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September 15, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Seeking to whip up public support for what's expected to be a hard-fought budget battle in Congress, a group of defense contractors launched a lobbying campaign urging an end to cuts in military spending. The campaign, named Second to None, was introduced by the Aerospace Industries Assn. trade group Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington. The group, which represents manufacturers and suppliers of aircraft, space systems and engines, warned of potential job losses and national security risks.
August 20, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
BS is put up with here, WAR happily obliged. It's a place where gobbledygook acronyms such as PVORP and BABIP hold sway, and the more easily digestible BS (blown save) and WAR (wins above replacement) do not automatically raise blood pressures. In this realm, it's often H_IP to be square. The search for the most telling baseball statistics can lead to some strange places, the least peculiar of which is the Dodgers' clubhouse. As he swiveled ever so slightly in the leather chair in front of his locker, right-hander Chad Billingsley wore a quizzical expression when asked whether there was one stat that definitively told whether a pitcher was good.
June 10, 2011 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
Firefighters raced to shore up lines of defense before flame-whipping gusts sweep through Arizona's White Mountains, where the Wallow fire has charred more than 400,000 acres of pine and spruce and pushed thousands of people out of their homes. Aided by a second day of light winds, more than 3,000 firefighters on Friday attacked the conflagration, which has destroyed at least 29 homes, the majority in the resort town of Greer, and threatened 5,200 more. A major part of the blaze was reportedly 5% contained Friday morning, as a grayish haze coated the sky, but the kind of stiff winds that fanned it across the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests and toward the New Mexico border were expected to return by mid-Saturday.
May 26, 2011 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
  Dear SOS: On a recent visit to the Philadelphia area, I encountered the absolute best Welsh rarebit at a local British pub. The Whip Tavern serves a rarebit that combines good English cheddar and Stilton cheeses with Smithwick's Irish Ale, spiced with a bit of British mustard. Served with crostini. Stunning. Now 3,000 miles away, I am trying to re-create this marvelous dish. Can you get us the recipe for this great comfort food, please? WIlliam McCuskey Los Angeles Dear William: The Whip Tavern was happy to share its recipe for this rich, cheesy dish, browned under a broiler and served alongside plenty of crostini for dipping.
April 24, 2011 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
Debris from scores of flattened homes littered neighborhoods in St. Louis on Saturday, as cleanup crews combed through the wreckage and airport workers attempted to shore up ravaged terminals after a fast-moving series of storms and tornadoes barreled through the city. The storm system in Missouri formed Friday afternoon west of Jefferson City and tore into the St. Louis area that evening, said Scott Truett, a forecaster for the National Weather Service's office there. A tornado that touched down in the town of Bridgeton, just northwest of the airport, brought winds of 166 to 200 mph, Truett said.
March 19, 2011 | Helene Elliott
Ducks winger Corey Perry was near the end of a shift and was exhausted. So when teammate Cam Fowler passed the puck up ice to him and he chugged into a clear lane on the right wing he had only one thought in mind. "I just closed my eyes and shot," he said. When he opened his eyes his teammates were rushing to congratulate him for a wicked snap shot that glanced off the glove of Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick and into the net 1 minute and 32 seconds into overtime Saturday, giving the Ducks a 2-1 victory in a physical and tense game at Staples Center.
March 4, 2011 | By Robert Abele
One of South Korea's biggest recent hits in movie theaters, "Detective K" is a slapdash mixture of comedy, mystery, action and historical drama that proves diverting in spots but mostly exhausts with its genre-jumping restlessness. Set in the Joseon dynasty of the 18th century, director Kim Suk-yoon's epic yarn concerns the investigative efforts of a whip-smart, king-commissioned detective (Kim Myung-min) trying to solve a series of murders that might have something to do with embezzled taxes, a sultry female trade magnate (Han Ji-min)
February 10, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro and Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, will not seek reelection to the seat he has held for three terms. Kyl announced his retirement at an Arizona news conference. “There is no other reason than the fact it is time,” Kyl said. “It is time for me to do something else and time to give someone else a chance.” Kyl's retirement is the fifth in the Senate as Republicans and Democrats gear up for 2012, when control of the chamber will be up for grabs.
February 10, 2011 | By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times
Sen. Jon Kyl, the second-highest ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate, announced Thursday that he will not run for reelection, setting off a scramble for a seat long considered safe for the GOP. Kyl, 68, who was first elected in 1994, said he had no health or other issues leading him to retire, but that it was the right time to step down. "It's time for me to have an opportunity to do something else," the Arizona senator said at a news conference in downtown Phoenix, with his wife, Carol, at his side.
February 8, 2011 | By Ned Parker and Doha Al Zohairy, Los Angeles Times
The young lawyer sat in a cafe, burn marks on his hands, purple and yellow bruises hidden under the legs of his jeans. He knows he might be followed, but he doesn't care. He says that telling his story might be the only way to protect himself. Mohamed Badr is among dozens of middle-class Egyptians, many of them never in trouble before, who were picked up by the state security apparatus after their country erupted in protest against President Hosni Mubarak. Among the most prominent is Wael Ghonim, the senior marketing executive for Google Inc. in the Middle East and one of the architects of the demonstrations.
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