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If Cardinal Roger M. Mahony decides to build the new St. Vibiana's Cathedral at another location, he might not stray far from home. Mahony and his advisors have been studying six sites within about a mile of the current, earthquake-damaged cathedral, according to sources involved in the search. Two of the downtown sites are across the street from the existing St. Vibiana's, and three are within a few blocks.
February 20, 2013 | Doyle McManus
Last August, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and then-CIA Director David H. Petraeus proposed that the United States change its policy and send weapons and other aid to the rebels fighting the Syrian government. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, signed on too, an unusual step for the normally cautious Pentagon. President Obama's national security advisor, Thomas Donilon, opposed the proposal, and in the end, the president sided with him. As a result, U.S. assistance to Syria's opposition remains limited to "nonlethal" aid to unarmed political groups, plus humanitarian aid to civilian refugees.
September 28, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
Even as President Obama crosses the country selling his jobs plan, his advisors aren't banking on an economic turnaround to make voters more upbeat about his record come the 2012 election. During his three-day Western swing, Obama faithfully pitched his $447-billion proposal, asserting that it would give the wheezing economy a lift by putting more money in workers' pockets and 2 million people back to work. But his campaign team concedes that game-changing drops in the unemployment rate won't happen any time soon.
June 17, 2012 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney has already had one run-in with the vice presidential selection process, and it did not end well. In late May 2008, well after John McCain had sewed up the Republican presidential nomination, he summoned Romney and other vice presidential contenders to his Arizona ranch. None was picked, and the prize ultimately went to a little-known governor, Sarah Palin of Alaska. Soon the party nominee himself, Romney may not subject his finalists to a similar display.
March 22, 2012 | By David Lauter, Los Angeles Times
On Oct. 28 and 29, 1929, when the great crash devastated the stock market, Herbert Hoover had been president just shy of eight months. For more than three years, he lingered in office as the nation's economy sank into Depression. By the time ofFranklin D. Roosevelt's inauguration, hard times and Hoover had become near synonymous. Barack Obama's timing resembled Hoover's far more than Roosevelt's. The 2008 financial panic hit on George W. Bush's watch with the collapse of Lehman Brothers less than two months before the election.
January 7, 2014 | By David S. Cloud, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON - President Obama became progressively more pessimistic about prospects for a successful ending to the war in Afghanistan, goaded by inexperienced White House advisors and a dislike of Afghan President Hamid Karzai , according to his former Defense secretary, Robert M. Gates. In a forthcoming memoir that mixes strong praise with scathing criticism for Obama and his administration, Gates says Obama doubted his own policy after he decided to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan early in his first term.
Over the last 28 years, Frank Norwood had often wondered about the South Vietnamese Army captain he advised during his 1968 combat tour. He assumed that his counterpart, Capt. Le Tan Lao, did not survive the war and perished either on the battlefield or in a Communist prison camp after South Vietnam's defeat in 1975. Earlier this year, Norwood was "shocked" to learn that Lao was alive and living in Minnesota.
March 11, 2003 | From Associated Press
Capital One Financial Corp. gave advance notice to some of its lenders and advisors that its finance chief planned to resign amid an insider trading probe. The McLean, Va., consumer credit company said that it had discussions with some of its "lenders under its corporate credit facility, advisors, rating agencies and regulators shortly before the public announcement" last week of the probe and the resignation of Chief Financial Officer David Willey.
March 2, 2012 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
The desert's nighttime chill had taken hold at a small U.S.-Afghan base in the Taliban's heartland: the home village, in fact, of Mullah Mohammed Omar, the movement's founder and supreme commander. For the American troops manning the outpost, though, the danger came not from outside the wire, but from within. Hours before dawn Thursday, Afghan assailants, including a man hired to teach Afghan soldiers to read, shot and killed two U.S. troops and wounded a third, Afghan and American officials said.
September 6, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As he offers a case for his reelection Thursday night, President Obama will assert that the country can cut the federal deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next decade and will discuss a plan he says will create a million new manufacturing jobs by the next presidential election. In a speech that hits slightly harder than expected on specific goals for a second term, Obama will pledge to work to double exports by the end of 2014 and cut net oil imports in half by 2020, according to excerpts released by his campaign.
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