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ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In a flurry of unexpected tweets and hastily assembled blog posts, the news went out across America and the world that David Letterman is retiring from CBS's "Late Show," which he has hosted for 21 years, sometime in 2015, or as he put it "2015, for the love of God. " The first report came, reportedly, from Mike Mills, formerly the bassist of R.E.M., who was on the "Late Show" set to play behind musical guest Joseph Arthur, and heard Letterman's unexpected...
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The news that David Letterman had announced his retirement on Thursday was broken not by an interepid reporter or a hard-charging news organization, but by a musician. Former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills was a guest on "Late Show" on Thursday to perform with Joseph Arthur in paying tribute to the late Lou Reed. When he heard Letterman make his surprise announcement that he was planning to retire in 2015, he hesitated, then shared the news on Twitter. Turns out, he was the first to do it. "Right place, right time, what can I say?"
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
David Letterman announced an end to his three-decade career in late night on Thursday night's "Late Show. " And it's apparent from the audience members' reaction that they had no idea it was coming. In fact, the stunned silence following Letterman's announcement was probably caused by the studio audience awaiting the punchline to the gag they thought Letterman was setting up. "Leslie [Moonves], it's been great. You've been great. The network has been great. But I'm retiring," Letterman said from his desk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | Steve Chawkins
Robert L. Brosio, a retired federal prosecutor who supervised high-profile cases that included those against bank swindler Charles Keating Jr. and Los Angeles police officers who were involved in the beating of Rodney King, has died. He was 77. Brosio, who for 28 years led the criminal division of the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles, had a massive pulmonary embolism in February, his daughter Serena Brosio said. He died Friday at a Pasadena hospital. While he seldom argued cases in court himself, Brosio was in charge of more than 100 prosecutors and set a standard of "ramrod integrity," said Nora Manella, an associate justice of the California Court of Appeal in Los Angeles.
NATIONAL
March 31, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian, This article has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details
FT. MEADE, Md. - In nearly nine years as head of the nation's largest intelligence agency, Gen. Keith Alexander presided over a vast expansion of digital spying, acquiring information in a volume his predecessors would have found unimaginable. In Iraq, for example, the National Security Agency went from intercepting only about half of enemy signals and taking hours to process them to being able to collect, sort and make available details of every Iraqi insurgent email, text message and phone-location signal in real time, said John "Chris" Inglis, who recently retired as the NSA's top civilian.
SPORTS
March 28, 2014 | By David Wharton
Alpine skiing legend Jean-Claude Killy has resigned as a member of the International Olympic Committee just weeks after finishing his work as the chief coordinator for the Sochi Games. In a statement released by the IOC on Friday, officials the 70-year-old Killy had informed them of his plans some months ago. "Jean-Claude was a great ambassador of the Olympic ideals and I thank him for his many years of excellent service to the Olympic Movement,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
The head of Los Angeles County's public health department has announced his intention to retire. In a letter sent to department employees Thursday, department director Jonathan Fielding wrote, "After considerable thought, I have decided to leave County service when a successor, whom I understand will be identified through a nationwide executive search, is ready to assume the post. " He did not explain the reasons for his departure, but said he plans to "return to UCLA to help train future health leaders and do research on how we can be even more effective.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A 70-pound mountain lion seen running on the slopes behind a retirement community was sedated by California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers and taken to the Cleveland National Forest, according to a news release issued Thursday by the city of Mission Viejo. The female mountain lion, believed to be 2 to 5 years old, was first seen near the Palmia retirement community near Santa Margarita Parkway and Promenade. The sighting was reported to the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to the city.
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