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May 18, 2013 | By Chris Korman
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who at age 50 came out of retirement earlier this year, led Oxbow to a wire-to-wire victory in 1:57.54 and a big upset of Kentucky Derby winner Orb today in the 138th Preakness at Pimlico Race Course. Stevens is the oldest jockey to win the Preakness, his third in the second leg of the Triple Crown. He's won nine Triple Crown races, three in each leg. “It's so special,” Stevens said. “Wayne, he supported me. Put me on my first Triple Crown winner.
May 18, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
BALTIMORE - Horse racing's Preakness is a place of history and a bubble of hope. If you come here with a Kentucky Derby victory under your belt, as trainer Shug McGaughey and Orb have, you have little time to appreciate that history. You are lost in the Triple Crown bubble. Every question goes in the same direction: Can you win? How will you (a) feel, (b) react, (c) enjoy? Orb's morning-line odds are even money. If you want to make money on him Saturday, you'll need to bet lots of it. This year, only Orb can hope for immortality.
May 16, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
For those following “American Idol,” most of the focus has shifted toward incendiary headlines on sagging ratings, bitter rivalries and the likely mass exodus of the judges panel. It's a shame, really, considering the aging competition has delivered one of its best seasons - as far as talent is concerned. Thursday's finale is the sort of face-off “Idol” has only seen one other time in its more than 10-year run: a diva vs. diva showdown.  Season 12 will either go to Kree Harrison, the country songbird, or Candice Glover, the R&B-soul diva with the voice.
May 16, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The roughly 4-inch Lego likeness of Queen Elizabeth II will wear a silver-and-diamond crown less than an inch big to mark the 60th anniversary of the British monarch's coronation. The Queen of Miniland, as she's called, will show off the crown with 48 cut diamonds that was created by jewelry designer Dinny Hall. The Lego queen first displayed the crown during last year's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The real Queen Elizabeth, by the way, was crowned with the almost 5-pound St. Edward's Crown six decades ago at Westminster Abbey in London.
May 15, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
BALTIMORE - Wednesday morning at Pimlico race track was similar to most mornings for Claude McGaughey III. Except there were lots of reporters around, which made it different. McGaughey is a thoroughbred horse trainer, currently the one in the catbird's seat in his sport. His long-striding Orb won the Kentucky Derby, making him racing's next Great Brown Hope. It also makes McGaughey the present voice of the sport's future. He has little choice. Horses, except for Mr. Ed, are lousy quotes.
April 29, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
A man takes charge in the House of Orange-Nassau Tuesday, April 30 - - Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands becomes king, the first male head of state in 123 years. The 46-year-old heir to the throne will inherit the crown, scepter and royal apple in a secular ceremony at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam in which Queen Beatrix will sign a deed of abdication ending her 33-year reign. The new king will be formally invested at Nieuwe Kerk, then will attend a joint session of the Dutch legislature, where lawmakers will pledge their allegiance to the new reign.
April 27, 2013 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
AMSTERDAM - Even by the unconventional standards of the Dutch, their new king is going to be a bit of a novelty. He has a license to fly commercial airliners. He's married to a South American, a lively Argentine who's more popular than he is. He says he won't mind it if people fail to address him as "Your Majesty" because he's no "protocol fetishist" - an amusing description here in a city that caters to nearly every fetish imaginable. But his biggest break with Dutch history of the last 120 years is the simple fact that he's a he. Queens have reigned over the Netherlands since 1890, a matriarchy that will come to an end Tuesday when Crown Prince Willem-Alexander is sworn in as monarch.
April 24, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Chevrolet says it has earned bragging rights as the car company with the most efficient electric vehicle. The automaker says that the 2014 Spark, which is set to go on sale this summer in California and Oregon, has an EPA estimated range of of 82 miles when fully charged and an estimated combined city/highway 119 mpge. Mpge stands for miles per gallon gasoline equivalent. PHOTOS: Kelley Blue Book's top 10 'green' cars for 2013 Chevy said the subcompact car will save an average of $9,000 over the next five years, compared with other new vehicles.
April 15, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Competitive eaters will don their bibs and face off Saturday in Las Vegas in a hot dog-eating contest at New York-New York . The competition, which will take place on the resort's Brooklyn Bridge, is a preliminary round for the international championship, which will be July 4 in New York City. The pigout gets underway at 1 p.m. as hotel employees compete for bragging rights. At 2:30, local first responders and military personnel will go head-to-head in a chow-down for charity.
April 12, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
SWEETWATER, TEXAS - Kyndra Vaught caught everybody's attention when she arrived at the rattlesnake roundup here in West Texas last month wearing her crown and rhinestone cowboy boots. “Are you the snake charmer queen?” shouted a man selling rattlesnake head canes, porcelain rattlesnake “eggs” and snakeskin wallets. “You need a snake.” Kyndra, 17, let him drape an oversized plastic rattlesnake over her shoulders as she posed for photos. She had just been named Miss Snake Charmer the night before, part of the roundup pageant detailed in Friday's Los Angeles Times.
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