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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2012 | By Dean Kuipers
Let's face it, climate change is incredibly un-sexy. We don't care how many nude protesters are involved. But it's about to get worse. A new mini-report from the environmental group Climate Nexus points out that climate change is poised to wreck Valentine's Day, or at least change it significantly, by threatening chocolate production. That's right. Global warming is very bad for chocolate. As reported by The Times, research from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture found last year that as temperatures rise, the principal growing regions for cocoa could shrink, especially in Ghana and Ivory Coast, the sources of half the world's supply.
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NEWS
February 17, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A man kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and forced her to marry him during a mass wedding ceremony in Albuquerque on Valentine's Day, authorities said. A criminal complaint accuses Robert Tellez, 36, of breaking into Jeanette Francia's apartment, threatening her and her two children with an ice pick and abducting them. He then allegedly forced Francia, 26, to marry him at a civil ceremony in which about 100 couples were wed by volunteer judges.
NEWS
February 12, 2013 | By John Verive
It seems like every restaurant in Los Angeles is offering a special menu this Valentine's Day, and they usually include champagne, wine, or a special cocktail menu selected to maximize the romance of the meal. But why settle for wine or booze on St. Valentine's Day when you really want to share a special brew with your lover? Here are a few options for craft-beer-centered celebrations around town -- and a few bottle suggestions if you'd rather spend the evening in the comfort of your home.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2012
SERIES Last Man Standing: Mike (Tim Allen) gets NASCAR champion Tony Stewart (himself) and his car to make an appearance at Outdoor Man in this new episode (8 p.m. ABC). Glee: On Valentine's Day, Will (Matthew Morrison) challenges the kids to come up with great romantic numbers and Rachel (Lea Michele) gets a visit from her two dads (Jeff Goldblum, Brian Stokes Mitchell) in this new episode (8 p.m. Fox). Cougar Town: In the season premiere, Grayson (Josh Hopkins) calls Jules' (Courteney Cox)
HOME & GARDEN
February 9, 2013 | Chris Erskine
I'm in my traditional Cupidian buying frenzy leading up to Valentine's Day, my major organs bursting with good intentions, not knowing quite where to turn, getting a little angry about it actually -- the frustrations of unbridled romance, bordering on malice, verging on angina. Is this what they call lovesick? Or is it that wad-nut of food still stuck in my gullet from the Super Bowl party? During the power outage, I washed down the perfect barbecue sandwich with a double dose of chili, chased by teriyaki meatballs and fistfuls of Lebanese chicken, topped by about 50 oatmeal cookies.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2006 | From Associated Press
Turns out love may actually be a universal language. The world's largest greeting card maker, Hallmark Cards Inc., has for the first time analyzed individual cities' data for top-selling Valentines, and it yielded a surprising result. They were all the same -- a result of the exhaustive research Hallmark carries out before any card goes on the shelf. It's a process of analyzing sales numbers and trend hunting in search of the perfect valentine.
NEWS
February 11, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
It tells you all you need to know about food vlogger Nicole Presley that her riff on a "holiday" such as Valentine's Day leads to a mad scientist video that ends with her marrying a salted caramel chocolate flan. Yes, marrying, as in wedding dress and bouquet included.  Such zaniness is a calling card of sorts for the food blogger and vlogger born and raised in East Los Angeles. Presley's food blog -- called Presley's Pantry -- is a high-spirited affair that represents her journey to rediscover traditional cultural favorites such as red chicharones -- chunks of pork fat fried crispy and drenched in a spicy red chile salsa.
NATIONAL
March 29, 2010 | By Tina Susman
A biting wind whipped down a dark street, where a man crouched in the shadow of a building. He pulled on black gloves and glanced up and down the avenue. Satisfied that no one was watching, he pulled a mask the size of a beach ball out of a bag, pulled it onto his head and wriggled it into place: snout in front, eye holes over his own, rounded ears pointed skyward. Death Bear was ready for his mission. A man in the second-floor unit of a nearby apartment building in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn was desperate to get rid of something that was too torturous to keep but impossible to discard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1999
Babies born Feb. 14 will receive child safety seats as their first Valentine, thanks to a police effort to enforce safety seat laws. To kick off National Child Safety Seat Week, the Peace Officers Assn. will hand out 100 car seats to new parents throughout Los Angeles County. The association, which includes police, sheriff's deputies and California Highway Patrol officers, will also coordinate a crackdown on drivers who break the law.
NEWS
February 12, 1994 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mere mention of Valentine's Day in Orange County this year can conjure up images of heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, red silk boxer shorts, popping The Question to a loved one, the death penalty . . . The death penalty? It's not the predicted outcome of a failed romance, but the driving theme behind one of the many unusual observations planned to mark Feb. 14 in Orange County.
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