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October 27, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
High-speed Eurostar trains are a fast way to zip between London , Paris and Brussels . Now Rail Europe offers travelers 20% off standard premier tickets and a $20 Amazon gift card to boot. The deal: Rail Europe's discount applies to standard premier (a.k.a comfort) class tickets (between economy and business premier)  that come with roomier seats and a light snack with beer or wine. In this deal, one-way tickets cost $131 from London to Paris or Brussels and $139 from Paris or Brussels to London.
April 9, 2014 | Meghan Daum
In a final passing of the torch to a new generation of late-night talk show hosts, David Letterman announced last week that he would retire in 2015. As intelligent and unique a force as he's always been, the timing seems right. Since beginning his late-night career more than 30 years ago, Letterman has evolved from exuberant, smart-alecky nerd to crotchety, occasionally befuddled elder statesman. Watching him now, it's hard to believe he was once considered the epitome of edginess, a darling of the college crowd and hero to sarcastic eggheads everywhere.
October 3, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Andrei Lukanov, 58, Bulgaria's first post-Communist prime minister, was gunned down outside his home in Sofia in an assassination that reflected the growing anarchy in the impoverished Balkan country. Lukanov helped oust Communist strongman Todor Zhivkov and headed two Socialist governments until strikes forced him to step down in November 1990. He remained an important member of parliament.
March 29, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Even in today's economy you'd think $1.4 billion would be enough to buy love. Or at the very least, indifference. But that hasn't been the case with the Glazer family, whose debt-driven purchase of English soccer team Manchester United a decade ago has brought them five Premier League titles, three League Cups, a Champions League crown, a FIFA Club World Cup - and a death threat against Malcolm Glazer, the billionaire patriarch of the family....
November 7, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge granted indefinite bail to former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao after he was formally charged with criminal conspiracy in a 1983 cheating case. Rao, the first former or serving prime minister to face criminal charges, pleaded not guilty to the cheating charge. He has also been charged in two other cases.
December 2, 2012
Solana was created by early clothing manufacturer Frederick Forrest Peabody of Arrow shirts fame with the goal of having a premier view estate in Santa Barbara. The knoll-top compound, which has undergone three years of renovation and updating, features 360-degree ocean and mountain vistas. Location: Santa Barbara Asking price: $57.5 million Year built: 1914 Architect: Francis T. Underhill Living space: eight bedrooms, 20 bathrooms, more than 20,000 square feet Lot size: 11.29 acres Features: Hand-carved mahogany details, bronze hardware, mosaic tile floors, 18th-century wall sconces, 17th-century French oak paneling, a theater, two studies, a wine cellar, a fitness room, a craft room, a beauty salon, a staff apartment, interior courtyard, gated entrance, fountains, guest house, swimming pool, reflecting ponds, 200 fruit trees, 500 rose bushes, cutting garden About the area: In the third quarter, 60 single-family homes sold in the 93108 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.711 million, according to DataQuick.
March 8, 1997 | Reuters
Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, an admitted heavy smoker, was sued Friday by five anti-smokers who said his habit violated the country's constitution guaranteeing a wholesome life. The lawsuit quoted the premier as saying, "Taxes on cigarettes are big revenue sources for the central and local governments. I will smoke as much as possible, while watching my health, and avoid imposing a burden on the medical insurance system budget."
June 17, 1994
The Greek Parliament voted Thursday to place former conservative prime minister Constantine Mitsotakis on trial for his alleged role in a major phone-tapping scandal. The 300-seat body voted 163-6 to lift Mitsotakis' parliamentary immunity and ordered him to be tried on charges in connection with a scheme to wiretap dozens of political opponents and journalists from 1988 to 1991. A 13-member special court, made up of Supreme Court judges, will be formed to try him.
December 11, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Syria's Cabinet quit in a move analysts said is a sign that President Bashar Assad will try to reform the nation's command economy. The state news agency said Assad accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mohammed Mustafa Miro's government and asked him to form a new Cabinet. The present government will stay on as a caretaker until the new one is formed, it said. Analysts and diplomats believe changes will come in the economic portfolios.
April 26, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Bangladesh's government said it had lifted a ban on the return of former Prime Minister Sheik Hasina Wajed from overseas, and denied that it was pressuring another former leader, Khaleda Zia, to go into exile. The military-backed interim government issued an order April 18 that barred Wajed from returning. She was blocked Sunday from boarding a flight in London en route home from the United States. The government did not give a reason for lifting the ban.
March 15, 2014 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Last month, after years of futile goose-chasing, Mexican authorities captured the country's most-wanted criminal, the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel boss Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán. But another legendary Mexican desperado remains at large after 40 years, haunting the fantasies of an adoring public. She's Camelia la Texana, a comely San Antonio ingenue turned drug-smuggling queen who shot and killed her lover in a jealous rage. At least that's her story as immortalized in "Contrabando y Traición" ("Contraband and Betrayal")
March 14, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
To say that DJ Steve Aoki has an expressive fan base would be an understatement. The Dim Mak Records founder holds the Guinness World Record for the longest scream by a crowd: At 80 decibels, it rang for 2 minutes and 20 seconds in L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium last November. That fan base, as it turns out, is artistic too. Aoki appeared Tuesday night at the L.A. event space Scion Av Installation for the opening of an exhibition showcasing “Mementos: Ten Years of Fan-Made Artwork.” As Aoki winds his way around the world playing electronic house music concerts, he said, his fans present him with hand-drawn and painted appreciations.
March 14, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
In case anyone was wondering whether reports that Scarlett Johansson is pregnant were on target, her appearance at the "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" premiere Thursday night in Hollywood dropped some serious baby-on-board clues. Johansson, who plays Black Widow (Natasha Romanov) to Chris Evans' Captain America in the Marvel-based action film, looked gorgeous outside the El Capitan Theatre in a lacy, corset-style white-and-black ensemble from Armani Prive , the top of which revealed awesome pre-baby cleavage - not that her standard physique is anything to sniff at, but now, wow . From the side, the 29-year-old's black pencil skirt revealed the beginnings of a baby bump, though from the front it was almost completely disguised.
March 14, 2014 | By Barbara Isenberg
CHICAGO - When London-born Anna Clyne was 7, friends of her parents gave her family a piano with randomly missing keys. Undeterred, Clyne not only played that piano but by age 11 had written a few little songs for herself and a flute-playing friend. She had fun doing it, she remembers, but "I never thought I would become a composer. " These days, there is no longer any doubt on her part or anyone else's. Her idiosyncratic music has been performed not only at Symphony Center in Chicago but also in Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall, New York's Carnegie Hall and London's Barbican Centre.
March 14, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Julia, the protagonist of Wendy Graf's new play, "Closely Related Keys," is a single, Ivy League-educated African American attorney who lives for her job. Smart, ambitious and happy to sacrifice her personal life for professional advancement, she's one of those corporate control freaks who believes she should be able to subjugate the world with her smartphone. Diarra Kilpatrick plays Julia with the manic air of someone burying themselves in work to avoid more painful feelings. Even the furtive romantic tryst she's having with Ron (Ted Mattison)
March 14, 2014 | By David Ng
The late-career comeback of Sylvester Stallone took a detour to Broadway this week with the opening of his "Rocky" at the Winter Garden Theatre. The new show, which Stallone co-wrote and produced (but doesn't star in), is a musical version of his 1976 movie about a Philadelphia boxer who dreams of big victory. Stallone took a bow on Thursday when "Rocky" officially opened in New York following a month of preview performances. The actor has been working on the musical for a number of years, first unveiling the show in Hamburg, Germany in 2012.  The musical -- which comes with a reported price tag of $16.5 million, steep by Broadway standards -- features music by Stephen Flaherty, who has reworked some of the movie music originally scored by Bill Conti.
January 31, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Georgia's prime minister resigned, citing health reasons after just three months on the job as President Mikheil Saakashvili's second-in-command. Saakashvili later nominated the outgoing premier's top deputy to become prime minister, his fifth in the five years since his election following Georgia's so-called Rose Revolution. Grigol Mgaloblishvili said health problems had made it difficult for him to give the job his full effort as Georgia struggles to recover from its August war with Russia and to keep the economy going.
September 16, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
After the middling support his Labor Party received in national elections, Prime Minister Thorbjorn Jagland said that he will step down Oct. 13, once the national budget is presented. His Labor government will probably go with him. With 90.1% of the vote counted, Labor was the leading party, but its 34.8% was less than Jagland had wanted in order to continue in office.
March 14, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The 12th season of Gordon Ramsay's "Hell's Kitchen" on Fox premiered with ratings that were generally in line with last year's opener, according to early numbers from Nielsen. The culinary boot camp reality series kicked off with an average of 5.3 million viewers, up slightly from last year, though it was down 5% among key 18- to 49-year-olds. In the advertiser-coveted demographic, the 8 p.m. telecast drew a rating of 1.9.  "American Idol" moved to 9 p.m. and held steady from last week's low of 2.2 in the demo.
March 13, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
As NBA fans wait to see if Phil Jackson can return the New York Knicks to glory, a new film looks to beat him to the punch. The actor-filmmaker Michael Rapaport is set to debut his documentary movie “When the Garden Was Eden” at the Tribeca Film Festival next month as part of its ESPN Sports Film Festival section. Fest organizers announced the news Thursday, saying the world premiere will kick off the sports confab on April 17. Rapaport's movie looks at the Knicks teams that won a pair of titles in the early 1970s and includes interviews with Clyde Frazier, Willis Reed, Bill Bradley and - of course - Jackson himself.
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