Archive for December, 2014

Thousands ring in new year at Grand Park party in downtown L.A.

For the second year in a row, several thousand people rang in the new year at a free public celebration at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles.

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Man missing since Dec. 24 last seen in Marina Del Rey

Authorities are searching for a 71-year-old man who has been missing since Dec. 24.

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Companies recast office break room as collaborative workspace

For generations, office kitchens were hidden out of sight, an unloved necessity kept stark to ensure that workers didn’t linger.

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NASA team hacks Opportunity to treat Mars rover’s amnesia

NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity has been working well into its golden years – after nearly 11 years roaming the Red Planet, it has survived more than 40 times past its warranty. But now, this trusty veteran explorer is experiencing some worrisome memory loss.

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Stampede at Shanghai New Year’s celebration kills 35, injures 42

A stampede erupted during a New Year’s celebration in Shanghai late Wednesday night, leaving 35 people dead and 42 injured, according to the city’s government information office.

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Has the Vatican stopped picking on American nuns? Let’s hope so

It looks like American nuns are, rightly, beginning to emerge from the shadow of Vatican disapproval and scrutiny.  The Vatican issued a report earlier this month that was the result of a sweeping investigation of religious orders representing thousands of U.S. nuns.

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Jerry Seinfeld returns to Vegas, maybe with new material

Frequent Vegas visitor Jerry Seinfeld returns to Las Vegas April 17-18 for a two-night show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The “Seinfeld” comedian just capped off two nights in Las Vegas last week, and even stopped by The Improv at Harrah’s Las Vegas on Christmas night. There he took the…

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Rex Ryan, Mike Shanahan are hot commodities on NFL coaching market

Rex Ryan was fired Monday after six years as head coach of the New York Jets. Although he led the team to back-to-back appearances in the AFC championship game his first two seasons, Ryan was unable to coach the Jets to a winning record the last four years, including a dismal 4-12 effort in…

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Mortgage rates defy experts to close year below 4%, Freddie Mac says

Closing out a year of surprisingly low mortgage interest rates, the average rate for a conventional 30-year home loan was 3.87% this week, Freddie Mac said, up slightly from 3.83% a week ago.

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Boys’ basketball: Fairfax (10-0) wins tournament title behind Lorne Currie

Fairfax Coach Harvey Kitani said weeks ago he truly liked his team, and after the first month of the season, his instincts have proven correct. The Lions ended 2014 with a 10-0 record won their division championship in the Torrey Pines tournament on Tuesday with a 56-51 win over No

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