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December 23, 2013 | By David Wharton
Sixteen-year-old Lydia Ko, the youngest winner in the history of the LPGA tour, has split with the only coach she has ever had. Ko had been working with Guy Wilson -- both are from New Zealand -- for 11 years before announcing the breakup Monday. She has recently been working with teachers at David Leadbetter Golf Academy in the U.S. "It's obviously sad to stop with Guy, because he's been a great coach and a great friend as well," she told TVNZ's One Sport . "But it's just important to know that we still are good friends, which is quite good because sometimes it might not end well in both ways.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
In the latest sign of California's declining movie market share, director James Cameron announced he will shoot the three sequels to his Oscar-winning blockbuster "Avatar" in New Zealand. Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment will do the performance-capture work on the movie in Los Angeles at MBS Media Campus (formerly known as Manhattan Beach Studios).  However, the live-action portion of the production will film in New Zealand, following a similar pattern to the original 2009 film, Cameron and his partner, Jon Landau, announced Monday.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
"Avatar" fans hungry for information about the long-gestating sequels to the 2009 science fiction blockbuster got another morsel this week, when director James Cameron said he will film the live-action portions of the three movies in New Zealand, with production scheduled to start there in early 2015. Cameron said the intention is to shoot the three movies concurrently, releasing the first sequel in time for Christmas 2016 and the following sequels in late 2017 and late 2018. The announcement, which Cameron made at a news conference in Wellington, New Zealand, on Monday, came with a promise from "Avatar's" studio, 20th Century Fox, to spend at least $413 million in the island nation, in exchange for a 25% tax rebate there.
SPORTS
December 7, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Juergen Klinsmann struggled to put a bright spin on what was clearly a black Friday for U.S. soccer. But his face told the story his words couldn't. On most days, the perpetually exuberant Klinsmann looks like a boy who just got a puppy. But after the U.S. team he coaches was drawn into the most difficult four-team group for next summer's World Cup, he looked like a boy whose puppy had just been run over. "Well, I think we hit one of those real big killer groups," Klinsmann said from the Brazilian beachfront resort of Costa do Sauipe after the U.S. was paired with Germany, Portugal and Ghana in a group from which only two countries can advance.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
This post has been updated. See below for details. Whether Grammy voters will recognize it or not, it's been a curious and transitional year for popular music. A few of its brightest new stars, 17-year-old New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde, country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves and the DJ-producer team Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, whose ascent from YouTube fame to Staples Center headliners was remarkably quick, were virtually unknown at the time of last year's ceremony. In their own ways, all wrote of thriving - not through wealth and fame but through creativity and honesty.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
 Air New Zealand hopes to get some tail winds from the next installment of "The Hobbit. " In a not-so-subtle marketing campaign tied to the movie, the self-described "airline of Middle-earth," has emblazoned a Boeing 777-300 aircraft with a 177 foot-long image of the dragon Smaug. The dragon-themed jet touched down at Los Angeles International Airport Monday morning in time for the premiere of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. It's the second film in the "The Hobbit" trilogy, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Dusk fell on the Imperial Highway apartment as Saia Holani scrambled to find a spare lamp, having handed off his own to a neighbor in need. Four of his children romped through the darkened living room, still in their Sunday best, as his wife offered pink wedges of watermelon to guests. "No Tongan is here to get rich," Holani had said earlier, outside the humble chapel of the Lennox Tongan United Methodist Church. "Even the smallest thing - we give. " Families who trace their roots to the South Pacific islands of Tonga are among the poorest - if not the poorest of all - in Los Angeles County.
SPORTS
November 26, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 One of the stars for Venice High this season is a foreign-exchange student from New Zealand , James Cherrington. The 6-foot-1, 216-pound 17-year-old has six sacks playing defensive end. Not bad for someone who showed up last January having never played football. He was a rugby player coming to America to experience a year of Southern California culture. “I love it. There's nothing like it,” he said of his football experience. If he can help Venice knock off Crenshaw on Friday in a City Section Division I semifinal, he'll get the chance to play in the City championship game.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Jenny Chung is looking at the elephant that killed her sister, a well-known veterinarian in New Zealand who devoted years to the elephant's care after she was rescued from a touring circus. Chung has no anger toward Mila, the 7,600-pound African elephant with thoughtful eyes, stubby tusks, and hair on her back that turns reddish from "dirt baths. " "She never meant to hurt Helen, I'm convinced of that," Chung said. "She's lovely and she deserves to live like an elephant.
SPORTS
November 20, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Mexico christened a new soccer star and it may have found a new manager as well Wednesday when Oribe Peralta's three first-half goals sparked Coach Miguel Herrera's team to a 4-2 win over New Zealand, qualifying Mexico for next summer's World Cup in Brazil. Peralta, who scored twice in the second half of Mexico's 5-1 win in Mexico City last week, had a hat trick in the first 33 minutes of the return leg in Wellington as El Tri swamped New Zealand, 9-3, on aggregate goals in the two-match intercontinental playoff.
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