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May 2, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Lionel Messi broke the 39-year-old record for goals scored during a European club season with his hat trick during Barcelona's 4-1 victory over Malaga on Wednesday night. Messi's third goal of the night was his 68th of the season, breaking the previous single-season record of 67 set by Bayern Munich's Gerd Muller in 1972-73. After converting penalty kicks in the 35th and 59th minutes, the 24-year-old Messi chipped goalkeeper Carlos Kameni, knocking the ball into an empty net in the 64th minute for his ninth hat trick of the season.
April 27, 2014 | By Tom Kington
Everything about Pope John Paul II was larger than life: his constant globetrotting, his naming of 483 saints -- more than all his predecessors combined -- and his 27 years in office, making him one of the longest serving pontiffs. The Polish pope even set records at his funeral in 2005, which was estimated to be the largest gathering of heads of state and government in history. But Karol Wojtyla also won over Catholics with a distinctly self-effacing charm, famously asking the crowd on the night of his election in 1978 to correct him if he stumbled in his Italian.
October 15, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
The most famous ball carrier in the history of Temple football is Bill Cosby, an Owls fullback in the early 1960s. But there's always room for second place. Or there seemed to be until, perhaps, Bernard Pierce rolled along. You may have heard of the Owls' junior running back. Entering Saturday's game against Buffalo, Pierce had a nation-high 15 rushing touchdowns, five of which he gained — along with considerable notoriety — in Temple's shocking 38-7 rout of Maryland on Sept.
April 27, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court's new champion of the 4th Amendment, is likely to play a crucial role Tuesday when the court hears this year's most important search case: whether the police may routinely examine the digital contents of a cellphone confiscated during an arrest. Civil libertarians say the stakes are high because arrests are so common - 13.1 million were made in 2010, according to the FBI - and smartphones hold so much private information. Under current law, officers may search a person under arrest, checking pockets and looking through a wallet or purse.
August 1, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- Another world record went down -- this one from Daniel Gyurta of Hungary in the men's 200-meter breaststroke -- bringing the total to four at this Olympic swimming competition. The reigning world champion went 2 minutes, 7.28 seconds at the Aquatics Centre on Wednesday night to win the gold, beating Michael Jamieson of Great Britain (2:07.43) and Ryo Tateishi of Japan (2:08.29). Australia's Christian Sprenger had held the world standard, of 2:07.31, setting it at the World Championships in Rome in 2009.
December 22, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
I am going to use the excuse that it's Christmas next week and you may have some shopping left to do to review three DVD sets I have been meaning to write about for months. (Something came up.) All are comedies. Two are complete sets and one is the first installment in what will eventually be a complete set, if you buy enough of volume one to economically justify a volume two. Artistically, there is no question of justification: All are brilliant and a little strange: Two -- "The Sarah Silverman Program" and Chris Elliott's "Get a Life" -- play with sitcom conventions; the other is plain unconventional.
July 18, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Windows 8 will launch Oct. 26, Microsoft announced Wednesday afternoon. The upcoming operating system will indeed meet the October launch date many observers had been expecting for quite some time. "Mark your calendar: Windows 8 will be available on October 26th, 2012," the company's @Windows account tweeted . PHOTOS: The Microsoft Surface Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky, president of Windows, announced the news at the company's annual sales meeting. Earlier this month, the company had confirmed Windows 8 would launch in October but it had yet to give a solid date.
April 28, 2011 | Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
OK, award trackers, you now know what you're doing now in January. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. announced Thursday morning that the 69th Annual Golden Globe awards will be held on Jan. 15, 2012, the same time frame as this year's show. While there was much lamenting this year over the fatigue that accompanies the long season, nothing is changing date-wise with either of the major shows in 2012: The Oscars will still be held on the same weekend at the end of February and the Golden Globes will attempt to set the stage for the season with its mid-January event.
October 3, 2012 | By David Ng
"Hands on a Hardbody," the new musical that debuted earlier this year at the La Jolla Playhouse, has set a March opening on Broadway. The folksy production, about a group of people competing to win a new truck, is set to officially open at the Brooks Atkinson Theater on March 21. The Brooks Atkinson is currently home to another show associated with the La Jolla company -- "Peter and the Starcatcher," which recently announced that it will close...
October 4, 2012 | By Joe Flint
"House of Cards," the first original series from Netflix, will be available for streaming starting on Feb. 1, 2013. Starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright and executive produced by David Fincher, who directed "The Social Network" and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "House of Cards is a political drama set in Washington. The show is being produced by Media Rights Capital. For Netflix, "House of Cards" is a big bet. It is paying about $4 million per episode for the show and it ordered 26 episodes before even seeing a pilot.
April 26, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Eric Church performed Friday night at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival before a wall built of several dozen amplifiers. Or at least they appeared to be amplifiers: With the singer's nickname "Chief" emblazoned on them in place of the amp maker Marshall's iconic logo, the large black boxes were almost certainly stage props -- a visual expression of the guitar-band intensity Church was promising in a headlining set that opened with his song...
April 26, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 A one-day archery competition that goes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday will take place at the Woodley Park Archery Range in Van Nuys.  Approximately 90 high school and middle school competitors will be participating in the Olympic Archery in Schools conference championships.  
April 26, 2014 | By Hashmat Baktash and Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Afghan presidential race is set for a June runoff between former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani, according to official results released Saturday. The preliminary tally showed Abdullah winning nearly 45% of the 6.9 million votes cast, and Ghani 31.5%. Election officials will examine hundreds of reports of voting irregularities before issuing final results on May 14, but the allegations didn't appear widespread enough to change the results substantially -- or to give Abdullah the absolute majority needed to avoid a runoff.
April 26, 2014 | By Kari Howard
Ever since I started working with Raja Abdulrahim on her Syria stories two years ago, I've listened to Radiohead while editing them. It didn't start out as a running soundtrack to a writer and the conflict she still covers, but Radiohead's music has that combination of sorrow and alienation and dread and vulnerability that runs through the Syria conflict. I remember choosing “Talk Show Host” for the first story. (Warning: There's a bit of Anglo-Saxon language.) Its line about “I'll be waiting with a gun and a pack of sandwiches” seemed to echo the story's juxtaposition of violence and everyday life.
April 26, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
In their largest demonstration yet, truck drivers who haul cargo in and out of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will go on a limited strike Monday to protest what they contend are widespread workplace violations. The truck drivers, from some of the region's largest trucking companies, have accused the companies of illegally misclassifying them as independent contractors instead of as employees. That misclassification results in lower wages and denies them protections that employees get under state and federal labor laws, they contend.
April 25, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Right wing Teemu Selanne is scheduled to return to the Ducks' lineup Friday against Dallas at Honda Center for Game 5 of the teams' playoff series - and no, Coach Bruce Boudreau didn't have to be demoted to the American Hockey League for that to happen. Selanne, 43, was a healthy scratch for Game 4, a 4-2 Stars victory Wednesday at Dallas. Selanne's exclusion from the lineup prompted his teenage son, Eemil, to send out a tweet that mimicked the forms that teams usually use to announce call-ups, trades and other transactions: "Roster Move: Bruce Boudreau has been reassigned to Norfolk Admirals (AHL)
July 27, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Legally blind archer Im Dong-hyun broke the world record in the 72-arrow mark with 699 points and led South Korea to a team record in the ranking round at the London Olympics on Friday. Im has 10% vision in his left, 20% in his right eye. "This is just the first round, so I will not get too excited by it," Im said. He combined with Kim Bub-min and Oh Jin-hyek as South Korea scored 2,087 points Friday, breaking the old mark of 2,069 set by South Korea in May. Im won gold medals in the team event at the 2008 Beijing and 2004 Athens Olympics.
September 17, 2012 | By David Ng
Babs is coming to the Bowl.  As part of her 2012 concert tour -- her first in five years -- Barbra Streisand has added a performance at the Hollywood Bowl on Nov. 9. The 8 p.m. concert is the only scheduled Los Angeles stop on the tour. The concert is expected to feature the 70-year-old singer performing some of her most famous numbers, as well as appearances by jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and the operatic pop tenor group Il Volo.  PHOTOS: 2012 Hollywood Bowl highlights Streisand's tour includes stops in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Chicago, Vancouver, Las Vegas and San Jose.  The Streisand concert is a lease event, so isn't part of the L.A. Philharmonic's Bowl season, which is set to conclude later this month.
April 25, 2014 | By David Zucchino
LATTA, S.C. - Police Chief Crystal Moore was born and raised in this tiny farming crossroads and served as a volunteer police dispatcher while she was still in high school. She became the town's first female officer with a sterling 23-year record on the force - until she was ordered into the mayor's office this month and summarily fired. Mayor Earl Bullard handed Moore a list of seven reprimands citing, among other alleged transgressions, questioning authority and failing to maintain order at a council meeting.
April 24, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
Don't get your hopes up, Marvel fans. The new Iron Man ride coming to Hong Kong Disneyland in 2016 won't be easily replicated at other Disney theme parks around the world. PHOTOS: Iron Man Experience at Hong Kong Disneyland The $100-million Iron Man Experience will be similar to Star Tours, a simulator ride based on another of Disney's tent-pole properties: Star Wars. Recent updates to the Star Tours attractions at Disneyland in California and Tokyo Disneyland in Japan mean Tony Stark won't be replacing Darth Vader anytime soon.
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