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February 8, 1995 | DAWN BONKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Aileen Garrigues hears the au pair horror stories and stows them into her memory along with the other parental frets and worries. But she has none to share, thank you very much. Garrigues adores her au pair, a 19-year-old from Burgundy, France. Celine Noel speaks charming English, enjoys pushing the stroller around Garrigues' Marina del Rey neighborhood, is smart, cheerful and capable. She even toted a collection of French nursery rhyme books for Garrigues' infant daughter when she came over last year.
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SCIENCE
December 13, 2013 | By Amina Khan
The habitable zone around sun-like stars might be a little wider - or thinner - depending on how big you thought the habitable zone was in the first place, suggests new research in the journal Nature. The findings, based on 3-D models of the runaway greenhouse gas effect, may alter the estimated number of habitable planets around sun-like stars in our galaxy - and they may also may affect how future planet-hunting space telescopes are designed and built. The habitable zone is the doughnut-shaped "Goldilocks" region around a star where a planet would be warm enough to have liquid water and cool enough to keep it from evaporating away.
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WORLD
February 1, 2010 | By Mitchell Landsberg
Reporting from Petite Riviere De L'Artibonite, Haiti -- National Route 1, which cuts north along the Caribbean from Haiti's crumpled capital, barely deserves to be called a road in stretches, much less a national highway. Long sections are more potholed than paved, and for miles and miles the pavement disappears altogether and is replaced not so much by dirt as by rocks the size of mangoes. On this road, earthquake victims have fled Port-au-Prince by the tens of thousands.
WORLD
October 12, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - African Union leaders Saturday said that no sitting African leader should face trial by the International Criminal Court for heinous crimes. But African opponents failed to win support for a mass withdrawal from the ICC at an AU summit in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, on Africa's relationship with the court, according to news agencies. After the summit, AU officials suggested that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta would withdraw his cooperation with the court based in The Hague in his upcoming trial for crimes against humanity.
WORLD
January 20, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Ken Ellingwood
Reporting from Port-Au-Prince and Mexico City -- Earthquake-stricken residents in Haiti were jolted from sleep this morning by a magnitude 5.9 aftershock that sent people running into the street and sowed fresh fears eight days after a catastrophic temblor. There were no immediate reports of injuries, and it was unclear what more damage was caused by the aftershock, which hit just after 6 a.m. local time about 35 miles west-southwest of the devastated capital, Port-au-Prince, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
SCIENCE
December 13, 2013 | By Amina Khan
The habitable zone around sun-like stars might be a little wider - or thinner - depending on how big you thought the habitable zone was in the first place, suggests new research in the journal Nature. The findings, based on 3-D models of the runaway greenhouse gas effect, may alter the estimated number of habitable planets around sun-like stars in our galaxy - and they may also may affect how future planet-hunting space telescopes are designed and built. The habitable zone is the doughnut-shaped "Goldilocks" region around a star where a planet would be warm enough to have liquid water and cool enough to keep it from evaporating away.
TRAVEL
October 15, 2000
On June 18 you had an article about Parisian food--"Dishing Up Paris Classics." We just returned from Paris and tried two of the restaurants: Le Souffle and Au Trou Gascon. They were wonderful. We would just like to add a caveat: Au Trou Gascon, 40 Rue Taine in the 12th Arrondissement, is a long way from the center of Paris. People should allow plenty of time to get there, but it's worth the trip. And reservations are important. IRIS HAINES West Covina
SPORTS
September 22, 2001
T.J. Simers, in his column of Sept. 19, states that he and Bill Plaschke are doing a TV show on Fox (where else?). He also says that according to the ratings, no one knows they're on. Au contraire! The insignificance of the ratings would seem to indicate that everyone knows. Zachary Charles Burbank
WORLD
October 12, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - African Union leaders Saturday said that no sitting African leader should face trial by the International Criminal Court for heinous crimes. But African opponents failed to win support for a mass withdrawal from the ICC at an AU summit in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, on Africa's relationship with the court, according to news agencies. After the summit, AU officials suggested that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta would withdraw his cooperation with the court based in The Hague in his upcoming trial for crimes against humanity.
WORLD
April 11, 2010 | By Joe Mozingo
Relief organizations on Saturday began to move Haitians from tent camps that are in danger of flooding to new camps on the perimeter of the city, part of a larger plan to decentralize the population after January's devastating earthquake. After a heavy rain the night before, buses carried 62 people from a bedraggled camp on a defunct golf course to a barren field 10 miles northwest of the city. Aid workers helped Romaine Vincent Donal, 44, load her belongings in wheelbarrows.
WORLD
October 11, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- A top African Union official said the International Criminal Court was a "political instrument" with a condescending approach to Africa, as African leaders gathered in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to discuss the court. The extraordinary meeting to talk about the court's relationship with Africa comes with Kenya's president and vice president facing trial for crimes against humanity at the ICC in the Hague. Some East African officials are reportedly pressing for a mass withdrawal from the ICC. Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda have been deeply critical of the ICC, accusing it of bias.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Google may find this hard to believe, but as a seasoned traveler (I was a national and foreign correspondent for a decade) I know this to be true: There are many places in the world where smartphones are useless. Part of the joy of traveling, in fact, is to go to places where the data stream can't reach you. Yes, I did get good cellphone service in the jungle city of Iquitos, Peru, but wander a few miles down the Amazon and it fades away. Even now, a map of the cellphone service in the U.S. shows you're in trouble not long after your car leaves Flagstaff, Ariz., or El Paso, Texas.
NEWS
February 8, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
At the British Zagat site, Malika Dalamal reports that Coq d'Argent , a restaurant in central London's the City, has added a £1,000 (about $1,565) chicken dish to its menu. What makes it so expensive? Why, le vin , of course, in this case, 2009 Trapet Le Chambertin Grand Cru, a Burgundy that retails in the U.S. for something like $330. Okay, so the markup is rather severe considering the wine is used as an ingredient in a dish and doesn't require fine glassware or decanting.
TRAVEL
February 3, 2013
THE BEST WAY TO PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI From LAX, Spirit, American, Delta, United and Copa offer connecting service (change of plane) to Port-au-Prince. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $708, including all taxes and fees. Have connections lined up in advance, preferably with someone who will meet you at the airport. Public transportation is confusing, subject to change and often conducted in overcrowded pickup trucks and on undersize motorcycles. There are buses and taxis from the airport, and the prices are alluringly low (about $1 per ride in one of the colorful little trucks called Tap-Taps)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2013 | By David Ng
With a burst of shimmering confetti and streamers, Cirque du Soleil's "Iris" bade a festive "au revoir" to Los Angeles on Saturday at the Dolby Theatre. The show, which opened in 2011 and is believed to have cost close to $100 million to produce, was supposed to run for at least 10 years in Hollywood but closed much earlier than expected after it had failed to generate sufficient box-office interest. Saturday evening's final performance of "Iris" managed to achieve what the show struggled to do all along -- playing to a packed house.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
There's but one problem with welcoming Alfred Hitchcock back to the public eye: He's never really been away. But even if you grant that the director is a man for all of cinema's seasons, what is it about him that makes this moment in time so indisputably his? Within little more than a month, two dramatic films with Hitchcock as the protagonist will have graced screens: HBO's "The Girl" looks at the director (played by Toby Jones) during the making of "The Birds," while Fox Searchlight's "Hitchcock" goes back a few years earlier to examine the creation of "Psycho" with Anthony Hopkins in the title role.
WORLD
October 11, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- A top African Union official said the International Criminal Court was a "political instrument" with a condescending approach to Africa, as African leaders gathered in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to discuss the court. The extraordinary meeting to talk about the court's relationship with Africa comes with Kenya's president and vice president facing trial for crimes against humanity at the ICC in the Hague. Some East African officials are reportedly pressing for a mass withdrawal from the ICC. Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda have been deeply critical of the ICC, accusing it of bias.
NEWS
June 13, 1999 | MARISA ROBERTSON-TEXTOR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Welland Rudd isn't a typical American. He's never eaten Thanksgiving turkey or watched fireworks on the Fourth of July. At 52, he has yet to set foot on U.S. soil. Rudd isn't a typical Russian, either. Although he speaks the language fluently and has lived his whole life in Moscow, he cuts an unusual figure here. What sets him apart is the cafe-au-lait color of his skin.
FOOD
December 8, 2011
Coq au vin Total time: 1 1/2 hours Servings: 6 to 8 3/4 cup diced bacon 4 pounds chicken thighs and drumsticks 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided 3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided 2 sliced onions (halved lengthwise and thinly sliced lengthwise) 3/4 teaspoon thyme 3 cloves garlic, crushed 1 bay leaf 1/2 cup canned, chopped tomatoes 2 cups red wine, divided 1 1/2 cups chicken broth, divided 1 tablespoon oil 5 tablespoons butter, divided 24 pearl onions, peeled 1 pound mushrooms, quartered 3 tablespoons flour 1/4 cup chopped parsley 1. Heat the pressure cooker insert and add the bacon.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick A Novel Joe Schreiber Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 192 pp., $16.99, ages 12 and up When Perry Stormaire learned his family would be hosting a Lithuanian exchange student during his senior year of high school, he immediately imagined "some chic Mediterranean lioness with half-lidded eyes, fully upholstered lips, curves like a European sports car, and legs of a swimsuit model who would tutor me with...
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