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January 21, 1990
Historians will determine that the invasion of Panama was not a "war" because Bob Hope didn't go there. BILL STEIN Cambria
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NEWS
April 11, 2014 | By Anne Harnagel
The Panama Canal will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its opening on Aug. 15, but there's much more to see in this often overlooked country than the impressive waterway. Travelers on Collette 's nine-day Discover Panama tour will begin their journey with three nights at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort , where their stay will include nature walks and a trip by dugout canoe to an Emberá village to learn about their indigenous culture. Next is a two-night stay at Los Mandarinos Hotel , in the mountainous region of the Anton Valley.
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SPORTS
August 5, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The Galaxy, plagued by inconsistent play in goal all season, may have found a solution by signing Panama national team star Jaime Penedo on a free transfer Monday. Penedo, 31, will be added to the team's roster after paperwork for a P1 visa and his international transfer certificate have been processed. The Galaxy, with Carlo Cudicini and Brian Rowe splitting time in goal, have given up 27 goals in 22 games. Cudicini has played in 22 games and has a goals-against average of 1.20 but a save percentage of only 59%. Rowe has played in two games, giving up three goals but stopping 69% of the shots he has faced.
WORLD
March 5, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela - President Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday that  he is breaking diplomatic relations with Panama, a decision he announced amid commemorations of the first anniversary of predecessor Hugo Chavez's death and continuing protests against Maduro's administration. Maduro said he was taking action because Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli criticized police actions against Venezuelan protesters and because the Central American leader has urged that the Organization of American States debate Maduro's alleged repression of the demonstrators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
For 21 months, Yvonne Baldelli's family searched for the Orange County woman after she disappeared while living with her boyfriend in Panama. They negotiated foreign bureaucracies and tried to make sense of false leads. They spent days treading through swamps on the island where she was last seen. This week they learned that skeletal remains found on that island belong to the woman. The discovery was bittersweet, said James Faust, her father. “We're all grieving for her,” he said.
SPORTS
July 24, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
For the second time in 11 years, Mexico won't play in the Gold Cup final. Panama made sure of that Wednesday, turning a first-half goal from Blas Perez, a second-half score from Roman Torres and some brilliant goalkeeping from Jaime Penedo into a 2-1 win over Mexico in front of 81,410 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Panama, which beat Mexico, 2-1, in the Gold Cup opener, will play the U.S. in Sunday's final in Chicago. The U.S. advanced with a 3-1 victory over Honduras in Wednesday's first semifinal game.
OPINION
October 30, 1994
Bill Clinton sent Panama just what it needed, another dictator. NORMAN LIEBMANN Thousand Oaks
BUSINESS
January 11, 2006 | From Associated Press
Panama's agricultural minister resigned, accusing the U.S. of pressuring the Central American country to accept lower agricultural inspection standards. Laurentino Cortizo's departure comes as the U.S. and Panama negotiate in Washington on a bilateral free trade accord that would remove tariffs and agricultural subsidies.
SPORTS
July 28, 2013 | By Jack McCarthy
CHICAGO -- Brek Shea wasted no time giving the U.S. men's soccer team it's biggest lift on Sunday. The backup midfielder entered the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship game at Soldier Field in the 68th minute and 42 seconds later to break a soreless tie. Panama failed to answer and the U.S. secured a 1-0 triumph and its fifth Gold Cup championship in front of a largely pro-USA crowd announced at 57,920. The victory extended the Americans' winning streak to 11 games in 2013, four more than its previous best of seven in a row in 2007, the last time the Americans won a Gold Cup trophy.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2009 | Chris Kraul
A frequent critic of NAFTA and other trade pacts when he was on the campaign trail, President Obama is now throwing his support behind a trade deal with Panama, courting a potential backlash among his labor supporters. The administration is expected to make its case before a Senate Finance Committee hearing today in Washington, where his team is likely to face sharp questioning about Obama's change of heart on a deal the president now apparently views as a strategic imperative.
WORLD
February 6, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- A long-planned $5.25-billion expansion of the Panama Canal, one of the world's most important shipping lanes, is under threat by cost overruns and acrimonious disputes among builders and managers. Negotiations to resolve some of the issues -- namely who should pay more than $1.6 billion in unexpected costs -- broke down Wednesday, according to the Panama Canal Authority, which administers the 50-mile route that links the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Jorge Quijano, Canal Authority administrator, accused the Spanish-led consortium in charge of widening the canal of ordering all work to stop.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2013 | By James Barragan
Every year, 14-year-old Victor Rios would watch the Rose Parade on a television set in his home in the city of Chitre, Panama, marveling at the floats and bands. He never imagined he would attend the parade in person. Then one day in October 2012, Irving Rodriguez Bernal, the band director at Rios' school, called his students in for a meeting. PHOTOS: 125th Tournament of Roses Parade He had a defeated look on his face and the students grew nervous. They had been waiting for months to hear whether they'd been accepted as participants in the parade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
A Newport Beach man who prosecutors say ran a Ponzi scheme that stole nearly $3 million from investors has been extradited from Panama to face trial in Orange County.   Thomas F. Tarbutton allegedly fled to Brazil in 2011 after charges were filed and a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to a statement by the Orange County district attorney's office. Tarbutton flew to Panama this month and was arrested by Panamanian authorities this week. He was returned to California on Tuesday.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
Here's a chance to visit one of the world's most biodiverse countries if you can navigate the blackout dates: Copa Airlines is offering a round-trip fare for $473, which includes all taxes and fees, from LAX to Panama City. The fare is subject to availability and must be purchased 14 days in advance. You must stay at least three nights but may not stay more than 30. You may travel any day of the week between Feb. 1 and April 15. These blackout dates apply: Flying from the U.S. to Panama: March 4-9 and April 19-23.
BUSINESS
November 28, 2013 | By Christi Parsons and Don Lee
PANAMA CANAL ZONE - After waiting out an early-afternoon downpour, Vice President Joe Biden and the U.S. delegation emerged into the humid heat to tour the $5.2-billion canal expansion. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake snapped pictures with her cellphone. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter beamed with curiosity as he walked and questioned a site supervisor. "Something big is happening here," Biden said in an obvious understatement, eliciting laughs from the group of mayors and lawmakers from several seaport cities and states.
NEWS
November 18, 2013 | By Carla Hall
A rare pygmy three-toed sloth stirred an international controversy after officials of the Dallas World Aquarium caught and crated six of the creatures on Isla Escudo de Veraguas, an island off Panama. The aquarium officials intended to take the animals back to Dallas - and made it clear they had extensive paperwork and permits to do so - but were confronted at the Isla Colón International Airport in the Bocas del Toro province of Panama by protesters and police who barred them from leaving the airport with the sloths.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1989
Many Latin American nations have, as a matter of principle, objected to the United States' invasion of Panama. I await their refusal, as a matter of principle, to accept American economic aid. GARY A. ROBB Los Angeles
NATIONAL
November 13, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - At his peak, Mexican drug lord Juan Juarez Orosco allegedly oversaw the distribution of 8 tons of cocaine every month from Colombia to the United States, making him one of the most wanted narcotics traffickers in the world, authorities said. On Wednesday, federal prosecutors revealed that the 64-year-old Juarez, known as "El Abuelo," or "the Grandfather," was in U.S. custody after his arrest in Panama and extradition to New York. Charged in U.S. federal court with running an international cocaine network, Juarez faces life in prison if convicted.
SPORTS
November 6, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The Galaxy is chasing history in the Major League Soccer playoffs. No team has won three consecutive MLS titles, a feat the two-time defending champions can take a big step toward claiming Thursday when the Galaxy meets Real Salt Lake in the second game of a two-leg Western Conference semifinal series in Sandy, Utah (TV: ESPN2, 6 p.m.). History, however, can be fickle. For proof the Galaxy need look no further than its goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, whose own date with destiny ended in disappointment just three weeks ago. Penedo's Panamanian national team went to stoppage time in its final World Cup qualifier needing only to protect a 2-1 lead over the U.S. to keep alive its chances of reaching soccer's biggest stage for the first time.
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