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May 5, 2012 | By Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times
There are frequent fliers, and then there are people like Steven Rothstein and Jacques Vroom. Both men bought tickets that gave them unlimited first-class travel for life on American Airlines. It was almost like owning a fleet of private jets. Passes in hand, Rothstein and Vroom flew for business. They flew for pleasure. They flew just because they liked being on planes. They bypassed long lines, booked backup itineraries in case the weather turned, and never worried about cancellation fees.
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April 26, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Updated and edgy, this multi-story house sits behind gates in Hollywood Hills West. Described by the design firm as a "transitional take on a classic Mediterranean," the home retains such characteristic details as interior and exterior wrought-iron railings, arched windows and a tile roof. Location: 1427 Queens Road, Los Angeles 90069 Asking price: $3.698 million Year built: 1937 Remodel: Bravia Design House size: Four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,554 square feet Lot size: 5,882 square feet Features: Library, family room, breakfast area, kitchen island, hardwood floors, whole-house audio, terraces, outdoor living room with flat-screen TV, fountain-fed swimming pool About the area: Last year, 195 single-family homes sold in the 90069 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.25 million, according to DataQuick.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2010
Driven West: Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears to the Civil War A.J. Langguth Simon and Schuster: 480 pp., $30
WORLD
April 24, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - As President Obama warned of possible new U.S. sanctions against Russia, a senior Ukrainian official Thursday urged the West to move immediately to impose penalties against entire sectors of the Russian economy. Danylo Lubkivsky, Ukraine's deputy foreign minister, said the United States and Europe need to move beyond sanctions on individuals to the more far-reaching “sectoral” sanctions because Russia “has already crossed the red line.” With Russia sending more troops to its region bordering Ukraine, “we have to do it right now,” he said in an appearance at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington.
SPORTS
February 27, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 West Ranch's Jake Bird, one of the top pitchers in the Foothill League, has committed to UCLA. He has shown tremendous improvement, with his fastball reaching 90 mph. He's also an honor student with hopes of becoming a doctor. He had 41 strikeouts in 33 innings during fall ball. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
NEWS
November 7, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
WASHINGTON -- In a race seen as a test of the strength for the tea party movement, Democrat Patrick Murphy appeared poised to defeat freshman Rep. Allen West, a top tea party figure, in Florida's 18th Congressional District. The race was one of the tightest House contests in the country, with Murphy receiving 50.4% of the vote to West's 49.6%. With all precincts reporting by Wednesday morning, Murphy's .8-point lead was greater than the .5-point margin that would trigger a recount, but West had not conceded.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2012
Alcohol and art are best consumed in tandem, which is why it's twice as nice now to head to Traxx restaurant in Union Station, where mixologist Kurtis Wells has created a cocktail in honor of the restaurant's signature piece of artwork. "No Further West" is a minimalist gold-leaf painting created by Gordy Grundy that alludes to the fact that the tracks literally stop here. As will yours when you sip its liquid sidekick, a jubilant burst of orange, cucumber and mint laced with vodka and Champagne called "No Further West: A Very California Cocktail Creation.
NEWS
September 23, 1999 | GEORGE SKELTON
Capitol Journal columnist George Skelton has the day off.
TRAVEL
May 15, 1988
Bob O'Sullivan's "On the Road West During the Depression" (April 24) was beautifully evocative. It put me in mind of writer Russell Baker, the highest compliment I can give. MARY LOU WHITMORE Brentwood
WORLD
March 6, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - The Ukraine crisis has forced Western leaders to reassess what they thought they knew about Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has shown that he is willing to make far riskier moves to achieve his security goals and that his hostility to the U.S. and its allies runs much deeper than many wanted to believe. That reappraisal has caused U.S. national security officials to take Putin more seriously as a threat. The possibility that he might also send troops into eastern Ukraine, which could spark a war, or that he might use force against other neighboring countries, including the Baltic nations, no longer seems as unlikely as the foreign policy establishment thought.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Lana Del Rey was in no way afraid of the selfie. At three different points in the alt-torch singer's 45-minute Outdoor Stage set Sunday night, Del Rey descended into the audience to vamp and pose with fans, allowing - encouraging, even - the rampant repurposing of her image across social media. She even prolongued one cinematically sexy smooch with a male fan who couldn't seem to get his phone-camera game together quickly enough to simply point and shoot.   Given Del Rey's nostalgia-tinged sex appeal, who could have blamed him?
WORLD
April 19, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN - Iran has "virtually resolved" its dispute with world powers over a planned nuclear plant that could produce weapon material, the chairman of Iran's nuclear agency told a state news agency. Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's nuclear program, told the official Al Alam news channel Saturday that Iran had agreed to redesign the Arak plant, about 150 miles southwest of Tehran, to produce far less plutonium, a key ingredient in nuclear weapons. Salehi said the 80% reduction in plutonium production capability at Arak had been "welcomed" by the six countries engaged in talks with Iran about its nuclear program: the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By August Brown
There are "trophy wives," and then there the prizes on offer in Future and Kanye West's new video. In the new clip for "I Won," Future extrapolates on that old women-as-prizes-for-music-success canard. While decked out in a Tom Wolfe-worthy white suit ensemble, he promises a potential amour, "Ever since I been with you, I feel like I won me a trophy. " Well, it seems like Future means that as a genuine compliment. And heck, if you play with OutKast at its  Coachella reunion, you probably deserve a medal of some sort.  PHOTOS: 10 great rap lyrics of 2013 Kanye West also shows up for a guest verse, promising to "Take you to the south France / so you can run around without them pants," and declaring the hotness of the entire extended Kardashian clan.
TRAVEL
April 18, 2014 | By Alex Pulaski
KO OLINA, Hawaii - Hang around the fire-pit fire long enough, watching Uncle Ito breathe life into Hawaiian legend, and those rascally little menehune inevitably clamber into the conversation. Uncle Ito, one of the resident storytellers at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is blessed with an abundant sense of humor. In a recitation of the menehune people's favorite foods (banana, sweet potato, fish, poi), he's been known to insinuate a Disney reference to Mickey ice cream bars.
WORLD
April 14, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - An Israeli man was killed and at least two people were injured Monday when civilian vehicles came under fire near the southern West Bank city of Hebron. The incident could aggravate tension between Israelis and Palestinians that is  threatening to unravel peace negotiations. Israeli news media reported that at least three vehicles were carrying members of a family to a Passover holiday dinner when they came under fire. “Moments ago, fire was opened at a civilian Israeli vehicle travelling on route 35 near Hebron.
SPORTS
April 14, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
One season under the NHL's realigned conference setup probably was enough for Eastern teams to veto future additions from the West. The Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets, who moved from the West to the East before this season, won their new conference's two wild-card playoff berths. The Red Wings will make their 23rd consecutive postseason appearance, and the Blue Jackets will make their second appearance in franchise history. First place in the East - and overall - went to the Boston Bruins, with the Ducks winning the No. 1 spot in the West.
NEWS
January 28, 1993 | Associated Press
Russia's Security Ministry, the successor to the KGB, admitted Wednesday that the country's spies are defecting to the West in growing numbers.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Elin Hampton sets out to craft a crew of irritating yet lovable eccentrics in her world premiere comedy, “The Bells of West 87th” at the Greenway Court Theatre. But although the second act yields some long overdue laughs, the first act feels like an attenuated setup that never quite achieves the flagrantly offbeat tone the playwright so obviously intends. Capable Cameron Meyer, who has taken over for original cast member Juliet Landau for the run of the show, plays the pivotal role of Molly, the much put-upon daughter of Ida (Carol Locatell)
SPORTS
April 13, 2014 | Helene Elliott
The Colorado Avalanche rose from the dregs of a 29th-place finish last season to win the Central Division title, and the St. Louis Blues collapsed late in the regular season and lost their chance to finish atop the Central, Western Conference and the NHL overall. The Boston Bruins' reward for having the league's best record is a first-round matchup with the ever-dangerous Detroit Red Wings, who overcame a flood of injuries to earn the second wild-card spot in the East. The series, which starts Friday, will be the first playoff meeting between these two Original Six teams since 1957, when Gordie Howe was throwing elbows and ruling the corners.
SPORTS
April 13, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Clayton Kershaw and Brian Wilson might be on the disabled list because of the Dodgers' shortened spring training before they opened the season in Australia, but the team's hitters appear to be completely unaffected. The Dodgers are alone in first place in the National League West, in large part because of their offense, which had another spectacular day Sunday in an 8-6, sweep-sealing victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Adrian Gonzalez homered for the fourth consecutive game, Matt Kemp and Juan Uribe also belted home runs, and Dee Gordon swiped a career-high four bases.
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