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SPORTS
January 8, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Thomas Hitzlsperger, who played in the English Premier League and for the German national team before retiring four months ago, told a German newspaper Wednesday he is gay and wants to speak out in an effort to break down the stigma of homosexuality in sports. Hitzlsperger's revelation in Die Zeit comes 11 months after another former British professional player, American Robbie Rogers, came out as gay in an emotional blog post. Rogers later unretired and last May became the first openly gay player to participate in a major U.S. professional league when he joined the Galaxy.
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WORLD
January 6, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
German Chancellor Angela Merkel fractured a pelvic bone during a cross-country skiing accident over the holidays and will have to cancel travel and rest at home for the next three weeks, her spokesman told journalists in Berlin on Monday. Merkel, 59, fell during her annual ski vacation to eastern Switzerland's Engadine Valley, which includes the St. Moritz resort, and initially thought she had just suffered a bruise, said spokesman Steffen Seibert. Merkel consulted her doctor on Friday, after returning to the German capital, and was told she had sustained a pelvic fracture.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A German architect accused of recklessly installing a fireplace in his Hollywood Hills mansion, leading to a firefighter's death in February 2011, is expected to serve about six months in jail after pleading no contest Friday to involuntary manslaughter. Gerhard Becker, 49, was sentenced to one year in jail as a condition of his probation, but will probably spend only about half of that behind bars due to time already served and other factors.  Prosecutors had sought four years in jail.
WORLD
December 17, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - She's once, twice, three times a chancellor: Angela Merkel, Germany's first female leader, was sworn in Tuesday for her third term, underlining her dominance on the political scene in Europe's biggest economy. Merkel, 59, returns to power at a time when the region has yet to get back on its feet fully from its still-unresolved debt crisis, and as Germany's relations with the United States continue to suffer from the fallout over revelations that American spies tapped her phone and collected electronic data on ordinary Germans.
BUSINESS
December 1, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
This is not your grandfather's Jeep. The 2014 diesel Grand Cherokee Summit points the brand in a very different direction than its beginnings as a bare-bones World War II gadabout. The same can be said for this new version's $57,000 price tag. Today's Jeep comes with trinkets that were beyond fantasy in the 1940s, including adaptive cruise control, heated and cooled leather seats and an adjustable air suspension. The hope is that goodies like these will draw buyers out of sport utility vehicles from established German luxury brands and establish Jeep as a competitor in the cut-throat, $50,000-plus arena.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2013 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Fifty miles north of London lies Bletchley Park, a railway town during World War II that had few, if any, sights to recommend it. It was here, to a rundown estate on the other side of the tracks, that 19-year-old Mavis Batey was dispatched in the spring of 1940. As Hitler's forces advanced across Europe, encoded messages from Panzer divisions, U-boats and even the German high command were being intercepted and relayed to the men and women at Bletchley Park, whose job was to break the German code and help Britain and its allies outwit the Axis powers.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2013 | By David Ng
Authorities in Germany have seized more art that is possibly connected to the unprecedented discovery of more than 1,400 works revealed last week. The German newspaper Bild reported over the weekend that 22 pieces of art were recovered from an apartment in Stuttgart that is the residence of a man who is believed to be related to Cornelius Gurlitt, the art dealer who was keeping hundreds of valuable works in his Munich apartment. Gurlitt is the son of the late Hildebrand Gurlitt, a Nazi-era art dealer who was known to sell looted art. The Stuttgart apartment is reported to be the residence of Dr.
AUTOS
November 9, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Since its introduction in 2003, the Cadillac CTS has been working two jobs. General Motors Co. has used the sedan to straddle the space between the compact and mid-size luxury segments. Nearly every other upscale brand has one of each. Yet this all-purpose Caddy has pulled off the stretch surprisingly well. The first two generations of the CTS, the brand's only rear-wheel-drive sports sedan, are among Cadillac's bestsellers, often outpacing the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5-Series.
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.
AUTOS
October 17, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Two German diesel sedans and three Japanese cars are the finalists for the Green Car of the Year Award to be handed out at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month. The finalists for the Green Car Journal award include the Audi A6 TDI, BMW 328d, Honda Accord, Mazda3, and Toyota Corolla. Whereas previously the field has been dominated by hybrids and electric cars, the selections this year reflect the auto industry's focus on improving the performance of internal combustion engines.    "The diversity of this field of finalists illustrates not only that 'green' has gone mainstream, but also that there is no single approach to achieving ever higher levels of fuel efficiency and environmental performance," says Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com.
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