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No snow? No problem! The art of the snowboard in the concrete jungle of DTLA

This weekend, if you want a taste of winter sports here in the land of drought and far from Sochi, you can head downtown to a new gallery on Mateo …

Artist You Should Know: Young Fathers

Last Friday, I read a flurry of tweets between extraordinary DJ/producers <b>Ewan Pearson</b>, <b>JD Twitch</b> and <b>Joakim</b> all losing their marbles and fawning over …

Oscar nominations 2014: Laying odds on the six major races

We won't have to wait long to see what kind of final decisions Oscar voters will be making out of Thursday's Oscar nominations. This weekend brings the Screen Actors Guild and Producers Guild awards, with the Directors Guild following on Jan. 25. Those awards will give us plenty of concrete clues …

Karen O Reacts to Oscar Nomination for ‘Her’: ‘Holy Smokes!’

This morning Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O earned her first-ever Oscar nomination for “Moon Song,” the tune she penned for Spike Jonze’s …

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What the heck just happened?<p><i>American Hustle</i> and <i>12 Years a Slave</i> just had a very good morning, but as usual with Oscar nominations, there were some surprises – unfortunate, and otherwise.<p>The cast of <i>The Butler</i> may be bummed (sorry, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey), and the Coen brothers have every …

This Could Be the Year Leonardo DiCaprio Wins His First Oscar

The Wolf of Wall Street actor is world-famous and seriously overdue. That’s good news for Paramount, and bad news for his best-actor rivals.<p>Oscar voters like to reward actors who haven’t won in a long time, if ever. That was the basis of The Weinstein Company’s successful campaign on behalf of …

The 28 Movies To See Before Oscar Night

Now that the Oscar nominations are here and we know which movies are truly the year's so-called best, it's time to gear up your to-do list with the many films you probably haven't seen yet. Because come March 2, you're going to want to know what the heck Ellen DeGeneres is talking about when she …

Why No Oscar Love For 'Inside Llewyn Davis'?

Screw the Academy. This is a brilliant anti-Oscar film with an unsympathetic hero, set against a washed-out New York, a historical time period with …

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California drought could force key water system to cut deliveries

Officials Friday said that for the first time ever, the State Water Project that helps supply a majority of Californians may be unable to make any deliveries except to maintain public health and safety.<p>The prospect of no deliveries from one of the state's key water systems underscores the depth of …

Humans are more than clever apes? Don't make me laugh

Most qualities we think of as particularly 'human' can be seen elsewhere in the animal kingdom, thanks to evolution<p>Just how special do you think you are? How different do you think you are from other animals? Do you think of yourself as an animal or do you see yourself, and your fellow humans, as …

At Least 14 Dead In Eruption Of Indonesian Volcano

An Indonesian volcano that had been rumbling for months finally unleashed a deadly cloud of poisonous gas and gray ash, killing at least 14 people only a day after authorities had allowed thousands of evacuated villagers to return to their homes.<p>A series of huge blasts came from Mount Sinabung, a …

Building Design Influences Bacterial Growth

The human microbiome has been in the news for several years now, as researchers have begun to unravel the importance of microbes living in and on our bodies. These bacteria and other microbial critters influence human health, and the composition and combination of various species have been linked …

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Sap Discovery Could Turn Syrup-Making Upside Down

Last year researchers at the University of Vermont announced something that could change the way we think about Vermont — or at least how it produces its famous maple syrup.<p>The time-honored method calls for inserting a tap near the bottom of a tall, mature maple tree. At the end of February, the …

Cate Blanchett responds to letter by Woody Allen's daughter, Dylan Farrow

Cate Blanchett has responded to an open letter by Woody Allen’s daughter, Dylan Farrow, which alleges he sexually abused her two decades ago.<p>Blanchett, the star of Allen’s latest film, Blue Jasmine, was one of the actors attacked by Farrow for working with the director, in a letter published by the …

Israeli embassy in US tweets in support of SodaStream and Scarlett Johansson

The Israeli embassy in the US has tweeted in support of the SodaStream commercial featuring Scarlett Johansson, just days after the actor quit her role as an ambassador for Oxfam over their objection to her endorsement of the brand.<p>On Sunday night in the US an edited version of the ad featured …

Watch: Bob Dylan Stars in Chrysler's Super Bowl Commercial

In addition to helping sell yogurt with "I Want You", Bob Dylan was the star of a Chrysler Super Bowl commercial. He helped plug the company's new 200 model with narration about American ingenuity over images of American icons like Rosie the Riveter, Route 66, James Dean, and yes, Bob Dylan. "Let …

First Listen: Cibo Matto, 'Hotel Valentine'

For many bands who return after long hiatuses, the absences melt away quickly. My Bloody Valentine, gone 22 years, put out an album last year that jumped directly from the sound of 1991's <i>Loveless</i>. When Superchunk returned from a nine-year break, it had lost nothing off its punky fastball; when …

First Listen: Hurray For The Riff Raff, 'Small Town Heroes'

New Orleans is a tricky place to put into song. To a degree matched only by California and New York City, the Big Easy makes and is made by the American geographical zeitgeist, and has captured the imaginations of songwriters since its founding. It seems massively daunting, if not impossible, to …

50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now

Who rules the road in 2013? To find out, <i>Rolling Stone</i> asked a panel of writers, industry figures and artists – from Lars Ulrich of Metallica to …

A sense of loss as NBC's 'Tonight Show' ends its Leno and Burbank eras

The sign advertising his show still looms over the<p>NBCparking lot, and for a few more days throngs of fans will crowd the studio gates in Burbank before tapings. ButJay Lenosays he's ready to leave — and this time, he says he really means it.<p>After more than 40 years,<p>"The Tonight Show"is leaving …

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Cruise virus outbreak one of worst in 20 years, CDC says

Federal health officials confirmed on Friday that norovirus was the culprit that sickened nearly 700 people on a cruise ship this week, and said it was one of the biggest norovirus outbreaks in 20 years.<p>But the source of the outbreak on the Royal Caribbean ship Explorer of the Seas, which returned …

Concern grows over possibility of a massive power surge

FREDERICK, Md. — Roscoe Bartlett was rattling off the prices of giant bags of rice, wheat and corn, sold cheaply at Sam's Club. The former congressman from rural, western Maryland expressed bewilderment that every American doesn't stockpile such things, considering what he is sure is …

John Kerry labelled 'anti Semite' for warning of possible boycott of Israel

US Secretary of State has been labelled an 'anti Semite' for warning of a possible economic boycott if Israel fails to reach a peace accord with the Palestinians<p>John Kerry, the US secretary of state, triggered an angry backlash from Israeli leaders on Sunday after warning <b>Israel</b> faces an economic …

Clinton backs Obama on Iran

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made clear she supports President Barack Obama’s call to allow the current negotiations over ending Iran’s nuclear development and that new sanctions being debated by Congress should be shelved while those talks take place, according to a …

Costa Rica holds presidential elections

<b>The governing party's candidate has taken a clear lead in early results as votes are counted in Costa Rica's presidential election.</b><p>Johnny Araya of the National Liberation Party is on 36% with centrist Luis Guillermo Solis on 21% and left-winger Jose Maria Villalta on 17%.<p>If no candidate wins …

Seattle Dominates Denver To Win Its First Super Bowl

The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8 to win Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday night, the first Super Bowl victory in the team's history.<p>The game got off to an odd start on the first play from scrimmage when Broncos center Manny Ramirez snapped …