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October 1, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Australia handed over to the Chinese government 10,000 fossils that had been illegally exported, including dinosaur eggs, ancient turtles and a saber-toothed cat, an official said. Australian police and customs officials netted representing an "extraordinary" range of pieces valued at $3.8 million, including early elephant and rhinoceros bones and rare fossils of fish and reptiles, Environment and Heritage Minister Ian Campbell said.
October 24, 2004
Pelicans are the big tourist draw at the Entrance, a town an hour north of Sydney on the New South Wales coast. Arlene Wilkoff of Westlake Village flew to Australia to visit son Sean and -- for only the second time -- to see Jacquie Rice, her pen pal of 30 years. It was Rice who brought Wilkoff to the Entrance, just in time for the 3:30 p.m. daily feeding of the birds.
November 8, 1987
I've just returned from a memorable stay in Australia arranged by Prue Meynink's Quality Home-stays, 8 St. James Lane, Turramurra, Sydney, NSW 2074, phone (02) 44-4057. The Sydney-Melbourne or Brisbane two-night package includes transfers by private car, all meals, wine included, great sightseeing tours and warm, hospitable people, $350. Two-night package in country properties, $390; both prices per person double occupancy. Information through the U.S. representative at (714) 675-2250.
April 24, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Runners bearing the Olympic torch were cheered by thousands of people waving Chinese flags today during a 10-mile relay through this capital, unimpeded by sporadic anti-China protests that led to several arrests. The event began as half a dozen officers in jogging pants, T-shirts and caps formed a loose cordon around the runner. Other officers stood at crowd-control barriers. Overhead, an airplane sky writer wrote the words "Free Tibet" in white.
February 8, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - The Dodgers are planning to start Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke in their season-opening series in Australia, Manager Don Manager intimated Saturday. Mattingly stopped short of officially naming Kershaw and Greinke his starters for the two-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks. But when pressed on the matter, Mattingly said: “Kersh is our No. 1 guy. That's not hard to say. Zack kind of lines up right there right next to him.” The series is scheduled for March 22-23, which falls about a week earlier than recent season openers.
June 21, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Virgin Australia , JetStar and Qantas airlines Tuesday canceled hundreds of flights in and out of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra due to the volcanic ash cloud from Chile, which has circled the globe and swirled into airspace in southeastern Australia. Thousands of passengers were stranded. But airlines planned to resume service Wednesday as the plume appears to be heading toward the Tasman Sea and away from Australian air space. Carriers were shooting for 2 p.m. Wednesday for resuming domestic and international flights in and out of Sydney.
September 29, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Watch a total solar eclipse with unobstructed views from the ruggedly beautiful and remote highlands of Australia's northeastern coast. The seven-day trip from Elevate Destinations starts with two days in and around Sydney before heading to camp in the outback. Eclipse viewing takes place in Amaroo, which is far from city lights and has a view of Uluru (Ayers Rock). The 50-acre site is within the "zone of totality" where the November 2012 eclipse will last longest -- almost two minutes.
May 31, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you are planning a trip to New Zealand or Australia , Air Tahiti Nui will fly you there and throw in a free three-night visit to Tahiti. Choose a Sofitel, Le Meridien or Radisson resort for your stay and take the time to explore the French Polynesian island. The deal: There's a lot of moving parts to reserve with this deal. Prices start at $1,298 per person from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand, and $1,666 per person to Sydney, Australia. Each package includes a three-day stopover in Tahiti either outbound or on the return flight.
August 8, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Team USA (5-0) faces Australia (3-1) in the quarterfinals in the 2012 London Olympics beginning Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. PDT. Below are five things to watch. 1. Team USA should have an easy game against Australia. The stakes are higher because it's the medal round. But the reality still remains the same - there's absolutely no way Australia will come close to beating the U.S. The Aussies only feature one NBA player in Patty Mills, who's tied with Pau Gasol in the Olympics as the leading scorer (20.6)
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