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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 25, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -- “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is one of the splashiest of the many action-adventures to debut this moviegoing season, so it's fitting that it had a premiere to match. On Thursday night outside this city's landmark Ziegfeld Theater, fans with balloons, Spidey suits and other accouterments lined the street, where stars from the film including Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx all walked a red carpet. Inside the theater, director Marc Webb, looking surprisingly fresh given the globe-trotting tour that has taken him and the cast across Asia and Europe in the last few weeks, shouted out to the New York locations and brought the cast to the front of the theater.
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.
April 24, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"The Killing," the cop series that wouldn't stay dead, will return for its final season on Netflix on Aug. 1. For those who remain skeptical, this is really the end. The series, which began on AMC in 2011, stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman as Seattle homicide detectives whose lives play second fiddle to their all-consuming murder investigations that span entire seasons.  "The Killing" was canceled after its second season, but Fox Television...
July 17, 1986 | Associated Press
Former Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit will go on trial today on charges of violating a law barring him from political activity until 1992, Turkish news agencies reported Wednesday. Ecevit was indicted last month after he addressed a convention of the Democratic Left Party on May 18.
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 23, 2014 | By August Brown
Over the last year, Lord Huron has quietly become one of the breakout stories of L.A. indie music. Like their kindred spirits Local Natives, the experimental folk project has road-dogged its way to selling out two nights at the Fonda Theatre earlier this year. Ben Schneider and his bandmates have cultivated a bit of Old West mystery along the way, and Lord Huron's new video for "Ends of the Earth" elaborates on that with a gorgeously animated new clip.  Director Kevin Donelan spins a silhouetted tale of an outlaw's lost love on the railroads.
April 23, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
USA Network has its eye on summer, unveiling its summer slate of premieres -- including the launch of two new dramas. June is to be the month of returns, with "Royal Pains" making its sixth-season rollout on Tuesday, June 10. The following night will see the return of "Suits" and "Graceland. " "Covert Affairs" will be waiting a bit longer, getting its start on June 24. Once the veterans warm things up, USA plans to unveil a pair of new dramas on July 17. "Rush," a medical drama with a hard-partying, bad-boy doc (Tom Ellis)
April 19, 2014 | By Victoria Looseleaf
Dancer-choreographer Danielle Agami, artistic director of Ate9 Dance Company, dislikes voice mail, cameras and mirrors. Indeed, for someone whose career is so body-centric, the mirror has been noticeably absent in her dance practice for more than a decade. But Israeli-born Agami, 29, has never been one to hew to tradition. When her eight-member troupe premieres her latest full-evening work, "Mouth to Mouth," at Los Angeles Theatre Center April 26 and May 3, expect a supremely idiosyncratic performance.
April 12, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
If you ask Ian Rush, Sunday's English Premier League match between first-place Liverpool and fast-closing Manchester City is about more than soccer supremacy. Oh, sure, it will be a clash of styles and philosophies, one that will push the winner closer to the Premier League title with less than a month left in the season. But to hear Rush tell it, it will also be a battle of the banks, one matching the haves against the have-mores. "Manchester City, you expect it because of the amount of money they pay for players," says Rush, Liverpool's all-time scoring leader and now an ambassador for the club.
April 11, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Emma Stone wore a stunning marigold yellow gown from Atelier Versace to the London premiere of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" on Thursday. But her elegant garb didn't prevent her from getting down and snapping a crowd selfie. [People] Thigh-gap controversy alert: A photo on Beyonce's Instagram showing the star golfing in a bathing suit is drawing allegations from commenters that her thighs were digitally altered to look thinner. [Racked] Model Elle MacPherson, launching a new lingerie line called the Body for JC Penney, recommends that women have no fewer than seven sets of lingerie -- and tells the Cut blog that she herself has 50 and that she keeps it all color-coded.
April 11, 2014
An in-demand bassist who studied under Charlie Haden and has performed with a rich roster of talents that includes Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird, Nels Cline and Scott Amendola, Todd Sickafoose's knotted and lovely 2008 album, "Tiny Resistors," was one of the top jazz releases of that year. Finally at the cusp of delivering an encore, Sickafoose reunites an all-star band that includes violinist Jenny Scheinman, clarinetist Ben Goldberg and drummer Allison Miller to premiere a piece dubbed "Bear Proof," a work commissioned by Chamber Music America.
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.
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.
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.
April 7, 2014 | By Scott Collins
HBO has spent years looking for another hit like "The Sopranos," and it may have found it in "Game of Thrones. " Season 4 of the epic fantasy opened at 9 p.m. Sunday night averaging 6.6 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. Those are the best numbers for HBO since 2007, when the mob drama "Sopranos" ended with 11.9 million viewers. PREMIERE: Season 4 recap of 'Game of Thrones' It's also a huge bump over the 4.4 million viewers for the season 3 premiere in 2013.
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