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November 2, 2013 | Sam Farmer
Is a taunt worth a touchdown? The NFL might think so. Dean Blandino, the league's head of officiating, said on the NFL Network this week that he believes the competition committee will weigh the merits of changing the taunting rules so that an offender might nullify a touchdown with a taunt. If a player commits a taunting penalty on a touchdown in college football, the score is taken off the board and a 15-yard penalty is enforced from the spot of the taunt. In the pros, taunting is a dead-ball foul, meaning the play counts and the penalty is assessed on the next play.
October 31, 2013 | By Aoun Sahi and Mark Magnier
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A claim by the Pakistani government this week that 67 civilians died in drone strikes over the last five years, a surprisingly low number given previous casualty estimates, has sparked controversy, skepticism and speculation that American pressure may be behind the figure. Adding to the debate, a drone strike early Thursday in North Waziristan near the border with Afghanistan -- the first in a month -- killed three people. Their identity was not immediately known.
October 31, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - The recent decision by the highest court in the Dominican Republic to cancel the citizenship of three generations of residents is meeting a firestorm of protest, with human rights advocates warning of a humanitarian nightmare for the entire Caribbean region. The Dominican Constitutional Court, citing the country's 2010 constitution, retroactively stripped the citizenship of people born after 1929 to parents without Dominican ancestry, declaring that they were residing in the country illegally or with temporary permits.
October 29, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
One of the fundamental questions of our representative democracy is the role our proxies - that is, those we elect as our voices in Washington, to serve our interests in state capitals and speak for us at City Halls and on county boards - are obliged to play. Should they channel the impulse of their constituents, as expressed by a majority, or act on the desires of a fractional but vocal minority? Or should they, vested with the wisdom, experience and unique insight that comes from serving in a government and dealing with problems firsthand (please stop rolling your eyes)
October 27, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Perhaps in pursuit of prey, a senior saber-tooth cat with chronic arthritis and damaged teeth fell into the death trap now known as the La Brea tar pits and died, attracting swarms of scavenging insects and rodents. Eventually, the rotting carcass and its parasites were entombed in the sticky mire, continuing the cycle of death in a site renowned as the world's richest deposit of late Ice Age fossils. This is only part of the story emerging from remnants of the big cat and other animals excavated by Page Museum paleontologists at the La Brea tar pits.
October 20, 2013 | Sam Farmer
He was the afterthought, the other guy, the quarterback who wasn't Peyton Manning. But Sunday night, Andrew Luck was the man. Luck threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth to lead Indianapolis to a 39-33 victory over Denver, spoiling Manning's homecoming and again proving the Colts belong among the NFL elite. Denver, Seattle and San Francisco are 17-1 against the rest of the league . . . and 0-3 against the Colts. A loss by the Broncos (6-1) means Kansas City is the NFL's only undefeated team.
October 8, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
A Romanian law that calls for the killing of any stray dog captured and unclaimed for more than two weeks has stirred vehement protests throughout Europe and the United States. Animal rights advocates have denounced the legislation upheld by the Romanian Constitutional Court late last month as "inhumane and ineffective" and unlikely to rid the capital, Bucharest, of its tens of thousands of abandoned and desperate canines. The political campaign waged by Bucharest city officials to get legal authority to euthanize the strays was spurred by the Sept.
October 7, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
October is the month of triple-crown TV viewing. It's playoff time. Nothing better than a couch, a beer and a big-screen TV. To steal from the long-ago "Saturday Night Live" eloquence of Chico Escuela, "Baseball been berry, berry good to us. " Sure, for many, this is football season. But though that is a wonderful game, packed with action and excitement on the college and pro levels, TV has paid for the right to ruin it and is doing just that. The games have more stops than a police drunk-driving checkpoint.
October 3, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Brilliantly conceived and beautifully crafted, "Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy" may not only be one of the year's best documentaries but one of the year's finest overall films. The movie is based on readings of actual condolence letters sent to Jacqueline Kennedy after John F. Kennedy's assassination, read in voice-overs by celebrities. If that may sound a bit dreary or cliched, the result is anything but. Writer-director Bill CouturiƩ (who made the touching, Emmy Award-winning 1987 HBO doc "Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam")
September 30, 2013 | By Robert Greene
On Sept. 16, 2014, California will join nearly half the states in requiring cars to keep at least a three-foot distance from bikes that they pass on the road. Commenters on our blog posts and news stories that covered the signing of the bill reveal joy, vindication, anger, resentment and misunderstanding among cyclists and drivers. Times letters editor Paul Thornton cited a few in a post Wednesday that highlighted some of the tension; it's worth a look . There are more, and they raise the question: Do cyclist, drivers, walkers and others really think so little of one another, or do they just have a good time ginning up the invective when they lash out anonymously online?
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