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November 14, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel
It's easy to spot heavenly bodies in SoCal -- just check out the beach or your local gym -- but heavenly bodies of the celestial kind, well, not so much. That's where Joshua Tree National Park and its dark night skies can help. It is partnering with Celestron Telescopes , NASA, American Park Network and the Joshua Tree National Park Assn . to host a stargazing event for the public on Nov. 23 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. As part of "My Night Sky," stargazers will learn about the night sky from local experts and use a variety of telescopes from the most basic to high-powered computerized models.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Authorities announced Wednesday that the remains of four people were found at a grave site Wednesday in unincorporated Victorville. A motorcyclist stumbled upon the first set of remains Monday morning in the desert area between Quarry Road and the 15 Freeway, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Coroner's officials confirmed that the remains were human and returned with homicide investigators Tuesday to continue the investigation. Now, "investigators believe they have located the remains of more than one person," the Sheriff's Department said, adding that it appears the remains have been there for some time.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The revival of Matthew McConaughey's career continues apace with the announcement he will be receiving the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film festival. The awards gala will be Jan. 4, during the festival running Jan. 3-14, 2014. McConaughey is receiving rave reviews for his performance as Ron Woodroof in "Dallas Buyers Club," a real-life saga of a hard-living electrician and small-time rodeo rider who is diagnosed with HIV in the mid-'80s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2013 | Bloomberg News
Manfred Rommel, the former mayor of the German city of Stuttgart and the son of the World War II field marshal dubbed the "Desert Fox," has died. He was 84. Rommel died Thursday, local authorities said in a statement on Stuttgart's official website. He had Parkinson's disease. Rommel, who served as mayor from 1975 to 1996 in the city of his birth, came to prominence as a municipal politician who earned international respect for his tolerance and liberal policies, standing up for the fair treatment of immigrant workers who helped rebuild Germany's automotive industry in the postwar years.
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.
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.
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