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September 28, 2012 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - He was a gentle, if somewhat befuddled man. He couldn't keep track of his money or figure out how to take the bus, but he was a lot of fun when he'd roll around with the children, playing, tickling and laughing. "He was just like one of the kids," said retired painter Zheng Shuang, 76, recalling her uncle. In fact, dajiu , or big uncle, as they called him, was so unpretentious that Zheng's younger brother wouldn't believe it when she told him, "Did you know that big uncle was the last emperor of China?"
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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.
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WORLD
January 15, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
INNAMREDIYARPATTI, India - Michael headed for work at a textile mill, leaving his wife, children and infirm mother at home in this impoverished part of southern India. When he returned a few hours later, his mother's body was propped up in a chair surrounded by villagers and decorated with flowers, poisoned by his wife with a potion in a local form of mercy killing known as thalaikoothal. Three decades later, he harbors no ill will toward his wife. "My mother had been sick and in pain for 20 days and wasn't eating properly," said Michael, 62, who like many southern Indians uses one name.
HOME & GARDEN
April 25, 2014 | Mark Paredes
She had me at privyet . I had just delivered a talk in Romania on Jewish-Mormon relations (a niche topic, to be sure) at a church in Bucharest, and standing before me was Florina, a raven-haired beauty who greeted me in Russian after learning we had both lived in Moscow. Then she switched to English, which she had acquired as an au pair in London. I was a never-married bachelor in my early 40s and had begun to doubt that Miss Right and I would ever cross paths, much less during a speaking tour of Eastern Europe.
SPORTS
November 18, 2013 | By David Wharton
PGA Tour star Jason Day has confirmed that eight of his relatives -- including his grandmother -- died in Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. "I am deeply saddened," Day said in a statement released by the Tour. "My family and I are thankful for all who have reached out with their prayers and concern. " Day's immediate family migrated from the Philippines to Australia 30 years ago, but many relatives still lived around the city of Tacloban in the Leyte province that was hit hard by the storm.
NEWS
December 22, 2011 | By Kim Geiger
As the Christmas holiday approaches, Republican presidential candidates are putting a warm and fuzzy spin on their campaign ads, breaking out wives and children to attest to their faith and personal character. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul talks about his father's “commitment to faith, family and our constitution,” while Ann Romney implores voters to “look at how they've lived their life” - a not-so-veiled reference to rival Newt Gingrich, who is on his third marriage and has a history of infidelity.
NATIONAL
July 30, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Alexandra Zavis
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - For some of the families recovering from the July 20 shooting rampage at a movie theater, Monday's court proceeding was a chance to show suspect James E. Holmes that they were still strong and weren't going to be intimidated. Prosecutors charged Holmes with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of criminal intent to commit murder in connection with the rampage at an Aurora, Colo. movie theater showing “The Dark Knight Rises.” Twelve people were killed and 58 were injured in the attack.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton
More than six in 10 older Americans have become the “family bank,” giving financial support to relatives even if it means delaying their own retirements, according to a new survey. Among people age 50 and older, 62% gave monetary assistance to a family member in the last five years, either one-time help or ongoing support, according to the study by Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management and research firm Age Wave. The average amount of assistance is $14,900. The report, titled “Are You the Family Bank?
NATIONAL
October 15, 2009 | Rafael A. Olmeda and Carlton Smith
Relatives of the five boys accused of setting a Florida teenager afire expressed shock Wednesday that anyone, let alone their family members, could be accused of anything so horrific. "I know my brothers didn't intentionally try to hurt anyone," said Danielle Jarvis, 19, whose brothers, Denver, 15, and Jeremy, 13, were arrested Monday night. "Now they're in a real spot. I'm scared for them." Investigators say the Jarvis brothers were part of a group that surrounded 15-year-old Michael Brewer outside a Deerfield Beach apartment complex, splashed him with rubbing alcohol and set him ablaze Monday afternoon in the city 38 miles north of Miami.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A comatose teenager was identified late Thursday after relatives learned of her plight through news reports, authorities said. The 17-year-old girl, whose name was not released, was found unconscious about 8:30 p.m. Thursday in a Palmdale apartment complex, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.
OPINION
April 23, 2014 | Times Editorial Board
Even as the United States continues its historic move toward fairness and equity for gay people, antiquated anti-sodomy laws remain on the books in a dozen states. Theoretically, these laws were rendered unenforceable by the Supreme Court's 2003 ruling in Lawrence vs. Texas, but apparently not everyone has received that message. In the Lawrence case, the court declared that state laws banning consensual same-sex relations were unconstitutional. Yet somehow, between 2011 and 2014, 12 men were arrested in East Baton Rouge Parish in Louisiana under the state's remaining anti-sodomy laws.
WORLD
April 23, 2014 | By Rushdi Abu Alouf and Paul Richter
GAZA CITY - Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas on Wednesday announced a reconciliation deal to end their seven-year schism, in a further blow to U.S.-led efforts to broker a peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israelis. Leaders of the groups said they will form a unity government within five weeks, solicit a vote of confidence from the Palestinian parliament, then schedule elections in six months. "This is good news to tell our people: The era of division is over," Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of Hamas, declared at a news conference here.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Anh Do
Along with its manicured greenbelts and meticulously neat neighborhoods, Irvine suddenly has something else on its hands: an international incident. Members of its vast Chinese American community are fighting a city decision to bow to the demands of Vietnamese Americans, who arrived by the hundreds this month to demand that Irvine abandon its plans to formalize a relationship with a tourist town in coastal Vietnam. A parade of speakers spent hours pleading with council members to reject the proposal, saying it would be insulting for the city to forge a "friendship" with a country they'd fled to escape a brutal communist regime.
WORLD
April 19, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec
SEOUL - The official death toll in South Korea's ferry disaster rose to 49 early Sunday after divers gained access to the submerged vessel and recovered more than a dozen bodies. Government officials reported that divers had retrieved the bodies by breaking a window on the vessel, but it was unclear whether they had gained entry to the ship. In a sign that hope had run out for the survival of any of the 256 listed as missing, officials asked relatives of those aboard to provide DNA samples to expedite the identification of bodies.
WORLD
April 19, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - On the first Sunday of March, China awoke to sickening news: Black-clad attackers with knives had hacked through crowds at the train station in the southern city of Kunming, killing 29 and injuring more than 140. Reporters leaped into action, gathering details from victims in their hospital beds. President Xi Jinping urged all-out efforts to investigate the slaughter. The incident was quickly dubbed "China's 9/11. " But by nightfall Monday, the state-run New China News Agency signaled that it was time to move on. "Kunming railway station serious violent terror case is successfully solved," its headline said.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard
Socked by mortgage-related legal expenses, Bank of America Corp. lost $276 million during the first quarter, sending its stock down sharply. The quarterly loss, its first in 2½ years, came despite lower loan losses and better than expected results in fixed-income trading, a slowing business that hurt rival JPMorgan Chase & Co. during the quarter. The results included $6 billion in litigation expense, much of it related to toxic bonds backed by housing-boom mortgages from Countrywide Financial Corp., the aggressive Calabasas lender that nearly collapsed before being acquired by Bank of America in 2008.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1996
The Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department is asking the public's help in locating relatives of Ronald Charles Bauer, 49, who drowned early this month. Bauer's body was found Sept. 9 by a windsurfer about 400 yards off Bolsa Chica State Beach. Officials have yet to find his next of kin. Bauer is identified as white, 154 pounds and 5 feet 6 inches tall, with gray hair and brown eyes. He had a tattoo of a black bird smoking a cigarette on his right shoulder.
WORLD
October 4, 2009 | Ju-min Park
Lee Juk-jul remembers climbing aboard a truck packed with neighbors and friends after hearing a rumor during the Korean War that soldiers from the Chinese army might soon come to kidnap Korean girls. She had no idea the ride would keep her away from her family, and her only sister, for 59 years. The truck had taken Lee to South Korea while her family remained in North Korea. Now, through a recently reinstated bilateral program to lessen the emotional toll of hostilities between North and South Korea, the sisters have reunited.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
A man was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon and police were searching for the gunman after bullets tore through a residential neighborhood in Pico-Union, officials said. A man in his 20s walked up to another man near  Union Avenue and 18th Street, fired several shots at him and ran away, said Los Angeles Police Department Public Information Officer Nuria Vanegas. Vanegas didn't have information on whether the men knew each other but characterized the shooting as gang-related.
OPINION
April 15, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Enormous public resources go to foster families and group homes, and those expenditures are appropriate because the county and state are the virtual guardians for thousands of abused and neglected children. As such, the state and the county are duty-bound to ensure that the children receive proper care and, despite any mistreatment at home and despite the turmoil of being sent to live with strangers, are put on a pathway toward a successful adulthood. But Los Angeles County also places thousands more abused or neglected children not with foster families or group homes but with their own grandparents and other relatives, and that's a good thing; numerous studies over many years show that such children do better in the long run than those in foster care - if those family members have the money to properly clothe and care for the children.
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