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November 29, 2013 | By Bill Kirby
Lou Brissie, a decorated World War II veteran who overcame serious combat injuries to become an All-Star pitcher in the major leagues, has died. He was 89. Brissie, a longtime resident of North Augusta, S.C., died Monday at a veterans hospital in Augusta, Ga., his family announced. The cause was not given. Born June 5, 1924, in Anderson, S.C., and raised in nearby Ware Shoals, Leland Victor Brissie Jr. began playing baseball in a textile mill league as a 14-year-old, 6-foot-4 pitcher and first baseman.
November 22, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn, who suffered a comeback setback Nov. 19 when she crashed during training in Colorado, has taken herself out of next week's World Cup races at Beaver Creek, Colo. Vonn partially tore the right ACL she severed at last February's World Championships in Austria but is reportedly making steady progress from her most recent crash. "Lindsey is recovering very quickly from abrasions to her face and contusions to her shoulder blade," Bill Sterett, U.S. Women's Alpine Ski Team Head Physician, wrote on the ski team's website.
November 17, 2013 | By Fabiola Gutierrez and Chris Kraul
SANTIAGO, Chile - Buoyed by personal popularity and her promise to rewrite Chile's Constitution, Michelle Bachelet surged to the top in Sunday's first round of voting to elect a new president, but fell short of enough votes to avoid a runoff. With nearly all ballots counted, Bachelet, a pediatrician and former president, was far ahead of eight other candidates, but, at 47%, was below the simple majority needed for an outright victory. In a distant second place was economist Evelyn Matthei, a former labor minister in President Sebastian Pinera's government.
November 17, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
After nearly seven decades in the business, several Grammys and countless hit records in the 1960s such as "Downtown" and "I Know a Place," Petula Clark believes she's "beginning to get the hang" of singing. "I tell you what, I get more enjoyment out of it now," said Clark, who turned 81 on Friday. "I am singing better now. This is just a bit of luck. I don't do anything for it. I don't warm up. I just go out and sing. " The British singer recently returned from a tour of her homeland performing her classics, as well as tunes from her new CD, "Lost in You. " And she's heading for Australia next year.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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