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OPINION
December 16, 2013 | By Stuart Flashman
Two court decisions have blocked the California High-Speed Rail Authority from issuing more than $8 billion in bonds and from using bond funds on construction until it fixes its funding plan. Now what? The authority says it will move forward using federal funds. But as one of the attorneys who successfully challenged the project, I can tell you that, on its present track, the future looks bleak. A series of shortsighted political decisions has left the state's high-speed rail system with an unworkable plan that's doomed to failure.
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NATIONAL
November 25, 2013 | By Tina Susman and Michael Muskal, This post has been updated with the latest developments.
NEW YORK -- Adam Lanza, whose shooting rampage at the Sandy Hook Elementary School left 20 first-graders and six adults dead, acted with deliberation despite his mental health problems and is criminally responsible for the attack that horrified the nation, investigators said Monday. In a 48-page report, the state's attorney for Connecticut's Danbury region, Stephen J. Sedensky III, said investigators could not establish a conclusive motive for the attack or why Lanza chose Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., as the target for the shooting other than it was close to his home.
HEALTH
November 15, 2013 | By Jessica Q. Ogilvie
The Sundance Channel's "Push Girls" follows five women who face down everyday challenges - and each uses a wheelchair. The women find ways to do their favorite activities, date and live their lives to the utmost. Tiphany Adams and Mia Schaikewitz, two of the show's stars, talk about how they stay fit and healthy. What do you do to stay fit? Tiphany: What do I not do to stay fit? ... I want to make sure I'm getting at least 30 minutes of cardio. I do a class called SALT: sculpting, aerobics, lengthening and technique.
WORLD
November 10, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - France's role in the unraveling of an international deal to curb Iran's nuclear program brought angry reactions Sunday from Tehran, glowing praise from Iran's detractors and a whirl of speculation about what the French motive might be. A marathon round of international talks in Geneva fell short of a widely anticipated deal early Sunday after French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius objected, saying the terms of a preliminary accord were...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2013 | By Joe Tanfani, Ashley Powers and Kate Mather
As authorities filed murder charges against the suspect in the LAX shooting rampage, they were also trying to determine  a possible motive. Paul Anthony Ciancia , 23, an unemployed motorcycle mechanic, grew up in the Philadelphia suburb of Pennsville Township, N.J., where his father runs an auto body shop. The success of Salem County Collision afforded the family beach vacations, private school tuition for their children and renovations to their stately home, said longtime family friend Alan Levitsky.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Passengers who had to abandon their luggage in Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport after a gunman opened fire Friday may be able to retrieve their belongings Saturday, officials announced. There had been reports that passengers would be able to collect their luggage and other items left behind in the deadly melee at 7 a.m. Saturday, but the terminal remained mostly closed early Saturday morning. At about 7:30 a.m., LAX officials on Twitter appealed for patience as they tried to make arrangements for passengers to have access to their luggage later in the morning.
WORLD
October 28, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
James Costos, the U.S. ambassador to Spain, was called on the Foreign Ministry carpet Monday to be informed of the Madrid government's anger over reports that U.S. intelligence spied on 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone. His counterpart in Paris, Ambassador Charles Rivkin, had his turn in the diplomatic hot seat a week earlier, when the French foreign minister summoned him to address similar reports of massive U.S. surveillance of French communications. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, upon hearing reports that the U.S. National Security Agency had been monitoring her personal cellphone calls as recently as 2010, went straight to the top, venting her ire directly to President Obama.
NATIONAL
October 22, 2013 | By Melanie Mason and David Zucchino
SPARKS, Nev. - He was dressed like any other student at Sparks Middle School: standard khaki pants and a Sparks sweat shirt. He was tall for a middle schooler, with dark, spiked hair, and he held a Ruger 9-millimeter semiautomatic handgun in his hand. The 12-year-old boy pointed the weapon at about 30 terrified students huddled in a corner near an outdoor school basketball court early Monday. He locked eyes with eighth-grader Omar Lopez, who was nearby. "You guys ruined my life, so I'm going to ruin yours," he told the group, Omar said.
SPORTS
October 22, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Kobe Bryant didn't join his teammates on the bench Tuesday night, preferring the sanctity of the Lakers' locker room to courtside at Staples Center. It was impossible to tell if he was stewing after NBA general managers knocked him down a notch in their assessment of the league's top shooting guards, but it's not out of the question given his recent reaction to other perceived slights. Bryant changed his Twitter avatar to "1225," presumably in response to ESPN ranking the Lakers as the 12th-best team in the Western Conference and Bryant as the 25th-best player in the NBA. What's another jab, besides extra inspiration?
NATIONAL
October 19, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - The latest federal budget showdown has quickly set the stage for the next one, as Republicans and Democrats have just three months to craft a new agreement to avoid another shutdown crisis. This time, though, the parties come to the table with serious incentives to reach a deal. Both want to make changes to mandatory budget cuts that kick in next year, slicing into Pentagon accounts that Republicans want to protect, and domestic programs, such as Head Start early education classes, that Democrats favor.
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