no means economic powerhouses or major producers of key commodities. That doesn’t mean that in today&rsqu

On the heels of Fox's 'Utopia,' here are some of TV's biggest flops

Tue Oct 21, 2014

Every fall brings failure to a few hopeful new shows, but rarely do they fall as hard as “Utopia.” Fox committed a ton of money to producing the reality series – reportedly $50 million – and spent a lot of time promoting it this past summer, giving it a harder push than any of its other new fall programs.

Kobe Bryant brushes off ESPN 'idiots' who ranked him 40th

Tue Oct 21, 2014

ANAHEIM – When Kobe Bryant retires, presumably after his current contract expires in 2016, he will go down as one of the 10 best players in NBA history. For now, he’s far from that, according to ESPN.com. A year after ranking Bryant the league’s 25th-best player, the website’s NBA experts ranked Bry

District 26 state senate candidates sound off

Tue Oct 21, 2014

As the campaign season winds into its final weeks, Sandra Fluke and Ben Allen are vying for Ted Lieu’s State Senate seat in a District 26 that has attracted big money and national attention. Lieu chose to run for Henry Waxman’s 33rd U.S. Congressional seat in the Nov. 4 election, leaving the two top candidates from the June 3

Harmonson: NFL tries to gauge its compatibility with L.A.

Tue Oct 21, 2014

Dozens of answers into the ordeal, it no longer was clear if the screen featured a dating profile or a survey about interest in the NFL’s return to the nation’s second-largest market. Queries about commitment levels gave way to questions about income and preferred locations for the relationship to blossom. But one gla

Kings' Voynov arrested, accused of domestic violence

Mon Oct 20, 2014

Sports intersected with domestic violence again Monday morning, when Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was arrested and accused of battering a woman to the point that she required emergency-room treatment. Voynov, 24, was suspended indefinitely by the NHL from all team activities, a move the Kings say they support. Voynov has not been formal

Hello Kitty: 40 & Fabulous

Sun Oct 19, 2014

Hello Kitty turns 40 years old on Nov. 1 and to celebrate that milestone birthday the little girl born in London four decades ago is throwing a bash that’s already begun and won’t wrap up for six months. An exhibit titled “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty” opened a week ago at the Japanese Ameri

Leave traffic behind with these time-tested freeway detours

Sun Oct 19, 2014

Every driver knows the frustration of whizzing along the freeway and then – gah! - a sea of brake lights. We’re here to help with that. We’ve explored traffic jams that pop up on Orange County roads and freeways, jams that make locals more than a little crazy. Better, we’ve found possible drive-arounds. An

FAA chief urges ONT-LAX agreement

Sat Oct 18, 2014

FAA chief Michael Huerta said the legal fight between Ontario and Los Angeles over the future of the Ontario International Airport is not something his agency can get involved with, but he said he hopes both sides will work to resolve the matter. Huerta, who grew up in the Inland area, was interviewed by local reporters shortly before he

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