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May 1, 2013 | By Don Lee
This post has been corrected. See the note below for details. BEIJING -- Adding to the strained relations with the U.S., North Korea said Thursday that an American citizen held since November has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for "hostile acts" against the country. Kenneth Bae, a Korean American tour operator from Washington state, was tried Tuesday by the country's highest court,  the official Korean Central News Agency said. The brief dispatch from the capital, Pyongyang, provided no details of any crime.
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OPINION
March 18, 2014
Re "Finding liberty in hard labor," Column One, March 13 In 1911, 146 sweatshop workers - mostly women - burned to death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City. This led to major protests, the beginning of safety regulations and the unionization of sweatshop workers in the United States. Now things are worse. In 2012, a sweatshop fire in Bangladesh killed 112 workers, and last year in the same country the collapse of another sweatshop killed more than 1,100 people.
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NATIONAL
September 16, 2007 | DON FREDERICK AND ANDREW MALCOLM
Presidential campaigns are very creative at linking with voters -- especially when it comes to obtaining their names and e-mails for fund appeals. Remember helping pick Hillary Rodham Clinton's official campaign song? Barack Obama's campaign invited selected donors of small amounts to dinner. John McCain sends a copy of his new book in return for a donation. John Edwards' newest gimmick?
WORLD
February 7, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details
Kenneth Bae, a Korean American tour guide and evangelist imprisoned in North Korea for more than a year, has been transferred from a hospital to a labor camp, the U.S. State Department said Friday. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki expressed deep concern about the development in a statement. “We also remain gravely concerned about Mr. Bae's health, and we continue to urge DPRK authorities to grant Mr. Bae special amnesty and immediate release on humanitarian grounds,” she said.
NEWS
July 22, 1990 | PAUL DEAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is penal service hiding behind coy euphemisms. Work release. Celebrity diversion. Special programs. They are, in essence, chain gangs without shackles. "I sentence a lot of people to work with Caltrans," said a Los Angeles municipal court commissioner. "Because it is hard work that in the heat of summer becomes hard labor."
NEWS
June 15, 1990 | From Associated Press
The Louisiana House of Representatives passed the nation's harshest state anti-abortion bill Thursday, a measure that would provide up to 10 years' hard labor for doctors who perform abortions. The bill was passed on a 74-27 vote and sent to the state Senate. Its proponents said they hope the U.S. Supreme Court eventually will receive the bill and use it to overturn the court's 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion.
WORLD
February 7, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details
Kenneth Bae, a Korean American tour guide and evangelist imprisoned in North Korea for more than a year, has been transferred from a hospital to a labor camp, the U.S. State Department said Friday. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki expressed deep concern about the development in a statement. “We also remain gravely concerned about Mr. Bae's health, and we continue to urge DPRK authorities to grant Mr. Bae special amnesty and immediate release on humanitarian grounds,” she said.
OPINION
March 18, 2014
Re "Finding liberty in hard labor," Column One, March 13 In 1911, 146 sweatshop workers - mostly women - burned to death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City. This led to major protests, the beginning of safety regulations and the unionization of sweatshop workers in the United States. Now things are worse. In 2012, a sweatshop fire in Bangladesh killed 112 workers, and last year in the same country the collapse of another sweatshop killed more than 1,100 people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1987 | From Reuters
President Zine Abidine ben Ali on Wednesday commuted the death sentence passed on a Muslim fundamentalist leader to hard labor for life. Ali Laaridh, head of the banned Islamic Tendency Movement, was convicted of trying to overthrow the government with Iranian help.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2011 | By Gary Goldstein
"Twi"-guy Kellan Lutz's ab-tastic body is about the only thing shown to its best advantage in "A Warrior's Heart," a ho-hum drama whose many moving parts feel decidedly recycled. Lutz plays Conor Sullivan, a cocky, inexplicably hotheaded California high school lacrosse star, who must move east when his career-soldier father (Chris Potter) again uproots the family. But Conor's bullish ways on — and off — his tony new school's lacrosse field intensify when his dad's redeployment to Iraq has tragic consequences.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2013 | By Emily Keeler
Around 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Torrance Barnes & Noble, a screaming came across the bookstore. Though other bookstore patrons may have wondered if the screaming woman was reacting to spoilers of the new Thomas Pynchon novel, she knew she was headed rapidly into hard labor. The bookstore customer gave birth to a baby boy, and the patrons in the store burst into a round applause. “I don't know if it happened near the classics or the nonfiction section -- but it was definitely smack dab in the store lobby ,” Capt.
WORLD
October 11, 2013 | By Jung-yoon Choi, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details
SEOUL -- The mother of imprisoned American Kenneth Bae said Friday that her son "did not look bad" after she was allowed into North Korea to visit him. Bae's family had expressed concern about his failing health in recent months.  Over the summer, he was transferred from a prison camp to a hospital for foreigners in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. His mother, Myunghee Bae, was allowed to visit him there Friday for the first since he was sentenced to 15 years hard labor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
  As I followed the news about the raging wildfire that claimed the lives of 19 firefighters in Arizona, I couldn't help but recall the days I spent battling brush fires in California. It's something that happens every fire season as I report on wildfires or follow the news of blazes burning brush and destroying homes. I spent nearly six years as a firefighter before a knee injury pushed me on a path that ultimately led to journalism. I landed my first firefighting job a year out of high school with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
NATIONAL
May 5, 2013 | By Don Lee
BEIJING - North Korea on Sunday denied it would use a jailed Korean American as a political bargaining chip, saying it had no plans to invite a prominent American to Pyongyang to seek the release of Kenneth Bae.  Bae, 44, of Lynwood, Wash., was sentenced last week to 15 years of hard labor by the country's highest court for committing “hostile acts” toward the government. Pyongyang has not specified the crimes but said Sunday that Bae entered North Korea with a “disguised identity” and had confessed to the offenses.
WORLD
May 1, 2013 | By Don Lee
This post has been corrected. See the note below for details. BEIJING -- Adding to the strained relations with the U.S., North Korea said Thursday that an American citizen held since November has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for "hostile acts" against the country. Kenneth Bae, a Korean American tour operator from Washington state, was tried Tuesday by the country's highest court,  the official Korean Central News Agency said. The brief dispatch from the capital, Pyongyang, provided no details of any crime.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2012 | Steve Lopez
DELANO, Calif. - "You'd think agriculture would have Republican politicians on our side, but on this issue we don't," Kevin Andrew was saying as we toured some grape fields north of Bakersfield, where farmworkers were thinning vines. Come harvest time, far more workers will be needed. And here's the problem, as Andrew sees it: There could be a looming labor shortage related to tight border security and other factors, including an improved Mexican economy. But GOP congressional reps, in particular, remain opposed to temporary legalized status and coming-and-going privileges for undocumented farmworkers.
NEWS
February 17, 1985 | From Reuters
This country will impose the death penalty on rapists who use weapons or whose victims are under 10 years old, Justice Minister Ridha ben Ali said Saturday. He said a draft law to go before Parliament will also impose the death penalty on people convicted of raping or sexually molesting members of their own family. At present, convicted rapists can be sentenced to hard labor for up to 20 years.
NEWS
August 13, 1997 | Associated Press
A military court convicted three members of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's elite bodyguard unit of treason Tuesday and sentenced the ringleader to death. "The court finds you guilty of working for a foreign country, for spying for the Israeli intelligence service," the judge, Col. Mohammed Jaber, said before sentencing the three officers and a construction worker.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2011 | By Gary Goldstein
"Twi"-guy Kellan Lutz's ab-tastic body is about the only thing shown to its best advantage in "A Warrior's Heart," a ho-hum drama whose many moving parts feel decidedly recycled. Lutz plays Conor Sullivan, a cocky, inexplicably hotheaded California high school lacrosse star, who must move east when his career-soldier father (Chris Potter) again uproots the family. But Conor's bullish ways on — and off — his tony new school's lacrosse field intensify when his dad's redeployment to Iraq has tragic consequences.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Between Shades of Gray A Novel Ruta Sepetys Philomel: 344 pp., $17.99, ages 12 and up In young adult books about World War II, the Holocaust dominates. But there are lesser-known atrocities that also took place, including during the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states. The Soviets not only displaced countless Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians, leaving them to die, but wiped those countries from the map for much of the last century. It's this story that is told in "Between Shades of Gray," the heart-wrenching debut novel from Ruta Sepetys.
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