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February 20, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Growing political violence in the Ukraine has placed the U.S. soccer team's March 5 friendly in Kharkiv in doubt, although team officials remain tight-lipped about what alternatives they are exploring. The March date is the only FIFA international fixture day before the deadline to set World Cup rosters, meaning it represents the only opportunity for U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann to call up the players he hopes will form the core of his team in Brazil this summer. But the situation in Ukraine has grown worse in recent days with the country teetering on the brink of civil war. Reports say at least 70 people , most of them anti-government protesters, were killed in central Kiev on Thursday despite a truce between the opposition and forces under the control of President Victor Yanukovich.
February 7, 2014 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON - Back-to-back months of sluggish hiring suggest the economic recovery may have lost some momentum and could give the Federal Reserve second thoughts about continuing to throttle back a key stimulus program. Employers added a modest 113,000 jobs in January after boosting payrolls by just 75,000 in December, the Labor Department said Friday. The two-month average was about half of last year's monthly pace of job growth and far below analysts' expectations. Although analysts blamed the weak December hiring largely on frigid weather, there was little evidence the cold contributed to January's numbers.
January 16, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
In the contrived and predictable yet fairly tense "Reasonable Doubt," Dominic Cooper ("The History Boys," "Mamma Mia") plays scrappy Chicago District Atty. Mitch Brockden, a rising star with a strong conviction record, a pretty wife (Erin Karpluk) and a newborn daughter. So, with much to lose, it's no great surprise (OK, in the real world it might be) when Mitch flees a fatal hit-and-run that occurs while he's driving drunk. Soon after, though, auto mechanic Clinton Davis (Samuel L. Jackson)
January 12, 2014 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON -- A growing number of Republican and some Democratic leaders said Sunday that, for now, they are accepting at face value New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's word that he knew nothing about the George Washington Bridge traffic-jam scheme that has rocked his political career. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he found it “pretty darn credible” that Christie was unaware that his aides shut down lanes to the bridge in September in what was apparently an act of political retribution.
December 22, 2013 | By David Zucchino
SAFID SHIR, Afghanistan - Astride his dappled gray stallion, Mohammad Karim looked like a weathered warrior, though he wielded a grain sack instead of a carbine. Decades ago, Karim was a mujahid, a mountain tribesman who took up arms against Soviet soldiers and, later, the Taliban. Now 45, with white whiskers beneath his pakol , a traditional Afghan hat, he is again prepared to fight if his beloved Panjshir Valley is threatened. "If the Taliban tries to come back, we'll fight them and kill them," he said, as he rode his horse near the shimmering blue Panjshir River and hillside trees streaked with autumn gold.
December 9, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Horse racing has problems, which is like saying rain makes the grass wet. It is a sport in which the toothache never goes away. Conversely, it has its moments, its shots of adrenaline. On a glorious November day at Santa Anita, a huge horse trained by a tiny woman and ridden by a 50-year-old grandfather who had taken seven years off won the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic. It was such a good story that moviemakers must be scrambling to line up Kathy Ritvo and her aptly named horse, Mucho Macho Man. The jockey part is easy.
December 3, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Veteran point guard Steve Nash briefly practiced with the Lakers on Tuesday but doesn't expect to play on Friday when the team visits the Sacramento Kings. "I don't know if it's out of the realm, but I would say it's probably very unlikely and very doubtful," Nash said. Nash has been sidelined since Nov. 10 with nerve issues in his back. "I don't know about a quick comeback, but I was encouraged to practice today some," Nash said.  "I have no doubt that I'll get back on the court.
December 3, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Leaks from test results French scientists had conducted on samples taken last year from the remains of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat added more confusion Tuesday to the debate over Arafat's death. According to the leaks, widely published by news agencies, the French results did not confirm that Arafat died from poison and suggested that he probably died of natural causes. "The report rules out the poisoning theory," Agence France-Presse quoted an unidentified source as saying.
November 30, 2013 | Ralph Vartabedian
On a wind-swept plateau, underground steel tanks that hold the nation's most deadly radioactive waste are slowly rotting. The soil deep under the desert brush is being fouled with plutonium, cesium and other material so toxic that it could deliver a lethal dose of radiation to a nearby person in minutes. The aging tanks at the former Hanford nuclear weapons complex contain 56 million gallons of sludge, the byproduct of several decades of nuclear weapons production, and they represent one of the nation's most treacherous environmental threats.
November 25, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian
In a major legal blow to the California bullet train, a Sacramento judge ruled that state officials cannot pursue their plan to tap billions of dollars in voter-approved bond funding for construction, a decision that could cause indefinite delays in the massive $68-billion project. Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny, ruling Monday in two closely watched cases, found the state officials made key errors and failed to comply with legal requirements as they moved the project toward a long-awaited groundbreaking.
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