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March 11, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Intrade, the popular online betting site, abruptly shut down Sunday citing "financial irregularities" that the firm said it will investigate. The Dublin-based website, which has faced previous scrutiny over its business model, allowed consumers to place bets on world events such as elections and the selection of a new pope. In a statement posted to its website Sunday, Intrade said it would immediately halt all trades, settle all open positions and cease all banking transactions for customers.
March 7, 2013
Gear up for St. Patrick's Day by attending the 11th Annual L.A. County Irish Fair and Music Festival. The event features nine stages of Irish entertainment and attractions including a faux ancient Irish village, shamrock rides, sheepherding demonstrations, face painting and Irish beer drinking contests. There's also Rusty O'Flatery: the World's Tallest Leprechaun. Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat. and Sun. $16. (213) 305-9653; .
February 19, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny offered an emotional apology Tuesday for  government involvement in a harsh system of laundries run by Roman Catholic nuns, where women and girls labored long hours behind locked doors, unpaid and often bewildered about why they were there. “As a society, for many years we failed you,” Kenny said in a televised official apology Tuesday before the Irish Parliament. “This is a national shame.” Kenny stopped, his voice breaking, and then concluded, “Let me hope that this day and this debate heralds a new dawn for all those who feared that the dark midnight might never end.” The apology came two weeks after a report found that the Irish government had been involved in the infamous Magdalen laundries , helping to send girls and women into the workhouses, paying them through government programs and contracts, and bringing runaways back in the hands of police.
February 14, 2013 | By Michael D'Antonio
London bookmakers see a contest among Nigeria's Cardinal Francis Arinze, Marc Ouellet of Canada and Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson of Ghana, each of whom would present a smiling face of Catholicism as the next pope. (Either of the Africans might also guide the church to a future in the developing world.) Liberals hope for someone like Christoph Schoenborn of Vienna, who seems open to sharing power with laypeople. Some longtime Vatican watchers say the Italians seek to reassert their control, in order to fix the management problems inside the bureaucracy.
February 14, 2013 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
When the luck of the Irish holds, the lovers buy Claddagh rings for their valentines, frat boys gearing up for St. Paddy's Day go for Guinness caps with built-in bottle openers - and come Christmas, there's a run on plum pudding and St. Nicks in Kelly green. But holidays alone don't explain how a small Irish store survives year after year in a Hollywood mini-mall. The plain brown shopping complex set back from Vine Street houses the usual suspects: a pawnshop, check cashing, Thai massage, tattoos.
February 4, 2013
The recent death of an Irish terrorist has raised the possibility of a resolution of a tangled legal controversy pitting the U.S. Department of Justice against a college that sponsored a research project about the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland. But it will not be simple. In 1998, the governments of Britain and Ireland and Protestant and Catholic politicians in Northern Ireland signed the Good Friday Agreement. The historic compact was designed to bring a definitive end to sectarian violence that had cost more than 3,000 lives, and to establish a new political order in which pro-British Protestants would share power with Catholic nationalists.
January 29, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Horse meat has been discovered in some hamburgers in Spain, weeks after equine DNA was found mixed into beef sold in Britain and Ireland. Tests by Spain's Organization of Consumers Unions, found that out of 20 samples of fresh, packaged burgers in supermarkets, two contained horse meat. The affected samples were sold by Spanish grocery chains Ahorramas and Eroski, according to the group, which said the results aren't a sign of a food-safety issue, but "consumer deception.
January 24, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Burger King is cutting ties with a supplier under investigation for selling beef products potentially tainted with horse meat. The chain said it would no longer use products from ABP Food Group's Irish subsidiary, Silvercrest, to supply its locations in Britain and Ireland. This past weekend, the fast food giant replaced all Silvercrest meat with deliveries from another supplier as a “voluntary and precautionary measure,” it said. Burger King, which is based in Miami, said it launched an independent and ongoing probe upon learning that Irish regulators had discovered equine DNA in meat from Silvercrest's facilities.
January 8, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
The Enabler has been fixating on love. What is it? How to find it? What feeds it? The answer to this last question, she is quite certain, is whiskey. Which is why on a recent evening she found herself contemplatively sipping a glass of 127-proof Four Roses cask strength single barrel bourbon at Pasadena's new whiskey bar, the Blind Donkey. The Blind Donkey is the work of the beer-minded men behind Verdugo Bar, the Surly Goat and the Little Bear, and as such it exudes a pleasing masculinity.
January 7, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - The only quarterback in the stadium Monday night who knew how to defeat Alabama wasn't allowed to take a snap. Johnny Manziel, the Heisman Trophy winner, watched from the stands, perhaps reminiscing about his team's upset win at Tuscaloosa on Nov. 10. Manziel plays for Texas A&M, however, not Notre Dame. Notre Dame's quarterback had no clue, but neither did anyone else in the Fighting Irish traveling party. Forty-four days and nights of biblical hype for this year's Bowl Championship Series title game produced not a classic, but a football flood.
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