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May 12, 2012
The burger battle is back! Remember last year's Los Angeles Times Battle of the Burgers? After thousands of votes, we narrowed dozens of entries down to five winners. If you didn't enter — or even if you did but think you have an even better burger to offer — here's another chance. The winners will be announced June 30, just in time for July 4 barbecues. You can enter at our website starting Monday.
April 27, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
DALLAS -- Ducks forward Matt Beleskey, who has missed four playoff games with a lower body injury, returned to skate Sunday morning and is expected to play tonight in Game 6 of the Western Conference first-round series. The Ducks, leading 3-2, can eliminate the Dallas Stars with a victory in the game that begins at 5 p.m. Pacific time. Beleskey had nine goals and 15 assists during the regular season, and, with 64 penalty minutes in season, he gives the Ducks another rugged body in what's been a physical series marked by 27 penalties in Anaheim's 6-2 Game 5 victory.
December 20, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Steve Nash worked through his first full-contact practice with the Lakers since suffering a non-displaced leg fracture in the second game of the season.  The Lakers have struggled since, losing 14 of their first 26 games, currently 12th in the Western Conference. The team originally had hoped that Nash would be out just a few weeks after the injury but nerve irritation kept him sidelined. After Thursday morning's practice, Nash said, "It felt pretty good.  It went well.  Maybe I felt a little bit better than I thought I'd feel, but we'll see how it feels in the morning.  It's obviously a big barometer.
April 27, 2014 | Christi Parsons, David Cloud
The U.S. and Philippine governments have worked out a new defense cooperation agreement that opens the way for the first large-scale return of American military forces to the island nation since their eviction at the end of the Cold War, according to the White House. A day before Obama is scheduled to arrive in Manila, advisors to the president said Sunday that the two sides had worked out a 10-year deal that will allow U.S. troops, warships and aircraft joint use of Philippine military and training bases on a rotational basis.
April 12, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully won't call the Dodgers' series opener against the San Diego Padres on Friday night, marking the fourth consecutive game he'll miss because of a cold. But the 84-year-old Scully's condition is improving and he could return to the booth as early as this weekend, according to a team spokesman. In Scully's absence, Charley Steiner and Steve Lyons will continue to call the games on Prime Ticket. Rick Monday and Kevin Kennedy will work the radio broadcasts on AM 570. RELATED: Why I owe Vin Scully cookies (and you owe me)
December 6, 2012 | By Katherine Skiba
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mark Steven Kirk, the Illinois Republican who suffered a stroke in January, plans to return to the Senate floor Jan. 3, the first day of the new Congress, Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.) said Thursday. A Senate official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the return date and said it would be marked by a “significant event” with Kirk walking up the Capitol steps to the chamber. Hultgren said there were plans for a “big party and celebration when he comes back,” and that lawmakers from Illinois may gather in or near the Senate chamber to welcome him. “I'm just really excited,” he said.
January 10, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
According to , Pau Gasol has not been cleared to return from a concussion he sustained Sunday night against the Denver Nuggets. Gasol will be reevaluated Friday morning before the Lakers host the Oklahoma City Thunder.  The forward/center has already missed 10 games this season, eight with knee tendinitis. The league has a stringent concussion policy and while Gasol has shown improvement, "he is still not cleared to play basketball," according to the website. Gasol was examined by Dr. Vern Williams.
January 24, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made an emotional return to the House floor tonight to thunderous applause from her colleagues just moments before the president's arrival for the State of the Union address. The appearance by Giffords, largely absent from the House since the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting that nearly took her life, is to be one of her final acts as a member of Congress before she submits her resignation Wednesday. The Arizona Democrat, accompanied by her chief of staff, was silent as she arrived in the Speaker's Lobby before taking the floor.
December 14, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
WASHINGTON -- Pau Gasol apparently knows the NFL injury-report guidelines pretty well. Using the standard created for pro football players, the Lakers forward declared himself doubtful for Sunday's game against Philadelphia, questionable for next Tuesday against Charlotte and probable Dec. 22 against Golden State. In other words, it looks like at least another week before he returns from tendinitis in his knees. "There's no definites right now," he said Friday. Gasol has not played since Dec. 2, the Lakers going 1-5 in his absence heading into Friday's game against Washington.
February 18, 2013 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Ending a 10-week absence from Venezuela for cancer treatment, President Hugo Chavez finally returned from Cuba early Monday morning as the government planned welcoming celebrations in several cities. Official word of his return to Caracas, the capital, came over Chavez's Twitter account at 4 a.m., shortly after he had arrived and was admitted to the San Martin military hospital in the western part of the city. No photographs of Chavez were released. The messages were the first to come over his Twitter account since November.
April 25, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Columbus Short's list of troubles just got longer as the actor just announced he won't be back on "Scandal" when the hit ABC drama returns for its fourth season. Short, who has been on the show since Season 1, released a statement to the media on Friday that said, "At this time I must confirm my exit from a show I've called home for three years, with what is the most talented ensemble in television today. I would like to first thank ['Scandal' creator] Shonda Rhimes for the opportunity to work with such an amazing cast.
April 25, 2014 | By John Horn
SYDNEY, Australia - The video playing on the television inside Baz Luhrmann's bedroom was supposed to be much steamier. But where there should have been desirous bumping and prurient grinding, the couples were remarkably chaste, as if they had been ordered to abstain from all manner of randy moves. "Look at this," the filmmaker behind "Moulin Rouge!" and "The Great Gatsby" said from the foot of his bed. "You couldn't get any more sexless. " Working inside the creative compound he calls Iona in Sydney's arty Darlinghurst neighborhood, Luhrmann was sitting with a reporter, reviewing news clips from 1980s Australian ballroom dancing competitions, whose judges favored technique over passion.
April 25, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A Los Angeles high school science teacher returned to the classroom Friday two months after being suspended over concerns that two students had assembled "dangerous" science projects under his supervision. Both projects overseen by teacher Greg Schiller were capable of launching small objects. A staff member at the downtown Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts had raised concerns about one of them. Both are common in science fairs. "I am very excited to be back with my students and help them prepare for the Advanced Placement tests, which are a week away," Schiller said Thursday.
April 25, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
Elon Musk, founder and chief executive of Hawthorne rocket maker SpaceX, hastily called a news conference Friday in Washington, D.C., where he outlined an array of matters confronting his upstart company. A cryptic email was sent to media around 9 p.m. Pacific time Thursday that said he would "make an important SpaceX announcement" the next day at the National Press Club. The big announcement, however, wasn't quite clear. Musk made several revelations during the half-hour event. First, he provided an update on SpaceX's goal of creating the world's first fully reusable rocket - the holy grail in rocketry.
April 24, 2014 | By David Wharton
MESA, Ariz. - A buzz ran through the crowd, an accumulation of murmurs and applause that drifted across the pool to where Michael Phelps stood. It was just loud enough to make the swimmer grin as he stepped onto the block. "You heard people starting to get excited," he said. The 1,200 spectators at poolside weren't alone - an entire sport watched intently as the most-decorated athlete in Olympic history began his comeback from retirement this week. With an unprecedented 22 medals from three Games, Phelps is the Michael Jordan of swimming.
April 23, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
No joke: The walkout by editors and assistant editors on the NBC show "Last Comic Standing" is over after less than two days. An official with the Motion Picture Editors Guild said 15 workers returned to work Wednesday morning after the union reached an agreement with NBC to provide a union contract for the employees. "Thanks to the courage and cohesion they demonstrated, and to the overwhelming support showed to them by their Local 700 sisters and brothers and the entire IATSE [International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees]
December 2, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
“The Walking Dead” may not be the only undead show on AMC: The network is reportedly bringing the canceled murder-mystery series “The Killing” back from the dead. According to a report in Variety, showrunner Veena Sud and executive producers Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin are already back in the writers' room outlining a third season of the series, which will air beginning in May. AMC declined to comment on the report. Based on the hit Danish series “Forbrydelsen,” “The Killing” focused on a mismatched pair of Seattle detectives, played by Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, investigating the murder of a teenage girl named Rosie Larsen.
February 13, 2012
Three years ago, the Justice Department assured the Supreme Court that although it sometimes deported immigrants while they were challenging unfavorable court decisions, it would bring those people back to the United States if they won on appeal. That was U.S. policy, the department asserted. The justices relied on that statement in deciding that immigrants would not suffer irreparable harm if they were forced to leave the country while still appealing their cases. Now it turns out, according to U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff, that the government's assertion may have been false.
April 23, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Brian Bennett and Joseph Serna
The teen stowaway who survived a flight from San Jose to Hawaii in a wheel well of a jet is recovering and could be reunited with his family soon. The boy spent Tuesday "resting comfortably" in a Hawaii hospital, said Kayla Rosenfeld of the state's Department of Human Services. Officials with child welfare services, which now has custody of the teen, are making arrangements to send him home, she said. Santa Clara Unified School District spokeswoman Jennifer Dericco confirmed the teenager was a high school student in the district, but declined to say where, citing privacy concerns.
April 23, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
After spending 2013 ensconced in Brooklyn, the MTV Video Music Awards return to Southern California this year, landing Aug. 24 at the Forum in Inglewood. It will mark the first awards show at the arena since it reopened earlier this year after a $100-million makeover by Madison Square Garden Co. "Every year we ask the question, 'How do we do it differently?'" MTV President Stephen Friedman told The Times. "We had never done it at the Forum. When we heard it was being overhauled and really elevated in terms of quality and sound and look, this year we felt like the Forum would be a perfect place to do it. " The VMA ceremony has been held in a variety of locations over the years, last year at the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, and previously at Staples Center and the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, and Radio City Music Hall in New York.
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