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Tuesday, December 20th, 2011
 
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Attention Kmart shoppers! Your Layaway Angel has arrived! Ever since a woman in Michigan made the news for walking into a Kmart Dec. 6 and paying off the layaway balance for a handful of strangers, others across the land have followed her lead,...
 
An Englishman abandons the beautiful game and admits a shameful truth: I like football better than soccer.
 
 
The apparent lack of a prenuptial agreement -- coupled with 10 years of marriage -- will likely significantly increase the size of Vanessa Bryant's divorce settlement with Kobe Bryant, legal experts said. Vanessa Bryant's mother told The Times several years ago that the couple did not sign a prenuptial agreement when they tied the knot in 2001. If true, that would entitle Vanessa to half of their community property. Christopher C. Melcher, a Woodland Hills-based family law attorney, said a prenup with the Lakers star would have limited Vanessa Bryant's rights for spousal support and some property rights. "It could have saved half of his fortune," he said. Some estimates put...
 
wsj.com - 12/20/2011 6:03am
Retirees in RVs?aka "workampers"?flock to Amazon.com warehouses in remote towns to help the online-retail giant fulfill its influx of holiday orders.
 
 
Seeking advance word of government decisions is part of a growing, lucrative?and legal?practice in Washington that employs brokers, lobbyists and political insiders who arrange meetings between hedge funds and officials.
 
A failed Carson City Council candidate drew the attention of federal law enforcement when he called for the assassination of President Obama, whom he described on Facebook with a racial ephithet.
 
 
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An influential South Georgia judge accused of locking up defendants indefinitely and cutting off their access to relatives and lawyers will step down from the bench and avoid a potentially explosive trial.
 
A shallow magnitude 3.6 earthquake was reported Tuesday morning four miles from Ontario, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 12:32 a.m. PST at a depth of 0.6 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was four miles from Mira Loma, five miles from Glen Avon and 38 miles from Los Angeles Civic Center. In the past 10 days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby. Read more about Calif...
 
 
Korean restaurant and business groups say they are all too often unfairly penalized by the health department because their fermented foods are determined to be out of temperature, or above 41 degrees.
 
Common stopped by the Rolling Stone studio recently to perform his new single "Blue Sky" which samples a snippet of Electric Light Orchestra's classic "Mr Blue Sky" After the performance the rapper and actor talked about his role on the TV show Hell on Wheels and getting caught up in...
 
 
A South Carolina man who agreed to eat cocaine that was hidden in his brother’s rectum died from a drug overdose.
 
Buckeyes also lose nine scholarships over the next three years and former coach Jim Tressel was found to have engaged in unethical conduct.
 
 
As women's boxing prepares to make its Olympic debut in London next year, a debate is on the undercard: whether female boxers should compete in skirts.
 
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The Seattle City Council Monday unanimously approved a ban on plastic shopping bags in an effort to reduce plastic litter and protect Puget Sound marine life.
 
 
A preservation group will ask the city of Miami to designate The Miami Herald building, which new owners plan to demolish for a mega-casino resort, as a protected historic landmark.
 
Mooresville-based Lowe's, Inc. met Tuesday with local clergy who delivered a petition from people opposed to the retailer's decision to pull commercials from a TV show about Muslim-Americans, but said it won't reinstate the advertising.
 
 
Huntington Beach will look into lifting the firework ban in the city after more than 20 years. City Council members on Monday agreed to have city staff draft an ordinance that would allow safe and sane fireworks in the city despite concerns from the...
 
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VH1 is looking to hit a grand slam with the new show "Baseball Wives," filmed primarily in Scottsdale's and Phoenix's trendiest restaurants and bars.
 
North Korea closed its land border with China for trade and visitors and summoned back state workers living on the Chinese side to prepare for the funeral of late leader Kim Jong Il.
 
 
wsj.com - 12/20/2011 11:49am
Major U.S. stock indexes rallied on a light trading day, boosted by domestic home building data and a successful Spanish debt auction.
 
The X Factor made its US debut with a glamorous Hollywood premiere this past September and the show plans to wrap its first season with the same red-carpet flair Before the final competitive performances on Wednesday and winner's reveal on Thursday the four judges – Simon Cowell Nicole Scherzinger Paula...
 
 
Jon Bon Jovi wants duped fans to know he’s not dead, and he has posted a photo proving it.
 
The University of Miami announced Tuesday evening that DeQuan Jones — previously suspended for the season in connection to the NCAA investigation into UM and former booster Nevin Shapiro — has been reinstated to the team and “can return to competition immediately.”
 
 
U.S. home building hit its highest level in 19 months in November, with most of the increase coming from multifamily construction.
 
After three seasons, HBO has canceled "Bored to Death," the series starring Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson. The show began with a story by Jonathan Ames, a novelist and memoirist; Ames served as the show's creator and executive producer. Earlier this year, Ames told L.A. Times television critic Robert Lloyd how the show came about: I wrote this "Bored to Death" short story and sent it to a bunch of people in Hollywood a...
 
 
Jon Bon Jovi wants duped fans to know he's not dead, and he has posted a photo proving it.
 
Los Angeles police were looking Tuesday for two men suspected of posing as deliverymen and robbing a Sherman Oaks home. The men knocked on the door of the house in the 4900 block of Matilija Avenue and said they had a delivery to make. As soon as the elderly male resident opened the door, one of the suspects struck him in the head with what the man believed was a gun, said Sgt. Matthew Jacobik of the LAPD's Van Nuys division. Police said th...
 
 
Should investment banks that are seeking underwriting roles in I.P.O.'s be allowed to invest client money in prospective corporate clients ahead of a potential deal?
 
The new Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour in Brea is opening for a limited time on Christmas Eve with regular hours starting next Monday, Dec. 26. I have tickets to a preview party Friday night, Dec. 23. Prize Details: Each ticket is good for VIP access...
 
 
  Vaclav Havel, the former Czech president who died Saturday at 75, was the perfect example of an increasingly rare specimen -- the politically engaged playwright. In today's theatrical climate dominated by movie retreads and safe little dramas, Havel's plays serve as a reminder that theater can have the power to change hearts and minds, and sometimes regimes. Havel's career hewed closely to the dramatic arc of Eastern Europe in the ...
 
The statewide housing picture was slightly better last month than in Orange County and other California counties with high housing costs, a sign that the lowering of mortgage limits for government-sponsored agencies is cutting into pricier home...
 
 
Two student pilots were injured in the single-engine Cessna aircraft that went down on an approach to Denton Municipal Airport early Tuesday.
 
Now that the $39 billion deal to sell T-Mobile USA to AT&T is off, Deutsche Telekom is grappling again with the question that has vexed it for years: What to do with its troubled U.S. wireless business?
 
 
A nonprofit developer armed with a multi-million grant aims to transform Opa-locka’s notorious Triangle into a family-friendly neighborhood by renovating vacant housing, building parks and installing public art.
 
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Although Orange County had 13,000 more people on local payrolls in November than a year ago, it was still tough going with three people looking for every online job advertised, reports the state Employment Development Department. That's down from...
 
 
David Fincher?s adaptation of ?The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,? starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, holds onto the vivid and passionate essence of the book.
 
Political tempers flared between two celebrities when half-Cuban actress Maria Conchita Alonso and Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn exchanged heated insults at Los Angeles Airport, the actress told radio station WMAL on Tuesday.