January 3, 2014 |
Sparks Chairwoman Paula Williams Madison said Friday that her family-owned company realized in December that it could no longer afford to be the primary investor in the WNBA team because of continuing losses. Madison told The Times that since their family firm, Williams Group Holdings, began investing in the Sparks in 2007, the firm had lost nearly $12 million on the team and was projected to lose more than $1 million in the 2014 season. "You kind of get to a point where you say how much more can I afford to invest," Madison said.
December 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence agencies warn in a new, classified assessment that insurgents could quickly regain control of key areas of Afghanistan and threaten the capital as soon as 2015 if American troops are fully withdrawn next year, according to two officials familiar with the findings. The National Intelligence Estimate, which was given recently to the White House, has deeply concerned some U.S. officials. It represents the first time the intelligence community has formally warned that the Afghan government could face significantly more serious attacks in Kabul from a resurgent Taliban within months of a U.S. pullout, the officials said, speaking anonymously to discuss classified material.
December 17, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- India reacted Tuesday to the arrest of one of its diplomats in New York last week by snubbing a U.S. Congressional delegation, removing security from outside the U.S. Embassy and threatening to treat U.S. diplomats the same way it says its envoys were treated by America. The issue has become a major story, with India's often-breathless media calling the situation a “full blown diplomatic war,” while National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon was quoted describing the U.S. action as “barbaric” and “despicable.” The incident was sparked off when Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general, was arrested last week by New York police on charges of visa fraud.
November 15, 2013 |
Russian-born pianist Vladimir Feltsman has withdrawn from a scheduled performance in Orange County on Sunday, citing health reasons. The recital had been scheduled to take place at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo on Sunday at 3 p.m. A spokesman for the Soka Performing Arts Center said that the center will work with the pianist's management to reschedule his recital later in the season, provided his health improves. Tickets will be honored for the rescheduled performance date or can be exchanged for seats at future performances.
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November 1, 2013 |
A proposal to release a serial rapist to a home in the Antelope Valley has been thrown into doubt after the landlord withdrew his support for the move, authorities said Friday. The landlord's decision will likely delay but not stop the release of Christopher Hubbart, who was convicted of raping dozens of women before he was committed to a state mental facility nearly two decades ago as a "sexually violent predator," a prosecutor said. Santa Clara County Deputy Dist. Atty. Vonda Tracey said a state contractor would start the search for a different location in Los Angeles County after the landlord withdrew consideration for the home in Lake Los Angeles, an unincorporated county area east of Palmdale.
October 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - An independent watchdog agency warned Congress on Tuesday that the American military withdrawal from Afghanistan would hinder efforts to monitor dozens of U.S.-financed reconstruction projects, including a hydroelectric dam and health clinics, that cost billions of dollars. U.S. civilian oversight personnel will be able to visit only one-fifth of Afghanistan after the scheduled departure of most American troops by the end of 2014, John F. Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, told a House oversight committee.
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October 28, 2013 |
Pottery Barn apologized for selling a Halloween costume of a sushi chef and a kimono that an Asian American civil rights group had complained were culturally offensive. The retailer confirmed late Monday that the items had been removed from its website. "We did not intend to offend anyone with our Halloween costumes and we apologize," said Leigh Oshirak, vice president of public relations and marketing for Williams-Sonoma, parent company of Pottery Barn. "Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
October 11, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Secretary of State John F. Kerry made an urgent visit to Afghanistan on Friday to spur stalled negotiations on an agreement that would keep some U.S. forces in the country after the NATO mission concludes next year. The Bilateral Security Agreement has been under negotiation for a year and both sides agreed in January the deal must be completed by the end of October. The lead time is needed to secure bases beyond 2014 and to draft deployment plans appropriate to the post-withdrawal responsibilities, officials have said.
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...