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February 26, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams and Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - Russia mobilizes 150,000 troops to test their battle readiness. Opposing groups clash over whether Ukraine will look to Moscow or Brussels. Triumphant demonstrators in Kiev celebrate the nomination of an interim government likely to turn westward. Those ominous events, however, may obscure what is largely a meeting of minds among Russian President Vladimir Putin, European Union officials, the White House and more pragmatic elements of Ukraine's new leadership. A confrontation over Ukraine or a breakup into a European-oriented western half and Russian-allied eastern and southern regions would help no one. The country needs peace and a representative interim government to manage an infusion of foreign aid and avert bankruptcy.
February 23, 2014 | By Adam Winkler
What's the best way to minimize the number of guns on California's streets? That's the question confronting gun control supporters after this month's ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down San Diego's restrictions on carrying handguns in public. That case was brought by gun owners who applied for but were denied permits to carry concealed weapons. San Diego will undoubtedly appeal the decision in the hope of saving its restrictive policy for awarding concealed carry permits.
February 20, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
Orange County has loosened requirements for carrying concealed weapons in public following a pro-gun ruling last week by a federal appeals court, officials said Thursday. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2 to 1 that California counties may no longer require residents who want to carry concealed firearms to demonstrate special, individualized needs for protection. The court majority said law-abiding residents have a 2nd Amendment right to bear a gun in public.
February 15, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia - There are few bigger honors for an Olympian than being asked to carry your nation's flag in the opening ceremony - especially when your country is playing host. Still, two-time Olympic medalist Alexander Zubkov, Russia's top bobsled driver, nearly refused the job. "I said I wanted to think it over, consult my family and especially my wife," he said. "I also talked to the boys on my team. Some of them are superstitious and there is a belief that if you carry the flag you won't win. " FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi In the end and with his team's blessing, Zubkov accepted the honor.
February 13, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Now it truly is a Ronda Rousey card. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight title-holder Rashad Evans has withdrawn from the Feb. 22 UFC 170 card at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas with a leg injury. That scraps Evans' co-main event against former Strikeforce champion Daniel Cormier (13-0) and leaves Rousey's women's bantamweight title defense against 2008 Olympic wrestling silver medalist Sara McMann (7-0) as the sole fight of significant interest on the pay-per-view card.
February 13, 2014 | By Maura Dolan and Tony Perry
SAN FRANCISCO - In a significant victory for gun owners, a divided federal appeals court Thursday struck down California rules that permit counties to restrict as they see fit the right to carry a concealed weapon in public. The 2-1 ruling by a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel would overturn restrictions on carrying concealed handguns, primarily affecting California's most populated regions, including Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and San Francisco. The majority said the restrictions violate the 2nd Amendment's guarantee of the right to bear arms because they deny law-abiding citizens the ability to carry weapons in public unless they show they need the protection for specific reasons.
February 11, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO - An Algerian military transport plane carrying at least 78 people crashed Tuesday in eastern Algeria, and rescuers who rushed to the scene found one survivor but confirmed the deaths of dozens of others, the state news agency said. The aircraft, a U.S.-built C-130, went down in mountainous terrain as it was making its descent in the province of Oum El Bouaghi, about 250 miles east of the capital, Algiers, the official Algeria Press Service said. Seventy-four passengers, mostly soldiers and their families, and four crew members were reported to be aboard.
February 4, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers' up-and-down defense is back on the downswing. Earlier this season the Clippers were giving up the most points in the NBA, but their defense tightened and they moved up to the middle of the pack. But there has been some slippage lately by the Clippers on defense, and it has Coach Doc Rivers concerned. "We're just not consistent enough," Rivers said after the Clippers' 116-115 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Monday night. The Clippers can score, Rivers pointed out, with his team second in the league in scoring with an average of 106.1 points per game.
February 4, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Every flier knows the 3-1-1 drill for carry-on bags, but what about items like duty-free liquor? The Transportation Security Administration has started to allow international passengers with connecting flights to keep duty-free liquids -- more than the allowed 3.4 ounces -- with them on board, according to the TSA's website. The rule, which went into effect last Friday, applies only to passengers returning to the U.S. and international travelers who have connecting flights. For those travelers, liquids that exceed 3.4 ounces will be allowed in carry-on bags as long as they are placed in "secure, tamper-evident bags," the agency's website says.
February 4, 2014 | By Joel Rubin and Kate Mather
Eight Los Angeles police officers who opened fire on two women delivering newspapers in a pickup truck during the hunt for Christopher Dorner violated the LAPD's policy on using deadly force, the department's oversight body found Tuesday. In making its ruling, the Police Commission followed the recommendation of LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, who faulted the officers for jumping to the conclusion that Dorner was in the truck. Beck said the officers compounded their mistake by shooting in one another's direction with an unrestrained barrage of gunfire.
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