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May 29, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Sandels
TEHRAN -- Iran hosted a peace conference on Syria on Wednesday titled "Political Solution, Regional Stability. " The Iranian news media dubbed the gathering in Tehran the "Friends of Syria Conference," a term used by a coalition of Western and Arab states that support the Syrian opposition forces fighting against forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. It came as Russian and U.S. officials are trying to organize a peace conference on Syria in Geneva next month. Iran, Assad's key regional ally, has yet to be invited to the Geneva conference, spurring some observers to believe Wednesday's conference was a move by Tehran to portray itself as an important player.  Iranian media reported that officials from 40 countries and representatives from regional and international organizations were to take part in the conference.
April 26, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - John Oliver will have the crab cakes - but that's all, thanks. In a private dining room at HBO's plush headquarters overlooking Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, a waitress in a crisp black uniform asks the 37-year-old comedian if he'd like anything else - perhaps some soup or salad? He declines with a polite insistence that suggests he's not quite used to all the luxurious trappings. Then, as soon as the waitress leaves the room, he launches into a riff about possibly sinister deeds going on behind the scenes at HBO. "I don't know what happens here," he says, "This is, like, unsettlingly nice.
August 20, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Mission Viejo party hosts could end up paying for a helicopter in addition to the keg. Under an ordinance passed by the City Council on Monday, hosts could be fined for the costs of Orange County deputies, K-9 units and helicopters that respond to  repeat calls about a “loud or disruptive” gathering. “We're not going to come out like the Gestapo and start slapping fines on people,” said Lt. Chris Wilson, chief of sheriff services for Mission Viejo. “But it's a useful tool the deputies can use to solve a problem and help ensure the quality of life for others.” Officials said repeated responses drain resources and time.
April 25, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before finding out why I'm not hosting the Emmys. The Skinny: It is never fun giving a cat medicine. Try giving your cat three different doses if you really want frustration. I'm pretty sure Skinny isn't enjoying it either. Today's roundup includes the weekend box office preview. Also, lots of debate over the FCC's proposed new Net neutrality rules, and Seth Meyers will host this year's Emmy Awards. Have a great weekend. Daily Dose: Aside from consumer groups and media watchdogs, Netflix has emerged as the most vocal opponent of Comcast's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable.
August 5, 2012
Today the Pasadena Convention Center is home to two of the public's greatest access points for the shared experience of watching the Mars Curiosity rover landing.  On one hand, the Mars Society in Pasadena's Conference Center hosts the 15th annual International Mars Society Convention.  It boasts appearances from speakers such as professor J. Richard Gott, a world renowned cosmologist, and Dr. Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division.  ...
September 11, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"The Talk" had its third season premiere on Monday, and the only thing missing was the makeup. "The Talk's" Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen, Aisha Tyler, Sheryl Underwood and Sharon Osborne all hosted the show without any makeup, wearing only towels and robes. At the top of the show, the five hosts were shown in a cluster chanting, "It's season three, we're makeup free!" The women were then unveiled to the audience with their hands over their faces before revealing how they looked without a stint in the makeup chair.
August 24, 2011 | By Tom Hamburger
Texas Gov. Rick Perry will host a group of potential heavy hitter campaign donors and bundlers in Austin today for meetings with campaign officials and, later, with the governor himself. The meetings are the latest in a series reminiscent of the Austin briefings hosted by a previous governor from Texas, George W. Bush. Bush's meetings were held early in the 2000 presidential selection process. Perry's invitations are coming late during a tumultuous year for the Republican field. Perry has been getting a good response from potential donors in the D.C. area, said Dirk Van Dongen, one of the people who has been leading Perry's fundraising effort.  Several prominent Washington donors will be among those attending the Wednesday meetings, he said.
February 26, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Hasan Arat, the head of Istanbul's bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics, not only wants his city to host the Games, he wants wrestling reinstated if it does. “If we are awarded the Games, Turkey wants to have wrestling events in Istanbul,” Arat said Tuesday. The International Olympic Committee executive board voted earlier this month to drop wrestling beginning in 2020. The three finalists to host the 2020 Games are Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo. The IOC meets in September and will make a decision then.
December 7, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
Fergie hosted the star-studded Voli Light Vodka cocktail party Thursday night to benefit Cell Phones For Soldiers at Skybar at the Mondrian in Los Angeles. The vodka brand donated 500,000 minutes to the charity, and Fergie, who co-owns Voli Light Vodka, presented the organization with a check at the party. Guests sipped Voli cocktails called the "Fergatini," "Red Carpet" and "Creamsicle. " The songstress walked the event in a sparkling red Monique Lhuillier dress and Fergalicious heels and dished on he favorite drink.
November 29, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila
Now that Thanksgiving is past, it's time to start thinking about end-of-the-year festivities and special holiday treats. You might want to check out what Valerie Confections has in store this year at the Los Angeles-based confectionary company's fourth annual fall open house.  On Thursday (today), the Westlake neighborhood shop (near the corner of Virgil Avenue and Beverly Boulevard) will host tastings of tea-infused truffles . On Friday, owner Valerie Gordon will present her premium loose leaf teas in flavors such as Blushing Betty, Toasted Fig and Blood Orange & Black along with petits fours to complement them.
April 25, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Seth Meyers will go from late night to prime time in August: The funnyman will host this year's Emmy Awards, NBC and the Television Academy confirmed Thursday night. TV's biggest night falls on Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. -- remember, that's a Monday! -- on NBC, and the network certainly has proved to have a pool of worthy hosts (ahem, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey). Perhaps only a slightly less obvious choice than recently installed "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon (who hosted in 2010), the selection of Meyers comes on the heels of the "Saturday Night Live" alum being named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world for 2014 -- so maybe he's been doing some influencing with his network bosses?
April 25, 2014 | By Susan Denley
First Lady Michelle Obama wore an outfit from Sophie Theallet's spring 2014 collection when she hosted a passel of kids at the White House on Thursday for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day . Her ensemble included Theallet's thistle jacquard cardigan in sunset red with leather and chiffon skirt in bordeaux, the designer said via news release. Prince George, 9-month-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, has already become a style trendsetter, writes John Koblin in the New York Times . The little prince and his parents ended their almost three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia, taking off from an airport in Canberra, Australia's capital, on Friday to begin their return trip to England.
April 23, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Picking up where they left off in February, the two teams in Super Bowl XLVIII, Seattle and Denver, open the 2014 NFL season with blockbuster games. The league released its schedule Wednesday, revealing the defending champion Seahawks will play host to Green Bay in the opener Thursday, Sept. 4, and Indianapolis will play at the Broncos in the opening Sunday night game. Packers-Seahawks is a rematch of a 2012 "Fail Mary" game won by Seattle on the final play, a controversial touchdown pass that from every camera angle looked to be an interception by Green Bay. Replacement officials called it a touchdown for the Seahawks, however, and that game proved to be the final straw that ended the officiating lockout.
April 21, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Keke Palmer legally cannot buy beer. But she can host a daily talk show. The 20-year-old actress who has appeared in "Akeelah and the Bee," "The Longshots" and was featured in the title role of Nickelodeon's "True Jackson, VP," has been signed to host a new daily talk show being produced by BET Networks and Telepictures that is scheduled to debut in July. The series establishes Palmer as the youngest TV talk show host ever. The show, which has the working title of "The Keke Palmer Project," will "target millennials by covering a variety of topics, including fashion, social media, pop culture, sex and more," according to a news release.
April 19, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Birmingham High's football stadium and track facility has been reopened for outside use after being temporarily closed while the school investigated concerns whether it was in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Athletic Director Rick Prizant said. Principal Bill Parks gave clearance that will allow the largest stadium in the San Fernando Valley to host the City Section track and field finals on May 29, along with three league finals and lacrosse finals. The school will take some interim steps to help comply with ADA standards.
April 18, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Friday brought some good news for "Good Morning America's" Lara Spencer: The lifestyle anchor has been promoted to co-host along with Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos .  The announcement was made via email by newly appointed ABC News President James Goldston, who praised Spencer's " style, humor, sunny confidence, wonderful journalism and storytelling. " "Lara is clearly an essential ingredient in the success we have enjoyed," he said.  PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV Spencer joined "Good Morning America" three years ago after seven seasons hosting the syndicated entertainment magazine show "The Insider.
August 2, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Five of the last seven hosts to stand at the Oscar podium were doing it for the first time. Not so for this year's choice, Ellen DeGeneres, who emceed movie's biggest night back in 2007. That offers a chance to read some tea leaves for this year. As her post-Seth MacFarlane turn will be in 2014, back in '07 DeGeneres came in as a steadying hand after a provocative telecast the year before (Jon Stewart's zinger-filled 2006). DeGeneres generally gave producers and the audience what they paid for. The talk-show host did the welcoming thing admirably - “cheeky but good-natured, far less barbed and sardonic” than other recent hosts, according to the New York Times.
July 8, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday: Oprah reportedly tops the list of Oscar host candidates. ( Los Angeles Times ) Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lopez and Nicole Kidman are among the names thought to be on William and Kate's BAFTA guest list. ( Los Angeles Times ) Harry Potter fans take over Trafalgar Square for the star-studded "Deathly Hallows" premiere. ( Los Angeles Times ) Canceled soaps "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" will continue online.
April 16, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
All 11 current and former co-hosts will be reunited on "The View" on May 15, the day before Barbara Walters retires after more than five decades in broadcast journalism, ABC announced Wednesday.  Stopping by to bid farewell will be former co-hosts Rosie O'Donnell, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar, Star Jones, Debbie Matenopoulos, Meredith Vieira and Lisa Ling. Also present will be the current lineup of Jenny McCarthy, Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd. " Barbara Walters' status as a trailblazer, a legend and an icon are undeniable,” said Paul Lee, ABC Entertainment president, in a statement.
April 16, 2014 | By Julie Cart
The California Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday postponed a controversial decision on whether to afford gray wolves protection under the state's Endangered Species Act, giving itself another 90 days to consider the matter. After listening to a spirited 2 1/2 hours of public comment in an overflowing meeting room in Ventura, the five-member commission voted unanimously to take up the issue at its next meeting in June. The decision regarding listing was prompted by the arrival in late 2011 of a young male gray wolf in Northern California.
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