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December 23, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim
Syrian government airstrikes pounded the country's northern province of Aleppo for a ninth straight day Monday, killing more than 50 people as residents braced for more bombings, activists said. The sustained air offensive has left 300 to 500 people dead and thousands injured, according to human rights groups and activists. "We are trying to prevent people from gathering. People are walking under the balconies so they are not visible from the sky," said Khalid Omar, a pharmacist in the city of Aleppo.
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SPORTS
December 21, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
OAKLAND - Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash didn't join the Lakers on their trip but it somehow got worse. Pau Gasol couldn't even leave his hotel room Saturday because of an upper-respiratory infection. To say the Lakers were injury-riddled, short-handed, depleted or any of the other common phrases would be a series of understatements. GAME SUMMARY: Warriors 102, Lakers 83 They're running out of bodies quickly, their latest ailment a surprise that led to something predictable, a 102-83 loss to the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.
SPORTS
December 21, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers made this one look easy most of the time. Even when the Clippers seemed to ease up and watch their leads shrink, they just put it back in gear and kept right on rolling toward a 112-91 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night at Staples Center. The Clippers got their season-high fourth consecutive victory because of Jamal Crawford's 27 game-high points, Blake Griffin's double-double of 24 points and 16 rebounds and Chris Paul's double-double of 10 points and 11 assists.
OPINION
December 19, 2013
Re "Trying to sell college students on Obamacare," Dec. 15 Instead of trying to sell college students on Obamacare, it would be better to convert it into a universal healthcare plan, a system that other countries have. The insurance industry siphons off some of the money we spend on healthcare. Eliminate that unnecessary burden and we could afford to provide better healthcare for all. Why do we need the insurance industry as a middleman to muddy the waters? Tom Press Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Park and ride Letters: Making the bullet train fly Letters: Collecting DNA can solve crimes
WORLD
December 18, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - It has been a good week for Russian President Vladimir Putin - at the end of a pretty good year. Russia's parliament approved an amnesty law Wednesday that is likely to result in freedom for two jailed members of the punk music group Pussy Riot, and for 30 people facing charges over a Greenpeace protest against Arctic oil drilling. The move appears to take off the table two high-profile cases that could sour the atmosphere for the Olympic Winter Games, which Putin will host in February.
NATIONAL
December 18, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli and Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - President Obama intends to nominate Montana Sen. Max Baucus as his next ambassador to China, officials said, a move that may bolster the Democratic Party's chances of holding the Senate seat in 2014 and signal that the tax reform effort led by the veteran lawmaker has stalled. Baucus, 72, would succeed Gary Locke, a former Washington governor and U.S. Commerce secretary, in the key diplomatic post. The Obama administration, which has tried to shift its diplomatic attention to Asia, has carefully cultivated relationships with Beijing and particularly the nation's new president, Xi Jinping.
OPINION
December 17, 2013
Re "Recalling a deadly cascade," Dec. 15 I witnessed the break in the Baldwin Hills Reservoir dam 50 years ago from my parents' home on Cloverdale Avenue. The KTLA news van parked in the empty lot next door and reported on the massive flood as it was happening. I was 16 years old and had returned home with my best friend after having lunch and shopping. The image of that day and the events that followed have never left us. In 1966, the neighborhood was threatened again when a landfill was proposed for the empty reservoir site.
OPINION
December 17, 2013
Re "A new court loss for hilltop cross in San Diego," Dec. 14 If the non-Christian communities do not wish to honor their soldiers in the manner the Christian community does for theirs, it is their prerogative and they are free to memorialize their fallen in any manner they choose. All of those who made the supreme sacrifice did not do so in a private war but in conflicts fought on behalf of the nation as called upon by their government. It is only fitting that they be honored on the land - like the publicly owned land on which the Mt. Soledad cross sits - that they so gallantly defended.
NATIONAL
December 16, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - The Senate appeared set to approve a budget deal this week after a handful of Republicans announced they would vote to advance the bill, which has deeply divided the party. Their backing, along with that of most Democrats, would be enough to break a tea-party-backed filibuster during a crucial vote Tuesday and boost the package across the 60-vote threshold needed for consideration. Final passage could come as soon as Wednesday. But the sharp Republican divisions over the $85-billion deal, which was approved last week by the House with a robust bipartisan majority, has turned the Senate procedural vote into a high-stakes battle between the Republican tea party wing and establishment conservatives.
OPINION
December 15, 2013
Re "OED's literal problem," Opinion, Dec. 12 In her delightful column, Meghan Daum bemoans the acknowledgment by the Oxford English Dictionary of the common misuse of "literally," opining that its misuse is not only cheating but "cues the listener to stop listening. " Ironically, this happened to me in reading her article when she equated people living in a different galaxy with residents of Ursa Major. Since Ursa Major is not even close to being a galaxy (it's in our own Milky Way)
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