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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
April 24, 2014 | By Scott Collins
When he takes command of CBS' "Late Show" next year, Stephen Colbert will have to battle the two Jimmys, Fallon and Kimmel. But he'll also square off against a robot chicken, a mad scientist and a talking hamburger. From the humblest of beginnings 13 years ago - one early offering was made with microphones purchased at Radio Shack - Adult Swim, Cartoon Network's nighttime block, has a powerful hold on one of the most highly sought-after populations around: young men. Adult Swim's mostly animated shows - among them hits such as "Robot Chicken," "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" spinoffs and the new "Rick and Morty" - rely on absurdist, often surreal humor, and they're making it harder than ever for the growing crowd of chat shows featuring celebrities hawking their latest movie.
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.
April 23, 2014 | By Michael McGough
Prime Minister David Cameron is under fire for suggesting that Britain “should be more confident about our status as a Christian country.” That assertion came in a column the Tory leader wrote for the Church Times, an Anglican publication. In good Anglican fashion, Cameron was careful to add that “being more confident about our status as a Christian country does not somehow involve doing down other faiths or passing judgment on those with no faith at all.” He also confessed to being a “rather classic” member of the Church of England: “not that regular in attendance, and a bit vague on some of the more difficult parts of the faith.” The prime minister's diffidence didn't help him with his critics, who saw his “privileging” of Christianity as incompatible with contemporary multicultural Britain.
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.
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 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 23, 2014 | By Joe Flint
HBO has cut a deal to sell reruns of many of its hit shows to Inc.'s Prime Instant Video platform. Among the programs  that will be made available on Amazon's Prime Instant Video streaming service are "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under," "The Wire," "Girls" and "Veep. " The agreement also covers HBO's miniseries including "Band of Brothers" and original movies such as "Game Change. " As part of the pact, HBO's online streaming service HBO Go will also be available on Amazon's new Fire TV settop box the end of the year.
April 22, 2014 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON - After more than four years and 20 rounds of negotiations, the world's biggest free-trade deal in a generation has come down in good part to this: the United States and Japan squabbling over beef. With President Obama due to arrive Wednesday in Tokyo for a two-day summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, their aides have been pulling all-nighters in the hope of reaching a compromise on tariffs for beef and, to a lesser extent, pork and dairy products. The proposed 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership is seen as the centerpiece of Obama's promised re-balance in foreign policy priorities to fast-growing Asia-Pacific.
April 18, 2014 | By Aoun Sahi and Shashank Bengali
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - For most of Pakistan's history, the powerful military has held sway over elected officials or simply dumped them from power. Just ask Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted as prime minister in the last military coup, 15 years ago. Lately, however, a new civilian government is pushing back - led by Sharif. Since he returned to office in June, his government has lodged a case against generals over the disappearance of imprisoned militants and engaged Pakistani Taliban insurgents in a controversial peace process against the army's wishes.
April 15, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Even Pharrell Williams, he of the flamboyant toppers, can't overcome the bowling-over capabilities of Oprah Winfrey. During his "Oprah Prime" appearance on Sunday, the seven-time Grammy-winner was overcome with emotion as the TV queen brought up his infectious song "Happy" and its breakout influence all over the world. Winfrey played a poignant tribute video set to the song, showcasing global fan renditions of the upbeat tune from the "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack. "Happy" was up for an Academy Award in March but lost the best song honor to "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen.
April 15, 2014 | By Henry Chu
ROME -- Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered Tuesday to spend a year performing community service among the elderly as his sentence for committing tax fraud at his media conglomerate. The decision by a Milan judge spares Berlusconi, 77, a sentence of house arrest. But the former premier, who has dominated Italy's political scene for two decades, will see his movements restricted just as his center-right party gears up for elections to the European Parliament next month.
April 11, 2014 | By Sherif Tarek
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Saleh Mutlaq survived an attack by gunmen who shot at his convoy west of Baghdad on Friday, the official state news agency reported. Mutlaq was not hurt, but several people were wounded when the unknown assailants fired at the vehicles in the Abu Ghraib district, according to the National Iraqi News Agency. A shootout reportedly ensued between the gunmen and the guards and soldiers protecting the officials. The assailants eventually fled. Also unharmed was lawmaker Talal Zobaie, who had accompanied Mutlaq and other government officials who were inspecting flood damage to the area caused by militants who tampered with a dam. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
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.
June 1, 1989 | From Times wire services
Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou's girlfriend said today he is free to remarry and they plan to hold a church wedding. Flight attendant Dimitra Liani, 34, said Papandreou's marriage to his American wife, Margaret, is over after 38 years. Speaking in a radio interview from the living room of a luxury villa where she moved in with the 70-year-old prime minister last November, she said they planned to marry to seal a "perfect" relationship. "Margaret Papandreou is a woman who stood by the prime minister's side, a family was created and she always helped him. But this has ended.
April 11, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In front of me, the movie screen starts at the floor and rises so high it's like seeing "Divergent" on the side of a building. At the moment warrior princess Tris, played by a fierce Shailene Woodley, is about to jump onto a speeding train. I can feel the train coming. Seriously, I can feel it. The subwoofers embedded in the cushy comfort of the theater's reclining chairs let the sound vibrate through my body. Tris' jump, just seconds before the platform she's running on ends over a dead drop, is stomach churning even on an ordinary screen.
April 10, 2014 | By Joe Flint
CNN unveiled a new prime-time schedule to advertisers Thursday that further moves the cable channel away from a reliance on hard news and political chat. Most significantly, CNN is getting out of the talk show game in the 9 p.m. hour, a crucial time slot for cable news channels and one where the network has struggled for years. Instead, CNN will rotate between original series and documentaries. CNN once owned that hour when "Larry King Live" was a must for politicians and newsmakers.
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