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March 2, 2012
Given North Korea'spast duplicity about its commitment to a denuclearized Korean peninsula, there is no guarantee that it will abide by its latest agreement to suspend nuclear weapons testing and uranium enrichment and permit international inspectors to return to its principal nuclear complex. Even the Obama administration, which negotiated the agreement in talks in Beijing, is publicly restraining its enthusiasm. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called the agreement "a modest first step in the right direction" but added that the U.S. has "profound concerns" about North Korean intentions.
January 24, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
The overhaul of the dining and retail experience at Los Angeles International Airport continued Monday, when officials changed their approach and selected a division of a prominent shopping mall developer to provide concessions at two terminals and the Jet Age-style Theme Building. The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners awarded a major contract to Westfield Concession Management, a unit of the Westfield Group, the developer and operator of 55 shopping malls around the country, including ones in Culver City and Century City.
January 13, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Albert Pujols can lead the Angels to a few World Series championships, win several most-valuable-player awards, set the all-time home run record and pass 3,000 hits, and he would not pay for himself. It seems unlikely that any player, no matter how dominant and marketable, can generate close to $240 million in 10 years. But that's not to say the Angels aren't already benefiting from the Dec. 8 acquisition of Pujols, which, combined with the same-day signing of pitcher C.J. Wilson, sparked a surge in ticket and merchandise sales.
December 27, 2011 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
After more than three weeks of public protests over fraud allegations in Russia's parliamentary elections, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has made it clear that he will not accede to one of the principal demands of demonstrators. There will be no revote, he said Tuesday in televised remarks. "The elections are over … and the Duma [the parliament's lower house] is functioning," Putin declared. "All talks about any revision [of the election results] are impossible. " Putin, who is seeking a return to the presidency in March elections, also lashed out at leaders of the ongoing protests, saying they "display their weakness by resorting to insults.
December 9, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
It's usually a contender who begrudgingly accepts a fight in a champion's hometown for the sake of having a title shot. Amir Khan has flipped tradition, going to Washington for a World Boxing Assn. junior-welterweight bout against challenger Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 knockouts), a native of the District of Columbia. "The home crowd is a lot of pressure," Khan, 25, said this week of his sixth title defense, which will be televised by HBO (6:45 p.m. PST). "He might crack. I think he'll fight with his heart and all his dreams will go out the window.
November 27, 2011 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
It's business as usual at Santa Ana City Hall as residents trickle up to the counter to pay business fees, pick up a dog license or, in a newer wing next door, apply for a free solar permit. But on the top floor of the eight-story concrete fortress, city officials in Orange County's most labor-friendly city are doing the once unthinkable: demanding big benefit concessions from their employee unions. Getting a handle on pension costs in the county's largest city is a must, officials here say. Santa Ana is facing a $30-million deficit, has only $300,000 in reserves and is jettisoning jobs by the dozens to keep its head above water.
November 23, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Ambitious plans to create Internet versions of the doomed daytime soap operas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" have collapsed. Five months ago, independent production firm Prospect Park acquired the rights to the two long-running ABC melodramas with the hopes of turning them into widely watched Web series. But on Wednesday, the company announced that it was abandoning its efforts after failing to make financially viable deals with brand-name online distributors, such as Hulu or Google, and after failing to get cost-cutting concessions from Hollywood's powerful talent guilds.
November 11, 2011 | By Mike Bresnahan
David Stern repeated the phrase almost a half-dozen times in his Thursday night news conference. "We await the response from the union," the NBA commissioner said, throwing the lockout ball onto the players' court while teasing them with the premise of a possible 72-game season. The owners have made their best offer, Stern implied, and it's up to the players whether there's going to be basketball this season. But Stern might not like the union's response. The early returns show mostly scorn.
November 4, 2011 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission on Thursday sued two former top managers, alleging that they enriched themselves through "corrupt efforts" that siphoned more than $1 million in public money from the stadium. Also named as defendants are music promoters Insomniac Inc. and Go Ventures Inc., which have staged rave concerts at the Coliseum and companion Sports Arena. The suit accuses the companies, along with former general manager Patrick Lynch and ex-events manager Todd DeStefano, of depriving the commission and its nonprofit concessions arm of concert revenue.
September 23, 2011 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
Zambian President Rupiah Banda, faced with electoral defeat Friday, did something unusual. He ceded power. Banda's concession speech, a rare and conciliatory move for a recent African leader, marked the fourth time power has changed hands in Zambia since independence in 1964, a significant step for democracy in the nation. Banda attended the swearing-in ceremony for his rival, Michael Sata, who was declared the winner by the electoral commission earlier in the day. Sata is a nationalist figure known as King Cobra for his sharp criticisms of China, which has extensive investments in Zambia's copper mines.
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