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Five takeaways from the Lakers' 103-100 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies

The most important question after every game the Lakers play is this: What did they learn? This group has overachieved some to start the season, and with that comes the temptation to reset expectations. That’s not what the Lakers want. They want to keep their focus on development and on learning....

Twitter gossip may be good, especially when it's about airlines

Ssssh. The Twitter gossip about your favorite (and not-so-favorite) airlines is out. Name: airrating.com What it does: The website ranks airlines from 10 (highest) to zero (lowest), based on Twitter mentions of airline Twitter handles. The latest tweets for represented airlines are shown. What’s...

Rams' Dominique Easley, Patriots' Chris Long look forward to playing against former teammates

There is no special motivation for Dominique Easley on Sunday against the New England Patriots. That, at least, is what the Rams’ defensive tackle said. “Just like any other game,” he said. Easley, who has played well in a rotation with starters Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers, played in college...

New Hampshire looks for answers behind oyster outbreaks

For the past 25 years, researcher Stephen Jones has tried to understand the threat that bacteria may pose to oysters in New Hampshire's Great Bay estuary. He often couldn't get funding to study the problem. But that is beginning to change as scientists notice "something is going on."

Severe rain causes flooding in southern Spain, one woman dead

MADRID (Reuters) - The heaviest rainfall in years along Spain's southern coastline has flooded the streets of the city of Malaga and nearby towns, killing one woman and prompting the Spanish government to issue a public safety warni...

From teenage science project to Nasdaq

The gig: Andrew Ritter, the 34-year-old founder of Ritter Pharmaceuticals in Los Angeles, created the original form of the firm’s lead experimental drug by testing it on himself when he was in eighth grade.  Ritter has been working on the project — which he says could be the first government-approved...

China struggles to make sense of Trump and his phone call with Taiwan

Trump speaks with Taiwan's president, which could provoke China Dec. 4, 2016, 6:28 a.m. This is our look at President-elect Donald Trump's transition and the outgoing Obama administration. Here's what's happening: Trump's call could upset delicate relations with China Gen. James Mattis will need...

The supposed 'rebirth' of Watts makes Jordan Downs residents uneasy

At a ceremonial groundbreaking three months ago in Watts, elected officials, housing authority bureaucrats and residents all took turns swinging sledgehammers at a 1950s cinder-block structure to mark the demolition of Jordan Downs. The event marked the first phase in the remaking of this public...

AFC notes: Raiders' Derek Carr is the comeback king

Baltimore Ravens: Justin Tucker is 27 for 27 on field-goal tries. His run of 34 in a row over two seasons is tied for the sixth best in NFL history. Buffalo Bills: Tyrod Taylor leads all quarterbacks with 439 yards rushing. He has run for a touchdown in four of the last five games and has a career-high...

Agencies were urged to address Paramount metal emissions years before air toxics scare

The recent discovery of high levels of a cancer-causing pollutant in Paramount has alarmed residents and led authorities to crack down on dangerous emissions from two metal-processing plants. But the interventions last week by air regulators and health officials followed years of slow and sporadic...

Looted by Nazis, then seized from my dining room

Two agents from U.S. Homeland Security’s ICE unit arrived at my door in September looking for a Polish lady — not a person, but a painting: Melchior Geldorp’s “Portrait of a Lady.” She had, they informed me, been looted by the Nazis from the National Museum in Warsaw. Unsure if these gentlemen...

NFC notes: Lions' Matthew Stafford has been intercepted once in the last seven games

Arizona Cardinals: David Johnson has 11 consecutive games with 100 yards rushing. Bruce Arians-coached teams are 5-1 versus the NFC East. Atlanta Falcons: Last week, Matt Ryan became first player to pass for at least 200 yards in 50 consecutive games. Julio Jones leads the league with 1,140 yards...

In booming retail warehouses, robots steadily replace some workers

When Skechers started building a colossal distribution center in Moreno Valley six years ago, backers promised a wave of new jobs. Instead, by the time the company moved operations to the Moreno Valley, the company had closed five facilities in Ontario that employed 1,200 people and cut its workforce...

More hotels are checking out of the Bible business

When the ultra-hip Moxy Hotel opens in San Diego next year, the rooms will be stocked with the usual amenities — an alarm clock, hair dryer, writing desk and flat-screen TV. But you won’t find a Bible in the bedside nightstand. Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel company, supplies...

Rams who must deliver against the Patriots

RAMS WHO MUST DELIVER… Left tackle Greg Robinson. After 35 consecutive starts, the No. 2 pick in the 2014 draft was made inactive last week against the Saints. Rodger Saffold, who started in his place, suffered a hand injury that could limit or keep him out against the Patriots. The Rams need Robinson...

A night of music and dance turns into a deadly inferno at Oakland warehouse

The night was young, and Seung Lee liked the vibe of the dance party just starting in an old warehouse in the Fruitvale District, so he and two friends decided to stay. But first they needed to get some drinks at the liquor store down the block. They climbed down the wood pallets that spanned a...

California lawmakers want to reform a bail system they say 'punishes the poor for being poor'

California lawmakers next year will make it a top priority to reform the system through which judges award criminal offenders bail, saying courts across the state are punishing “the poor for being poor.” Assemblyman Rob Bonta and Sen. Bob Hertzberg said they plan to fire the first salvo Monday,...

Political Road Map: There are more than 15 lobbyists for each lawmaker in Sacramento

The first week of December after every election sparks a policy and political awakening in California’s state Capitol for the three houses of the legislative branch of government. Yes, three. Civics books list only the state Senate and Assembly, but then there are the professional lobbyists who...

St. John Bosco puts big hurt on Mater Dei

If you have the best football player on the field and he stands 6 feet 5, weighs 310 pounds and is headed to Ohio State, you find a way get him involved. And that’s what Bellflower St. John Bosco Coach Jason Negro did on Saturday night in the Southern Section Division 1 championship game against...

Football: Saturday's City and Southern Section championship scores

Saturday, December 3rdCITYDIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIPNarbonne 42, Dorsey 34DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIPLos Angeles 36, Hawkins 6DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIPFranklin 27, Reseda 18SOUTHERN SECTIONDIVISION 1 CHAMPIONSHIPSt. John Bosco 42, Mater Dei 28DIVISION 5 CHAMPIONSHIPCalabasas 35, Capistrano Valley 14DIVISION...

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