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April 23, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Julie Makinen
TOKYO - Declaring that "the United States is and always will be a Pacific nation," President Obama launched an Asia tour designed to assure leaders of ally nations that they have a strong U.S. backup at a time of rising regional tension. Appearing with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday morning, Obama said the "U.S.-Japan alliance is the foundation not only for our security in the Asia-Pacific region but also for the region as a whole. " He later said the U.S. security treaty with Japan "covers all territories under Japan's administration, including the Senkaku islands," but reiterated that Washington did not take a position on competing claims of sovereignty.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) bemoaned the "subtle and insidious impact" of money in politics on Wednesday. His comments came after criminal investigations that have resulted in the unprecedented suspensions of three state senators, and in the midst of an election year that will likely feature tens of millions of dollars in campaign spending. Steinberg and Senate Republican leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) spoke with reporters near the Capitol after a series of conversations among senators about ethical guidelines and proper fund-raising.
SPORTS
April 22, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions hasn't worked on a fight of substance with his former promoter and on-again, off-again rival, Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotions, in five years. But De La Hoya, declaring himself “back and better than ever” as the president of Golden Boy, told The Times on Tuesday that he recently engaged Arum in conversation about ending boxing's cold war that has blocked several attractive fights from happening. One fight that De La Hoya says he's interested in pursuing is a super-bout between Arum's star fighter, Manny Pacquiao, and Golden Boy's top star, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
NATIONAL
April 22, 2014 | By Ken Dilianian
WASHINGTON - A new policy bars employees of U.S. spy agencies from providing reporters with "intelligence information," even if it is unclassified, without first getting official permission. Employees who violate the directive, which was issued on March 20 by James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, face disciplinary action or firing. Critics said the order adds to a climate in which intelligence agency employees face greater risk in trying to help the public understand what the government is doing.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Keke Palmer legally cannot buy beer. But she can host a daily talk show. The 20-year-old actress who has appeared in "Akeelah and the Bee," "The Longshots" and was featured in the title role of Nickelodeon's "True Jackson, VP," has been signed to host a new daily talk show being produced by BET Networks and Telepictures that is scheduled to debut in July. The series establishes Palmer as the youngest TV talk show host ever. The show, which has the working title of "The Keke Palmer Project," will "target millennials by covering a variety of topics, including fashion, social media, pop culture, sex and more," according to a news release.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell and Steven Zeitchik
Over a 20-year career making stylized, often genre-tinged films, Danny Boyle has been known to look at a well-worn area in new and dynamic ways. With a potential Steve Jobs movie, he could be taking on a worthy subject. The British auteur is in talks to helm Sony Pictures' much-buzzed, sometimes-bumpy Jobs biopic that "The Social Network" scribe Aaron Sorkin has adapted from Walter Isaacson's comprehensive biography, The Times has confirmed. Boyle would replace David Fincher, the "Social Network" director who appears to have moved off the project.
SPORTS
April 20, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SAN JOSE -- Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart played in 63 games for the Kings in 2007-08, a rough campaign in which the Kings won 32 games, the final season of Marc Crawford's tenure as coach. But it wasn't altogether forgettable. Staurt remembered goalie Jonathan Quick's NHL debut, a win against Buffalo in December. He also had a first-hand view of an emerging Anze Kopitar, who was then in his second NHL season with the Kings. “He was a really skilled player when I was there,” Stuart said after the Sharks' morning skate on Sunday, hours before Game 2. “But I knew from his character that he was going to take the next step.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2014 | By Steve Appleford
During four decades, Annie Leibovitz has been a dominant force in portrait photography, first at Rolling Stone and then with increasing skill and vision at Vanity Fair and Vogue. At 64, Leibovitz works hard at it still and isn't ready for a broad career retrospective but takes a look back at some of her most lasting images in "Annie Leibovitz," a huge limited-edition book from Taschen. In the tradition of Helmut Newton's "SUMO," the new volume is about 20-by-27 inches and 476 pages deep.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2014 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
"What's my motivation?" is a standard laugh line satirizing the acting profession, a livelihood in which it's not always clear why one is doing what one needs to do. At the moment, Daniel Beaty and Keith David may be the two American actors least likely to say it. They are playing (and singing) the role of Paul Robeson in two separate plays on two separate Los Angeles stages. Their shared motivation is telling a story that is the ultimate retort to the idea that there's an unbridgeable gap between being a performer and living a serious life.
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Southwest Airlines flight attendant Marty Cobb has gone viral -- just for giving the in-flight safety briefing on a recent flight. Cobb's one-liners delivered with impeccable comic timing sent a YouTube video of her hilarious instructions into the stratosphere. By Thursday, it had 8.7 million views and counting -- and it's just one of the funny ways that flight attendants and airlines bring new life to stale safety briefings. Cobb had a planeload of fliers in stitches. Here's the YouTube video posted Saturday and some of her best quips: "As you know, it's a no-smoking, no-whining, no-complaining flight.
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