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June 11, 2013 | By Martha Groves and Matt Stevens
Oscar de la Torre, a longtime member of the Santa Monica-Malibu school board, said police in 2006 found materials that could be used to make a pipe bomb in the home of the gunman who killed five people on Friday in Santa Monica. Police searched the home after John Zawahri threatened fellow high school students. De la Torre was a neighbor of Samir Zawahri, the gunman's father, in Santa Monica's Pico neighborhood. Although the elder Zawahri was reserved, De la Torre said, he mentioned about eight months ago that he was having trouble with his younger son. John Zawahri, 23, killed his father, 55, and brother Christopher, 25, in last week's shooting rampage.
May 22, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
CANNES, France - Writer-director Alexander Payne has been nominated for three screenplay Oscars and has won two. So what did the man responsible for films including "Election," "Sideways" and "The Descendants" feel about working with someone else's script for the first time? In a word: "relief. " "Writing is wonderful, I've mined some things out of myself, but I'm interested in the art of directing," Payne said here this week, ahead of the festival premiere of "Nebraska," his latest movie.
May 12, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's overwhelming victory in weekend parliamentary elections returns to power a seasoned politician who historically has had rocky ties with Pakistan's powerful military and is viewed by many as soft on militants and extremist groups. The expected showdown between Sharif, 63, and former cricket-star-turned-politician Imran Khan never really materialized. Sharif's party swept the elections, putting him in a position to lead the next government and become prime minister for an unprecedented third time.
May 8, 2013 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
When the upcoming comedy "The Hangover Part III" wrapped production in January, Warner Bros. was left with tons of used plywood, joists, furniture, faux brick and other materials from the film set. But instead of hauling the leftovers to the landfill, the studio donated the items - enough to fill 10 truckloads - to the charitable organization Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, to be sold in Habitat's stores in Gardena and Norwalk....
May 8, 2013 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
UC Berkeley is making its vast library collections and course textbooks more readily available to students with visual and other impairments under an agreement reached Tuesday that could set a precedent for universities nationwide. The settlement with the nonprofit legal group Disability Rights Advocates was reached after more than a year of negotiations and will provide students with physical, developmental, learning and visual disabilities more timely access to printed materials in alternative formats such as Braille, large print and audio.
April 30, 2013 | By Chris Lee
Kanye West is reportedly “done” recording his sixth studio album, with an eye toward releasing the follow-up to his platinum-selling 2010 LP “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” this summer. Meanwhile, the Twitter firebrand has remained curiously silent of late (save for the occasional concert outburst ), leaving industry observers to wonder whether West will unveil some of the new material during his “Saturday Night Live” set May 18. On-air Monday, DJ Peter Rosenberg of New York's Hot 97 FM said West's label Island Def Jam held an office listening session for the album in the Big Apple last week, where his “gritty” musical direction was greeted with excitement.
April 24, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The fight between Walt Disney Studios and movie theater chains over how to split revenue from ticket sales for the much-anticipated "Iron Man 3" is getting uglier. On Tuesday, Regal Entertainment -- the nation's largest theater owner with 7,000 screens in 540 locations -- yanked standees, movie posters and other marketing materials for "Iron Man 3," said a source familiar with the dispute who asked not to be identified. The dispute has put a cloud over what is expected to be one of the biggest movies of the year.
April 14, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant has started putting together his bulletin-board material for his recovery as he works his way back from Saturday's surgery to repair a torn Achilles' tendon. On Sunday morning, Bryant tweeted an Instagram of the front page of The Times, showing the headline "Injury clouds the future for Bryant, Lakers. " Bryant's response: "I'm keeping track of all the doubters and haters. "   This is what my friend/agent sends me this am. Shiesh! #kobe #motivationsunday I'm keeping track of… - Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant)
April 6, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
I have been in love with Howlin' Pelle Almqvist from the Hives since 2004, when I first caught sight of him strutting onstage one hot Texas afternoon at South by Southwest. So when I found out that the hard rocking band from Sweden was going to play the main stage at Coachella last year, I made it my mission to meet him. Stalking a rock star at one of the world's largest concerts is no easy feat, and I didn't have the right equipment, meaning a backstage pass. However, last year was the first year that Coachella was staged for two weekends in a row, so there was twice the opportunity and twice the angst.
April 4, 2013 | Helene Elliott
Like the NHL season, the annual deadline-day trading frenzy was late in starting. But a flurry of deals in the hour before Wednesday's noon Pacific time cutoff changed the complexion of several teams and added depth to others hoping for long playoff runs. The Ducks, seeking strength up the middle, acquired veteran center Matthew Lombardi from the Phoenix Coyotes for left wing Brandon McMillan. They also traded goalie Jeff Deslauriers to the Minnesota Wild for future considerations.
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