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December 12, 2013 | By David Wharton
President Obama has never tried to hide the fact he is a big sports fan, throwing Super Bowl parties at the White House and filling out his NCAA Tournament bracket each March, but it seems he is not as enthusiastic about the Olympics. Obama has yet to attend the Games during his tenure in office and probably will skip the upcoming 2014 Sochi Olympics. Michael McFaul, the U.S. ambassador to Russia, says he expects a "presidential delegation" to make the trip on Obama's behalf.
December 8, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Four American presidents, along with more than 60 other world leaders, will travel to South Africa this week to honor former President Nelson Mandela. One man who won't be there is the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader. The Dalai Lama has been denied visas during previous efforts to travel to South Africa, reflecting the sensitivities of China, one of South Africa's most important trading partners. A spokesman for the Buddhist leader, Tenzin Taklha, said the Dalai Lama had no plans to attend, according to South Africa's head of public diplomacy, Clayson Monyela.
December 6, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
The U.K. premiere of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" took place on the same day that iconic South African leader Nelson Mandela died. Though the film opened in the United States on Nov. 29,  actor Idris Elba and Mandela's youngest daughters, Zindzi and Zenani Mandela, joined Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Thursday for its royal film performance at Odeon Leicester Square in London to raise funds for the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund....
December 3, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle
San Bernardino County officials said Tuesday they would investigate the Ecstasy-related death of a 22-year-old man who collapsed while attending a government-approved rave concert in September. A county spokesman said the officials were unaware of the death of Arrel Christopher Cochon until after The Times reported on it late Monday. The Los Angeles City College student was the third person since 2006 to die of a drug overdose after attending a San Bernardino-area rave staged by Insomniac Inc., a Times review of coroner records shows.
December 2, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Governor Jerry Brown made a rare visit to southeast Los Angeles County on Monday for an unveiling of plans for a new casino building in Hawaiian Gardens, a 1-square-mile city bordering Orange County. It was the second time in little more than a month that the governor has been on hand to celebrate a local casino project, even though he doesn't often make public appearances. “I come here today because I want to recognize a family and a business that is contributing to the local community,” Brown told reporters and local officials outside the Gardens Casino, gathered inside a tent with a carpet, potted plants and a chandelier.
November 30, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Major League Soccer has been on a bit of a roll lately. Over the last six months the league has added two teams, topped 6 million in total attendance for the second consecutive season and, according to Forbes, seen the average value of its franchises rise 175% from 2008. Financially, MLS has never been stronger - which is why a half-dozen other cities, from Miami to San Diego, are begging to join. That's the good news. Here's the bad: An unnecessarily drawn-out postseason schedule, flagging TV ratings and a final featuring the two smallest cities in the league are robbing MLS of much of that momentum, putting a damper on what had been one of the most compelling seasons in the league's 18-year history.
November 29, 2013 | By Jay Jones
The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo return Dec. 5-14 to Las Vegas, and although much of the attention will be focused on the action inside the Thomas & Mack Center, you can still enjoy the rodeo even if you're not attending. Here are six ways to get in touch with your inner cowpoke: -- Get in the rodeo spirit in Las Vegas before the Finals Rodeo even begins with the Downtown Hoedown on Dec. 4 at the Fremont Street Experience . Country music singers including Joe Diffie  and Chase Rice  will perform on three stages starting at 4:30 p.m. The free country concerts continue through Dec. 15. -- Catch all the nightly rodeo action on the giant screens inside the Race & Sports Book at the Mirage . At 10 each evening, the venue will host the Rodeo Vegas party, with country performers including the Casey Donahew Band (Dec.
November 25, 2013 | By Ruben Vives, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
A 40-year-old man who pleaded guilty to making false bomb threats against his former employer, United Airlines, has been sentenced to prison, federal prosecutors said Monday. United States District Judge Otis D. Wright II sentenced Patrick Cau, who also used the last name Kaiser, to 18 months in federal prison.   Wright ordered Cau to pay $304,495 in restitution to United Airlines and reimburse $8,838 to the Los Angeles Police Department for the expenses incurred as a result of the bogus threats.  Cau, a German citizen and former flight attendant for United, pleaded guilty in August to one count of giving false information and hoaxes.
November 18, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
You can't tell Toronto Mayor Rob Ford what to do. Don't even bother trying. It will just blow up in your face. Mark Cohon, the commissioner of the Canadian Football League, found out the hard way Sunday when Ford showed up at a playoff game between the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats despite a request from the CFL's head honcho that he stay away. Ford has recently admitted to smoking crack cocaine and drinking excessively. And he's been accused of pressuring a female employee for oral sex, an allegation Ford vehemently denied while using vulgar language on live TV -- and while wearing an Argonauts jersey.
November 12, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
Before a large crowd that packed City Council chambers and spilled outside, the Irvine City Council spent hours Tuesday night considering whether to move forward with a plan that would allow a developer to build 688 acres of the Orange County Great Park in exchange for the right to construct thousands of additional homes around the site's perimeter. "After a long wait and a 10-year process, we are here to vote on the future of the Orange County Great Park," Mayor Steven S. Choi told the crowd.
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