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February 24, 2007 | William C. Rempel, Times Staff Writer
THE official end of the notorious Cali cocaine cartel came late last year here with little more commotion than the rap of a judge's gavel. The Colombian drug lords Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela, 63, and Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, 67, entered guilty pleas and were ushered off to federal prison for the next 30 years -- no Miami Vice-like dramatics, no bodies riddled with gunfire in the manner of Medellin rival Pablo Escobar.
April 27, 2014 | Christi Parsons, David Cloud
The U.S. and Philippine governments have worked out a new defense cooperation agreement that opens the way for the first large-scale return of American military forces to the island nation since their eviction at the end of the Cold War, according to the White House. A day before Obama is scheduled to arrive in Manila, advisors to the president said Sunday that the two sides had worked out a 10-year deal that will allow U.S. troops, warships and aircraft joint use of Philippine military and training bases on a rotational basis.
February 10, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Having recently completed a first-ever tour of South Africa along with dates in Australia and New Zealand, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band have come home. The group will get back out on the road in the U.S. with a run of shows in the South, Midwest and Northeast beginning April 8 in Cincinnati. The band's 15 shows will take it through 10 states, including a May 3 stop at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Other tour stops include Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida and Connecticut.
April 27, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
The 'Spider-Man' sequel doesn't swing into North American theaters until next weekend, but the superhero flick is already sticking with moviegoers overseas. Since launching in a handful of international markets this month, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" had collected an impressive $132 million, according to an estimate from distributor Sony Pictures. The movie is currently playing in roughly 40 foreign markets, performing best in the Britain, Mexico and South Korea. The picture has yet to open in an additional 30 countries abroad, including major markets like Brazil and China.
October 24, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Conventional wisdom about the Beatles' arrival in the United States in February 1964 for their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” is that it was a watershed cultural moment---for Americans. Beatlemania, however, had already been raging back home in England, and in the days before global telecasts were commonplace, the band's journey to the States didn't have anywhere near the same impact on the British. Except for a certain four young Liverpudlians. PHOTOS: 'The Early Beatles Collection' “The Americans will never understand it, but all the music we loved came from America,” Ringo Starr told Pop & Hiss on Wednesday following a brief performance for media and a few invited fans to preview his upcoming tour of Mexico and South America, which opens Tuesday (Oct.
April 23, 2014
The historic Los Angeles Times Building, located at 1st and Spring streets in downtown Los Angeles, opened in 1935 and at the time was the largest building in the western U.S. designed and occupied entirely as a daily newspaper publishing operation.  Gordon B. Kaufmann designed the Times Building, which won a gold medal at the 1937 Paris Exposition for its Moderne architectural style. Kaufmann¿s other works include Hoover Dam on the Arizona- Nevada border and, locally, Santa Anita Park in Arcadia and the Athenaeum at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
August 11, 2013
Re "State sees a surprise drop in test scores," Aug. 9 John Rogers, a professor in UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, is right: There shouldn't be too much concern about tiny changes in standardized test scores. If we are interested in real gains, let's attack the real problem: poverty. Nearly one-quarter of children in the U.S. live in poverty, which means inadequate diet, lack of healthcare and little or no access to books. The best teaching in the world is of little help when students are hungry, ill and have nothing to read.
April 24, 2010 | By Debra Prinzing, Special to the Los Angeles Times
By Debra Prinzing The exterior walls of the new wing of the Bricault family's Venice home are clad in sedums and other succulents, which soften the contemporary architecture so it looks like a plush, verdant floating cube. Paul Bricault likes the way the horticultural house gets people talking. "Everyone who comes here looks at it with this quixotic expression. We get all sorts of questions, including, 'Do we have roots coming through the inside walls?" The plants, including their roots, are actually contained by a modular green-wall system that Marc Bricault, Paul's brother and a Vancouver, B.C.-based architect and furniture designer, specified while designing the 1,700-square-foot home addtion.
March 24, 2014 | By James Barragan
Michael Whan remembers the first question he was asked by the media after taking over as LPGA commissioner in January 2010: What was he going to do about the overwhelming international influence on the tour? "I want to pour more gas on the fire," he replied. At the time, this was not well-received. The LPGA was reeling from the economic downturn and the tour was struggling to find sponsors, and had shrunk its schedule from 37 events in 2008 to 28 in 2009. On top of that, American players were overshadowed by rising international stars on a tour that played the majority of its events in the U.S. But where others saw trouble, Whan saw an opportunity to spread the game across borders to attract new sponsors.
April 30, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
The Monkees will be monkeying around again this summer, as the surviving three members of the group undertake a more extensive tour following last fall's dozen sold-out shows. Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork will begin the new tour, dubbed”A Midsummer's Night With the Monkees,” on July 15 in Port Chester, N.Y.   It will continue through Aug. 18 in Portland, Ore., and has two stops scheduled in Southern California: Aug. 11 at Humphreys in San Diego and Aug. 12 at the Terrace Theatre in Long Beach.
April 27, 2014 | Christi Parsons, David Cloud
The U.S. and Philippine governments have worked out a new defense cooperation agreement that opens the way for the first large-scale return of American military forces to the island nation since their eviction in the early 1990s, according to the White House. A day before President Obama is scheduled to arrive in Manila, advisors to the president said Sunday that the two sides had completed and will sign a framework accord that will allow U.S. troops, warships and aircraft to operate from Philippine military bases and training camps on a rotating basis.
April 27, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch and David Undercoffler
Toyota Motor Corp. plans to move large numbers of jobs from its sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance to suburban Dallas, according to a person familiar with the automaker's plans. The move, creating a new North American headquarters, would put management of Toyota's U.S. business close to where it builds most cars for this market. North American Chief Executive Jim Lentz is expected to brief employees Monday, said the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly. Toyota declined to detail its plans.
April 26, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The U.S. has played in nine World Cups, winning seven games, or the same number that Brazil won in 2002 alone, when it rolled to a record fifth title. But if the U.S. has struggled collectively on soccer's biggest stage, several players have stood out individually since Massachusetts' Bert Patenaude scored the first hat trick in tournament history in 1930. Here's one person's pick for the all-time U.S. World Cup team: Goalkeeper Brad Friedel (1994-2002): Only Tony Meola, with seven, has started more games in goal than Friedel.
April 26, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
As the first U.S. president to visit this Muslim-majority nation in nearly five decades, President Obama will talk trade and security issues with Prime Minister Najib Razak, whom the White House considers a political reformer in a country with a spotty human rights record. But U.S. officials also hope to strengthen “people-to-people” ties, diplomatic speak for trying to spread goodwill and burnish the U.S. image.  Obama, who spent several years living in neighboring Indonesia as a boy, relied on his family history to perform those tasks Saturday after he was welcomed at a state banquet by King Abdul Halim of Kedah, accompanied by dancers dressed in brightly hued brocade.
April 26, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Like most kids growing up in Brazil, Roberto Gurgel dreamed of being on the field for a World Cup. That never happened. So this summer, Gurgel is settling for the next-best thing by helping to build five of the fields that will be used for the first World Cup in his native country in 64 years. Gurgel is executive director of research for Sod Solutions, a South Carolina-based company that develops and licenses varieties of grass. One of those varieties, a deep blue-green Bermuda called Celebration, will be used in five of the 12 World Cup venues this summer.
April 25, 2014 | Kathleen Hennessey, Christi Parsons
The White House said Saturday that the world's leading industrialized nations had agreed to impose targeted sanctions on Russia as early as Monday in response to its actions toward neighboring Ukraine. "Leaders have agreed that there must be further sanctions on Russia for their actions," a senior Obama administration official said. "Each country will determine which targeted sanctions they will impose. These sanctions will be coordinated and complementary, but not necessarily identical.
September 8, 2013
A new readon Scotland Really enjoyed "A Real Page Turner," by Kari Howard [Sept. 1]. My husband and I have been thinking about going on a distillery tour in Scotland (sounded like fun!), but that trip in literary Scotland has us rethinking it a bit. Susan Morgan Alhambra Costly money card The article "Abroad, a Plastic Alternative" [More for Your Money, Sept. 1] by Catharine Hamm mentioned the advantages of using the Travelex pre-loaded money card for international travel.
November 5, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Paul Simon and Sting will tour together in 2014, not just as touring partners but as onstage collaborators in a show that will make a stop at the renovated Forum in Inglewood on Feb. 15. An announcement from Live Nation Global Touring, which is promoting the tour, promised in an announcement Tuesday that Simon and Sting would play individual sets with their bands during the On Stage Together tour, which is set to start Feb. 8 in Houston and is...
April 25, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
As temperatures plunged to 16 below zero in Chicago in early January and set record lows across the eastern U.S., electrical system managers implored the public to turn off stoves, dryers and even lights or risk blackouts. A fifth of all power-generating capacity in a grid serving 60 million people went suddenly offline, as coal piles froze, sensitive electrical equipment went haywire and utility operators had trouble finding enough natural gas to keep power plants running. The wholesale price of electricity skyrocketed to nearly $2 per kilowatt hour, more than 40 times the normal rate.
April 24, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Justin Bieber didn't get to slide right through a U.S. Customs  and Border Control checkpoint at LAX upon his return from Japan, according to reports out Thursday.  After his arrival at approximately 1 p.m., the pop star was held up for hours by a secondary customs search while his entourage, luggage and ride home were seen waiting for him outside Los Angeles International Airport's Tom Bradley International terminal, TMZ  reported.  ...
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