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Saturday, December 17th, 2011
 
The American enthusiasm for the ancient practice is spreading internationally.
 
Kobe Bryant divorce: The couple didn't have a prenuptial agreement. Divorce papers filed by Vanessa Bryant Friday in Orange County Superior Court suggest that she and Kobe Bryant had been negotiating the terms of their split for some time.
 
Atlanta police are still trying to figure out who gunned down rapper Slim Dunkin in an Atlanta a recording studio Friday afternoon -- and why?
 
 
Atlanta parents face a $1,000 fine and up to 60 days in jail when their students skip school under a 2009 ordinance city officials say they now plan to enforce.
 
          When researching this list of obsolete technology, we discovered that most of the devices we've deemed no longer necessary are actually very useful items that served us better than the smartphone functions that have come to replace them. They helped us navigate strange cities (GPS for the car), easily take video of our children (Flip Cam), and transport large files between our home and office computers (flash drive). So why have they become obsolete? Because they did one thing and one thing only, and a person can only cart around so many devices in their coat pockets or purses, no matter how small. And so we suggest in the coming year you...
 
 
wsj.com - 12/17/2011 4:47am
We asked 50 of our friends to tell us what they enjoyed reading in 2011?from Mike Allen's taste for Tebow-ing to Adam Zagajewski's love of Scottish poetry.
 
The U.S. Senate approved a two-month extension of payroll-tax breaks and unemployment benefits, providing a measure of relief in a struggling economy.
 
 
Seals-vs.-people dispute at La Jolla beach flares up again
 
Women Occupy San Diego, a group of self-described "middle-class, middle-aged" women, are taking the Occupy message about "economic justice" to San Diego malls filled with holiday shoppers.
 
 
The westbound lanes of the 60 freeway through Montebello have reopened, a transit official said.
 
As the U.S. and EU seek stronger measures to force Tehran to abandon its nuclear program, the rise and fall of a German supply line to Iran shows how the sanctions regime is often forced to play catch-up.
 
 
Trailing by one point and facing fourth-and-goal two feet away from a state championship, Santa Margarita had a crucial decision to make in the waning moments of Friday night's CIF Division I bowl game against San Jose Bellarmine Prep at...
 
The Los Angeles County coroner's office has identified the people who died in Friday's shooting at a Southern California Edison office in Irwindale.
 
 
Feeling deprived because you get no vacation and only three days off for Christmas? You might consider moving to Austria or Malta where workers can get up to a combined 38 paid days off a year for government-mandated vacation and public holidays. The...
 
The practice is common but illegal.
 
 
UPDATED: After leading the Buckeyes this season, he seems to be a candidate for the Panthers. Marvin Fong, The Plain DealerLuke FickellCOLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State's Luke Fickell interviewed for the head coaching job at Pitt, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Friday. Fickell was in Hershey, Pa., about three hours east of Pittsburgh, on Friday night, watching Noah Spence, ...
 
The patent war between Apple Inc. and smartphone rival Samsung Electronics continues to escalate, and there's only one way to describe the latest vicious salvo: :) That's right, it appears that Samsung has initiated a lawsuit against Apple governing the company's use of emoticons.  According to a report from patent observer Florian Mueller, who has been dependably covering the worldwide patent wrestling match between Apple and Android...
 
 
Most homebuyers will pay an increased fee to finance their mortgage as part of a U.S. Senate compromise approved today to continue a 2 percentage point cut in payroll taxes and extend unemployment benefits until February. Senators had stalemated over...
 
ANAHEIM ? Jered Weaver brought his game face Wednesday. He tugged hard on the bill of his ballcap. His blue-jeaned legs shook nervously. This no doubt was a tough outing, the Angels-capped crowd waiting for his move. The Angels All-Star pitcher...
 
 
CARSON ? Johnny Stanton directed one last comeback Friday night, and this one lifted Santa Margarita to a state championship. The junior quarterback scored on a 1-yard dive on fourth down with 16 seconds to lift the Eagles past Bellarmine of San...
 
Ghosts on the pier: Eric Norris uses a 30-second exposure and a 10-stop neutral density filter just before sunset to make an ethereal exposure of the Santa Monica pier at sunset on December 14. Every day of 2011, we're featuring...
 
 
A 41-year-old father of four was shot to death early Saturday as he stood in front of his home in the Westlake neighborhood, Los Angeles police said.
 
Police used batons to disperse protesters in front of Egypt's parliament building as the death toll from two days of rioting rose to at least nine people.
 
 
Kobe Bryant's wife, who stood by her husband when he was charged with sexual assault in 2003, filed for divorce on Friday from the Los Angeles Lakers star, citing irreconcilable differences after a decade of marriage.