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December 8, 1987 | Associated Press
Vitautas S. Astrauskas has been named president of the Baltic republic of Lithuania, the official Soviet news agency Tass said Monday. Last week, former President Ringaudas-Bronislovas I. Songaila was chosen Communist Party chief in the republic, Tass said. Astrauskas, 57, has been a member of Lithuania's top party body and a Central Committee secretary since 1981. Tass said he also has experience in the fields of trade and communal services. No other details were given.
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April 21, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
“American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood, British pop phenom Ellie Goulding and radio hitmakers OneRepublic are in the running for Billboard's Milestone Award. Launched last year, the honor, which will be handed out during the 2014 Billboard Music Awards,  celebrates musical ingenuity and innovation. Underwood, Goulding and OneRepublic made the cut after weeks of fan voting, edging out Imagine Dragons, John Legend and Luke Bryan. RELATED: Imagine Dragons, Lorde lead 2014 Billboard Music Award nominations The winner of the fan-voted award, which Justin Bieber won last year amid a host of uncomfortable jeers, will be announced late in the telecast, set for May 18, with fans able to vote through the first two hours of the live show.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2012 | By Alex Pham and Ben Fritz
Electronic Arts on Monday said it will open significant portions of its massively ambitious game “Star Wars: The Old Republic” to free players starting in July, in an attempt to find more subscribers willing to spend a monthly fee to play the online title. The game, which cost more than $150 million to create, was the most expensive video game that EA had ever produced and certainly among the costliest games of all time. In an interview last fall prior to the game's release in December, EA Vice President Greg Zeschuk said the game's huge cost could only be recouped through a premium subscription model.
NEWS
April 15, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic

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It's the beginning of a new era for mall mega-brand Banana Republic . It was announced today that the brand's new creative director will be Marissa Webb , a veteran of J. Crew, who has her own casual contemporary label that is sold in stores such as Barneys New York. Webb replaces Simon Kneen, who was with Banana Republic from 2009 to December 2013, during which time the core collections became increasingly dull, and the brand lost ground to J. Crew, H&M and other specialty retailers.
SPORTS
September 7, 1985
As one proud Dominican, I would like to suggest a San Pedro de Macoris day at Dodger Stadium. LUIS CAMPOS Sun Valley
BOOKS
June 14, 1998
O ship, O battered ship, the backward running waves Are taking you out to sea again! Oh what to do? Oh don't you see? Oh make for port! The wind's gone wild! Your sails are torn! Your mast is shaking! Your oars are gone! Your onboard gods gone overboard! How long, how long Can the eggshell hull so frail hold out? O ship so proud, Your famous name, your gilded stern, your polished decks, Your polished brass, so useless now, O storm's play thing, O ship my care, beware, beware the Cyclades!
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 1993 | STEVE HOCHMAN
** 1/2 New Order, "Republic," Qwest. This once groundbreaking post-punk force has settled comfortably in a slot halfway between Depeche Mode and R.E.M.--maybe too comfortably. There are plenty of textural pleasures in this distinctive folk-rock-techno blend, but little groundbreaking going on anymore. * New albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).
OPINION
October 27, 2013 | By Tom Standage
Today it's easy to assume that social media platforms are a recent development, a phenomenon unique to the Internet age. But the exchange of media along social networks of friends and acquaintances is in fact much older than Facebook, Twitter or MySpace. Consider the situation in the late Roman republic, in the 1st century BC. At the time there were no printing presses and no paper. Instead, information circulated among the intermarried families of the Roman elite through the exchange of papyrus rolls.
NEWS
April 17, 1990 | MASHA HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lithuanian leaders meeting in a special session Monday drew up emergency plans for the survival of their economically dependent republic if the Kremlin carries out a threat that could effectively seal Lithuania's borders to critically needed raw materials. The republic's government also approved and sent a conciliatory message to President Mikhail S. Gorbachev calling for immediate negotiations on a whole range of issues that it said were open to compromise.
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January 15, 1991 | HUGH POPE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Remember me," said the founder of the Turkish republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The Turks have obliged, and his face still stares sternly down on nearly every town square, schoolyard and workplace in the country. In the 52 years since Ataturk's death, his successors have carved an infallible image of the driving ruler who built the republic on the post-World War I ruins of the Ottoman Empire. Turkish museums keep special showcases of Ataturk's finely tailored clothes and even his carefully creased pajamas.
WORLD
April 10, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis
The United Nations Security Council on Thursday unanimously authorized a nearly 12,000-member peacekeeping force for the Central African Republic, where fighting between Christians and Muslims has been raging for months. The U.N. force will take over Sept. 15 from nearly 6,000 African Union troops already deployed in the country, many of whom are expected to be incorporated into the new operation. A separate 2,000-member force sent by former colonial ruler France is authorized to support the U.N. mission.
WORLD
April 7, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been updated. See the notes below for details.
MOSCOW -- Pro-Russia demonstrators who seized the regional administration building in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk announced Monday that they were declaring an independent republic and would hold a referendum about joining the region with Moscow. The country's acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, blamed Russia for the unrest and said an anti-terrorism operation would be launched against any demonstrators who took up arms to capture government buildings. “Yesterday, the second wave of Russia's special operation was launched with the aim of destabilizing the situation in the country, overthrowing Ukraine's government, disrupting the election and tearing up the country,” Turchynov said in a televised speech Monday.
WORLD
April 3, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Chad's Foreign Ministry said Thursday that it would withdraw its 850 peacekeeping troops from the African Union mission in the neighboring Central African Republic. The move follows criticism from human rights organizations and Christian militants after Chadian troops were involved in shootings that killed 32 people last weekend in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic. "Despite the sacrifices we have made, Chad and Chadians have been targeted in a gratuitous and malicious campaign that blamed them for all the suffering in CAR," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
SPORTS
February 19, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - The U.S. men's hockey team advanced to the semifinals of the Olympic hockey tournament Wednesday with a solid 5-2 victory over the Czech Republic at Shayba Arena. Team USA's next opponent will be Canada, in a rematch of the 2010 gold medal game, won in overtime by Canada. U.S. defenseman Ryan Suter had three assists and James van Riemsdyk, Zach Parise, Phil Kessel, Dustin Brown and David Backes each scored goals to help the team move on. The Czechs, despite having to play a playoff qualifying game on Tuesday while the Americans enjoyed a bye into the quarterfinals, had the stronger legs early in the game.
SPORTS
February 16, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - It wasn't the hint of danger from the challenging snowboard cross course that got into the head of Lindsey Jacobellis. From Turin to Vancouver to Sochi, the problem could be something else for arguably the best rider never to win gold. Jacobellis was far out in front in the semifinals of the women's snowboard cross event at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. She crashed about three-quarters of the way down the course despite a tenacious effort to hold on. "I thought I was going to be able to pull it off, and as soon as I hit that snow, it just slows you down so quickly," Jacobellis said.
WORLD
February 5, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JUBA, South Sudan -- The day was supposed to be a rousing moment of hope in a country convulsed by horrific sectarian violence: the Central African Republic, where children have been  beheaded, mothers carrying babies on their backs have been gunned down and rampaging mobs have descended on their targets in a storm of machetes and knives. The Central African Republic's interim president, Catherine Samba-Panza, addressed 4,000 soldiers at a ceremony to launch a renewed national army Wednesday, an event meant to symbolize the military's role as a professional force that protects all civilians.
WORLD
May 15, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY -- He's got to be wishing that  his daughter had just ordered takeout and gone home. The head of Mexico's consumer protection agency, Humberto Benitez Treviño, was fired Wednesday by President Enrique Peña Nieto, nearly three weeks after Benitez's daughter sparked a restaurant scandal that made her Internet infamous and sparked a national conversation about the petulance and lingering sense of entitlement of the Mexican ruling...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1996
Have the lobbyists ever read John Adam's quote of Cicero's famous dictum, "A republic is the property of the people"? JOSEPH A. GRISPINO Lake San Marcos
WORLD
January 10, 2014 | By Erin Conway-Smith
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The Central African Republic's interim president, Michel Djotodia, agreed to resign Friday under regional pressure after failing to halt the brutal sectarian violence that has devastated the country, officials announced. Djotodia, the Muslim Seleka rebel alliance leader who seized power last March in a coup, and interim prime minister, Nicolas Tiengaye, were stepping down, officials said at a special security summit in Chad convened by the Economic Community of Central African States.
OPINION
January 2, 2014 | By Robert Zaretsky
For food, fashion and fast trains, few labels are more sought after, and rightly so, than "Made in France. " But when it comes to the making and unmaking of empires, not so much. Take the case of the Central African Republic. Three weeks ago, as bloody mayhem engulfed the CAR, François Hollande did what French presidents do best: He sent in the paratroops. With the blessing, and precious little else, of his European neighbors, Hollande declared his intention to protect 100 or so French nationals in Bangui, the capital, and to disarm both the outlawed Seleka fighters, overwhelmingly Muslim, and the vigilante anti-balaka (or "machete")
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