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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 | By KTLA
An 83-year-old woman who claims to be an international jewel thief with a five-decade career was back behind bars Wednesday after allegedly stealing a ring from a jewelry store in Palm Desert. Doris Marie Payne was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of felony larceny, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The theft allegedly occurred on Oct. 21 at a shop on El Paseo Drive. The octogenarian, who is the subject of the documentary “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne,” has been jailed in several states.
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WORLD
October 31, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- It's a long, arduous and well-worn route. Hopeful Africans travel north through Niger, Mali and Algeria, crossing the Sahara desert to reach Europe, find work and send money home to their families. The exodus often goes nightmarishly wrong for the migrants. They must trust their lives to unscrupulous smugglers. If someone hasn't been paid along the route, they are sometimes abandoned by their driver. If a vehicle breaks down in the desert, there is no guarantee that help will ever come.
SPORTS
October 30, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Anthony LeBlanc believes the Phoenix area can be a sustainable hockey market, even though the many empty seats for the Coyotes' game against the Kings at Jobing.com Arena on Tuesday would seem a strong contradiction. LeBlanc is co-owner, president, chief executive and alternate governor of the Coyotes, a string of titles he assumed last summer when he and other investors banded together to purchase the franchise from the NHL for $170 million. He and fellow investor Daryl Jones had chased a deal to buy the Coyotes for four years but couldn't quite close it; with financier George Gosbee on board the IceArizona group completed the transaction in August.
SPORTS
October 28, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Trae Reick, a senior running back at Palm Desert, has put together a three-week effort to remember. He ran for 456 yards in one week. He returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown in the second week. And last week against Indio, he scored four touchdowns in five carries. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Richard Winton and Ruben Vives
The man called Ridgecrest police early Friday morning with a warning: He planned to "wreak havoc" on the Central California community. Less than three hours later, the caller - already suspected of killing one person and wounding another - lived up to his word. He led authorities on a high-speed, 35-mile chase on a Mojave Desert highway, shooting at authorities and other vehicles and forcing drivers off the road. At some point, the gunman's trunk popped open, revealing a man and woman inside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
He (or she) was a tortoise, an enormous creature who spent his (or her) days meandering the desert. They were travelers, clogging the interstate as they headed east as the weekend came to an end. When their paths intersected, it didn't end well. On Sunday afternoon, which authorities describe as their rush hour on this stretch of Interstate 10 between Los Angeles and Palm Springs, a tortoise in the slow lane certainly caught drivers' attention. Shortly after 3 p.m., California Highway Patrol officials said they received dozens of calls from travelers, spotting (and dodging)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2013 | By David Colker
If anyone could make lizards, salamanders, snakes and all measure of creepy, crawling things objects of wonder and even beauty, it was Robert C. Stebbins. His well-regarded books, lectures and artwork made him a superstar among those who studied reptiles and amphibians, from world-famous scientists to weekend naturalists who hiked with his nature guides in hand. Although he did much of his work alone and tended toward shyness, Stebbins' scientific discoveries and willingness to stand up for his convictions have been celebrated by many, including bestselling author Richard Dawkins.
WORLD
October 2, 2013 | By Tom Kington
ROME - In a shocking reversal that left his party in disarray and could seriously damage his political fortunes, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi made a U-turn on plans to bring down the Italian government and force early elections. Berlusconi threw his support behind Premier Enrico Letta in a crucial confidence vote Wednesday after members of his own party threatened to desert him. Letta is trying to pass reforms intended to drag Italy out of its most serious recession since World War II. After last-ditch talks with rebels in his party, the 77-year-old media mogul made a brief speech to the Senate shortly before the vote, saying, "We have decided, not without some internal strife, to support the government.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
TORONTO -- At a film festival, when you're hoping to cram 20 or more movies into a week of nearly nonstop watching, by about Day 4 your brain goes into a fog -- all the faces and the stories start blurring together. I made it to Day 6. And then ... Desperate to shake it off Tuesday night, I opted for the Zen meditation of “Tracks,” the new film from John Curran. If you've seen the director's “The Painted Veil,” you know he has a way with meditative beauty in even the most difficult of circumstances.
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