October 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Closed-door negotiations to determine the American military mission in Afghanistan after 2014 have stalled over U.S. demands to conduct lethal counter-terrorism operations and Afghan insistence that Washington guarantee support in event of cross-border attacks. President Hamid Karzai is balking at Obama administration demands that U.S. special operations troops and the CIA be allowed to capture or even kill suspected terrorists after most U.S. troops close out America's longest war at the end of next year, according to officials familiar with the negotiations.
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October 2, 2013 |
For those going through “Breaking Bad” withdrawal, the Glendale Public Library has a possible antidote: a reading list inspired by the hit AMC show that ended on Sunday. The list includes “Leaves of Grass,” the Walt Whitman book of poems that plays a key role in leading police to connect the main character, Walter White, to a massive meth operation, and “Winter's Bone,” a novel about another family in a financial bind...
September 23, 2013 |
The poet C.J. Allen has withdrawn his poem, “Explaining the Plot of Blade Runner to My Mother Who Has Alzheimers,” from the shortlist of Britain's Forward Poetry prize after admitting to plagiarizing some early poems. The award for single best poem, the category Allen was shortlisted for, comes with a prize of about $1,600. Poet Matthew Welton discovered that Allen had plagiarized a number of his poems after attending a reading of Allen's last year. In a post on his publisher Carcanet's blog, Welton compares his own poems to Allen's plagiarized versions . Jeannette Winterson, a judge for the Forward Poetry Prize, told the Bookseller that she has conflicted feelings about Allen's poem being withdrawn from consideration.
September 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - With political opposition mounting against him, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers pulled his name from consideration as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, an abrupt turn of events that underscored President Obama's weakness in Congress. The unexpected decision, disclosed Sunday, left some financial analysts recalibrating the odds of changes in the central bank's policies, which have major global implications. Economists and other experts were stunned.
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September 5, 2013 |
L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy has withdrawn his endorsement of legislation that would speed up the overhaul of the state standardized testing system. The current plan, he said, imposes unfair cost burdens on school systems, especially those that serve low-income, minority students. He raised concerns Thursday after more details emerged about a pending major shift in how California's 6.2 million students are taught and tested. State officials plan to drop the standardized exams used since 1999 and replace them with a computerized system next spring.
August 27, 2013 |
An injured back will force Tiger Woods to skip the annual charity event run by his college buddy, Notah Begay III. Officials at the NB3 Challenge announced Woods' withdrawal from their tournament, which begins Wednesday at the Turning Stone Resort in New York. "While we're disappointed Tiger is unable to play in this year's event, the important thing for Tiger is to make sure he's 100% healthy and not risk further injuring himself," Begay said in a statement. Woods has struggled with a variety of ailments this summer.
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August 3, 2013 |
San Diego County Clerk Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr. said he was withdrawing his legal bid to resurrect Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage, because it duplicated efforts by the sponsors of the marriage ban. Dronenburg said in a statement Friday that he decided to withdraw so the California Supreme Court could reach a speedy decision in the challenge by ProtectMarriage, the sponsors of Proposition 8. ProtectMarriage has...
July 28, 2013 |
Brandt Snedeker won the Canadian Open on Sunday for his second PGA Tour title of the year, closing with two-under 70 for a three-stroke victory at Oakville, Canada. Snedeker, who held on to finish with a 16-under total of 272 at Glen Abbey, took the lead Saturday after second-round leader Hunter Mahan withdrew when his wife went into labor. Mahan's wife, Kandi , gave birth to daughter Zoe Olivia Mahan , the couple's first child, early Sunday in Texas. "Zoe will be getting a very nice baby gift from me," Snedeker said.
July 19, 2013 |
Dear Liz: My partner passed away a little more than a year ago. I inherited his 401(k) and life insurance. I opened an IRA in which to place the amount of the 401(k), but the company told me that after a year (which is now), I have to withdraw the money over five years. Is that really required? I'd like to be able to have it on hand in case of an emergency but at the same time save it for our 2-year-old son's college education. Answer: Since you weren't married, you don't have the option of treating this inherited account as your own. That would have allowed you to delay withdrawals until after you turned 70 1/2 , if you wanted.
July 18, 2013 |
Monsanto Co. said Thursday it will largely drop its bid to grow some of its genetically modified crops in Europe. The world's largest seed-maker has nine pending applications with the European Commission, the executive body for the European Union. A spokesman said the company plans to withdraw eight of those applications. The requests "have been going nowhere fast for several years," said Brandon Mitchener, a spokesman for the St. Louis-based company's European entity. "There's no end in sight ... due to political obstructionism.