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January 8, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Al Roker went sans underpants in George W. Bush's White House - but it wasn't because he was feeling sexy on the job. Rather, the "Today" show weatherman had accidentally pooped his pants on his way in. He'd included the anecdote in his new book, "Never Goin' Back," released a week ago, and discussed it in an interview with Nancy Snyderman on Sunday's "Dateline. " By Tuesday, however, after the tale of his tail took on a life of its own, he found himself on "Today" discussing it again.
April 11, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Birmingham pulled off the shocker of the week on Friday, knocking off Chatsworth, 5-4, in a West Valley League thriller. It was Birmingham's first win over Chatsworth since the 2002 season. In the seventh, freshman Justin Rorick led off with a single. After a walk, Victor Robles put down a bunt that was thrown away, allowing Rorick to score the winning run. Alexis Miranda had two hits and two RBIs for the Patriots. El Camino Real completed a sweep of Taft with a 7-2 victory.
Five months before voters go the polls, Gov. Gray Davis effectively launched the fall election campaign Wednesday by airing a pair of television spots touting his record on abortion, the environment, crime and gun control. The 30-second ads, which never mention Republican rival Bill Simon Jr., are the first advertisements either candidate has run since the March 5 primary and underscored the incumbent's tremendous financial advantage in the governor's race.
February 20, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON - A Guantanamo Bay prisoner who was a relative of one of the Sept. 11 hijackers pleaded guilty Thursday in the bombing attack of a French oil tanker off the coast of Yemen. Top military officials pointed to the plea as an example of the efficiency of the war crimes tribunals at the U.S. military prison in Cuba, though critics noted that the majority of terrorism suspects held there are still in legal limbo awaiting trial. Ahmed Darbi pleaded guilty during a court arraignment in what would have been the start of his military trial.
For months, Richard Riordan has made support for abortion rights a centerpiece of his campaign for governor. The implicit argument: No Republican opposed to abortion rights can beat Democratic incumbent Gray Davis in November. But Davis has reached back into Riordan's past to cast him in precisely the terms Riordan hoped to avoid: as an opponent of abortion rights in a state that has strongly supported them.
October 12, 2013 | By Robert Hilburn
Johnny Cash's life in the 1960s is mostly remembered as a time of glorious achievement - from the landmark prison albums at Folsom and San Quentin to the launch of the ABC-TV series featuring such guests as Bob Dylan and the Doors that led to his becoming a giant figure in popular culture, a symbol to millions, no less, of the best of American social values. But Cash also experienced excruciatingly dark times in the decade, fueled by drugs and guilt over the breakup of his marriage.
January 11, 2007 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
TYCOONS trying to impress will pay millions for a Picasso or Pollock, so why not splurge on a living, breathing Jagger? Or hire rapper 50 Cent to drop by the mansion and perform "Get Rich or Die Tryin' "? Now that will get them talking down at the country club. That's the loud and lavish sensibility behind the hottest party accessory around -- the rentable rock star.
March 17, 2004 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A teenage girl was found guilty Tuesday of helping two men kill popular young actor Merlin Santana, making a clean sweep for prosecutors, who earlier won convictions against her two codefendants. Monique King lied to her two accomplices by saying the actor had made sexual advances toward her; she also helped them get away after they shot Santana, said Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry P. Fidler.
July 9, 2008 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Medical castration to treat localized prostate tumors does not prolong survival and its side effects far outweigh any potential benefit for most patients, researchers reported today. The technique, which involves using drugs to block the body's production of the male hormone androgen, is a powerful tool when used in conjunction with surgery or radiation for treating aggressive prostate tumors.
September 16, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
HENDERSON, Nev. - In 2009, Samantha Geimer was watching the daytime talk show "The View" from her then-home in Hawaii when the panel took up the topic of her encounter at age 13 with director Roman Polanski. Polanski had just been arrested in Switzerland, more than three decades after the day in 1977 that changed both their lives. "It wasn't rape-rape," co-host Whoopi Goldberg said, setting off a firestorm of criticism. In fact, it was "rape-rape" by nearly any definition except the charge to which Polanski pleaded guilty (unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor)
January 26, 2014 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND - This city's beleaguered Police Department entered 2013 in full defensive mode. The crime rate had soared. Staffing was off sharply. And memories of the heavy-handed police response to Occupy protests 14 months earlier - and the lawsuits it generated - remained fresh. Scrambling for a turnaround, elected leaders hired out-of-state consultants to overhaul policing strategy and launched the first new police academies in years to beef up the force. The federal judge overseeing a settlement agreement over racial profiling and the beating and framing of suspects named a compliance director, giving him near-total control over the department.
January 4, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The large pictures on the wall at the Lakers' facility show Kobe Bryant elevating for a shot by the basket, Pau Gasol driving the baseline against Al Horford and even Ryan Kelly lofting a mid-range jumper in an exhibition game. No pics of Kendall Marshall. Yet. You can't really blame the Lakers, who had no reason to attach themselves to a player who might not have made it out of January with them. But then Friday night happened, Marshall becoming the first Lakers player since 2002 to get 20 points and 15 assists in a game.
December 4, 2013 | By Bruce Arena, Special for The Times
Entering Friday's draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the United States and 31 other countries in the tournament will be on pins and needles to see how they fare in the selection process. The 2014 World Cup field is arguably the strongest in history. The eight seeded teams - four from Europe (Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium) and four from South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay) - are all capable of advancing deep in the tournament. The draw will produce eight groups of four teams.
September 25, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
It was both eerie and gripping to watch the smart new true-crime drama "Blue Caprice" just days after the shooting rampage at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Loosely based on the 2002 Beltway shootings - 13 killed or injured by sniper fire - director Alexandre Moors' stylish first feature unfolds like a procedural. Yellow crime tape and draped bodies to start, then a shift to dissect the criminal minds, rather than the crime. An alliance between 17-year-old Lee Boyd Malvo and angry ex-soldier John Allen Muhammad proved deadly.
June 30, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
HOUSTON -- C.J. Wilson threw seven strong innings, and Josh Hamilton snapped a tie with a run-scoring double in the eighth inning to lead the Angels to a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Sunday. The win completed a three-game sweep of the Astros, who had won seven of their first 10 games against the Angels this season, and came on the heels of a three-game sweep at Detroit. It was the Angels' first 6-0 road trip since Sept. 3-8, 2002, when they swept series at Tampa Bay and Baltimore.
May 29, 2013 | By Steve Appleford, Los Angeles Times
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. Even at the worst of times, one facet of the Alice in Chains saga was never in doubt: the longtime friendship of founding members Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney. The guitarist and drummer met when the hard-rock band formed in 1987 and have grown only closer through the years of success and tragedy. "He's my absolute best friend," says Cantrell, 47, the band's guitarist and co-vocalist. "I've never been committed to anything for this long through the good and the bad. And we're still doing this, which says a lot. It's meaningful.
November 17, 2008 | Nicholas Riccardi, Riccardi is a Times staff writer.
In June, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made a fateful decision. They called on California Mormons to donate their time and money to the campaign for Proposition 8, which would overturn a state Supreme Court ruling that permitted gay marriage. That push helped the initiative win narrow passage on election day. And it has made the Mormon Church, which for years has striven to be seen as part of the American mainstream, a political target.
So here's Steven Spielberg, the man who defined blockbuster, the man with three Oscars, not to mention Emmys, Golden Globes and lifetime achievement awards. He's even got five honorary doctorates, the last one on Monday from Yale.
May 27, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times
Collection agencies profit by buying up old debt, chasing borrowers for payment and, when all else fails, using the courts to recover as much as they can. It's a business model polished and perfected over decades of litigation. But what if the deadbeat is a sovereign nation of 40 million people whose fiery president has sworn never to pay? That question now faces the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, which has become an unlikely referee in a high-stakes grudge match pitting Wall Street investors against Argentina.
May 26, 2013 | Helene Elliott
SAN JOSE - Darryl Sutter wasn't in a philosophical mood Sunday night, and he surely wasn't inclined to appreciate the finer points of the Kings' playoff history after what felt like their 20th 2-1 playoff loss this spring. Who could blame the coach? A win Sunday at HP Pavilion would have launched the Kings to the Western Conference finals. Their third 2-1 defeat in this series and fifth by that score in two rounds, all coming on the road, sent them back to Staples Center for a decisive seventh game on Tuesday.
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