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June 25, 2011 | By Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
Syrian security officers opened fire on protesters Friday, leaving as many as 20 dead, as people poured into the streets across the nation in defiance of President Bashar Assad and his promise of limited reform, according to opposition activists. Meanwhile, the European Union slapped fresh sanctions on Syria and its principal regional ally, Iran, which has been accused of collaborating in the crackdown against protesters. Friday's anti-government marches, some tied to Friday prayers, reportedly were some of the largest in the 3-month-old protest movement that has convulsed the strategically situated Arab nation.
December 21, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Maria Belón wasn't proud of her dumb luck. It had been nearly three years since the Indian Ocean tsunami roared into her family's Christmas vacation in Thailand, killing 230,000 people but somehow sparing her, her husband and her three sons. The family had since returned to Madrid, resumed their routines, but she carried on her shoulders the pain and suffering of surviving something that took so many others' lives. Lost in a quiet grief, unable to enjoy simple pleasures, she wasn't eager to share her story.
In his rattling Russian jeep, Peter Hannam was bouncing across the Mongolian steppe 200 miles east of Ulan Bator when he spotted the solitary man astride a white horse descending a distant hill. The rider, sky-blue cloak and orange sash flapping in the bitterly cold wind, was the only sign of humanity on the vast and barren plain. Hannam instructed his driver to leave the dirt track and intersect the rider's path.
October 31, 2011 | By Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times
Brush passes. Dead drops. Secret electronic messages. All under the watchful eye of the FBI. Documents released Monday, including photos, videos and papers, offered new details about the FBI's decade-long investigation into a ring of Russian sleeper agents who, U.S. officials say, were trying to burrow their way into American society to learn secrets from people in power. The investigation was code-named Operation Ghost Stories because six of the 10 agents had assumed the identities of dead people.
September 28, 2012 | By Joseph Tanfani, Melanie Mason and Matea Gold, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee has abruptly dropped ties to a firm running a major get-out-the-vote effort in seven swing states after Florida prosecutors started an investigation into possible fraud in voter registration forms. Working through state parties, the RNC has sent more than $3.1 million this year to Strategic Allied Consulting, a company formed in June by Nathan Sproul, an Arizona political consultant. Sproul has operated other firms that have been accused in the past of improprieties designed to help Republican candidates, including dumping registration forms filled out by Democrats.
An Orange County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that an evangelical preacher had conned an heiress out of nearly $500,000 and ordered him to repay the money plus $250,000 in punitive damages. Mel Tari, 48, of Dana Point, an evangelist and author of several Christian books, must repay Christine Kline, 41, of Denver for the small fortune she signed over to him. Kline, who had inherited Capital Printing Co.
July 30, 2005 | Times Staff Writer
"This exiled 'saint' seems to be the embodiment of simplicity, and to look into her mysterious dark eyes one would never think her capable of instigating an insurrection." Los Angeles Times August 1896 * Teresa Urrea was born into impoverished obscurity, the daughter of an unwed 14-year-old Tehueco Indian girl in northern Mexico.
May 25, 2003 | Gary Indiana, Gary Indiana is the author of numerous novels, including "Resentment: A Comedy" and "Do Everything in the Dark," published this month.
She came to Los Angeles during World War II from nowhere special, a pretty girl with big hair and bad teeth who liked to go to bars and nightclubs. She believed in love and romance and lived on hot dogs and Coca-Cola, lavished hours on her makeup in dollar-a-night furnished rooms. A drifter, something of a cipher, she was a person people remembered vaguely but could never quite pull into focus.
The planes rumbling off runway 10 still shake houses in the Morningside subdivision and stir E.V. Weems' saddest memories. His house was the first one hit by the cartwheeling jetliner a decade ago Thursday. Ten years have blunted the pain of that rainy afternoon when a Boeing 727 slammed into the streets of the close-knit neighborhood. All 146 people on board were killed, along with two adults and six children on the ground. "It's better, but I guess it left a lasting effect on all of us.
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