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May 5, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
It's not just the death of Osama bin Laden that's causing a swing in the polls. New data released by the Washington Post shows that President Obama's decision last week to release his long-form birth certificate may have successfully erased doubts among many about whether he was born in the United States. In a survey conducted after Obama decried the "sideshow" of conspiracy theories about his birthplace, 10% of respondents still said the president was born outside of the country, a drop from 20% in a similar poll conducted one year earlier.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2013 | By James Barragan
The board members of the Olvera Street Merchants Assn. stared at Edgar Pasten, a bit bewildered, when he suggested they use a website called Kickstarter to raise money for their Dia de los Muertos festivities. In past years, the city had guaranteed the association $50,000 to support multiple cultural events at the "birthplace of Los Angeles. " But with new competition for city funds, the merchants needed to find another way to put on the Day of the Dead celebration. Pasten, whose wife is a fifth-generation Olvera Street business owner, suggested the group try the website that enables people to donate to campaigns they find worthy.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
The bungalow where George Orwell was born, in Motihari, Bihar, India, is finally being turned into a monument , Agence France-Presse reports -- but it's a monument to Mahatma Gandhi, not the British writer. Local officials laid a foundation stone at the site over the weekend. The house, where Orwell (then named Eric Blair) was born in 1903 and lived for a year before leaving for England, has been neglected for decades. It was damaged by an earthquake in 1934, has played host to scores of stray animals and, despite a promise in 2009 by the state government to fix it up, had been left to the mercy of weather and time.
TRAVEL
October 6, 2013 | By Ryan Ritchie
Although writer John Steinbeck died 45 years ago, we continue to visit Salinas, Calif. - his birthplace - and surrounding Monterey County in search of the characters and settings found in his classics "The Pastures of Heaven," "East of Eden," "Cannery Row" and "Tortilla Flat. " Although we can't find Doc, Junius Maltby or Lee Chong's grocery store, the essence of the Salinas Valley lingers in the blend of cultures, overcast skies, farming communities and locals who combine a passion for their work with a penchant for libations.
NEWS
June 27, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Chinese teacher, politician and philosopher Confucius (551 - 479 BC) will be celebrated when a new Shangri-La Hotel opens later this summer in Qufu, his birthplace. Shangri-La Hotel Qufu , scheduled to open Aug. 1, will pay homage by blending Confucian principles, Chinese traditions and contemporary style to reflect the city's history, said Jason Xu, general manager. The hotel's façade, designed to resemble a traditional Chinese pavilion, has roofs topped by gray tiers of flying eaves.
SPORTS
July 9, 1987 | BILL CHRISTINE
Snow Chief, who had earned $3.3 million, more than any horse in training, when a tendon injury forced his retirement last month, will stand at stud next year at his birthplace, Mira Loma Thoroughbred Farm, and is in the process of being syndicated for the equivalent of $4 million to $5 million. According to Bahman Abtahi, who is managing the syndication, at least 20 lifetime breeding shares in Snow Chief will be sold for between $100,000 and $125,000 a share.
NATIONAL
March 26, 2012 | By Timothy M. Phelps, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court weighed into one of the thorniest issues in the Middle East conflict - who has sovereignty over Jerusalem - ruling that courts have the power to decide whether Congress can order that passports for U.S. citizens born there list "Israel" as their birthplace. The justices, ruling 8 to 1 on Monday, passed the decision back to a lower court. So Menachem Binyamin Zivotofsky, now 9, will have to wait to find out what his passport will look like. The U.S. has long taken the position that sovereignty over Jerusalem, which Israelis and Palestinians both claim as their capital, must be resolved in negotiations, so the government does not recognize Israeli sovereignty there.
NEWS
April 2, 2008
Japan temples: An article in Sunday's Travel section about temples at Mt. Koya, Japan, referred to the region as the birthplace of Japanese Buddhism. It is the birthplace of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism.
NEWS
May 9, 1985 | Associated Press
A 9-cent stamp honoring pioneer military educator Sylvanus Thayer will be issued June 7 in his birthplace of Braintree, Mass., the Postal Service said Wednesday.
NATIONAL
July 23, 2013 | By Alexei Koseff
WASHINGTON - American citizens born in Jerusalem cannot claim Israel as their place of birth on their passports, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled Tuesday. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously declared unconstitutional a 2002 law that required the State Department to record Israel as the birthplace of Jerusalem-born citizens despite a long-standing position in the executive branch of strict neutrality toward sovereignty of the disputed city.
NEWS
June 27, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Chinese teacher, politician and philosopher Confucius (551 - 479 BC) will be celebrated when a new Shangri-La Hotel opens later this summer in Qufu, his birthplace. Shangri-La Hotel Qufu , scheduled to open Aug. 1, will pay homage by blending Confucian principles, Chinese traditions and contemporary style to reflect the city's history, said Jason Xu, general manager. The hotel's façade, designed to resemble a traditional Chinese pavilion, has roofs topped by gray tiers of flying eaves.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
The bungalow where George Orwell was born, in Motihari, Bihar, India, is finally being turned into a monument , Agence France-Presse reports -- but it's a monument to Mahatma Gandhi, not the British writer. Local officials laid a foundation stone at the site over the weekend. The house, where Orwell (then named Eric Blair) was born in 1903 and lived for a year before leaving for England, has been neglected for decades. It was damaged by an earthquake in 1934, has played host to scores of stray animals and, despite a promise in 2009 by the state government to fix it up, had been left to the mercy of weather and time.
NEWS
August 1, 2012 | By Paul West
Ted Cruz, the Republican Party's newest star, hasn't even officially won his seat in the U.S. Senate, and already there is speculation about a run for something bigger in 2016.  But could the circumstances of his birth get in the way? Cruz, a tea party-endorsed Cuban American conservative, gave the party establishment a thumping in the Texas primary runoff on Tuesday. He's a mortal lock to replace retiring Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison this November in the overwhelmingly Republican Lone Star State.
OPINION
May 17, 2012 | By Timothy Garton Ash
When Germany'schancellor, Hannelore Kraft, met France's president, Francois Hollande, in a sunny Berlin earlier this week, they agreed on a compelling strategy to save the Eurozone. With no elections due in any Eurozone country for the next two years, they were able to stretch the austerity timeline for Greece, Spain and Italy, add some elements of growth stimulus but also keep up the essential pressure for fiscal discipline and structural reform. As a result, even devastated Greece began to glimpse light at the end of the tunnel.
NATIONAL
March 26, 2012 | By Timothy M. Phelps, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court weighed into one of the thorniest issues in the Middle East conflict - who has sovereignty over Jerusalem - ruling that courts have the power to decide whether Congress can order that passports for U.S. citizens born there list "Israel" as their birthplace. The justices, ruling 8 to 1 on Monday, passed the decision back to a lower court. So Menachem Binyamin Zivotofsky, now 9, will have to wait to find out what his passport will look like. The U.S. has long taken the position that sovereignty over Jerusalem, which Israelis and Palestinians both claim as their capital, must be resolved in negotiations, so the government does not recognize Israeli sovereignty there.
WORLD
December 20, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
A 45-foot-high artificial Christmas tree towers over Manger Square, and downtown Bethlehem is festooned with sparkling decorations. There's even a picture of a saxophone-playing Santa Claus. But Nabil Giacaman, co-owner of a souvenir shop called Christmas House, isn't feeling the holiday spirit. The third-generation woodcarver, who sells handmade likenesses of baby Jesus and the Virgin Mary, sees as many as 200 tour buses arrive every day from Israel to visit the Church of the Nativity, just a few steps from his store.
NATIONAL
November 6, 2011 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
The Supreme Court this week will take up the case of a 9-year-old boy born in Jerusalem to American parents who want their child's passport to say his birthplace is in Israel. The State Department refused their request in keeping with long-standing American foreign policy against recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem. This seemingly narrow dispute over one word on a passport has put before the high court several broad questions that have long divided diplomats and constitutional scholars.
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