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WORLD
September 29, 2013 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Mark Magnier
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A massive car bomb in Peshawar, the third in a particularly bloody week for the northwestern Pakistani city, killed at least 43 people and wounded more than 100 on Sunday in a crowded market about 350 yards from where a memorial service was being held for the victims of last week's church bombing. Shafqat Malik, the head of the local bomb squad, said the bomb was planted in a car parked in front of a small hotel in the Qissa Khawani bazaar, the city's oldest and one of its biggest.
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WORLD
April 28, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez and Zulfiqar Ali, Los Angeles Times
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - At least 12 people were killed and 43 injured Sunday in bomb blasts targeting a candidate's convoy and the election offices of two others in northwestern Pakistan. They were the latest in a series of terrorist strikes that have cast a shadow over parliamentary voting scheduled for mid-May. In recent weeks, Pakistan has been rocked by bombings directed primarily at candidates and backers of three liberal, secular parties, including President Asif Ali Zardari's Pakistan People's Party, which has led the civilian government for the last five years.
SPORTS
March 17, 2013 | By Chris Foster
No. 6 UCLA (25-9) vs. No. 11 Minnesota (20-12) Friday, Erwin Center, Austin, Texas How they got here: UCLA was the Pac-12 regular-season champion and reached the conference tournament final. Minnesota finished tied for seventh in the Big Ten and lost in the first round of the conference tournament. Last 10 games: UCLA 7-3, Minnesota 3-7. Record vs. NCAA tournament teams: UCLA 6-4; Minnesota 6-7. Best wins/worst losses: UCLA defeated Arizona three times, including a 66-64 victory in the Pac-12 tournament, but the Bruins lost to Cal Poly at home, 70-68.
SPORTS
February 8, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
There will be big doings for USC athletics Saturday at the Coliseum. And no, Matt Barkley did not get another year of eligibility. This has to do with lacrosse, which brings to mind one of two things for most of us: a medium-sized city in Wisconsin or a sport with sticks. Sticks it will be. Also, a beginning. USC will play its first-ever NCAA game, at 3 p.m., in a sport that is a big deal in the East and barely on the radar in these parts. It will be women's lacrosse, 12 scholarships spread among 26 student athletes.
WORLD
January 11, 2013 | By Ned Parker and Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - After weeks of fighting, Syrian rebels said Friday that they had seized a strategic air base in northwestern Idlib province, depriving the government of its ability to carry out helicopter airstrikes in the area. The Taftanaz air base has been used by the government to stage helicopter attacks on rebels in the province, adjacent to the Turkish border. The campaign to seize it had been spearheaded by hard-line Islamic fighting groups, such as Al Nusra Front, which is affiliated with Al Qaeda.
SPORTS
October 15, 2012
Minnesota Coach Jerry Kill was released from a Minneapolis hospital one day after he had a seizure in the locker room after a loss to Northwestern. University physician Pat Smith issued a statement on Sunday saying Kill was treated and was "in excellent health. " Kill has struggled with seizures for years, including several times last season in his first year with Minnesota. School officials did not provide a status for Kill for next weekend's game at Wisconsin. But Kill has never missed a game because of seizures and Smith said the coach planned to be back in the office on Monday.
SPORTS
September 27, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Monday night's NFL outrage with the officials reminds me of the time in 2010 that "replacement Rankman" put Boise State at No. 1 and kept the Broncos there until the Friday night after Thanksgiving. This week's standings offer their own controversial finish, with four Big Ten Conference schools bunched in the basement for what should be an exciting playoff two years in advance of college football's new format. The winner gets the Floyd of Rankman trophy, presented by John Deere, at imaginary Grain Silo Stadium.
SPORTS
September 7, 2012 | By Gary Klein
Matt Barkley is anticipating what he called “a blast of a weekend.” And why shouldn't he?  USC's senior quarterback, the Heisman Trophy frontrunner, will celebrate his 22nd birthday Saturday -- on a huge stage. As part of what is already a football-crazed week at New Jersey's  MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets, Barkley leads second-ranked USC (1-0) against Syracuse (0-1) in a game dubbed as “New York's College Classic.” On Wednesday, Tony Romo led the Dallas Cowboys over Eli Manning and the Giants.
WORLD
August 12, 2012 | By Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN - - More than 180 people were reported killed and 1,300 injured Saturday when twin earthquakes struck mountainous northwestern Iran, sending entire villages crashing to the ground. The earthquakes, one of them measuring magnitude 6.4, struck the sparsely populated region Saturday afternoon, and as rescue efforts continued through the night, some officials said the number of dead could rise markedly. Naser Zagar, who heads the coroner's office in the town of Ahar, near the epicenter, told Iran's official news agency IRNA that 35 people had been killed there and that the toll could rise to 40 times that number.
WORLD
April 12, 2011 | By Benjamin Haas, Los Angeles Times
Police in northwestern China investigating nitrate-tainted milk that killed three infants and sickened 36 others announced Monday that the chemical was intentionally added, according to New China News Agency. Nitrate is used for making dyes and curing meat but is not found in dairy products. It is not clear why nitrate was added to the milk. Police have arrested two suspects and two farms have been shut down. Most of those who fell ill were younger than 14 and the deaths involved infants younger than 2. China's dairy industry is still reeling from a milk scandal in 2008 in which melamine-tainted milk killed six infants and sickened 300,000 people.
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