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March 7, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The International Criminal Court on Friday handed down the second conviction in its 12-year history, finding former Congolese warlord Germain Katanga guilty on four counts of war crimes and one count of crimes against humanity. Katanga, a leader of the Patriotic Resistance Force in Ituri, one of the myriad armed militias in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, was found guilty of being an accomplice to murders and pillage during a 2003 attack on the village of Bogoro.
March 4, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Spending by international visitors to the United States continues to soar, with data for 2013 showing foreign travelers spent a record-breaking $180.7 billion on food, lodging, souvenirs and hotels. The spending by foreign visitors represented a 9% jump over 2012 and is the latest example of continuous growth since the Great Recession, according to the U.S. Office of Travel and Tourism Industries. The rise in spending is good news for Los Angeles County, where tourism is one of the largest industries.
March 3, 2014 | By Paul Richter and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - Russia's military action in Crimea has strengthened support for economic aid to beleaguered Ukraine, yet the multibillion-dollar package under discussion in world capitals still must navigate a treacherous course. With Russian troops now essentially in control of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, President Obama challenged lawmakers who have been demanding tough action to start with an aid package to help shore up the fledgling government in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital. Obama said Monday that he'd heard "a lot of talk from Congress about what should be done.
March 3, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Lindsay Davenport has been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Knowing her, when word got out, she probably asked for a recount, just to make sure she hadn't bumped out somebody else more deserving. She is 37 now, lives in Orange County, is married to Jon Leach of the famed USC tennis family of dad and coach Dick Leach and longtime pro doubles star Rick Leach, Jon's brother. Jon was a USC All-American and is now an investment banker. Davenport had her fourth child in January and was notified of her Hall of Fame selection as she was about to give birth.
March 2, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Kevin Harvick crashed Junior Nation's party on Sunday. Dale Earnhardt Jr. tried everything he could to give his fans another win after his Daytona 500 victory a week ago, but Harvick would have none of it. Harvick won the Sprint Cup Series' second race of the season, at Phoenix International Raceway, with a dominant performance that included keeping Earnhardt repeatedly at bay on several late restarts. "This is awesome," said Harvick, who led 224 of the race's 312 laps.
March 1, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Kyle Busch won a rain-shortened NASCAR Nationwide race at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, his third consecutive win at the one-mile oval in NASCAR's second-level series. Busch, driving the No. 54 Toyota, dominated until rain halted the event with 32 laps left in the 200-lap race. It was the seventh Nationwide victory overall at Phoenix for Busch, who mainly drives in NASCAR's top-tier Sprint Cup Series. He celebrated the win in an infield tent as rain poured down on Victory Lane.
March 1, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
After the founder of the International Surfing Museum dipped a toe in the beautiful, blue Pacific, she never bothered to hang the other nine. It was too cold, and the last thing a Canadian farm girl wanted in California was cold. Even so, Natalie Kotsch was intrigued by surfing culture, in love with the town that calls itself Surf City, and unrelenting in her drive to establish a museum devoted to the sport. Kotsch, an effervescent real estate broker who grew up more than 600 miles from the nearest ocean and never swam, much less surfed, in the Pacific, died Feb. 20 at her home in Huntington Beach.
February 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
When it comes to pay, internships can be a struggle -- that is, of course, unless you work at one of the world's top tech companies. Nineteen out of the top 25 highest-paying companies for internships come from the tech industry, according to a Friday report by Glassdoor , a jobs and careers website. Many of the top companies pay their interns more than $5,000 per month on average. At the top of the list is Palantir Technologies, which pays interns $7,012 per month on average.
February 27, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Happy International Polar Bear Day! The polar bear conservation group Polar Bears International, has set aside Feb. 27 as a special day to celebrate those furry white giants of the North, and to remind the public that it is not too late to help them. The struggle for polar bears is that the Arctic sea ice where they live and hunt is shrinking -- and as a result, so are their numbers. A 2007 study from the U.S. Geological Survey found that if the current rate of Arctic-sea-ice loss continues, two-thirds of the world's polar bear population could disappear by the middle of the century.
February 25, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The U.S. national soccer team announced Tuesday that it has relocated next week's international friendly with Ukraine from the former Soviet republic to Cyprus. The move comes after weeks of consultation with the U.S. State Department and the Ukrainian soccer federation over the deteriorating political situation in Kiev, the Ukraninian capital, which has been the scene of deadly violence between the regime of ousted President Viktor Yanukovich and anti-government protesters. The match was scheduled to be played in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, about 300 miles east of Kiev.
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