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Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
 
Scientists reported advances in their hunt for the elusive Higgs boson, a theorized particle that could explain how the universe is built.
 
A village of about 20,000 in southern China is in open revolt against the local government after it announced the death in police custody of a man who had led protests over an alleged land grab.
 
George Clooney is throwing his considerable star power behind the fight against Prop. 8 by signing on to appear in a reading of the play "8" in Los Angeles. The play, by Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, is scheduled to have a staged reading at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on March 3.
 
 
If you're leaving on vacation don't forget to lock the doors, shut the windows and ask a neighbor to pick up the mail and newspapers ? then log off Facebook and Twitter. Many police departments offer residents a "to-do list" when leaving their home...
 
An anonymous do-gooder has been making the rounds in the east metro, leaving big stacks of goodwill in the Salvation Army's red kettles: 10 crisp $100 bills
 
 
Thousands of middle-income students at UC Berkeley will get sweetened financial aid packages next year under a plan announced Wednesday. The program, for students from families earning $80,000 to $140,000 a year, is believed to be among the first of its kind at a U.S. public university. Officials said it is a response to the rising cost of attending UC Berkeley, which now totals $32,600 for tuition, room, board and books, and to evidence that som...
 
Shepard Fairey, designer dissident, does Time magazine's "Person of the Year" cover
 
 
"All-American Muslim" controversy: Kayak.com apologizes for not renewing advertising next year, but says TLC's show is awful and blames the network for not being upfront.
 
smartmoney.com - 12/14/2011 5:50pm
The world's growing population needs more food, fuel and bandwidth. In our annual guide, we pick 10 stocks for the feeding frenzy.
 
 
SANTA ANA ? Five adult family members living together in a Santa Ana home have been charged with exposing two children to severely unsanitary conditions in a urine and feces-filled residence with 110 cats. The five defendants are Sharon Lynn Howe,...
 
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Bischoff: Many tax provisions are age-specific. Here's what you need to know -- and when.
 
ORANGE ? It didn't take long for newly signed Angel slugger Albert Pujols to get something in Orange County named after him. The Machine Burger ? a monster that includes a half-pound of Angus beef, a four-ounce, fried-mozzarella patty, fried...
 
 
Patrick J. Adams? dream came true this morning ? quite literally. He was fast asleep in Los Angeles, in the wee hours of the morning, when he got sucked into a hazy vortex of cellphone vibrations. He awoke to six missed calls. One of them was from his manager, delivering the out-of-the-blue news: He?d scored a SAG nomination for best actor in a drama series for his role on USA Network?s ?Suits.?  ?To be honest, I didn?t even know this was happeni...
 
Kobe Bryant is one of the purest shooters in the game. He's known for making seemingly impossible shots with four or more hands blocking his vision. So seeing him practice wide-open shots is almost like watching a skilled mountaineer ascend a ramp. At the Lakers practice facility Wednesday, he demonstrates the silky stroke that's helped him win five NBA championships and an MVP award in 2008. In the video above, Bryant makes 10 three-poi...
 
 
Hung this year by the chimney with care, will hang stockings stuffed with gifts for Kitty and Bear. Treats, toys and new outfits will surely be there, to comfort our friends who have fur and not hair. It's Christmas, you see, and with that you can...
 
Elizabeth Taylor may be gone, but her jewelry is still turning heads. The actress's personal collection of jewels went up for auction Tuesday night -- and fetched a record $115 million. A pearl, diamond and ruby necklace known as La Peregrina, a gift to Taylor from Richard Burton in 1969, sold for a record $11.8 million. Christie's, which conducted the auction, had estimated the necklace would sell for $2 million or $3 million. Burton pa...
 
 
A first impression says Ricky Rubio will fit nicely with the Wolves as a ball distributor.
 
The speculation surrounding Scottie?s Smokehouse BBQ is now over. I just got word this morning from owner Darren Scott that he will not be reopening the 3-year-old Orange restaurant, which has been closed for several days. Here?s what he had...
 
 
The bar and dance floor section of The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon in Anaheim opens Wednesday with the first concert slated for Dec. 22. The farm-to-table restaurant will open in January, according to an email alert sent Tuesday evening to followers...
 
A Brazilian federal prosecutor asked a judge to shut down all Chevron and Transocean operations in Brazil in a lawsuit that seeks $11 billion in damages related to oil that leaked from a well in early November.
 
 
Unrestricted free-agent power forward Troy Murphy worked at the Lakers' practice facility Wednesday evening. Murphy has averaged double figures in seven seasons and five double-double efforts in points and rebounds in his 10-year career. He's coming off a poor 2010-2011 campaign during which he lost his starting role in New Jersey and struggled to fit in as a midseason pickup with Boston. Ever since the Lakers traded Lamar Odom to the Dal...
 
SANTA ANA ? Police are partnering with John Walsh's "America's Most Wanted" TV show in hopes of catching a man wanted on suspicion of attempting to kill two police officers and another man suspected of nearly killing a father last Thanksgiving Day....
 
 
In the film ?A Better Life,? Mexican actor Demián Bichir stars as an East L.A. gardener, an undocumented immigrant who?s doggedly pursuing the American dream. On Wednesday, Bichir, who immigrated to the United States some 20 years ago to pursue English-language roles, earned a piece of his own personal American dream when he was named one of five best actor nominees for a SAG Award. He and Jean Dujardin (?The Artist?) are the least familiar names...
 
Music critic Mark Swed highlights the best of the year in classical music and opera.
 
 
China said it will levy duties on imports of U.S.-made cars with large engines in retaliation for U.S. trade policies, the latest in a broadening trade spat between the countries
 
Sitting down with Barbara Walters for her "10 Most Fascinating People of 2011" special, Derek Jeter talked about his experiences with racism growing up as a person with a black father and a white mother. "You'd go places and you'd get stares, you know, if you're just with one of your parents," he told Walters. "People always give you sort of a double take, because something just didn't seem right." Jeter said it taught him how he...
 
 
David C. Nichols reviews "Winter Wonderettes," the seasonal sequel to "The Marvelous Wonderettes," presented by Musical Theatre West at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach.
 
During his keynote speech at Tuesday night’s Tallahassee Quarterback Club’s awards dinner, former Florida State coach  Bobby Bowden gave attendees a glimpse into his still sharp 82-year-old football mind .
 
 
Initial commercial flights of Boeing's delay-plagued 787 Dreamliner are operating with few hitches, officials at All Nippon Airways, the jet's first airline customer, said this week.
 
By Jonathan Simmons, Guest Columnist Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the cyclephile on your shopping list? Here are a few of my favorite things, each of which will make you very popular with your favorite rider. When it comes to bicycle purchases is, Im a big fan of...
 
 
Stanford University has picked New York's Ennead Architects to build a $30.5 million home for a collection of contemporary American art it was given earlier this year. It's part of an arts building boom on the Palo Alto campus.