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November 1, 2008
Scott Collins' "Channel Island" column remains one of the best reasons to read the L.A. Times, but I think he's all wrong about why 10 p.m. is no longer an attractive slot for TV series ["10 p.m. Is Past Its Prime Time for Viewers," Oct. 27]. Viewers who live on the West Coast have long commutes and have to get up early. I think the problem is simply this: 10 p.m. is our bedtime! Anne Strieber Santa Monica
March 31, 2014
Kate O'Mara, 74, a British actress best known for her role as Caress Morrell, sister to Joan Collins' Alexis Colby, in the 1980s prime-time soap opera "Dynasty," died Sunday at a nursing home in southern England after a short illness, according to her agent, Phil Belfield. The actress, who began her television career in the 1960s, is remembered by many for her role in "Triangle" - a soap opera set aboard a North Sea ferry that is often cited as the worst piece of British television.
September 12, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Thailand's biggest party endorsed its leader to resume the prime ministership when the issue is referred today to parliament, despite his ouster by a court this week. Opponents of Samak Sundaravej said that returning him to office -- or selecting one of his supporters -- would intensify protests by the People's Alliance for Democracy, whose members have been camped out in the prime ministerial office complex for more than two weeks. Some analysts warned that Samak's reelection could bring instability, economic chaos and even a military coup.
March 30, 2014 | By Glen Johnson
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party appeared headed toward a sizable victory in the country's municipal elections Sunday, despite a corruption scandal that continues to swirl around Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his inner circle. With 85% of the vote counted, the party, known as the AKP, had secured between 44% and 47% of municipal posts, while the main opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP, garnered between 27% and 29%, according to Turkish media reports early Monday.
June 30, 2007
I'm shocked -- shocked! -- to find that Shea Hillenbrand was upset about something. Even though he was on a first-place team and had nothing to whine about, he was still a distraction. He may think he is, in his own words, a "quality player in my prime," but he's not hitting for average, he doesn't draw walks, and he's got a lower slugging percentage than anyone else in the starting lineup. The less Hillenbrand played, the more success the Angels had. He didn't put up, so he should have shut up. DAVID PENG Cerritos My wife and I are resurrecting an exchange from 2002: Her: "What's the score?"
May 26, 1989 | From Reuters
Irish Prime Minister Charles Haughey, bidding for the overall majority that has always eluded him, Thursday called a general election for June 15. Haughey, his patience running out after six parliamentary defeats in two years for his minority government, made a brief announcement to deputies before officially asking President Patrick Hillery to dissolve Parliament. Haughey, a tough, self-made millionaire known as The Great Survivor in Irish politics, has been prime minister three times in his colorful, seesaw career but has never won an overall majority at the polls.
June 11, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Online retail giant Inc., known for its speedy distribution of books, electronics and other consumer goods, is now trying to break open the grocery market. The AmazonFresh service, running since 2007 in the retailer's Seattle hometown, expanded to select Los Angeles ZIP Codes on Monday. The company is offering customers same-day and early-morning delivery on more than 500,000 products, such as apples, bread and even mozzarella di bufala from the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills.
August 2, 1992
Three cheers to KTTV for bringing back the old "Batman" series. It's a prime example of a good, clean adventure series. Christy Vasconcellos, Fontana
May 2, 2008
Blair and religion: In a report in Wednesday's Section A about the religious faith of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the name of his foundation was omitted. It is the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.
June 8, 1986
My heartfelt thanks to NBC for two excellent shows, "On Wings of Eagles" and "Sam's Son." They proved that there doesn't have to be bedroom scenes and offensive language to provide prime entertainment. Frances Schacht, Pacific Palisades
March 27, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
In a sign that the definition of prime office space is undergoing a dramatic shift, an old downtown Los Angeles office complex - once considered second rate - is now outperforming many of its newer, glitzier competitors. PacMutual Plaza, which dates to 1908, was one of the best addresses in Southern California until an unprecedented office building boom in the late 1980s and early 1990s brought a stately new crop of skyscrapers to town. For decades to follow, PacMutual - in the same block as the Biltmore hotel in Pershing Square - was a lower-cost alternative to such elite enclaves of corporate America as U.S. Bank Tower, Two California Plaza and the Gas Company Tower.
March 14, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
WASHINGTON -- In a nod to bipartisan tradition and St. Patrick, President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) donned emerald ties to hear (and sing) a bit of Irish folk music during a Capitol Hill luncheon with Ireland's prime minister. It's customary for Ireland's leader to visit the United States ahead of St. Patrick's Day and present the president with a bowl of shamrocks, a tradition dating back to President Truman. Obama met with Prime Minister Enda Kenny in the Oval Office on Friday morning, where he applauded Ireland for its support during the current crisis in Ukraine.
March 12, 2014 | By Christi Parsons, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
WASHINGTON -- President Obama is scheduled to host the new Ukrainian prime minister at the White House on Wednesday as the U.S. and allies prepare for a coming referendum on whether the Crimea region of the European nation should become independent. White House advisors say Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk's Oval Office visit is meant to send a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin that the U.S. supports the legitimacy of the new Ukrainian government. It comes as leaders of the Group of 7 nations called Wednesday on Russia to drop its efforts to change the status of Crimea.
March 12, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - President Obama assured acting Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk on Wednesday that Russia would suffer significant consequences if it stayed on its military path toward Ukraine, a threat the Pentagon bolstered by acknowledging plans to fortify the U.S. military presence in the region. Speaking in the Oval Office on Wednesday with Yatsenyuk at his side, Obama vowed that the U.S. and other countries would be "forced to apply a cost" to Russia if President Vladimir Putin didn't loosen his grip on Ukraine's Crimea region.
March 11, 2014 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was ousted Tuesday in a parliamentary vote of no confidence on the heels of a confrontation with a breakaway militia that sought to bypass the weak government and sell oil on its own. Lawmakers named the defense minister to act as prime minister until a replacement for Zeidan is found. Zeidan had been struggling for months to keep control of a fractured and impotent central administration in the North African state, which faces growing chaos in the wake of Moammar Kadafi's overthrow three years ago. Rebel commanders have struck out on their own, with armed groups -- sometimes loosely affiliated with the government and drawing pay for that nominal alliance -- wielding far more power than the state.
March 7, 2014 | By Rosemary McClure
GRANADA, Nicaragua - I came to Nicaragua to climb a volcano, to listen to howler monkeys scream in the trees of a rain forest and to walk along a deserted beach, watching the sun flame out at the end of day, turning the sea and sky ablaze. I did all those things and more in this star-crossed Central American nation, a place where culture, history and nature combine to offer visitors some of the hemisphere's most diverse experiences. Nicaragua, which calls itself "the next Costa Rica," has much to commend it: large tracts of nature reserves; sleepy surf towns; dozens of volcanic peaks; rain forests rich with biodiversity; seemingly endless, undeveloped beaches; and charming colonial cities alive with culture.
March 12, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra pleaded not guilty today before the Supreme Court in one of two corruption cases against him. The court session came on the eve of Thaksin's monthlong trip to England. The court already has granted him permission for the trip. Thaksin faces conflict of interest and malfeasance charges related to his wife's 2003 purchase of a prime piece of real estate in Bangkok.
April 3, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
The prime minister, in office for 5 1/2 lackluster years, resigned to make way for his deputy, who must now try to fix an economy close to recession, heal the country's deep racial divisions and revive a moribund ruling party. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, 69, submitted his resignation to the king, the constitutional monarch, as part of a power transition dictated by the ruling United Malays National Organization to have Najib Razak installed as the next leader. The king accepted the resignation and will swear in Najib, a 55-year-old British-educated politician, as prime minister today, said the chief secretary to the government, Sidek Hassan.
March 6, 2014 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times travel editor
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a soccer player and fan. Travel journalist Peter Greenberg is not - and perhaps even less so after his experience filming “Israel: The Royal Tour,” which makes its debut at 7 p.m. Thursday on PBS SoCal. Greenberg's series gives an in-depth look at a country (topics have included New Zealand and Mexico, among others) through the eyes of its head of state. He began filming the Israel story in June 2012. In the film, Netanyahu says he likes to watch and play soccer.
February 28, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next week in Silicon Valley to sign a trade, research and economic development pact between Israel and California. The agreement, Brown's office announced Friday, will emphasize cooperation on water conservation, alternative energy, cybersecurity, health and biotechnology, education and agricultural technology. It also will allow Israeli companies to access California's Innovation Hub program, in which research parks, federal laboratories and universities collaborate with businesses, venture capitalists and economic development organizations.
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