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February 15, 1998
OK, El Nino. We believe! We believe! DARREN HAYLOCK Palmdale
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
Although they're more than 2,000 miles apart on different continents, suspected terrorist Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) and scapegoated CIA case officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) endure similar ordeals in "Tower of David,” Episode 303 of Showtime's “Homeland.”     The star-crossed lovers are both confined against their wills: Brody in a Venezuelan slum and Carrie in a Washington area hospital. And both are heavily drugged: Brody on heroin to keep him docile and Carrie on Ritalin to control her bipolar disorder.
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NATIONAL
October 18, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
In an emotional Thursday morning news conference, the mother of a missing Oregon woman spoke glowingly of Whitney Heichel, who vanished Tuesday morning on her way to work as a Starbucks barista. Heichel, 21, went about her usual routine and left for work at 6:45 a.m., authorities say, but she never arrived for her 7 a.m. shift at the nearby Starbucks.  According to police in the Portland-area suburb of Gresham, Ore., her ATM card was used at a gas station about two hours after she was supposed to have been at work.
NATIONAL
October 18, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The El Niño climate system has gone missing and that means much of the western portion of the United States can expect a milder and, in some places, a drier winter, meteorologists said Thursday. In its winter outlook report, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also predicted a cooler than usual season for Hawaii and much of Florida. But officials were shy about making long-term predictions for much the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions because of questions about another climate system known as the North Atlantic Oscillation.
TRAVEL
July 1, 2012 | By Christopher Smith
How was that little vacation you took? You remember. It cost you almost nothing, it burned some calories (or, after that ice cream cone, added a few) and briefly immersed you in quintessential California. It was that walk on a pier, those structures that stretch out like a gateway into the Pacific. Perhaps we don't think about them much, but they're part of what has made California California: Piers (or wharfs as they were called in the mid-19th century) once were the primary way of moving food, cargo and travelers on and off sailing vessels.
SPORTS
April 6, 2012 | By Teddy Greenstein
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Sergio Garcia gift-wrapped a headline for snarky websites: "Garcia gives reporter the finger. " OK, a little context. It came after the writer asked about his infected fingernail. Which digit? "This one," Garcia replied, extending the middle finger of his left hand. The room cracked up. Garcia grinned. "I walked right into that one," the reporter said. Garcia fired a four-under-par 68 Friday to surge into a tie for third in the Masters, one shot back of the leaders Fred Couples and Jason Dufner, who are at five-under 139. Tied with Garcia at four under are U.S. Openchampion Rory McIlroy, 2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, Lee Westwood, who lost the lead with a double bogey on No. 18, and long-hitting left-hander Bubba Watson.
NEWS
November 11, 2011 | By Robin Abcarian
Rick Perry's self-deprecation tour, which started at dawn Thursday with appearances on most of the planet's morning shows, culminated with a brief visit to “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Trying to undo the damage he inflicted on himself on the debate stage Wednesday when he could not remember the third of three  federal agencies  he has pledged to eliminate,  Perry walked out, saluted the audience and presented “Rick Perry's Top...
SPORTS
January 28, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Snowing in the morning, snowing in the afternoon . . . and, most likely, snowing in the evening in the Aspen area on Wednesday. Ah, if only Vancouver had such problems. Here, on the eve of ESPN's Winter X Games, the snow, or lack thereof in Vancouver, was an issue among the newly minted Olympians with an eye fixed on Cypress Mountain. That happens to be the venue for snowboarding and freestyle skiing events for the fast-approaching Olympics. Generally a good thing to have the snow in snowboarding, isn't it?
SCIENCE
October 17, 2009 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Midwest and Northern United States are likely to get a warmer winter this year, while the Southeast can expect just the opposite: cooler and wetter conditions. In Thursday's winter outlook, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that an El Nino weather event -- warming in parts of the Pacific that affects weather worldwide -- would be a major player in America's winter temperatures. Some places, such as the Northeast and California, could go any which way on temperatures.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2009 | Mark Swed, MUSIC CRITIC
Before "A Flowering Tree," which the Los Angeles Philharmonic festively mounted Friday night in Walt Disney Concert Hall, John Adams created five theater works with Peter Sellars that shunned the miraculous. Simple solutions were simply not an option in subject matter that incorporated the cumbersome conflicts between East and West ("Nixon in China"), Arab and Jew ("The Death of Klinghoffer"), creation and destruction ("Doctor Atomic"). In "I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky," a Los Angeles earthquake transforms society.
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