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September 5, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt
Grammy-winning singer Adele hasn't been going out in public much lately, but on Monday she and her baby bump made a rare appearance on the streets of London beside her boyfriend, former investment banker Simon Konecki. She wore a body-hugging gray dress, a long blue sweater and flats as photographers snapped shots of her and Konecki leaving the hospital and getting into a car. According to the New York Daily News, the pair appeared quite happy, with Konecki being extra solicitous in his actions towards his pregnant girlfriend.
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March 30, 2014
Risks and warnings The State Department continues to warn U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Ukraine and all travel to the Crimean Peninsula and eastern areas of Kharkiv, Donetsk and Lugansk due to tensions in the region. The U.S. believes that Russia is likely to continue to take further actions in the Crimean Peninsula consistent with its claim of annexation. The State Department also warns U.S. citizens to consider carefully the risks of travel to Mali, given terrorist activity there.
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July 17, 2011
If you go THE BEST WAY TO LONDON From LAX, nonstop service is offered on British, Air New Zealand, United, American and Virgin Atlantic. Connecting service (change of plane) is offered on United, American, KLM, Delta, Continental and Air France. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $711, excluding taxes and fees. St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, London; 011-44-207-841-3540, http://www.stpancrasrenaissance.com . Rooms in the Chambers (original building)
SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Encino Crespi Coach Russell White traveled to North Carolina last weekend to watch his former point guard, London Perrantes, help Viriginia win its first two games in the NCAA tournament, and it was an experience he'll never forget. "It was surreal," White said. "It was probably one of the best professional weekends of my life watching him go about his business. It was very fulfilling. " Perrantes was one of the top guards in the Mission League during his days at Crespi, and his composure under pressure for a freshman keeps coming through.
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November 7, 2010
A bargain in London? True. I was pleased with the Premier Inn Hampstead. This is not fancy, but it offers a great shower, comfortable bed, cable TV and a wonderful staff. It's in a safe neighborhood. Premier Inn Hampstead, 215 Haverstock Hill, Hampstead; 011-44-8715-27-8662, http://www.premierinn.com/en/hotel/LONHMP/london-hampstead . Doubles begin about $95 online. Laurie Dominic Santa Monica
SCIENCE
July 26, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
A nighttime image of London and the southern part of Great Britain taken on March 27, 2012, shows some of the other sites where Olympic events will be held. The image was taken by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership Satellite with a day-night band that uses light intensification to enable the detection of dim signals. Lee Valley White Water Center, indicated on the image, will be the site of canoeing; Portland Harbour will be the home of sailing; Eton Dorney will host rowing and canoeing; and Hadleigh Farm will be the location for cycling and mountain biking events.
SPORTS
July 21, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
The Olympic torch began its seven-day trek around London on Saturday under sunny skies, an unusual twist after weeks of unseasonably cold temperatures and wet weather. The torch arrived at the Tower of London along the River Thames on Friday night aboard a Royal Marine helicopter. The flame spent the night inside the Jewel House at the tower, an 11th century landmark, before a tour that took it from the recently restored 140-year-old Cutty Sark ship to London's newest mall. Among the luminaries on hand to help begin the tour of the Summer Olympics host city were Nadia Comaneci, the legendary Romanian gymnast who won nine medals in the 1976 and 1980 Summer Games, and basketball player John Amaechi.
BUSINESS
June 19, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Business-focused cloud service Box is taking the company international, with a new headquarters in London. "We've seen some pretty significant traction there in the past couple of years," Box founder and Chief Executive Aaron Levie told The Times. The company plans to hire 20 employees by the end of the year and 100 employees across Europe by the end of 2013. The office, which is up and running, will first be populated with four or five Box employees from the U.S., a sort of "DNA-injection team to build out the environment, to ensure the culture remains a cohesive" part of the Box family, Levie said.
NEWS
December 6, 2012 | By Janet Stobart, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
LONDON -- Fragile but smiling, newly pregnant Catherine, duchess of Cambridge left the central London hospital Thursday where she has spent four days recovering from acute nausea in the early stages of pregnancy.  A relieved-looking husband Prince William accompanied her.  Holding a bouquet, the 30-year-old duchess -- known as Kate Middleton before her royal marriage -- nodded and waved at reporters who asked if she was feeling better.   The couple...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By David Ng
The latest musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber has posted a closing notice on London's West End just two months after opening. "Stephen Ward," based on the 1960s British political scandal surrounding John Profumo, opened in December at the Aldwych Theatre in London to tepid reviews and will close on March 29. The musical's closure marks a setback in Lloyd Webber's attempted comeback following the poor reception in London for "Love Never Dies," his...
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March 15, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
AUSTIN, Texas -- As the South by Southwest music festival nears its end, quiet begins to beckon. It's the natural result of having been assaulted by noise -- in clubs and concert halls, but also simply walking down many streets here -- for four long days in a row. Eventually, inevitably, the ear requires relief. I found some Friday night, on the next-to-last evening of full programming at SXSW, in performances by London Grammar and Mark Kozelek. The latter show offered another welcome element: somewhere to sit. A young British trio that's already achieved big success at home, where it was nominated last month for a prize at the U.K.'s Grammy-equivalent Brit Awards, London Grammar plays hushed, electronic-edged love songs that can suggest Dido fronting the xx. And it was working hard in Austin to bring some of that buzz to an American audience, with five gigs over the course of four days, including a slot opening for Coldplay.
WORLD
March 14, 2014 | By Henry Chu and Sergei L. Loiko
LONDON - The top U.S. and Russian diplomats tried but failed Friday to avert escalation of the conflict over the Crimean peninsula, leaving Moscow and Washington badly divided over the legality and consequences of a Sunday referendum on whether Crimea should secede from Ukraine. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Western nations would not recognize the vote and that if the vote goes forward they would swiftly begin imposing sanctions on Moscow, whose proxies in Ukraine are driving the secession bid. He also warned that any move by the Russian government or lawmakers to ratify the outcome of the referendum, almost certain to endorse secession, would amount to an illegal "backdoor annexation" of Crimea.
WORLD
February 26, 2014 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - Two Muslim extremists who butchered a young British soldier on a busy London street in full view of stunned passersby were sentenced Wednesday to long prison terms, including life without parole for the leader of the attack. A judge harshly denounced the men for planning and carrying out a frenzied public “bloodbath” for maximum effect, saying that Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale's “sickening and pitiful conduct” warranted severe punishment. Adebolajo, 29, is to spend the rest of his life behind bars.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By David Ng
The latest musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber has posted a closing notice on London's West End just two months after opening. "Stephen Ward," based on the 1960s British political scandal surrounding John Profumo, opened in December at the Aldwych Theatre in London to tepid reviews and will close on March 29. The musical's closure marks a setback in Lloyd Webber's attempted comeback following the poor reception in London for "Love Never Dies," his...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
The green ogre is moving out of his swamp and coming to London. DreamWorks Animation said it was teaming up with Merlin Entertainments, based in Poole, Britain, to create a Shrek-themed attraction on London's South Bank. The show will transport visitors through a "live interactive adventure" featuring Shrek, Fiona, Puss in Boots and other characters from the popular DreamWorks franchise, the companies announced Monday morning. "It's not like anything else, if you can imagine a theater-like experience where you the audience are part of the story," DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said in an interview.
NEWS
February 18, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Bradley Cooper is taking a kind of break from promoting his Oscar-nominated movie "American Hustle" by taking in London Fashion Week in support of his girlfriend, model Suki Waterhouse. He was in London anyway for Sunday night's BAFTAs , and on Monday he stuck around to watch Waterhouse walk the Burberry runway. The couple also attended Tom Ford's show. [Daily Mail] Kellan Lutz is to wear the first tuxedo that's been made as part of the Red Carpet Green Dress Challenge. The annual competition, founded by Suzy Amis Cameron, showcases eco-friendly fashion and encourages celebrities to set an example by wearing the garments on the red carpet.
SPORTS
March 5, 2011
Travis Outlaw scored the final eight points for New Jersey, and the Nets beat the Toronto Raptors, 137-136, in triple overtime to sweep the NBA's European doubleheader Saturday at O2 Arena in London. Outlaw's two free throws with 12.6 seconds left put the Nets ahead for good. Toronto's Andrea Bargnani missed a jumper at the horn. Brook Lopez had 34 points and 14 rebounds for the Nets, and Deron Williams had 21 points and 18 assists. Bargnani scored 35 points. New Jersey won, 116-103, Friday in the first NBA regular-season game played in Europe.
TRAVEL
April 17, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel Editor
Question: My son and I are going to London in June, and we were wondering whether you have any great ideas for budget accommodations. We were told that convents are great deals, but there is a curfew and that's not going to work for my 27-year-old son. We could do a room in a house, an apartment for a week, a bed-and-breakfast or a little hotel. --Patti Black, Pacific Palisades Answer: "Budget" and "London" these days are almost mutually exclusive. One good yardstick, the U.S. government's per diem — the allowance for federal employees traveling abroad — shows a max of $321 a day for a room and $182 for meals and incidentals.
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February 8, 2014
Nopi in London is a wonderful restaurant run by two guys from Jerusalem, one Israeli and one Palestinian. It serves Middle Eastern food prepared with surprising spices and herbs. Nopi, 21-22 Warwick St.; 011-44-20-7494-9584, http://www.nopi-restaurant.com . Reservations recommended. Patricia L. Moore Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2014 | By Paula L. Woods
The 1888-91 Whitechapel murders in London are arguably the world's most infamous unsolved serial crimes. The brutal murders of as few as five to almost a dozen young women attributed to "Jack the Ripper" have spawned thousands of nonfiction accounts and casebooks, so many that the term "ripperology" was coined to describe the study of the murders by professionals and amateurs. Fictional accounts of the Ripper murders also abound, including tales that pit Jack the Ripper against Sherlock Holmes and, most recently, Isabel Allende's novel "Ripper," which involves teenage sleuths who use computer gaming to track a modern-day Ripper terrorizing San Francisco.
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