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November 7, 2012 | By Michael Kinsley
Wednesday is the day of the Great Pundit Pivot. It happens every four years, the day after a presidential election. Before the election, every commentator wants to be Michael Barone. Afterward, everyone wants to be Oswald Spengler. Barone is a rightly esteemed Washington journalist - long ago a wonky liberal, now a cranky conservative, but still an intrepid interpreter of demographic and political statistics - whose claim to fame is that he's visited every one of the country's 435 congressional districts.
October 29, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
The storm-related shutdown of an important New Jersey refinery and cutbacks on production runs at other refineries along the Delaware River may kick up East Coast gasoline prices at the pump later this week, but analysts were predicting that any price jump would probably be short-lived. Phillips 66 said that it has closed its 240,000-barrel-a-day Bayway refinery in Linden, N.J., because of the possibility of storm surges from Hurrican Sandy. Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for the Oil Price Information Service in New Jersey, said that buyers were reacting to that news by scrambling for supplies.
October 23, 2012 | By Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times
Raymond Watson, the architect and community planner who steered the development of Orange County's signature master-planned city of Irvine and briefly ran Walt Disney Productions during one of its most tumultuous periods, has died. He was 86. Watson died Saturday at his longtime home in Newport Beach from complications of Parkinson's disease, his family said. A carpenter's son, Watson was born in Seattle in 1926 and raised by his grandmother in what he described as a rootless childhood in Oakland, sometimes in boardinghouses.
September 10, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers are returning to their day jobs after a month on the campaign trail, and will try to accomplish one of Congress' key tasks: funding the government. But they won't be here for long. The House is set to work eight days this month, and the Senate about a dozen. After that, lawmakers will resume the season's primary activity of campaigning to get reelected. The one must-do item on Congress' work order is passage of a bill to keep the government running past Sept.
September 10, 2012 | By Reed Johnson
Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi was exonerated years ago on charges that she and her then-manager had kidnapped and abused young girls. But it seems that the Chilean police never got the message that a judge cleared Trevi of the charges in 2004, due to lack of evidence, after the singer served several years in prison. According to the Mexico City newspaper El Universal , Trevi was detained for two hours at the international airport in Santiago, Chile, on an order calling for her apprehension by the Interpol law enforcement agency.
July 24, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli and Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
RENO - As Republican Mitt Romney prepared to set off on a three-country, seven-day grand tour abroad, the presidential campaigns ventured into relatively new territory Monday: engaging in a debate over foreign affairs, international alliances and war policy. The long-distance discussion was cursory yet notable for appearing at all in a race that has been dominated by competing economic strategies and traded accusations of cronyism and financial secrecy. President Obama's campaign transitioned quickly, accusing Romney of harboring a "secret" foreign policy, and pushing him to detail his plans to end the war in Afghanistan and his approach to Russia and Israel.
July 22, 2012 | By David Wharton
LONDON -- The last few days before the 2010 Vancouver Olympics swirled past in a flurry for Mark Grimmette. The luger from Michigan had been chosen to carry the American flag at the opening ceremony and wondered about protocol. Instructions came at him from all sides. Line up here. Walk there. Maintain an even pace. And one more thing. "I had a lot of people tell me," he recalls, "you're not supposed to dip the flag. " Most Olympic teams briefly lower their colors as a sign of respect when they march past the box where the host nation's leaders are seated.
June 26, 2012 | By Chris Barton
With the Olympics only a few weeks away, the global Occupy movement has started ramping up its activities in London, and a vacant house owned by British artist Anish Kapoor was the site of a one-day protest that began Friday.  The Mumbai-born Kapoor, whose eye-teasing pieces have become local landmarks in Chicago and outside Nottingham Playhouse in England, also created the 377-foot tall Orbit Tower in East London's new Olympic Park,...
June 24, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - The Turkish military jet downed by Syrian antiaircraft batteries was back in "international airspace" when it was hit without warning after having inadvertently wandered into Syrian skies,Turkey'sforeign minister said Sunday. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's comments to Turkey's TRT television directly contradict Syria's version that it downed the jet Friday less than a mile off Syria's coastal province of Latakia, in Syrian airspace. Turkey is calling for a meeting this week of its allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to discuss the incendiary issue, which has ratcheted up tensions between two nations already deeply divided over Turkey's tacit support for rebels seeking to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad.
June 1, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
A rash of troubling economic data kicked U.S. oil prices as low as $82.56 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, its lowest level in nearly eight months. John Kilduff, founder of Again Capital in New York, said the slide Friday was prompted by more news overnight about a slowing Chinese economy, and then accelerated once it was learned that the U.S. economy added just 69,000 new jobs in May. "It's fueled several concerns that demand for oil is going to drop," he said.
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