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Grammy nominations: Beyonce leads with nine, followed by Rihanna, Drake and Kanye West

Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 9:31 a.m.

In this Nov. 4 file photo, Beyonce performs at a Get Out the Vote concert for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Cleveland. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)
The 2017 Grammy nominations were announced Tuesday morning and, as expected, Beyonce leads everyone with nine nominations on the heels of her hit “Lemonade” album. Rihanna, Drake and Kanye West are close behind with eight nods each. The Grammy Awards will air live on Sunday, Feb. 12, and are hosted by James Corden.

A power of attorney for health care document can help ease end of life

Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, midnight

Simply telling the doctor to stop does not absolve them of their responsibility to treat the patient. And some juries may just find that not doing everything possible to prolong life is malpractice. The legal profession seems to be perpetuating an environment that demands physicians employ aggressive, defensive medical intervention as the standard of care.

Blood

Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, midnight

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Try to stay active, even in front of a screen

Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, midnight

Dear Readers: Welcome to the second day of our new “Ask the Doctors” column. As an internist and primary care physician at UCLA Health, my approach to medicine is to understand that I don’t have all the answers – that I have to learn new topics and review old topics all the time. Sometimes, I can provide answers right away. But sometimes, I have to stop and reassess. Medicine has seen many breakthroughs since I graduated from medical school nearly 20 years ago, and evidence has changed many dogmatic ways of practice.

Jimmy Kimmel to host Academy Awards

Mon., Dec. 5, 2016, 10:26 a.m.

Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in September, has been tapped to host the 89th annual Acadmey Awards on Feb. 26. (Chris Pizzello / Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK – The Oscars finally have a host: Jimmy Kimmel will emcee the 89th Academy Awards. The late-night host will be presiding over the ceremony for the first time. Kimmel has been a regular awards host, having twice previously hosted the Emmy Awards (including its broadcast in September) and once led ESPN’s ESPY Awards.

Little windows into Dr. Ruth’s world

Mon., Dec. 5, 2016, midnight

Dr. Ruth Westheimer poses in front the dollhouses she has collected over the past 20 years. Her passion for them arises from her childhood in Nazi Germany. (Chris Sorensen / Washington Post)
Ruth Westheimer was 10 years old in 1939, when she boarded a train leaving Germany with 300 other Jewish children. She brought along one doll, a favorite named Matilda. But a younger child was crying inconsolably, so Westheimer gave the little girl her doll. Because, she says, “she needed it more.” Today Dr. Ruth, America’s favorite sex therapist, is 88. She lives in a New York apartment teeming with books and photos and honorary degrees.

People susceptible to the placebo effect may be keeping us from getting new drugs

Mon., Dec. 5, 2016, midnight

And ever since the 1960s, the U.S. government has required inert placebos as a comparison in clinical trials to determine whether a potential drug is effective or not. Since the act of taking a pill can make many patients feel better, a drug must perform better than a placebo to be allowed on the market.

Obamas celebrated at their last Kennedy Center Honors

Sun., Dec. 4, 2016, 11:36 p.m.

The longest, loudest standing ovation of the Kennedy Center Honors gala wasn’t reserved for Al Pacino, Mavis Staples or the Eagles. Instead, it went to the man sitting to their left, attending his eighth and most likely his last honors presentation: President Barack Obama.

Around the remote: Chuck Barney’s TV picks for the week of Dec. 4-10

Sun., Dec. 4, 2016, midnight

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, file photo, Mariah Carey participates in the "Mariah's World" panel during the NBC Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Richard Shotwell / AP)
No, you just can’t stop the beat. This fresh adaptation of the beloved “Hairspray” comes bursting into prime time with newcomer Maddie Baillio leading the way. She plays teenager Tracy Turnblad, who shakes up a TV dance show in 1962 Baltimore and meets an array of colorful characters in the process.

West Coast wife wants to leave East, return home

Sun., Dec. 4, 2016, midnight

Hi, Carolyn: Twelve years ago, my husband and I moved from my much-loved West Coast to the East Coast, where he was raised. His family lives about an hour from us. At the time, our son was a year old, I was in between jobs and my husband got a job offer (procured in part by his family) for more money and a professional step up. The original idea was two to three years, but the recession hit hard and another baby was born, so we stayed.

American Life in Poetry: ‘Sight,’ by Faith Shearin

Sat., Dec. 3, 2016, 3:58 p.m.

I suppose there have been other poems about a baby’s first look at and into the world, but they couldn’t be more touching than this, by Faith Shearin, who lives in West Virginia, and whose most recent book is “Orpheus, Turning,” from The Broadkill River Press.

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