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U.K. has ambitious plan for driverless cars, but roadblocks remain

The United Kingdom has announced a plan to fast-track driverless cars, meaning self-driving cars could hit public roads by early 2015.

Tiger Woods preaches patience heading into WGC-Bridgestone

Heading into the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational -- his third tournament since back surgery in the spring -- Tiger Woods spoke Wednesday about the road to recovery and how tough it has been.

Snapchat could become latest start-up to reach a $10-billion valuation

Last year, Snapchat decided Facebook's $3-billion offer wasn't cool. You know what's cool? $10 billion.

Rain of asteroids melted early Earth, boiled its oceans, study shows

When you look up at the moon’s pockmarked face, you’re actually staring at Earth’s early history. The rain of asteroids that pummeled the lunar surface hit our planet too — it’s just that erosion and plate tectonics blotted out the evidence. In fact, no rocks anywhere in the world survived to...

Will it be a hit or a bomb with the public? Read the brain waves

To predict a large population's likely response to something--a product, politician or policy--political consultants, marketing gurus and advertising execs have long favored the focus group. Ask a small segment of the target audience what it thinks about something, the formula goes. Tweak...

UCLA flood: Estimate of gallons lost in main break doubles to 20 million

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on Wednesday doubled the estimated amount of water lost in a massive main break that flooded UCLA to 20 million gallons.

Thousands of jellyfish-like creatures wash up near San Francisco Bay

Thousands, possibly millions, of hockey puck-sized creatures washed up along the shoreline near San Francisco Bay this week, but an expert says don't be alarmed.

Pakistan offensive disrupting militant attacks, U.S. says

A six-week Pakistani army offensive has succeeded in disrupting the militant groups that have long enjoyed free rein in the rugged North Waziristan tribal region along the border with Afghanistan, Obama administration officials say.

Family of woman fatally hit by car on Venice boardwalk files lawsuit

The family of an Italian woman fatally struck by a car on the crowded Venice Beach boardwalk claims in a lawsuit that the city and county of Los Angeles failed to provide adequate protection for pedestrians on the busy walkway.

41 people tied to El Monte gang linked to Mexican Mafia are indicted

More than three dozen alleged members and associates of a San Gabriel Valley gang said to be controlled by the Mexican Mafia were indicted on a range of murder, robbery, drug trafficking and other charges, federal officials announced Wednesday.

Dodgers option newly acquired Darwin Barney to triple-A

Apparently Darwin Barney really was acquired for insurance purposes.

Pennsylvania State Police fights DOJ suit alleging discrimination

The Pennsylvania State Police will fight a federal Department of Justice suit alleging that physical fitness tests required for prospective state troopers discriminated against women, officials said Wednesday.

Dining Etiquette: 7 Foods Not to Order on a Job Interview

If you've made it to the second or third round of interviews, you may be invited to a follow-up interview conducted over a meal. There are a few dining tips to consider before walking through the restaurant door - namely what foods on the menu to steer clear from. Show More Summary

From the booth to the big screen: Vin Scully's movie appearances

Dodgers announcer Vin Scully made many baseball fans' day Tuesday when he announced he'll return for an unprecedented 66th year in the broadcast booth. It's a wonder that the prolific play-by-play man, now 86, has ever found time to do anything other than call games — but being in Hollywood's...

Annenberg Foundation donating $500,000 to assure water for center

The Annenberg Foundation said it will donate $500,000 to keep the water flowing at a home for developmentally disabled adults in the Santa Clarita area.

Peatin' Meetin' VI; Scotch Fest for Serious Drinkers

I'm a big whisky fan, but I have to admit that when it comes to peated Scotch, I'm a novice. Drinking something as smoky as Laphroaig for me is a bit of a chore. While I've come around to mezcal, even though I can usually taste thatShow More Summary

Emotions run high as accused killers of USC student appear in court

Two minors fought back tears during an emotional court hearing in downtown Los Angeles as they and two adults faced capital murder charges in the beating death of a USC graduate student.

L.A. County sheriff's employee shot to death while sitting in his car

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department employee died after he was shot multiple times while sitting inside his car in South L.A.

3.0 earthquake strikes Manhattan Beach area

A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported Wednesday afternoon, 5 miles from Manhattan Beach, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Daniel Ricciardo in Formula One title hunt is no longer laughable

Two months ago the idea would have been laughable: Red Bull Racing's rookie Daniel Ricciardo winning the Formula One championship.

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