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April 12, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
A Belarus fisherman who invaded a beaver's space paid for it with his life. The 60-year-old man in Belarus was with friends on a recent fishing trip when he tried to approach the beaver to be photographed with it, according to the Daily Telegraph. The beaver attacked, biting him twice and severing an artery.  The friends of the unidentified man "tried to bandage him and find a doctor in a nearby village," a local wildlife official told the Telegraph.  But the man died from blood loss before help could arrive.
April 27, 2014 | Times Editorial Board
Some 50 political leaders from nine Western states gathered in Salt Lake City this month to discuss plans to wrest control of millions of acres of public lands from the federal government. One wonders whether, like a dog chasing a car, they've figured out what they would do with the land if they got hold of it? In any case, that's unlikely to happen, based on decades of court battles and settled law. Nevertheless, these angry legislators and local commissioners seem determined to waste time and energy on this futile effort, propelled by a warped sense of history and priorities.
March 22, 2010
Ill Fares the Land Tony Judt Penguin Press: 238 pp., $25.95
April 24, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Beyonce has been named among this year's most influential people by Time magazine.  The Grammy-winning singer, who locked in the 11th annual Time 100 main cover,  joins  this year's other honorees - director Robert Redford, General Motors CEO Mary Barra and out basketball player Jason Collins - who will be featured on the magazine's multiple inside covers. Those covers, all black-and-white shots as well, are featured inside the double issue.  The "XO" singer acknowledged the magazine's prominent accolade on her Facebook page with two words, " So honored," and shared the black-and-white cover photo, which features her in a sheer shirt worn over a white crop top and skimpy bottoms.  PHOTOS: Beyonce and Jay Z through the years The outlet was also first to reveal the  music video for her song "Pretty Hurts,"  a ballad about the perils of physical beauty.
March 2, 2010
In the Land of Believers An Outsider's Extraordinary Journey Into the Heart of the Evangelical Church Gina Welch Metropolitan: 334 pp., $25
July 26, 2011
The Land at the End of the World A Novel António Lobo Antunes Translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa W.W. Norton: 222 pp., $26.95
May 2, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
DENVER -- Juan Uribe could land on the disabled list with a wrist injury, Manager Don Mattingly said. “We should know a lot by tomorrow,” Mattingly said. The Dodgers have day off on Thursday before they start a three-game series in Chicago against the Cubs. Mattingly said he doesn't want to play short-handed for long. Uribe re-injured his left wrist in batting practice on Tuesday. A related injury cost him five games earlier this month. Uribe said his wrist felt worse on Tuesday than it did earlier this month.
July 27, 2013 | By Matt Wilhalme
The Philadelphia Phillies and 26-year-old Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez have reportedly agreed to a six-year contract worth $60 million, according to the Associated Press. The deal will make Gonzalez, who has a fastball that peaks in the upper 90s, the highest-paid international player. Gonzalez pitched for the Cuban national team during the World Cup of Baseball in 2009 and 2011, but defected and had been working out in Tijuana, Mexico, where scouts from teams across the league -- including the Dodgers -- went to observe the right-hander.
September 13, 1992
Regarding "Liquidating Libkovice" (by R. Dennis Hayes, Aug. 2): Earlier this year, I traveled to Slovakia--to Bratislava and Presov--on a consulting assignment having to do with the privatization of state farms. My suggestion was that the parties abandon plans for the state farms, which had deteriorated after 35 years of little or no upkeep, and instead buy some land and start anew. The state had expressed its willingness to have some of the land sold off but had no idea to whom it belonged.
June 22, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
DIDA ADE, Kenya - With its leaf-thatched mud huts, bad roads, chronic unemployment, crushing poverty and vast tracts of "underutilized" land, the Tana River Delta in eastern Kenya seemed the perfect place for a foreign businessman looking to grow crops that could be turned into biofuel. Canadian David McClure believed the project, which involved leasing more than 600 square miles at a minuscule cost, would be both profitable and humanitarian. But McClure underestimated local resistance and deep sensitivity about land in a region where ethnic violence linked to land use has flared repeatedly.
April 24, 2014 | By John M. Glionna and Richard Simon
BUNKERVILLE, Nev. - The first thing you see on the drive to Cliven Bundy's ranch are the American flags - tied to roadside guardrails, flapping in a hard desert wind. At a bend in state Route 170 sits the so-called Patriot Checkpoint, evidence of the tense power play raging between the rebellious 67-year-old cattleman and the federal government. Then there are the guns. Scores of grim citizen militiamen in combat fatigues - semiautomatic weapons slung over their shoulders, ammunition magazines at their belts - patrol from a base they call Camp Tripwire.
April 23, 2014
WASHINGTON — Albert Pujols didn't hit his 500th home run in front of a hometown crowd, but at least he was able to hit it to an Angels fan. Tom Sherrill, a 29-year-old Air Force staff sergeant from Pomona who is in town for computer training, retrieved the ball Pujols hit for his milestone homer into the left-center field seats in Nationals Park and presented it to the Angels slugger after the game. "I've been an Angels fan for 20 years, and I had no intentions other than to give the ball to Albert," Sherrill said.
April 23, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
After spending 2013 ensconced in Brooklyn, the MTV Video Music Awards return to Southern California this year, landing Aug. 24 at the Forum in Inglewood. It will mark the first awards show at the arena since it reopened earlier this year after a $100-million makeover by Madison Square Garden Co. "Every year we ask the question, 'How do we do it differently?'" MTV President Stephen Friedman told The Times. "We had never done it at the Forum. When we heard it was being overhauled and really elevated in terms of quality and sound and look, this year we felt like the Forum would be a perfect place to do it. " The VMA ceremony has been held in a variety of locations over the years, last year at the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, and previously at Staples Center and the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, and Radio City Music Hall in New York.
April 22, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Foxcatcher," Bennett Miller's fact-based drama set against the world of Olympic wrestling, has pinned down a Nov. 14 release date, a clear indication Sony Pictures Classics is positioning the film as an awards-season contender. Miller's highly anticipated follow-up to "Moneyball" was originally slated for release last December but was ultimately pulled from that date to give Miller more time to finish the film. "Foxcatcher" was also intended to debut at the AFI Fest last November but will now bow at the Cannes Film Festival next month.
April 22, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
WASHINGTON - Albert Pujols didn't hit his 500th home run in front of a hometown crowd, but at least he was able to hit it to an Angels fan. Tom Sherrill, a 29-year-old Air Force staff sergeant from Pomona who is in town for computer training, retrieved the ball Pujols hit for his milestone homer into the left-center field seats in Nationals Park and presented it to the Angels slugger after the game. “I've been an Angels fan for 20 years, and I had no intentions other than to give the ball to Albert,” Sherrill said.
April 22, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Howard Askins grew up in New York, the son of blue-collar transit authority employees who expected him to go far, and he did. His first stop was Brown University, and then he was off to Harvard, where he earned both medical and law degrees before moving on to psychiatric residency at UCLA. Nathaniel Ayers, like Askins, grew up working class - in his case, Cleveland was home. His dream was music, not medicine, and his hard work landed him at the prestigious Juilliard School for the Performing Arts in New York City, where he played for a time in the same orchestra as Yo-Yo Ma. On Monday, the two African American men sat across from each other in a former pickle factory on San Fernando Road that serves as the mental health division of Los Angeles County Superior Court.
July 31, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers withdrew from negotiations with the Chicago Cubs for pitcher Ryan Dempster shortly before the 1 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. Dempster instead was sent to the Texas Rangers. Even without landing Dempster, the Dodgers were arguably the team that improved itself the most over the last week. A week ago Tuesday, they landed three-time All-Star Hanley Ramirez and left-handed reliever Randy Choate.
November 7, 2000
Re "Too Beautiful, Too Unstable," editorial, Oct. 31: Thanks a lot for your support for the preservation of 800 acres in Rancho Palos Verdes that hopefully will be designated as a preserve. What isn't generally known is there are multiple slip planes under this land, which decreases the possibility of stabilization, another solid reason why this land should remain undeveloped. MAUREEN GRIFFIN Rancho Palos Verdes
April 21, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter and Joe Serna
A teenager who apparently stowed away on a Hawaiian Airlines flight from San Jose to Maui may have stayed warm because of the plane's landing gear, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Heat from the plane's hydraulic lines in the wheel well, as well as heat retained in the tires, could have helped the stowaway survive as the aircraft climbed to altitudes with sub-zero temperatures, the FAA reported. In addition, the plane's steady climb to high altitudes may allow a person to drift into unconsciousness as oxygen becomes scarce.
April 21, 2014 | By Richard Simon
Thousands of bills are introduced in a congressional session, but only a fraction become law. Even without that success, they call attention to their causes - or their sponsors. Here are a few of the eclectic measures awaiting action in Congress. Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act: Would establish the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park on the moon. Argument for: "In 1969, led by the late Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong, American ingenuity changed history as humanity took a giant leap forward on the surface of the moon," said Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.)
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