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NATIONAL
March 28, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Geologists searched for clues Thursday to explain the collapse of a 1,000-foot chunk of hillside on the west side of Whidbey Island in Washington state that left a number of homes in danger. The geological team was on the island, located in Puget Sound about 50 miles north of Seattle, and is expected to report its findings soon, Terry Clark, a spokeswoman for the Island County Emergency Management Department, said Thursday morning in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times.
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NATIONAL
March 27, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
About 33 houses, many summer or weekend getaways, are in danger after a major landslide hit Whidbey Island in the state of Washington. No injuries have been reported by the slide of mud and debris that rolled through the area near Alderwood Street and South Fircrest Avenue just after 4 a.m. Wednesday, officials told local news media outlets. Officials were not immediately available for further comment because they were at the scene, spokesmen said by telephone. The slide took out a road, Driftwood Way, which is closest to the water, isolating 16 homes, Island County Sheriff Mark C. Brown told KOMO television.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Sure, it featured one of the most star-studded ensembles in the history of comic book movies. And yes, it took in more box-office dollars than any other movie in 2012. But Marvel Studios' "The Avengers" can now also boast another, less noble distinction: the most overrated film of the year. According to more than 2,600 respondents to a Times online survey Joss Whedon's get-the-band-together take on the iconic superheroes was the most overpraised feature film of 2012. The sometimes-quippy, sometimes-geeky save-the-world-fest garnered a whopping 85% of the votes, besting by a wide margin the next-closest film, Ridley' Scott's sci-fi actioner “Prometheus,” which drew just under 5%. Best of 2012:   Movies  |  TV  |  Pop music  |  Jazz  |  Video Games  |  Art  |  Theater  |  Dance  |  Classical music Of course, big money tends to come with a big backlash.
NATIONAL
December 17, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - In the end, it wasn't close. Despite predictions that the presidential election could end in an electoral vote tie, or that the winner of the popular vote could again be denied the White House by the electoral college, President Obama won his anticipated 126-vote landslide Monday as the 538 electors officially voted in statehouses. Twelve years after Al Gore's defeat prompted some Democrats to call for a fix to the constitutionally prescribed method of choosing the president, Republicans are now mounting efforts in key states to end the winner-take-all method that most states employ.
WORLD
December 16, 2012 | By Yuriko Nagano and Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
TOKYO - The conservative party that dominated postwar Japan was returned to power, after a three-year absence, in a landslide election victory Sunday that will result in hawkish Shinzo Abe returning as prime minister. Abe, 58, who served in the post once before, is likely to pursue a tougher stance toward China and prevent his nation from abandoning nuclear energy. The Liberal Democratic Party was projected by national broadcaster NHK to win 294 out of 480 seats in Japan's lower house, while an ally, the New Komeito Party, had a projected 31. That would give them the two-thirds majority needed to overrule the upper house, perhaps breaking deadlocks that have long stymied Japanese governments.
WORLD
December 16, 2012 | By Yuriko Nagano and Barbara Demick
TOKYO -- The conservative party that dominated post-war Japan is back in power after a three-year absence, in a landslide election victory Sunday that will result in hawkish Shinzo Abe returning as prime minister. Abe, 58, who served in the post once before, is likely to pursue a tougher stance toward China and prevent the nation from abandoning nuclear energy. The conservative Liberal Democratic Party was projected by NHK Television to win 291 out of 480 seats in Japan's lower house, while its ally, the New Komeito Party, had 30. That would give them the two-third majority needed to overrule the upper house, perhaps breaking deadlocks that have long stymied Japanese governments.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
The Facebook polls have closed and, even though the social network had its biggest turnout ever, too few users cast ballots to have a say in the company's proposed policy changes. Nearly 9 in 10 of those who voted were against the proposed changes, but only about 668,000 people cast ballots. That's an infinitesimal percentage of Facebook's 1 billion plus users. Facebook requires that 30% of Facebook users participate for a vote to count. Facebook has held two earlier elections and neither met that threshold.
NATIONAL
November 10, 2012 | By David Lauter, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The standard narrative of Barack Obama versus Mitt Romney runs something like this: The president struck first, using a barrage of television advertising in key states to depict Romney as an out-of-touch plutocrat. Romney stumbled through a poorly planned late-summer trip to Europe and hosted a lackluster convention where he was upstaged by Clint Eastwood and an empty chair. Early in September, Bill Clinton wowed the Democratic convention, giving Obama a lead in polls.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Skylight Books in Los Feliz is celebrating Tuesday's election. All the books in the store's political section are 15% off -- not just Monday and Tuesday, but through the end of the week. Located in a generally liberal part of generally liberal Los Angeles, the books on Skylight's politics shelves are, not surprisingly, more left than right. It's not that the store doesn't have any books on Mitt Romney -- according to the store's online database, it does have one. That's " The Real Romney ," a critique of the candidate by Michael Kranish and Scott Helman, two reporters from the Boston Globe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2012 | By Abby Sewell and Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Mammoth Lakes hardly fits the profile of other cities that have recently plunged into bankruptcy. It was not pensions or plummeting property values or questionable accounting practices that pushed the tiny mountain resort town over the edge: It was a $43-million court judgment in a lawsuit brought by a developer after the town tried to back out of an agreement. The town finally reached a tentative settlement agreement in the case last month, but not before filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.
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