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WORLD
January 18, 2014 | By Hashmat Baktash and Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan - Officials on Saturday raised the death toll from a Taliban assault on a popular Kabul restaurant to 21 people, including 13 foreigners, in one of the worst attacks on Western civilians in the 12-year war in Afghanistan. The dead in Friday evening's dinnertime attack, which has shocked Kabul's closely knit expatriate community, included two Americans who worked for the privately run American University of Afghanistan, as well as the Lebanese country director for the International Monetary Fund, a Russian United Nations official and two Britons.
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WORLD
January 18, 2014 | By Hashmat Baktash and Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban claimed Saturday that its devastating, commando-style assault on a popular restaurant was payback for a NATO airstrike that killed Afghan civilians, as officials raised the death toll in the Friday night attack to 21 people, including 13 foreigners. With Kabul's close-knit expatriate community reeling from the deadliest attack on Western civilians in the 12-year Afghanistan conflict, the Taliban, the U.S.-led NATO coalition and Afghan President Hamid Karzai renewed a war of words over civilian deaths that underscored the tension between Washington and Kabul as they haggle over a U.S. military presence in the country after 2014.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Challenges such as high food and labor costs and a shaky economy may be looming, but the National Restaurant Assn. says it's confident the industry has just kicked off its fifth straight year of sales growth. Eateries will pull in more than $683.4 billion in revenue in 2014, according to the trade group's projections Thursday. That's a 3.6% nominal increase and a 1.2% real boost year over year. The top five states for sales growth are Arizona, North Dakota, Texas, Florida and Colorado, according to the association.
FOOD
January 10, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Wanted: a restaurant perfect for dinner for two. It could be a first date, blind even. Or a night out without the kids. Or an evening spent taking a friendship or love affair to another level over a marquee chef's tasting menu. We've all been in that tight spot, casting about for the right restaurant to suit the anticipated evening. Acabar Acabar (the former Dar Maghreb) could be the most romantic restaurant in L.A., a sleek fantasy of Morocco complete with intricately carved bar and lounge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Los Angeles police said Friday that they have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the slaying of a Venice restaurant worker in November.  Guillermo "Memo" Carmona-Perez was found Nov. 18 shortly after midnight lying in the street near the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Pacific Avenue "with what appeared to be a stab wound," according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Carmona-Perez, a 24-year-old Venice resident, was taken to a hospital where he died. A watch commander at LAPD's Pacific Station said at the time it was his understanding Carmona-Perez worked at a nearby restaurant.
NEWS
January 8, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
One thing you may not be able to do this year: Grab a bite at Encounter restaurant at the free-standing Theme Building inside Los Angeles International Airport. It has closed. Whatever new restaurant concepts are being considered and when those ideas might be presented to airport officials is unknown, an airport spokeswoman said Tuesday. Westfield Concession Management , which brought tony eateries such as Umami Burger and 800 Degrees to LAX's expanded Tom Bradley International Terminal amid a splashy rollout last year, is in charge of coming up with those concepts and ideas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A judge on Tuesday ruled that DNA evidence that led to alleged Grim Sleeper serial killer Lonnie Franklin Jr. was lawfully obtained via plates and utensils seized by a police officer who posed as a restaurant busboy. Appearing on the stand for the first time, Franklin testified that he was attending a birthday party that day in July 2010 at John's Incredible Pizza in Buena Park with one of his employees and her three daughters when the DNA evidence was gathered. Days later on July 7, he was arrested by Los Angeles police.  MAP: Grim Sleeper killings, 1985-2007 Franklin's attorneys, Seymour Amster and Louisa Pensanti, had argued that the busboy cleared their client's plates before he had finished - first a pizza and then a chocolate cake - and therefore were taken illegally.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2014 | By Tony Perry
Two men were arrested Saturday on suspicion of trying to rob an Italian restaurant in northern San Diego County at gunpoint -- a robbery thwarted, authorities said, when an employee of the restaurant fired eight shots at the suspects, hitting both. The two suspects were first interviewed by sheriff's deputies at an emergency room where they sought treatment for their wounds. The explanation offered by the two that they'd been shot while walking near an Oceanside park seemed suspicious, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
A $140-million apartment and retail complex in Hollywood will get a shot of glamour from Los Angeles nightclub impresario Sam Nazarian. Nazarian, who also operates a string of trendy hotels and restaurants known for their playful, over-the-top decor, hopes to make the Camden seem like a cross between a resort and an upscale apartment community. Residents will share stylishly crafted common areas in the building and have special VIP access to other Nazarian-operated properties, such as the Colony nightclub and Katsuya restaurant.
TRAVEL
December 28, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
Restaurant Lastage, about a 10-minute walk from the Central Station in Amsterdam, is a real gem with a Michelin star, elegant service and reasonable prices. Reservations are necessary. We found it by accident and were given a table because of a last-minute cancellation. We were delighted with our find. Restaurant Lastage, 29 Geldersekade, Amsterdam; 011-31-20-737-0811, http://www.restaurantlastage.nl Patricia Moore Los Angeles
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