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October 12, 2013 | By Robert Hilburn
Johnny Cash's life in the 1960s is mostly remembered as a time of glorious achievement - from the landmark prison albums at Folsom and San Quentin to the launch of the ABC-TV series featuring such guests as Bob Dylan and the Doors that led to his becoming a giant figure in popular culture, a symbol to millions, no less, of the best of American social values. But Cash also experienced excruciatingly dark times in the decade, fueled by drugs and guilt over the breakup of his marriage.
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April 21, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Kiev on Monday for talks with Ukraine's embattled interim leaders as Russia's top diplomat blamed Washington for instigating the crisis that threatens to escalate into armed conflict between the two former Soviet republics. In eastern Ukraine, armed militants defying a disarmament plan endorsed by Russia last week stepped up their seizure of government buildings and security facilities. In the town of Kramatorsk, in the north of the Donetsk region, separatists broke into a police station and kidnapped the police chief, local online publication Kramatorsk.info reported.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1987
Betty O'Meara's letter on the matter of blame-shifting reminded me of the following: Adam blamed it on Eve, Eve blamed it on the serpent. The poor serpent! It didn't have a leg to stand on! DONALD R. LEHTI Los Angeles
WORLD
April 21, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine - Vice President Joe Biden on Monday embarked on a mission to show U.S. support for Ukraine's embattled interim leaders as pro-Russia gunmen took over more government buildings in eastern Ukraine and the Kremlin's top diplomat blamed Washington for the mounting crisis. Biden was to meet Tuesday with acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, as well as civil society leaders in Kiev, the capital, before flying back to Washington.
NEWS
June 12, 1989 | From Reuters
A French commission of inquiry said today that engine failure caused the crash of a Soviet MIG-29 fighter jet at the Paris air show last week. It cleared the pilot of any blame.
OPINION
April 3, 2006
After reading "Mommy wars -- a false battle" (Opinion, March 31), my only question for Rosa Brooks is why did she wait so long in her commentary to blame men for a battle fought by women? Brooks seems to be the kind of feminist who also blames men when the economy slows down, when the weather turns sour and when women wear high-heels. She needs to get out more, away from her feminist tomes and friends. JERRY A. BOGGS Livonia, Mich.
SPORTS
November 18, 1989
Is it true that George Raveling is a UCLA plot? LARRY HARRIS, Manhattan Beach
BUSINESS
August 26, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Netflix Inc. is blaming a faulty piece of computer hardware for a breakdown that delayed millions of shipments to the online DVD rental service's customers this month. "We've taken steps to fortify our shipping system with the acquisition of additional equipment and worked with our vendors to verify we're in good shape elsewhere," technology chief Mike Osier wrote on Netflix's website.
NEWS
June 30, 1989
A Soviet MIG-29 jet fighter that crashed in flames at the Paris Air Show went down because a small bird was sucked into its engine, a commission has concluded. Specialists found feathers sticking to the wrecked engine's blades, the newspaper Socialist Industry said, quoting the head of the French-Soviet panel's Soviet contingent, Donat Ogorodnikov. The commission's findings absolved the organizers of the June air show of all blame, the newspaper said.
NEWS
June 9, 1989 | From Reuters
The United States is partly to blame for a huge influx of Vietnamese "boat people" into Hong Kong, a relief official said Thursday. Chris Bale, Hong Kong director of the British-based charity organization Oxfam, said Washington has applied pressure on Southeast Asian nations to provide asylum to boat people fleeing Vietnam.
WORLD
April 20, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - The fragile diplomatic accord to resolve the Ukraine crisis frayed Sunday as an armed clash erupted in eastern Ukraine and top Russian and Ukrainian officials, appearing on television talk shows, each demanded the other side lay down its weapons. Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, said a gunfight early Easter morning that left at least three people dead at a checkpoint outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk showed the need for all sides to disarm.
WORLD
April 16, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW - Russia's economy has been hit hard by the turmoil in neighboring Ukraine, Kremlin officials said Wednesday, as pro-Russia separatists battled to take over more territory in Ukraine's east - and potentially add to Moscow's economic burden. Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region last month and the instability it created in Russian financial markets were cited by government officials for record capital flight and sharply downgraded growth forecasts for the country. Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that instead of projected 2.5% growth this year, Russia's economy might show no growth at all. Russia's economic slide has accelerated since a rebellion in Ukraine ousted President Viktor Yanukovich, a Kremlin ally, in late February.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2014 | By Shan Li
The vast majority of Californians believe, unsurprisingly, that the state is in the throes of a serious water crisis. But many disagree about what can be done about it. About 54% of Golden State voters believe farmers could cut down on their water with no real hardship by changing crops and being more efficient, according to the latest Field Poll. Separately, two-thirds said they support voluntary water rationing, while only 27% favored mandatory cuts in water use. Opinions also were divided when people assigned blame for the drought.
WORLD
April 14, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan blamed Boko Haram for an explosion that killed scores of people Monday at a bus station outside the capital, Abuja, calling the Islamic militant group an “unnecessary distraction” and a temporary problem. Jonathan, whose leadership has been under intense pressure over his failure to curb the rebellion of Boko Haram in the north of the country, called on Nigerians to be more vigilant about terror attacks. Police confirmed that at least 71 people were killed and 124 injured in the early morning blast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | Sandy Banks
I figured that teachers wouldn't let me off easy - even though my Saturday column took their side. I wrote about the recent classroom scuffle between a teacher and student at Santa Monica High, defending the teacher and listing the forces that make teaching so hard - including spineless administrators and unruly students. Still, many of the teachers I heard from last weekend had the same indignant response: What about the parents? If parents raised their children right, we wouldn't have problems on campus.
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April 12, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
MOSCOW - Gunmen wearing camouflage uniforms seized two administrative buildings Saturday in a town in eastern Ukraine and separatists attacked sites in two other towns, drawing the vow of a tough response from a top Ukrainian official who blamed the violence on Russian “aggression.” The assailants, armed with automatic rifles, seized a police station and Security Service office in Slavyansk, in the eastern Donetsk region. They captured at least 20 submachine guns and 400 handguns in the station's armory and began distributing the weapons to dozens of separatists, the UNIAN news agency reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1992
If Columbus didn't discover the "New World," someone eventually would have; all the things that he is blamed for would have been blamed on someone else. Don't blame Columbus, he was just a navigator. CHARLES W. LeCOMPTE Santa Barbara
NEWS
May 19, 1989 | From United Press International
Two trains collided Wednesday near Mocuba in Zambezia province, killing at least 23 people and injuring 48 others in an accident blamed on bad maintenance of the rail line, Radio Mozambique said Thursday.
WORLD
April 12, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - Each side in the Syrian conflict blamed the other Saturday for an alleged poison gas attack that reportedly injured scores of civilians in the central province of Hama. There was no independent confirmation of a chemical strike, which reportedly hit the village of Kfar Zeita, an agricultural center northwest of the provincial capital, Hama. Fierce clashes between rebel and loyalist forces have been reported in the area. Various pro-opposition accounts said a government air raid Friday in Kfar Zeita included bombardment with an unspecified chemical agent, causing choking and suffocation among scores of residents.
WORLD
April 11, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela - A marathon meeting between President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders that ended early Friday kept alive the possibility of a compromise between the two sides to halt Venezuela's slide toward anarchy. Maduro hosted 11 opposition leaders Thursday night at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, the capital, and the political foes leveled bitter accusations. Each blamed the other for the violence that has left 41 people dead and more than 1,000 injured since February.
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