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April 1, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
No. 2 ranked women's golfer Suzann Pettersen, citing back problems, withdrew from this weekend's Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Pettersen said pain from an "aggravated disc" in her back forced her to sit out the four-round event that starts Thursday at Mission Hills Country Club. It's the first of the LPGA Tour's major tournaments. "It's so unfortunate that I can't compete this week," Pettersen said in a statement released Tuesday through the LPGA. "At this point, I just need to be smart and not make a bad situation worse.
March 17, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage will begin taking reservations Monday for a planned May 15 reopening. The luxury hotel began life in 1988 as a Ritz, then morphed into the Lodge at Rancho Mirage but was slated to become a Ritz again when it was felled by a souring economy. Its reopening was derailed by the collapse of financial backer Lehman Brothers, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September 2008. In its newest incarnation, the property atop a 650-foot bluff overlooking the Coachella Valley will have 244 rooms and suites and a new two-story spa. Room rates in what the hotel is calling an "Opening Celebration Package" will begin at $379.
February 15, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Patrick J. McDonnell
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - President Obama is weighing a "wide range of policy tools and options" for stepping up pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad to end his government's attacks on civilians and rebel forces, a senior White House official said Saturday. Obama is also looking at ways to counter the rising threat of Islamist extremists in Syria, said the senior advisor, who asked not to be identified while discussing internal deliberations. In his last planned public remarks of the weekend, Obama told reporters Friday that he was looking at options other than military ones.
December 25, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Finals are done, school is out and now it's a weekend of nonstop basketball, with tournaments galore set to begin on the day after Christmas. Unbeaten Loyola, ranked No. 3 by The Times, will be in San Diego beginning Thursday in the Under Armour Holiday Classic at Torrey Pines High, and the Cubs will be tested. First up is game against Sheldon, then a likely second-round matchup against unbeaten Sierra Canyon. Also in the tournament is No. 4 Corona Centennial, which opens against Cantwell-Sacred Heart.
July 4, 2013 | By Cale Ottens
Two California cities are among the nation's best places for retirees to invest in homes, according to a RealtyTrac report published Thursday. The Irvine real estate data firm ranked the top 15 U.S. cities where at least one-third of the population is 65 or older by their median home price increase in a 12-month period that ended in May.  Rancho Mirage, near Palm Springs, and Seal Beach in Orange County both made the list.  Rancho Mirage was No. 7, with a 16.77% year-over-year increase in home prices.
June 17, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Lindsay Lohan will spend the next two months at the Cliffside rehab facility in Malibu after spending a month receiving treatment at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage. Last Thursday, a judge - with the agreement of Santa Monica and Los Angeles prosecutors - approved the actress' transfer to Malibu to complete 90 days of treatment. Sources said the transfer was for medical reasons and a belief that it was the best way to build on the initial therapy Lohan received at Betty Ford and not because of any issues at the Rancho Mirage facility.
June 15, 2013 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported Saturday evening 11 miles from Anza, California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 8:56 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 5.0 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 14 miles from La Quinta, California, 16 miles from Palm Desert, California, 16 miles from Rancho Mirage, California and 253 miles from Phoenix, Arizona. In the past ten days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby.
June 7, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
RANCHO MIRAGE - Protesters gathered Friday afternoon near the Sunnylands estate, hours before President Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are expected to arrive for an informal summit. The Falun Gong spiritual movement, which has been banned by the Chinese government, had a large contingent at Xi's hotel Thursday and was just beginning to amass shortly after noon at the corner of Bob Hope and Gerald Ford drives in Rancho Mirage. "Bring Jiang to Justice," one banner read -- a reference to former Chinese president Jiang Zemin, who spearheaded government crackdowns against the group.
June 7, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum and Joseph Serna
President Obama was cheered by residents along surface streets as his motorcade moved through the Santa Monica area on his way to a fundraiser Friday, shortly after arriving at LAX. Obama's plane landed shortly before 11 a.m. and the president flew by helicopter to Santa Monica Airport, where he was greeted on the tarmac by the outgoing and incoming mayors of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa and Eric Garcetti. Garcetti, who takes office July 1, is riding with the president to a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Santa Monica home of entertainment executive Peter Chernin.
June 7, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Even when it was just an architectural glimmer in the eye of Walter and Leonore Annenberg, the desert estate where President Barack Obama will greet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday was never in danger of being confused with a mere vacation house. Designed by the prolific Los Angeles architect A. Quincy Jones and the decorator William Haines and finished in 1966, Sunnylands was inspired by Maya ruins even as it accommodated elements of Midcentury Modernism and the Annenbergs' own Asian antiquities and lacquered furniture.
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