November 20, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Afghan government published late Wednesday what it described as a "pre-decisional" copy of an agreement being negotiated with the United States on the two nations' security partnership after international combat troops withdraw at the end of next year. The late-night posting on the website of the Afghan Foreign Ministry came just hours before a traditional assembly of 2,700 Afghan notables is to open in Kabul to vote on the agreement. U.S. and Afghan negotiators were still at odds Wednesday over the final language of the accord, particularly the issue of nighttime raids by U.S. forces in Afghan residential areas.
November 15, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - The Brown administration has released much-anticipated proposed rules for fracking, a controversial technique for drilling for oil and natural gas reviled by environmentalists. The process, formally known as hydraulic fracturing, involves pumping water, sand and a mixture of chemicals into geological strata to free trapped hydrocarbons. Supporters say that it is opening up a vast new energy source and creating high-paying jobs. Opponents contend that fracking could pollute underground drinking water supplies and cause health hazards.
November 11, 2013 |
As recruiting coordinator and interim coach at USC, Ed Orgeron has identified his quarry. There is the wide receiver, regarded as perhaps the best in the nation. Tight ends, linemen, linebackers and several defensive backs also have been targeted. "They're the No. 1 recruits on our board," Orgeron said. Orgeron is not discussing high school or junior college prospects. He is talking about USC's draft-eligible juniors and third-year sophomores. Like all major programs, USC annually faces the possibility of players' leaving for professional football before they have exhausted their eligibility.
November 8, 2013 |
How to make Bruno Mars' delightfully naughty "Gorilla" a little naughtier? With help from R. Kelly and Pharrell. That's who Mars hit up for a just-released remix of the song, a raunchy highlight from the singer's great 2012 album, " Unorthodox Jukebox . " Posted Friday on Twitter (following a Q&A that Mars conducted there), the new version expands on the original's wildlife theme, with Kelly describing himself as "an anaconda in your garden" and Pharrell proposing some carefully chosen yoga positions.
November 2, 2013 |
On the heels of one NBA general manager telling ESPN The Magazine that his franchise will lose games on purpose to increase the chances of improving their draft position, Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan scoffed at the suggestion Friday. "I don't believe in that," Jordan told the Associated Press before the Bobcats evened their record at 1-1 with a 90-84 victory over Cleveland in their home opener. "That's not something that we would do. " Jordan pointed out that NBA teams are assured of landing a franchise player with a lottery draft pick.
October 31, 2013 |
State officials Thursday released the draft of a new California Water Action Plan that doesn't include much action. The 17-page document covers little new ground, outlining familiar water policy goals with few details of how they will be achieved. "We are not reinventing the wheel here," said state Natural Resources Secretary John Laird. "We are coordinating what's in place in one location with clear goals as targets for the different agencies.... We have to focus on the whole picture.
October 30, 2013 |
One NBA general manager has finally admitted it: The goal for his sad sack team is Andrew Wiggins, not Larry O'Brien. The anonymous executive told ESPN The Magazine that his team is going all in on increasing its odds of drafting Wiggins, the franchise savior from Kansas who is expected to be the top pick in June. That means losing games. A lot of them. The payoff for finishing with the league's worst record would be a 25% chance at landing the draft's No. 1 pick. “You need superstars to compete in this league,” the general manager told ESPN, “and the playing field for those guys is tilted toward a few big-market teams.
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October 25, 2013 |
Two months ago, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission called for new and stringent limits on gifts to the city's politicians, saying such niceties can undermine the public's confidence in government when they come from people doing business at City Hall. The five-member panel sent the City Council its recommendation, part of a much larger package of rule changes, after 15 months of deliberations. But when lawmakers took up the proposal this week, they went the other direction - by seeking an increase, not a decrease, in the size of allowable gifts.
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October 12, 2013 |
The 6.3 magnitude earthquake that devastated Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2011 toppled buildings, upended roads and even liquefied the ground under some communities, causing them to sink. The historic city saw the soaring brick spire of the ChristChurch Cathedral topple and another 19th century landmark church crumble to the ground. But residents were stunned to learn that two-thirds of the 185 people killed in the city were in two more modern, seemingly solid concrete office buildings that fell down with the shaking.
October 2, 2013 |
Long before A.J. Ellis owned the Dodgers' heart, he felt lucky just to wear a piece of them on his head. It was the summer of 2003, draft day, and the only two teams that had expressed interest in the Austin Peay senior catcher had already selected catchers. So Ellis despondently plopped into his father's car to take a frustrated drive around his Lexington, Ky., neighborhood. Suddenly, his mother's cellphone, which happened to be on the seat beside him, rang. It wasn't one of her friends.