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August 6, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA's Brett Hundley knows his position ...and it's more than just playing quarterback. The on-going escapades of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel caught Hundley's eye, with the latest controversy the report that the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner reportedly agreed to sign memorabilia in exchange for money. But even before the latest incident, Hundley was aware of issues surrounding Manziel, from bar fights to Twitter posts where he said he couldn't wait to get out of College Station, Texas.
July 27, 2013 | By Benjamin Mueller
Severe thunderstorms across western North Carolina dumped nearly a foot of rain Saturday, causing flash floods that trapped residents and washed out roads. Officials in Catawba County were called to about 10 swift-water rescues, Mark Pettit, assistant director of emergency services for Catawba County, said. He said some residents had become trapped in their homes or drove their cars into flooded areas. One person had to be rescued after he tried to help retrieve a vehicle swept into a creek.
July 20, 2013 | By Scott Barry Kaufman
What does it mean to be gifted in the United States? A national survey in 2011 found that the predominant method of assessment, by far, is the administration of IQ tests and standardized academic tests. At least 34 states, including California, consider such tests an indication of giftedness; they are mandated by at least 16 states. In contrast, only nine states require the use of tests that measure "creativity" and even fewer require the assessment of leadership, motivation or a talent for the performing arts.
July 17, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Deputies and an animal control officer Wednesday rescued two young dogs that had been locked in a hot car without water for at least eight hours in Lawndale, according to authorities. The animals were spotted in the Jeep Cherokee in 14500 block of Larch Avenue on Wednesday morning by a passerby who called officials, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. One of the dogs was an 8-month-old German shepherd and pit bull mix and the other was a 1-year-old Dachshund and pit bull mix. "As the animal control officer and deputies tried to free the puppies from the hot vehicle, the puppies tried sticking their noses out the windows that were cracked open," sheriff's officials said in a statement.
July 10, 2013
Re "Guantanamo's shame," Opinion, July 7 It's our shame, not just Guantanamo's shame. We are all complicit in this shame, for how we treat others says more about each of us than it does about the ones who are the cause of our hatred. It's way past time for this place of shame to be closed, allowing all of us, including those incarcerated, to move on. The shame of Guantanamo will follow us for all of our lives, like the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and how we have treated Native Americans.
June 11, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Matthew Rhys, star of FX's 1980s-era spy-thriller "The Americans," joined us for a live chat in which he outlined the finer points of sleeping with the enemy for information (aka "honey trapping"), his favorite spy disguises and his hopes for the second season of the hit show. On "The Americans," Rhys and co-star Keri Russell play Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, KGB spies posing as a married couple and discovering that, after 15 years together in an arranged union, they might have genuine feelings for one another.
June 5, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Authorities were searching for at least two people believed to be trapped beneath the rubble of a  collapsed building in downtown Philadelphia after 12 people escaped with minor injuries, officials said Wednesday. The incident, which will be investigated, was being treated as an accident. There were no reports of any explosion at the site, and there was no fire, officials said. Parts of a four-story property collapsed onto a Salvation Army thrift store at 22nd and Market streets at about 10:45 a.m., Mayor Michael Nutter told a televised news conference.
June 4, 2013 | By Christi Parsons and Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Two years ago, President Obama hosted China's president, Hu Jintao, in a fastidiously choreographed White House summit involving an honor guard, a state dinner and a 21-gun salute. In meetings, officials spent more time reading from scripts than discussing touchy topics of mutual concern. The ceremonial trappings will be gone when Obama hosts China's new president, Xi Jinping, at a "shirt-sleeves" summit Friday and Saturday at Sunnylands, a 200-acre desert retreat in Rancho Mirage with a pedigree so laid back that it flanks a golf course at the intersection of Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope drives.
June 2, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
From the start, the most serious problem with California's promising but sloppily written "parent trigger" law has been its failure to require an open, public process. That's especially troubling when the law's power is considered closely. If half or more of parents at an underperforming public school sign a petition, they can force dramatic change in how the school is run - they can turn it into a charter school, for example, or require that the principal or the entire faculty be fired.
May 31, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
The California Assembly on Thursday approved legislation to protect bobcats from unlimited commercial trapping. The bill, AB 1213, was introduced by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) in response to the recent discovery of bobcat traps set along the boundaries of Joshua Tree National Park. The price a trapper can get for a bobcat pelt has risen from about $78 in 2009 to more than $700 today. As a result, trapping of bobcats statewide has skyrocketed. In the region that includes Joshua Tree National Park, bobcat trapping increased more than 800% over the last two years.
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