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NEWS
November 6, 2012 | By Matea Gold
RICHMOND, Va. - Inside a low-slung brick building off a busy commercial corridor, a half-dozen volunteers with the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity were juggling cell phones Tuesday morning as they made one final push to get voters to the polls. “I know you've probably gotten a million calls, but I'm just calling one more time because this election is so critical,” said Scott Jackson, a 30-year-old bartender, sitting below a bulletin board festooned with signs that declared “CUT SPENDING” and “Socialism Isn't Cool.” AFP has been one of the biggest independent spenders of the 2012 elections, pouring $75 million into media ads this year lamenting the direction of the country under President Obama and other Democrats.
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WORLD
November 5, 2012 | By Los Angeles Times staff
ALEPPO, Syria - They are this ancient city's bedraggled warriors: plowmen and laborers, mechanics and carpenters who came from the countryside this summer to "liberate" this formerly freewheeling town attuned to the rhythms of commerce. Now they're stuck here. Bogged down by a relentless urban combat they're ill-equipped to fight, the rebels daily endure both government bombardment and thinly veiled hostility from the resentful residents of a mercantile hub turned dystopia. These rebels who entered Aleppo from semirural, tradition-bound suburbs and agricultural areas found no spontaneous outpouring of support, no waves of sleeper cells yearning to join the revolution.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2012 | By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
Are you better off now than four years ago? If you live in one of the key swing states, chances are the answer is "yes. " And that could prove to be a difference maker in the competitive race for the White House. Even as the national economy remains stubbornly sluggish, the performance of several hotly contested states has been comparatively bright. Of the dozen or so swing states in this year's presidential election, half have jobless rates below the national average, including the battlegrounds of Ohio and Virginia.
BUSINESS
September 7, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
At the same time the original "Star Trek" crew graces the Google home page Friday, the search company's share price seems to be boldly going where no tech stock has gone before. Google is celebrating the 46th anniversary of "Star Trek" the original series with its latest Google Doodle. At the same time, the Mountain View, Calif., company's share price has beamed up above $700 a share, giving the company even more to celebrate. Investors appear to be betting that Google's shares will live long and prosper: The tech giant's shares are currently trading around $706 and hit higher than $712 earlier in the day. PHOTOS: Google Doodles of 2012 There's no guarantee the stock will hold up, but this isn't Google's first time trading above $700.
NEWS
September 6, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Making the case for another term, Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday night that the mission of the Obama administration was to move the country forward in the next four years “from doubt and downturn to promise and prosperity.” Serving as the warm-up act for President Obama, whose prime-time speech was set to wrap up the Democratic National Convention, Biden renewed a Democratic attack on Mitt Romney, the GOP nominee, as...
OPINION
September 4, 2012 | By Steven Conn
Every four years Americans are presented with different visions of the future and are asked to choose between them. This year, we've been told, the choice is between two conceptions of government: small versus big. The Republican presidential ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan has promised to "restore" America to its "small government" past. Any vision of the future is built upon a certain understanding of the past. Although past and future are inextricably linked, we spend much less time evaluating candidates as historians than we do assessing their skills as fortunetellers able to predict the future.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
In the end, not even "The Avengers" could save the summer box office. Astronomical receipts for the early May smash starring some of Marvel's biggest superheroes - which has become the third highest-grossing film of all time - weren't enough to prevent the summer box office from closing down roughly 3% to $4.3 billion compared to the same period from May to Labor Day in 2011. Attendance, meanwhile, tumbled about 4% to 533 million, according to Hollywood.com, the lowest number in almost 20 years.
NEWS
August 24, 2012 | By Matea Gold
One of the largest conservative advocacy groups announced Friday that it was pouring an additional $6 million into television ads that explicitly call for President Obama's defeat, testing the limits on the political role of nonprofit social welfare organizations. Americans for Prosperity, which has been backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, said it planned to put as much as $27 million by the first week of September into commercials that expressly call for voters to deny Obama a second term.
WORLD
August 18, 2012 | By Renuka Rayasam, Los Angeles Times
BERLIN - After a career in tourism that took her around the world, Kristin Ruske finally moved back home to the eastern German city of Wittenberg in 2011. She had left when she was 21, making her way to Switzerland, Los Angeles and then western Germany. At first she enjoyed traveling the world, but she eventually began thinking about returning to her roots. "Even though I ended up back in Germany, I was homesick" for the east, said the 33-year-old. "But the opportunities just weren't there.
NEWS
August 11, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
NORFOLK, Va.  - In the shadow of a military battleship, Mitt Romney formally named Paul Ryan as his running mate Saturday, saying that the 42-year-old Wisconsin congressman was the “intellectual leader” of the Republican Party with the experience to tackle the fiscal crises facing the nation and the temperament to be effective. “Paul and I are beginning on a journey that will take us to every corner of America,” Romney told thousands of supporters gathered on a muggy morning here, shortly before introducing Ryan and embracing him. “We are offering a positive governing agenda that will lead to economic growth, to widespread and shared prosperity, and that will improve the lives of our fellow citizens.
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