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October 18, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
NASHVILLE - To even reach the highlight package known as the shootout - in which Anze Kopitar won it for the Kings in the third round - the Kings had to do some decidedly unglamorous and old-school work Thursday night. The Kings had to kill off a four-on-three in overtime against Nashville, which meant facing the weapon of defenseman Shea Weber's shot. They may not have emerged unscathed, but they survived and won, 2-1, in a shootout against the Predators at Bridgestone Arena, giving them three wins on this four-game trip and four out of five overall.
October 18, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Cemeteries have always intrigued me, since the time as a young boy when I ran across a freshly dug grave, two teenagers at the bottom of the pit, doing the things teenagers do when they get a little privacy. Since then, I always found cemeteries a little sexy. As kids, we always romped through the nearby graveyard as respectfully as a bunch of 10-year-olds could, chasing rabbits amid the tombstones, playing hide-and-seek. Always thought the spirits probably enjoyed our company, as much as we enjoyed the Huckleberry freedoms that a leafy old cemetery can offer.
October 16, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
POWELL, Wyo. - The autumn moon has taken its seat low in the evening sky as the cars arrive at Wyoming's last drive-in theater. Pokey Heny stands ready to indulge in another night of small-town sociability. At 52, the owner of the American Dream Drive-in leans out the snack bar door to collect a $15 per-vehicle entry fee. She greets people by their first names, telling a 4-year-old girl she likes her stuffed hippo, named Martha. Then a single mother and daughter roll up in an aging pickup.
October 10, 2013 | By Gary Klein
The desserts that returned as part of training table fare were scrumptious. The whooping and hollering during a player-coached scrimmage proved cathartic. And a movie screening the night before the game relaxed a USC team about to play its first game under interim Coach Ed Orgeron. But how would USC respond when it finally played a game without the fired Lane Kiffin? On Thursday night, the Trojans answered with a 38-31 victory over stubborn Arizona at the Coliseum. With the animated Orgeron leading the way, and offensive coordinator Clay Helton calling plays for the first time, the Trojans improved to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in Pac-12 Conference play heading into their next game at Notre Dame.
October 9, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga and David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - Not long after the flag-draped coffins of four Americans killed in combat arrived Wednesday at Delaware's Dover Air Force Base, the Pentagon announced that a private charity would restore death benefits for the families of military members who died while on active duty. But that quick action did little to calm the families' ire and stop the finger-pointing between the Obama administration and Republicans about a government failure whose effect was deeply symbolic and immediately felt by bereft parents, grieving spouses and children left without mothers and fathers.
October 9, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
After they got married last year, Homaira and Jahan Hamid decided they would embark on the hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia "as soon as possible," before parental duties began to crowd out their religious obligations. When the Northridge couple discovered that a mysterious and sometimes deadly virus had emerged in the desert kingdom, killing more than 40% of the people it was known to have infected, they briefly reconsidered. The hajj - which every able Muslim must attend at least once in their lives - annually draws to Mecca as many as 3 million people, all gathered together.
October 1, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI -- A special Bangladeshi court sentenced a top opposition politician to hang Tuesday after he was found guilty on charges of murder, arson and crimes against humanity linked to the country's 1971 war of independence against Pakistan. The ruling prompted police and paramilitary forces to step up security across the country. The 172-page verdict against Salauddin Quader Chowdhury of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party is the sixth death sentence handed down against Islamist opposition leaders by a special war crimes tribunal.
September 27, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Candance Cameron Bure has once again reunited with her "Full House" father and uncle! The former child star attended an event Wednesday for the 30th anniversary of the Starlight Foundation with Bob Saget and John Stamos, who, respectively, played single dad Danny Tanner and Elvis-obsessed uncle Jesse Katsopolos on the show. Bure, 37, who played spunky eldest sister DJ Tanner on the 1990s sitcom, wore a red strapless Adrianna Papell dress that she accessorized with a silver clutch from Tess handbags.
September 7, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Since taking over as coach of the U.S. national team 26 months ago, Juergen Klinsmann has been almost as interested in the process of winning as he has been in the winning itself. He has repeatedly challenged players to step outside their comfort zone, pushing them not just to be good but to be better. Now it's time to find out if those lessons have taken hold. Tuesday's World Cup qualifier with Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, won't determine whether the U.S. plays next summer in Brazil, but it will determine whether the team possesses the strength and character to overcome adversity - traits it'll need if it hopes to go far once World Cup play begins.
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