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November 15, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim
ALEPPO, Syria - The bags of pita bread are stacked in tight formation on the sidewalk, as if standing at attention. From here they will be dispersed across the rebel-held neighborhood to small, nondescript distribution centers: the bike repair shop down the street, the corner convenience store or the electrician's shop. The long lines that used to form outside bakeries, tempting targets for government air attacks, are gone. "We created the center for the protection of the people," said Abu Muhammad, a member of the bakery committee for the Bustan Qasir and Kalaseh neighborhoods.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A landscaper digging in the front yard of a Calabasas home on Monday afternoon stumbled upon a World War II relic - an empty MK II hand grenade shell.  The grenade shell was found about 4:20 p.m. at a home in the 24700 block of Calle Largo, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Several nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution and the grenade body was taken away for disposal. The evacuation lasted about two hours, the Sheriff's Department said. ALSO: Man accused of killing store clerk is due in court Tuesday   Riverside teen shoots, kills father inside family home, police say   Police seek man who allegedly shot and killed 19-year-old in Artesia Twitter: @aribloomekatz | Facebook ari.bloomekatz@latimes.com
NATIONAL
November 9, 2013 | By Maeve Reston and Seema Mehta
Under the chandeliers at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, guests sipped white wine and sampled Vietnamese spring rolls as Hollywood's power players gathered for yet another fete celebrating Hillary Rodham Clinton, this time for her work with women and girls in Third World countries. President Clinton, a surprise guest, had popped into Friday night's VIP reception upstairs to greet industry heavyweights including Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone and Rob Friedman, co-chairman of Lionsgate's motion picture group.
SCIENCE
October 30, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
In case you missed it, a Fargo, N.D., woman called a local radio station Tuesday and said she was going to hand out letters to overweight children on Halloween instead of candy. In the letter -- which was sent to station Y-94 -- the anonymous woman tells parents that the child is "moderately obese" and shouldn't be out gathering free candy "to the extent of some children. " Fargo news outlet Valley Live News quotes a professor of clinical psychology in saying the letter could topple some kids over the edge and straight into an eating disorder:  If the child is "vulnerable, it might trigger major problems . " Perhaps it's a Halloween trick.
WORLD
October 25, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - America's chief negotiator with Iran promised in a broadcast intended for Iranians that she will be a “fair, balanced” participant in talks over Tehran's nuclear program, despite her comment this month that “deception is part of the DNA” among Iranians. Facing criticism from hard-line news media and some lawmakers in Iran, Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman said Friday in an interview with Voice of America's Persian Service that her comments reflected American distrust of the Iranian government that has built up since the breach in relations after the Islamic Revolution of 1979.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A malfunctioning firework caused a dramatic Fourth of July pyrotechnic disaster in Simi Valley that injured dozens of people, fire officials concluded in a report released Thursday. A five-inch-wide firework shell failed to leave its mortar tube and exploded inside, sparking a chain reaction that knocked down the display and sent debris and firework projectiles flying toward about 10,000 spectators watching hundreds of feet away. DRAMATIC VIDEOS OF ACCIDENT The incident was investigated by Cal/OSHA, CalFire and the Ventura County Fire Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 | By Joe Serna
A malfunctioning firework caused a dramatic Fourth of July pyrotechnic disaster in Simi Valley that injured dozens of people, fire officials concluded in a report released Thursday. A 5-inch-wide firework shell failed to leave its mortar tube and exploded inside, sparking a chain reaction that knocked down the display and sent debris and firework projectiles flying toward about 10,000 spectators watching hundreds of feet away. The incident was investigated by Cal/OSHA, CalFire and the Ventura County Fire Department.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Baltimore auteur Matt Porterfield, a distinctive talent among American indie filmmakers, shifts gears in his third feature, "I Used to Be Darker. " Forgoing the documentary elements but not the aesthetic rigor that made his previous film, "Putty Hill," an exquisite meld of genres, he adopts a somewhat more conventional fictional approach. The low-key movie revolves around a family in the midst of a sea change: the end of a marriage and the disparate coming-of-age trajectories of two cousins.
NATIONAL
September 25, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - Six months after federal officials chastised Shell Oil for its faulty offshore drilling operations in the Arctic, the company has yet to explain what safeguards it has put in place or when it plans to resume exploring for oil in the vulnerable region. Shell's 2012 return to offshore Arctic exploration after a generation away was marred by high-profile problems, including hefty fines for polluting the air and a drilling rig that ran aground. The company canceled its 2013 drilling season, and its 2014 operations are in question.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2013 | By Jason Felch and Jason Song
The president of Occidental College this week made an emotional plea for support to some 60 faculty members, saying his administration was "shell shocked" by criticism over its handling of student sexual assault allegations. Speaking for 20 minutes without taking questions, President Jonathan Veitch pleaded for reconciliation on campus, saying the controversy had taken a toll "on my health and my soul," according to several people who attended the meeting. He mentioned that his five-year contract was up for renewal, which suggested to some that he needed the faculty's backing.
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