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Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam.

The man who helped Michael Sam publicly come out

Michael Sam could be the NFL's first openly gay player. But telling the story of his own life is a complex one, one that PR guru Howard Bragman helped Sam with personally.
The National Security Agency logo.

The Internet demonstrates against NSA surveillance Tuesday

Tuesday, online activists around the world will be participating in what's being called, "The Day We Fight Back." It's meant to draw attention to the Internet surveillance done on Americans by the NSA, and to call on Congress to act and limit the agency's powers.
Sun Valley Conference
The Chronicle of Philanthropy's "Philanthropy 50" list of the top 50 most generous donors in 2013 was released Monday and includes 15 Californians.

How your McDonald's chicken nuggets are made

McDonald's Canada recently released a video about how chicken McNuggets are made.
A woman looks at the HealthCare.gov insurance exchange site on Oct. 1 in Washington, D.C.

Gaps in the Affordable Care Act leave many in limbo

In the first of a two part series from the Fronteras Desk, Tristan Ahtone reports on some people who will continue to fall through the cracks.
85th Annual Academy Awards - Fan Arrivals

Hollywood Jobs: Red Carpet Stylist

Judging the outfits of movie stars on the red carpet is like a spectator sport: lots of armchair judges will critique every last detail, and God help you if you're a star who finds out that someone else at the event has the exact same dress. That's where stylist David Zyla comes in.
The LEGO® Movie - Official Main Trailer [HD]
"The Monuments Men" opened this weekend. And even with its all star cast it only pulled in a modest $22 million while "The Lego Movie" dominated and had the biggest opening weekend for any movie in 2014.

Dumb Starbucks: Why is it here and why are people lining up?

A coffee shop called Dumb Starbucks, claiming to parody the popular chain, has opened to long lines of people in Los Feliz. But who is behind it and why did they open?
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Entangled In Sexual Harassment Scandal Holds News Conference

San Diego's new mayor could hinge on Latino voters

Republicans are keen to retake the seat, but labor unions have spent heavily to avoid that. As Sandhya Dirks reports from KPBS, a lot depends on whether Latino voters turn out at the polls.
San Diego Mayor
The result of San Diego's mayoral election could signal what's to come in California during this next year of politics.

Can big data be used to raise awareness against bullying?

A 13-year-old schoolboy from Virginia is hoping to harness the power of big data to tackle bullying.
lausd school bus

Schools can do more to prevent sexual abuse, GAO report finds

Incomplete background checks, cover ups and a lack of training are just a few of the ways in which schools are failing to protect students from sexual abuse, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.
The Broad Museum

Broad Museum of Contemporary Art opening delayed

The new plaza that will accompany the museum is set to open this fall, while the museum opening has been pushed back until 2015.

Republicans shift their focus to Asian-American voters

Asian-Americans have made the biggest shift away from the Republican party of any ethnic group.
2011 Comic Con Portraits Day 1

Peter Gallagher heads to the stage

Gallagher's new one-man show explains how Gallagher got into the business and how he learned from legends like Jack Lemmon, James Cagney and Peter O'Toole.

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