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January 30, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airlines will soon increase service to and from Washington's Reagan National Airport, thanks to the results of an antitrust lawsuit. To settle an antitrust suit and allow the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, the U.S. Justice Department required the two merging airlines to give up a combined 104 landing slots at the airport, plus several at New York's LaGuardia Airport. The Justice Department made it clear that the airlines must sell the slots to low-cost carriers to ensure strong competition and low prices.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A drone on patrol for U.S. Customs and Protection made an "emergency landing" in the ocean 20 miles southwest of San Diego after experiencing a mechanical problem, officials said Tuesday. The craft has been brought back to San Diego by ship and is no longer a hazard to navigation, the Coast Guard said. The incident occurred about 11:15 p.m. Monday when operators determined that the unmanned Predator B drone "would be unable to return" Sierra Vista, Ariz., where it originated, according to a statement from Customs and Border Protection.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2014 | By David Ng
"Flesh and Bone," a new drama series set in the world of professional ballet, has landed at the cable network Starz, which has hired a real-life ballet dancer for the lead role. Sarah Hay, an American dancer who has performed with the Semperoper Ballet in Dresden, Germany, will play the part of Claire, a disturbed young performer who joins a New York ballet company.  The series is expected to begin airing on Starz in 2015. Former "Breaking Bad" producer Moira Walley-Beckett is the creative force behind the show. Lawrence Bender, who has produced many of Quentin Tarantino's movies and who is a former dancer himself, is serving as an executive producer for the series.  Hay won't be the only professional dancer involved with the series.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
More than 1,900 acres of the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine have been cleaned up and removed from the list of the nation's most hazardous sites after more than two decades, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday. Officials say $165 million in soil removal and groundwater treatment by the U.S. Navy and local water agencies has cleaned up contamination at much of the old World War II-era air base, to the point that it no longer poses a risk to human health or the environment.
SPORTS
January 25, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
I never saw her face. She was always moving too fast. I knew her only for her shiny helmet, blond ponytail, oversized basketball jersey and dumb guts. She would fly past me on her skateboard as I drove up my hilly street in La Cañada. She was sometimes on her back, usually in a crouch, always teetering on the edge. It was a narrow road, lined with thick trees, sometimes crowded with SUVs. She couldn't have been more than 12 years old. It was a miracle she didn't end up in my windshield.
AUTOS
January 25, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Think of mid-size luxury SUVs as a stable of thoroughbreds. Porsche has its Cayenne, Mercedes-Benz its ML and GL, and Audi its Q7. The Japanese brands have their X models: Acura's MDX, Lexus' GX and Infiniti's QX60. For 2014, two redesigned purebreds join the mix: BMW's third-generation X5, and Land Rover's second-generation Range Rover Sport. Each of the newcomers approaches this competitive segment - where prices range from $50,000 to $90,000 - with a different philosophy.
WORLD
January 25, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - Boots on the ground was the easy part. Last week, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto sent a massive surge of military and federal police to embattled Michoacan state. The federal forces currently patrolling its cities, highways and backroads have brought a tenuous peace to a region that had faced a potential showdown between the dominant Knights Templar drug cartel and armed vigilante militias that emerged to drive the cartel off. Now Peña Nieto must find a long-term solution for the troubled area known as Tierra Caliente, or Hot Land, where years of corruption and neglect - and the subsequent tyranny imposed by criminals - have eroded faith in government authority at all levels, allowing civil society to all but unravel.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly has landed the annual Super Bowl-timed sit-down with President Obama in a live discussion that will air during the Fox network's pregame show on Feb. 2. The interview, expected to air at 1:30 p.m. PT, is the first of two parts. Following the live portion of the interview, a second discussion will be taped to play during "The O'Reilly Factor" on Feb. 3 on Fox News. This is O'Reilly's third interview with Obama. He also sat down with the president in 2011, the last time Fox aired the Super Bowl and during Obama's original campaign for president.
NEWS
January 23, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
The plight of the Lyubov Orlova has grabbed the imagination of the media with its tale of cannibal rats" aboard an abandoned vessel drifting in the north Atlantic -- possibly toward the U.K. On Thursday, reports surfaced that high winds could be pushing the vessel and its rats toward the shore of western Ireland, Scotland or the southern tip of England. If it weren't for the starving rodents believed to be feeding on one another on the craft, the story of this cruise vessel turned ghost ship could have an aura of romance.
FOOD
January 17, 2014 | By John Sedlar
Being a chef who grew up in Santa Fe, N.M., but cooks in Los Angeles, I have sometimes found it difficult to find ingredients I ate as a boy and still like to cook. I used to import all my own New Mexican chile pods and powders, other seasonings, blue corn tortillas, and various kinds of corn and beans, such as chicos (green corn) and Estancia pinto beans, the world's best. And now at Rivera, my cooking includes all the cocinas of Mexico, South America, Central America and Spain.
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