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TV ratings: 2014 MLB All-Star game boasts high numbers

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 16, 2014 - 2:30pm
The 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star game on Fox proved to be a grand slam in TV ratings, according to Nielsen Media Research.

3 men linked to Mexican drug ring charged in kidnapping of S.C. man

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 16, 2014 - 2:10pm
Three men said to be members of a Mexican drug organization have been accused of kidnapping for ransom a South Carolina man who allegedly owed them $200,000 in marijuana, according to court documents.

Another 'oops' moment for Scott Brown in New Hampshire Senate race

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 16, 2014 - 1:59pm
When your biggest liability is the fact that you’ve been labeled a carpetbagger, it helps to avoid any confusion about the state that you’re running to represent.

Latest Fed survey sees improved economy

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 16, 2014 - 1:58pm
The economy kept expanding in all regions of the country in June and early July, helped by strength in consumer spending, a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday indicates.

Pelosi opposes change that would make deporting children easier

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 16, 2014 - 1:55pm
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) has shifted her stance on amending a law to make it easier for the U.S. to deport minors, now saying she opposes such a change because it would deprive the children of due process.

Stocks close higher; Time Warner soars

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 16, 2014 - 1:47pm
Major stock indexes rebounded Wednesday, finishing higher for the third time in four days and lifting the Dow Jones industrial average to its second record close this month.

Netflix cuts costs by ending Saturday DVD shipments

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 16, 2014 - 12:03pm
Netflix has quietly stopped sending Saturday shipments to customers of its DVD subscription service, a move that could save the company 10% annually on shipping costs, one analyst estimates.

Jesse Owens film 'Race' lands at Focus Features; adds Sudeikis, Irons

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 16, 2014 - 11:50am
"Race," a biographical drama about Olympic track and field star Jesse Owens, will cross the finish line at Focus Features, which has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.

Price not right: Angels won't break up major league roster in trades

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 16, 2014 - 11:47am
David Price might be the grand prize in the trade market, but the Angels are out of the running.

Sling Media introduces new entry-level, Wi-Fi-enabled Slingbox M1

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 16, 2014 - 11:35am
Sling Media Inc. on Tuesday announced the Slingbox M1, a new, cheaper version of its entry-level set-top box.

21st Century Fox - Time Warner deal would face intense D.C. scrutiny

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 16, 2014 - 11:34am
A potential combination of entertainment giants 21st Century Fox and Time Warner would likely draw intense scrutiny from the Federal Communications Commission, Justice Department, Capitol Hill and consumer groups already concerned about media consolidation.

Court vacates stay in Missouri execution; case goes to Supreme Court

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 16, 2014 - 11:33am
A federal appeals court lifted the stay of the execution of a Missouri death row inmate Wednesday, and defense attorneys immediately filed an appeal to the state Supreme Court as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.

Doug Belgrad named Sony Motion Picture Group President

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 16, 2014 - 11:15am
Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad has been named president of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group, Sony Pictures Entertainment said Wednesday.

Gallopin's breaks away for stage win; Nibali leads Tour de France

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 16, 2014 - 11:11am
French rider Tony Gallopin led a late breakaway in a show of opportunism and savvy racing to win Wednesday's 11th stage of the Tour de France as Italy's Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall lead.

Amazon appears to be testing an unlimited Kindle ebook subscription

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 16, 2014 - 11:11am
Amazon.com appears to be testing a new subscription model that would give members all-you-can-read access to more than 600,000 ebooks for $9.99 a month. 

'Disco Demolition 2' will destroy Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus records

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 16, 2014 - 9:01am
It has been 35 years since the Chicago White Sox held "Disco Demolition Night" at Comiskey Park, when fans were asked to bring their disco record to be destroyed in an on-field explosion between games of a doubleheader between the White Sox and Detroit Tigers. After the destruction, thousands...

UCLA's soccer team is getting national player of the year Abu Danladi

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 16, 2014 - 8:56am
A native of Ghana, Abu Danladi can't wait to join UCLA's soccer team this fall. He was named the Gatorade national player of the year in soccer after playing the last three years for Dunn High in Los Olivos, Calif.

Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax head all-time All-Star team

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 16, 2014 - 8:31am
All day Tuesday, Times readers were asked to vote in a series of polls to select the greatest players at each position in baseball history. Readers were able to vote for three people at each position (except right-handed starter, where the limit was five). There were 8,608 ballots cast, and...

Speculation surrounds Carl Crawford as non-waiver trade deadline looms

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 16, 2014 - 7:45am
The non-waiver trade deadline looms later this month, and you can expect more contenders and bottom feeders will do what the Oakland Athletics and Chicago Cubs have already done. The A’s bulked up; the Cubs dumped salary. Here’s a look at some other players who might change places:
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