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January 16, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Physicians should avoid telling pregnant women the sex of their unborn child until after about 30 weeks of pregnancy, because some women will abort female fetuses if they know, according to an editorial in the Canadian Medical Assn. Journal. A small percentage of parents in immigrant Asian communities in Canada may use knowledge of their unborn fetus's sex to decide whether to terminate a pregnancy, according to an editorial by the journal's interim editor in chief, Dr. Rajendra Kale.
January 12, 2012
Speaking from what he apparently considers a position of strength, Syrian President Bashar Assad this week condemned the "terrorists," "traitors" and "outsiders" he said were leading the 10-month-old uprising against him and threatened to strike his enemies with an "iron fist. " Preventing such an offensive by the regime, which has complied only fitfully with a demand by the Arab League that it restrain itself, will be difficult. But the Arab League and the United Nations can and must do more to minimize the violence and brutal repression in Syria, which has continued unabated since the uprising began.
January 4, 2012
Before Tuesday's Iowa Republican caucuses, predictions were that the top three finishers would be clumped together. So it proved, and the race stands essentially where it did before the balloting: Mitt Romney remains the candidate to beat, but he continues to encounter skepticism from conservatives; Rick Santorum is emerging from the ranks of alternatives to Romney; and Ron Paul commands an intense loyalty but is almost certainly too unconventional (to...
December 28, 2011 | By Joel Pett
Wow, slow news year, unless you count war, protest, revolution, famine, floods, droughts, tsunamis, all manner of meltdowns, sexting, tweeting, the GOP, OBL, OWS, DSK at the IMF and OMG! Pat Oliphant's circular firing squad seems the perfect political metaphor for 2011. Jack Ohman bid Osama bin Laden a not-so-fond farewell. Clay Bennett's clever pyramid scheme captured what's at stake in the Arab world. My presidential high-wire act fizzled. Adam Zyglis wondered if what happened there could happen here.
December 6, 2011
The roster of aspiring Dodgers owners started growing even before the beleaguered Frank McCourt announced that he was willing to sell. Billionaire businessmen, owners of other sports teams, former Dodgers players and venerable former owner Peter O'Malley have all signaled their interest. Now Magic Johnson, the NBA legend turned successful businessman, has stepped up to the plate. The former Lakers star has assembled an impressive mix of backers with plenty of money as well as baseball executive expertise.
December 3, 2011
The Los Angeles Police Department and city leadership have received well-deserved praise for their successful eviction of the Occupy L.A. protesters from the grounds outside City Hall last week. Smooth communication, a smart policing approach and a disciplined, restrained force combined to defuse a situation that had confounded police from New York to UC Davis. Now that the occupation is gone, this is a moment to reflect on a lesson from the encounter that should guide city leaders going forward.
November 30, 2011
When Herman Cain told his staff Tuesday that he was doing a "reassessment" of his campaign after new accusations of adulterous behavior, many pundits saw it as the beginning of the end for the onetime GOP presidential front-runner. Maybe, or maybe not. But if his alleged affair with an Atlanta woman does prove the straw that broke the Cain campaign's back, it will say something troubling about the conservative donors and voters who until now have supported him: They're less bothered by his woeful lack of knowledge about foreign affairs than his apparent inability to keep his trousers zipped.
November 30, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Hoping to attract more users and keep them enthralled with its digital music service, Spotify has partnered with other Web and media companies such as Rolling Stone magazine, Songkick and TuneWiki to juice up its service with articles, reviews, recommendations, lyrics and other content. Rolling Stone, for example, will integrate its year-end magazine issue with Spotify's service so readers can instantly play most, if not all, of the songs featured in the articles. The integration will involve the magazine's future issues as well.
November 29, 2011
The National Basketball Assn. appears poised to end its five-month lockout, and a new labor agreement can't come soon enough for the thousands of idled workers who don't have a seat at the negotiating table. Those include the employees and entrepreneurs who make a living inside and around the arenas, as well as the restaurants, hotels and souvenir shops that cater to the surge of fans on game days. For everyone else, the announcement of a tentative deal is a mixed blessing.
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