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April 21, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON -- President Obama is turning to Neil Eggleston, a veteran of the Whitewater and Iran-Contra confrontations between Capitol Hill and the White House, to help guide his administration through what could be stormy years ahead with Congress. Obama on Monday named Eggleston, a Washington lawyer who specializes in representing high-profile public figures in government investigations, as the next White House counsel. He replaces Kathryn Ruemmler, who has been seeking to vacate the White House hot seat for months.
April 20, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
When Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was at his best as a boxer, it would have been impossible to foresee Nelson Mandela or Bob Dylan doing him any favors. With his fearsome, drop-dead glare, precisely cut goatee and glistening, shaved head, Carter was violent and swaggering, a white racist's caricature of a dangerous black man. Talking to sportswriter Milton Gross for a 1964 story in the Saturday Evening Post, Carter made a widely publicized joking remark about killing cops in Harlem.
April 16, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Medical examiners have removed two more bodies from the square-mile debris field of last month's devastating Washington state landslide, pushing the death toll to 39 on Wednesday. The three bodies recovered this week have not been identified, keeping the number of people missing at seven. If all those missing are eventually confirmed dead, at least 42 people will have died in the swift collapse of a 600-foot-high hillside. The gush of mud, clay and silt spilled across a river and wiped out homes and a highway in its path, leaving behind hundreds of acres of muck that searchers have been trudging through for 3 1/2 weeks.
April 15, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A 37th body has been recovered from the debris of last month's mudslide in Washington, officials announced Tuesday. The remains have not yet been identified, leaving the number of missing people at seven. The powerful and quick-moving landslide on March 22 in Oso killed families at home and contractors who were working in the community. A 37-year-old man remained hospitalized late Monday in satisfactory condition, Harborview Medical Center said. Officials said search crews were helped Monday by a rain-free day -- but there was a 70% chance of rain Tuesday.
April 14, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
The Washington Post and the Guardian captured coveted Pulitzer Prizes for public service on Monday for their revelations about the U.S. government's massive surveillance programs. The newspapers' stories were based on thousands of secret documents obtained from Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who is living in Russia after fleeing the United States. The revelations set off a national debate about the scope of the U.S. government's collection of private information for security reasons.
April 12, 2014 | By Steve Galluzzo
On Saturday night at the Arcadia Invitational, Long Beach Poly's Ariana Washington showed why she has won back-to-back titles in both the 100 and 200 meters. The Oregon-bound senior won the Invitational girls 100-meter dash in a wind-aided 11.38 seconds, the second-fastest in the nation under any conditions this season. She also anchored the Jackrabbits' 4x100 relay, which finished third. Poly's 4x400 relay of Hollie Harris, Autumn Wright, Kaelin Roberts and Ebony Crear won in 3:47.23.  Defending state pole vault champion Kaitlyn Merritt of Santa Margarita cleared 13 feet, six inches to repeat and Dos Pueblos senior Stamatia Scarvelis broke the meet shot put record with a throw of 52 feet, 1.25 inches and won the discus with a throw of 172 feet, seven inches.
April 12, 2014 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON - The U.S. made clear this week that it wants the International Monetary Fund to be the emergency lender for countries like Ukraine, but American lawmakers have persistently refused to give the IMF the additional financial firepower that it has sought. That tension was evident in meetings concluding this weekend of the IMF, the World Bank and representatives of the Group of 20 major economies: Washington's long delay in ratifying changes to the IMF's so-called quota system came under fire from finance ministers and other officials of many countries.
April 11, 2014 | Doyle McManus
Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading -- and of this weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books -- we asked four readers (who also happen to be writers) to celebrate books that mattered in their lives. If you want a friend in Washington, the saying goes, get a dog. But if you're looking to understand Washington, I'd recommend fiction.
April 11, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Want to visit Japan, South Africa, Costa Rica and Australia in a day? Go embassy-hopping in Washington, D.C., on May 3 when more than 50 countries open their doors to visitors. Travelers who want to choose which ones to visit and be escorted by a guide can sign on to a Diplomat for a Day tour. Pennsylvania-based Frontiers offers a driver and guide to help you soak up world culture without the hassle. Each embassy to the U.S., many on Embassy Row in Dupont Circle, will showcase their art, food, music and other traditions during the one-day event.
April 9, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - A broken leg. A shattered ankle. A broken arm. A fractured eye socket. And a memory of terror that will be with her forever, its soundtrack an "unexplainable" noise "that will never get out of my head. " That is what Amanda Skorjanc, 25, remembers after the March 22 Oso landslide that destroyed her home, almost wiped her little town off the map and nearly killed her infant son, Duke Suddarth, who was 22 weeks old when the disaster struck. At least 36 people were killed and 10 others remain missing.
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