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May 2, 2011
"Thor" has thrown down the hammer at the international box office — but the Norse god may not ultimately have the strength to stave off "Fast Five. " The film based on the popular Marvel comic book series opened in 55 foreign markets this weekend and collected a strong $83 million, according to an estimate from distributor Paramount Pictures. Heading into the weekend, it was unclear how well "Thor," starring Chris Hemsworth, would fare overseas. The movie premiered last weekend in Australia but was lapped by "Fast Five," which outgrossed "Thor" there by 41%. Indeed, "Fast Five" is proving steep competition abroad, having already grossed $81.4 million in only 14 countries.
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SPORTS
April 27, 2014 | By Marty O'Brien
RICHMOND - For sheer memorability, the Toyota Owners 400 earned its place on the list of unforgettable Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway. Crazy start. Twenty lead changes. Multiple car fires. Great beat-and-bang finish. The 400-lap, 300-mile race never failed to offer the kind of Saturday night short-track atmosphere so many fans crave, and even threw in a good fistfight afterward. Joey Logano emerged victorious in a multi-car battle for the checkered flag over the final laps, with Jeff Gordon second, Kyle Busch third, Brad Keselowski fourth and Matt Kenseth fifth.
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NEWS
November 6, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Maine is one of four states to consider gay marriage on the ballot in November, with Question 1 asking whether to allow the state to issue same-sex marriage licenses. In the Senate, the voters stare down an unusual three-way race between contenders seeking to replace retiring Republican moderate Olympia Snowe. Independent former Gov. Angus King  has been considered the favorite, leading Democratic State Sen. Cynthia Dill and Republican Secretary of State Charlie Summers. King, 68 and a former Democrat, has cast himself as a bipartisan figure to bridge the partisan divide that finally drove Snowe out of an increasingly strangulated Senate.
SPORTS
April 26, 2014 | By Marty O'Brien
RICHMOND -- Joey Logano emerged as the winner of a wild short-track shootout in the final laps of the Toyota Owners 400 on Saturday at Richmond International Raceway. The victory is Logano's second this season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the other coming on April 6 at Texas Motor Speedway. Logano made a quick pass for the lead with four laps to go just moments after he was in the fourth position. Logano benefited from the help of Penske teammate Brad Keselowski, who gave leader Matt Kenseth a bump that allowed Logano to make the winning pass on the inside.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2011
After speeding to the front at the box office when it debuted in April, "Fast Five" has now lapped its predecessors in the film franchise by grossing more than $600 million worldwide. The film, the fifth installment in the series featuring high-speed cars and the wacky men and women who race them, this weekend collected $370,000 in 40 foreign markets, bringing its international total to $601.6 million, according to an estimate from distributor Universal Pictures. And there's more mileage left: "Fast Five" won't open in Japan until October.
SPORTS
February 14, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
On a crisp November weekend in 2006, Jack Beckman of Norco set the official speed record for an NHRA funny car dragster racing down the traditional quarter-mile track: 333.66 mph. The mark still stands and now is among those sports records that might never be surpassed, in Beckman's case because of a major change in drag racing. "I don't see it being broken," Beckman said Saturday between qualifying rounds ahead of Sunday's final eliminations for the Kragen O'Reilly Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, where he set the record.
NEWS
October 20, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
The battle for control of the U.S. Senate grows more competitive each day, new polls from battleground states show. Two surveys released Tuesday showed Democrat Joe Sestak with his first lead over Republican Pat Toomey in the Pennsylvania Senate race since just after he won the state's May primary. Kentucky’s Jack Conway has pulled to within 5% of Republican Rand Paul; an internal poll by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee shows him ahead. A new CNN poll released today showed Republicans Joe Miller and Lisa Murkowski tied in the Alaska Senate race; Murkowski is running a write-in campaign after losing the GOP primary in August.
SPORTS
October 13, 2012
Saturday is California Cup Day at Santa Anita, where there will be six stakes on a 10-race card featuring California-bred horses. The improving John Scott, a 5-year-old gelded son of Bertrando, heads the field in the $175,000 California Cup Classic at 1 1/16 miles. Rousing Sermon, the eighth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, and the always energetic Holladay Road figure to offer competition to John Scott. There were so many fillies and mares entered in the California Distaff that it will be split into two divisions of 11 horses each, racing at 6 1/2 furlongs on the turf.
SPORTS
September 28, 2009 | Associated Press
Jimmie Johnson dominated again in a Chase race, sweeping the season races at Dover International Speedway to accelerate his bid for an unprecedented fourth straight Sprint Cup title. Johnson cut Hendrick Motorsports teammate Mark Martin's points lead Sunday with the victory -- his fourth of the year and 44th overall -- in the second of 10 races in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. No winner of the second Dover race has ever gone on to win the Cup championship. If any driver can reverse that trend, it's Johnson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Five current and former state lawmakers were pulling ahead in their races for Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday, raising the possibility that nearly a majority of the council's 15 seats could be controlled by ex-Sacramento veterans. With partial results in races across the city, Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills) was leading in a west San Fernando Valley contest to replace Councilman Dennis Zine. Former Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes held a majority of the vote in the northeast San Fernando Valley, where Councilman Richard Alarcon will step down this summer.
SPORTS
April 26, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
The racist comments purportedly made by Donald Sterling in the audio recording that surfaced Saturday via TMZ.com are the latest in a years-long string of racially charged incidents linked to the real estate mogul. In 2009, Sterling agreed to a $2.765-million settlement in a case that alleged discrimination against African Americans, Latinos and others at apartment buildings he owned in Los Angeles County. Sterling denied the charges by the Justice Department and in two separate lawsuits by former tenants.
NATIONAL
April 25, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
Militant Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy on Friday apologized for his comments published this week on African Americans and slavery but refused to back off from his intended point that the federal government was too powerful, saying that his remarks came “from the heart.” In a daily news conference from his ranch in Bunkerville, north of Las Vegas, the 67-year-old rancher, who is in a prolonged battle with federal officials over grazing rights...
OPINION
April 24, 2014 | Times Editorial Board
It's called the June 3 elections, but voters can start marking their ballots and sending them in as early as May 5. Topping the state portion of the ballot is Gov. Jerry Brown, who is seeking a fourth term and is eligible for it because he served his first two in the 1970s and early 1980s, before voters adopted a two-term limit. The lieutenant governor, attorney general, insurance commissioner and superintendent of public instruction are each seeking a second and final term. The incumbent state treasurer, controller and secretary of state are termed out. In those and all other statewide offices, all candidates will run in the June primary, regardless of party, with the top two finishers in each race facing off in November.
SPORTS
April 24, 2014 | By David Wharton
MESA, Ariz. -- In his first competition since coming out of retirement, Michael Phelps finished second to Ryan Lochte in the 100-meter butterfly at a Grand Prix event Thursday evening. The longtime rivals provided their sport with a fast, close race before a sold-out crowd and reporters from around the world. Lochte finished in 51.93 seconds, the second fastest time in the event this year. Phelps was .2 seconds behind. An upbeat Lochte said that, as they swam neck-and-neck at the turn, he peeked over at Phelps and "almost started smiling.
SPORTS
April 24, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Santa Anita Park plans to hold twilight horse racing on most Fridays, with a first post time of 3 p.m., during its 40-day spring meet that starts Friday. One exception to the new Friday schedule is May 2, on the eve of the Kentucky Derby, when Santa Anita's first race will go off at 12:30 p.m. In the past, Santa Anita's winter meet that begins the day after Christmas had ended in April. But when Hollywood Park in Inglewood closed last year, its racing dates were picked up by Santa Anita and other Southern California tracks.
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was tapped to drive the pace car for NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series race in Richmond, Va., on Saturday night, thanks to prodding on Twitter by his friend Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt, this year's Daytona 500 winner and a longtime Redskins fan, tweeted a month ago that perhaps Griffin could be grand marshal at the race at Richmond International Raceway. Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier then asked Earnhardt if Griffin could drive the pace car that leads the 43-car field to the green flag.
BUSINESS
September 14, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
With macho-sounding names like Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash and the Spartan Race, obstacle course races have turned mud, sweat and tears into a flood of revenue. Over the last year, obstacle races have surpassed marathons in popularity, with an estimated 1.6 million participants paying hefty fees to slosh through mud pits, crawl under barbed wire, scale 10-foot walls and plunge into troughs of ice water. Course organizers are raking in millions of dollars in the process. But race organizers and participants say the adrenaline-pumping races may have reached a crucial point, with course designers now forced to dream up new obstacles and themes or risk losing the novelty that has driven the hugely profitable sport.
SPORTS
August 24, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Lance Armstrong certainly isn't one to sit around feeling sorry for himself. We already knew that after he beat cancer then turned around and won seven Tour de France titles. On Friday, just hours after those seven titles were stripped away from him by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which also slapped him with a lifetime competitive ban, Armstrong posted his plans for the weekend via Twitter. They include a mountain bike race in Aspen, Colo., on Saturday -- "9000 vert in just 36 miles!"
NATIONAL
April 23, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
HONOLULU - In primaries across the country - in Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi and other states - Republicans are locked in a heart-and-soul battle between purists and pragmatists clashing over what it means to represent the party, its philosophy and core values. Here in Hawaii there's a similar fight over power and purpose, but this one is between Democrats. It's a fight for a U.S. Senate seat, a rare enough prize in a state that has elected just six people senator since statehood in 1959.
NATIONAL
April 21, 2014 | By Michael Muskal and Tina Susman
Californian Meb Keflezighi became the first American since 1983 to capture the men's division of the Boston Marathon, as the city that was knocked to its knees by two bomb blasts last year rebounded on Monday. Keflezighi, who began running as a student in San Diego and became a U.S. citizen after an award-winning stint at UCLA, hung on to win the men's division in 2:08:36. He fought to hold his lead as the racers tore down Boylston Street at the finish. LIVE: Tweets, photos from Boston Marathon At the award ceremony, Keflezighi cried as he held the trophy, his head decorated with the symbolic laurels wreath.
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