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At least two presumed dead after plane crashes into ocean off San Pedro

LOS ANGELES--The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a private plane and its two passengers after failing to find any sign of life in the waters between San Pedro and the Los Angeles Harbor where it went down Friday afternoon.

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Business

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For American Apparel, out of bankruptcy, it's 'the start of a new day'

American Apparel emerged from bankruptcy Friday, canceling shares of its publicly traded stock and becoming a private company.

The Los Angeles clothing retailer and manufacturer is now owned by its former creditors under the name American Apparel...Read More

Entertainment

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PAFF, where black films matter

LOS ANGELES -- When Hollywood studio executives say there aren't a lot of black-led films for them to produce and distribute, Ayuko Babu laughs. He then picks up the event booklet for the upcoming Pan African Film & Arts Festival at which more ...Read More

Health & Spirit

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Health

Licking wounds, insurers accelerate moves to limit health-law enrollment

Stung by losses under the federal health law, major insurers are seeking to sharply limit how policies are sold to individuals in ways that consumer advocates say seem to discriminate against the sickest and could hold down future enrollment.

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Religion

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox leader to hold historic meeting in Cuba

MIAMI -- In the first meeting ever between a pope and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow will sit face to face next week in Havana.

The meeting is scheduled next Friday at Havana's Jose Marti ...Read More

Senior Living

Social Security Q&A: When will Medicare coverage begin if I retire at ...

Q: If I retire and start getting Social Security retirement benefits at age 62, will my Medicare coverage begin then too?

A: No. Medicare benefits based on retirement do not begin until a person is age 65. If you retire at age 62, you may be able...Read More

Women

My Pet World: Kathy Ireland extending her passion for fashion to pets

Kathy Ireland's Worldwide brand is 28th most powerful brand in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine, topping $2 billion in licensed products in 2013. When it comes to home decor, the one-time super model is a superstar and more ...Read More

Home & Leisure

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Automotive

Honda lurches ahead with pesky nine-speed transmission

Nine-speed transmissions are here to stay. They're being touted as a fuel-efficient selling point in vehicles such as the 2016 Honda Pilot, in top-of-the-line Touring and Elite trim levels.

But these transmissions are also something that might ...Read More

Consumer

The Mortgage Professor: Down payment insurance: Does it make sense?

Investment in a home is often the largest investment a consumer will ever make, so any measures to reduce the risk deserve careful attention. The big risk is that a major house price decline will wipe out the owners' equity, leaving them owing ...Read More

Gardening

On Gardening: Sundiascia, snapdragon kin, striking in both the landscape...

Snapdragon relatives like diascia and nemesia, still seem to be unfamiliar names to the gardeners I speak to even though they have been around for 15 or more years. It seems gardeners are willing to grow snaps but still aren't sure about the ...Read More

Parents

Raising screen-free kids: If 2 hours a day is the norm, some parents say...

For Katie Silberman, the turning point came when a house painter accidentally ripped out the TV cables.

Silberman and her husband, never big TV fans, had fallen into the habit of letting their sons, Lincoln, then 7, and Haven, 4, watch television...Read More

Pets

Knowledge

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History

A thought for the day

A thought for the day: U.S. President Ronald Reagan said, You can accomplish much if you don't care who gets the credit.

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Science & Technology

Twitter offers new, though limited, evidence that it's driving ...

Twitter Inc. announced Friday that it had deleted 125,000 terrorist-related accounts in the last seven months.

The moves comes after months of criticism from President Barack Obama and others who complained that social media companies weren't ...Read More

Weather

NOAA ranks snowstorm as fourth-worst for Northeast since 1950

BALTIMORE -- Last weekend's snowstorm was the fourth-biggest to strike the Northeast since 1950, dumping more than 30 inches of snow on 1.5 million people and affecting nearly 103 million people in all, according to government meteorologists.

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Politics

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On unemployment rate, Obama spikes the football

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Friday took credit for the latest jobs report, saying the 4.9 percent rate shows his stewardship has made the U.S. economy the "strongest and most durable" in the world.

The Labor Department on Friday ...Read More