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1 dead, 1 critically injured after Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo rocket crashes in Mojave Desert

dailynews.com — MOJAVE >> Virgin Galactic reported that its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket has been lost in Southern California. California Highway Patrol reports 1 fatality, 1 major injury after SpaceShipTwo accident. The company tweeted Friday: "During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo."
Oct 31, 2014

RT @PaulRogersSJMN: Richard Branson's historic spaceship crashed in Cantil, 50 miles east of Bakersfield in Mojave Desert sbsun.com/general-news/2…

Oct 31, 2014

Richard Branson's historic spaceship crashed in Cantil, 50 miles east of Bakersfield in Mojave Desert sbsun.com/general-news/2…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @ladailynews: Virgin Galactic says SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket has been lost; status of pilots unclear shout.lt/JMNH

AFI Fest 2014 brings world of cinema to Hollywood

dailynews.com — AFI Fest, L.A.'s most prestigious film festival, starts Thursday, providing eight days of virtually free entertainment to the movie-loving public in the heart of Hollywood. Balancing a slate of Southern California awards season premieres with some of the year's best international cinema, the American Film Institute's 2014 festival truly offers something for everyone.

USC football team wants to avoid trap game at Washington State

dailynews.com — PULLMAN, Wash. - It's been four years since USC played in the Palouse and no one usually complains when you skip visiting the Pacific-12 Conference's most remote location. "It's not the end of the world, but you can see it from there," former Washington State and USC basketball coach George Raveling once famously said.
Oct 31, 2014

Is a trip to the Palouse just what #USC needs after so many tough road games? dailynews.com/sports/2014103…

Iconic ‘Wizard of Oz’ Cowardly Lion costume up for auction, on view in L.A.

dailynews.com — When Dorothy and friends first encounter the Cowardly Lion in the 1939 classic " The Wizard of Oz," he's springing out of the "dark and creepy" forest. Mane bouncing. Tale flicking. No sign of a zipper anywhere.
Oct 31, 2014

Angelenos can see the iconic ‘Wizard of Oz’ Cowardly Lion costume Nov. 6-9. #bonhams1793 #tcm dailynews.com/arts-and-enter…

Will rain ruin Halloween? Storm expected in Southern California tonight

dailynews.com — LOS ANGELES - A Pacific storm will bring Southern California rain, snow, high winds and possibly thunderstorms beginning this afternoon and lasting through Saturday, forecasters said. Along with some precipitation, which is not expected to last beyond Saturday, the storm will trigger a drop in temperatures until Monday, according to a National Weather Service forecast.
Oct 31, 2014

Will rain ruin Halloween? Storm expected in Southern California tonight dailybreeze.com/general-news/2…

On the media: Seriously, Fox’s World Series crew needs new dance partners

dailynews.com — Harold Reynolds booted so many easy factual ground balls rolling straight at him that, after a short time, one media outlet declared that he "broke Twitter" with all the cantankerous social media blowback. And that was just in Game 1.
Oct 30, 2014

Quite the critique from @tomhoffarth: @MLBONFOX needs new dance partners, starting with @ErinAndrews. Reynolds too. dailynews.com/sports/2014103…

Oct 30, 2014

We're up on the webmachine: Seriously, @MLBONFOX World Series needs new dance partners, starting with @ErinAndrews dailynews.com/sports/2014103…

Clippers hold on to beat Oklahoma City in opening-night nail-biter 93-90

dailynews.com — Spencer Hawes was not on the Clippers last season, so he could not have known exactly how they might have felt when they blew Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinal series at Oklahoma City, then lost the series in Game 6.

Steve Ballmer like a kid with a new toy as Clippers head into season opener

dailynews.com — Steve Ballmer went to bed Wednesday night and slept the fitful, adrenaline-fueled sleep of children on Christmas Eve. The new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers knew Thursday would be different than any other day since he bought the team for $2 billion in May after the NBA ousted previous owner Donald Sterling over recorded racist comments that were made public by TMZ.
Oct 31, 2014

"Steve Ballmer went to bed Wed. night and slept the fitful, adrenaline-fueled sleep of children on Christmas Eve." dailynews.com/sports/2014103…

After Dodgers’ TV fiasco and Lakers’ struggle, will Steve Ballmer lead Clippers into new era of sports media?

dailynews.com — There may be nobody better suited to lead sports television into a new era than a former Microsoft CEO who seems to live by a motto of "hard-core energy." Though he may not relish being saddled with the responsibility, Steve Ballmer could be the perfect candidate at the perfect time to capitalize on his latest investment.
Oct 30, 2014

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Oct 30, 2014

RT @InsideSoCalSpts: After Dodgers' TV fiasco, will Steve Ballmer lead Clippers into new era of sports media? ift.tt/1sMsurL ...

Photos: Los Angeles Clippers home opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder

photos.dailynews.com — By The Los Angeles Clippers take on the Oklahoma City Thunder during their home opener at the Staples Center Thursday, October 30, 2014. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Byron Scott pushing for Jeremy Lin to increase aggression

dailynews.com — The possibility of having a clean slate with the Lakers invigorated Jeremy Lin. No more worries remained about living up to "Linsanity" that sparked during a breakout season in New York. No more uncertainty lingered about his fluctuating role during two frustrating years in Houston.
Oct 31, 2014

ICYMI: Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Byron Scott pushing for Jeremy Lin to increase aggression bit.ly/1wQoZYR

Photos: Major League Soccer Announces New Owners For Los Angeles Club

Oct 30, 2014

@Nomar5 just asked me to pick a good picture! Do these work Mr. Garciaparra? ow.ly/DAuph @MLS owners of Los Angeles Football Club

Oct 30, 2014

@vandey01 check out the new Los Angeles owners for the new @MLS team that will take the field in 2017 ow.ly/DAuph

California audit faults health officials’ handling of nursing home inspections

dailynews.com — California's public health department has failed to adequately manage investigations of nursing homes statewide, resulting in a backlog of more than 11,000 complaints, many involving serious safety risks to patients, according to an audit released Thursday. California State Auditor Elaine M.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @PasStarNews: California audit faults health officials' handling of nursing home inspections shout.lt/JHMv

Steve Ballmer like a kid on Christmas Eve as Clippers head into season opener

dailynews.com — Steve Ballmer went to bed Wednesday night and slept the fitful, adrenaline-fueled sleep of children on Christmas Eve. The new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers knew Thursday would be different than any other day since he bought the team for $2 billion in May after the NBA ousted previous owner Donald Sterling over recorded racist comments that were made public by TMZ.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @InsideSoCalSpts: Steve Ballmer woke up at 5:30 a.m. feeling like a kid on Christmas. He can now open his gift. ift.tt/1tnJrfK pic.twitter.com/Sw4tfiiuYx

Betting on the Breeders’ Cup: How to win with experts’ picks

dailynews.com — Breeders' Cup fans can make smart bets even if they aren't expert handicappers. At last year's Breeders' Cup, you did pretty well if you relied on - or supplemented your own handicapping with - picks from the four handicappers who comprise the consensus each Southern California racing day in this and other Los Angeles News Group papers.

Breeders’ Cup Distaff is a tough one to figure out

dailynews.com — When: Today First post: 11:25 a.m. Signature race: $2 million Distaff Favorite: Untapable, 5-2 More info: breederscup.com ARCADIA >> Trying to pick the winner of today's Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita Park is not an easy proposition. Go with one of the top older females like Close Hatches and Belle Gallantey, or try your luck with the young rising starlet Untapable?

15 firms seek Los Angeles trash franchises

dailynews.com — In a major change of how Los Angeles collects and disposes of trash, the city received bids from 15 trash companies seeking to win exclusive rights in 11 trash franchise zones being created as a way to expand recycling efforts, city officials announced Thursday.

Dia de los Muertos events in Los Angeles have an artistic twist

dailynews.com — It coincides with Halloween, but Dia de los Muertos isn't about tricks or treats. The popular Mexican holiday that translates to "Day of the Dead" celebrates the memories of deceased loved ones with colorful altars decorated with candles, memorabilia and marigolds - the orange-yellow petals being the color of mourning for the ancient Aztec civilization, where the ritual originated about 3,000 years ago.
Oct 30, 2014

Dia de los Muertos events in Los Angeles have an artistic twist dailynews.com/lifestyle/2014…

Can Steve Sarkisian turn around his first USC football season like Pete Carroll did?

dailynews.com — During Pete Carroll's first season at USC, he lost four of his first five games, including two losses in the final 12 seconds. Carroll lost to No. 7-ranked Oregon with 12 seconds left and nearly upset No. 11-ranked Washington before the Huskies kicked a 32-yard field goal on the game's final play.
Oct 30, 2014

Can Steve Sarkisian finish his first season strong like Pete Carroll in 2001? #USC dailynews.com/sports/2014103…