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November 21, 2013 | By Paul Richter
GENEVA - Iran appeared Thursday to be stiffening its demands in negotiations aimed at curbing its nuclear program, even amid signs that the seven countries at the bargaining table might be close to a deal. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said Iran demanded that world powers begin easing oil and banking sanctions quickly as part of the preliminary deal that has been under discussion for five weeks. He also said Iran wanted the six world powers at the talks to recognize what Tehran sees as its entitlement to enrich uranium.
October 15, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - President Obama was poised to claim a victory in the shutdown-and-debt showdown with Republicans as Congress worked toward a deal - except, perhaps, on the one demand he wanted most. The president's healthcare law seems likely to emerge unscathed or barely nicked, and he is not offering budget cuts in exchange for a debt limit increase as he did in 2011. But throughout the 15-day government shutdown, Obama has said he is not only trying to resolve this crisis, but to prevent a sequel.
August 7, 2013
Before the idea of independent cinema arose, there were underground films, cultivating a taste for the out-there, the unusual and a hunger to push the boundaries of shock culture. It is in that tradition that filmmaker Jon Moritsugu has been working for about 25 years. His first feature film in more than a decade, "Pig Death Machine," feels like a purposefully retro throwback, shot on digital video - but frequently shifting between images distorted to look lo-fi trashy - and colors given a crisp, acid-burn pop. The film is co-written by Moritsugu's usual star (and wife)
July 31, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON - B. Todd Jones is on the cusp of becoming the first Senate-confirmed director of the ATF on Thursday, after a fierce lobbying effort successfully swayed a single Republican lawmaker to change her vote. Democrats had expected a close result, but nonetheless were confident they had the votes to ultimately end a Republican filibuster of Jones' nomination to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when they decided to bring it to the Senate floor this week.
July 8, 2013 | Dan Weikel, Ralph Vartabedian and Laura J. Nelson
The Asiana Airlines jetliner that crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport was flying far below its intended landing speed and on the verge of stalling before the aircraft clipped the sea wall and slammed into the runway, federal accident investigators said Sunday. The targeted landing speed for the Boeing 777-200ER is 137 knots, and the South Korean jetliner was "significantly" below that, said Deborah A.P. Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board.
July 8, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
As if things haven't been bad enough for the Lakers. First, Kobe Bryant tears an Achilles' tendon. Then they get swept out of the playoffs. Then they try to convince Dwight Howard to stay, only to see him leave for Houston. Now, the crushing blow, worse than the other three combined: The Lakers hold the U.S. pro team sports record for most consecutive victories, with 33 during the 1971-72 season. But that could soon come to an end. The Washington Kastles of World Team Tennis have won 32 consecutive matches.
June 20, 2013 | By Cale Ottens and Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Aspiring punk-rock and alternative bands packed patrons into grungy Al's Bar in downtown Los Angeles throughout the 1980s and 1990s, making it one of the West Coast's best-known venues for hearing edgy music of the era. Well-known performers such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, the Fall, Sonic Youth, Beck and the Misfits all strode the modest stage in the dive bar at 303 S. Hewitt St. before they made it big. The bar closed in 2001 but...
June 6, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Jeff Carter had one, and so did Anze Kopitar. The rub was that they were merely shots on goal by the Kings' centers in the third period, not goals. Only two shots on goal in the final 20 minutes and a lack of sustained urgency put the defending Stanley Cup champions in the toughest of spots. The Kings now face what could be their last shot at survival in the Western Conference finals against the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago defeated the Kings, 3-2, on Thursday night in Game 4 at Staples Center, taking a 3-1 lead in the series, ending the Kings' eight-game home playoff winning streak.
June 6, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
When can you make an argument that 2 > 5? You can do it when comparing the careers of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, should James win a second NBA championship with the Miami Heat in the coming weeks. And you can do the funny math while easily keeping a straight face. A second consecutive title for James would leave him three short of the Lakers legend (though only one short at the same point in their careers), and obviously James is lacking in the longevity department, having played seven fewer NBA seasons than his counterpart.
May 27, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
-- Paul McCartney rocked FedEx Forum on Sunday night in the sixth stop on his worldwide tour. The legendary singer, who turns 71 next month, had ended a recent show by assuring fans he would be back. The San Antonio Spurs have a trio of aging stars who can relate to being pestered about their futures. And they wish everyone would let it be. "If we listened to you guys," point guard Tony Parker recently said of the media, "we would be done in 2008. We don't think like that.
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