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November 7, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Nobu, the boutique hotel-within-a-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, is about to get even more stylish -- if that's possible -- when Nobu Villa opens atop it next year. The 10,300-square-foot Nobu Villa will crown the 181-room Nobu hotel, which is housed inside Caesar's Palace . The views from Nobu Villa will include Las Vegas ' various resorts and the High Roller, one of the world's tallest Ferris wheels that's being built directly across Las Vegas Boulevard. Unlike other ultra-private villas in Vegas designated for high rollers and other invited guests, Nobu Villa will be available to anyone whose pockets are deep enough (prices haven't been announced)
November 6, 2013 | Doyle McManus
After years of fruitless negotiations, the United States may soon face an unfamiliar problem in its long confrontation with Iran: Are we willing to take yes for an answer? Negotiators are scheduled to meet again in Geneva this week to try to move toward an agreement that would put reliable limits on Iran's nuclear program - limits strong enough to reassure other countries that the mullahs cannot build a nuclear weapon. Officials on both sides say they are still a long way from a deal, but they also describe the talks as an important moment of opportunity.
November 6, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Whether the country music stars who'll be front and center at the CMA Awards show from Nashville are coming up with the songs that make the whole world sing could be debated, but they're certainly some of the most trusted celebrities around. That's the finding of Repucom's latest Celebrity Davie Brown Index, or Celebrity DBI, a seven-year old measure of consumer perceptions of celebs. As it turns out, the most effective celebrity musician endorser in the country at the moment is Blake Shelton, who is in the running Wednesday night for entertainer of the year, the CMA's top award.
November 5, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
"Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine. " That admission on Tuesday by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford had city leaders calling for his ouster. But the controversial city official is not quitting. Ford, red-faced and appearing deeply emotional, held a news conference a few hours after his startling impromptu announcement on his previous drug use . PHOTOS: Political figures, personal indiscretion Here's what he said: "With today's announcement, I know I embarrassed everyone in this city, and I will be forever sorry.  There is only one person to blame for this, and that is myself.
November 1, 2013 | By Mike Morris
You never know what you might see in Reno. On our first night in town, my wife and 6-year-old daughter called me to look out the window of our 27th-story hotel room. There, in the center of town, was a brilliant fireworks display - an appropriate welcome to this Nevada town full of flash and color. Although there is a plethora of casinos and night life, we found this mini-Vegas to be offbeat and kid-friendly. It's also affordable: two nights at Circus Circus cost about $175, a buffet dinner for two at the Silver Legacy was $50 and the Discovery Museum cost $24 for two adults and one child.
November 1, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Anti-Obamacare conservatives are chuckling over an exchange from the House's grilling of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday morning, in which Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) challenged Sebelius to explain why men should have to pay for maternity coverage in their health insurance plans. "To the best of your knowledge, has a man ever delivered a baby?" Ellmers asked. Ellmers and her cheering section seem to think this was hilarious , a conclusive, slam-dunk, let-me-hear-a-rimshot punchline.
October 29, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Downtown Los Angeles has been transformed with restaurants and shops, lofts and parks, and the idea of adding a streetcar to the mix is appealing. Though modern in design, the proposed streetcar would be an homage of sorts to the trolley system that once spanned Los Angeles. As conceived by a nonprofit group and the now-defunct Community Redevelopment Agency and championed by City Councilman Jose Huizar, who represents the area, the streetcar would glide along a four-mile path through the heart of downtown, a chunk of that route down Broadway.
October 25, 2013 | By Cynthia Gordon
Two months had passed after my diagnosis last year, and I was in a panicked frenzy to escape the everyday with all its responsibilities and decisions and duties and connections and disconnections. I needed the freedom to just be. So, I booked a beautiful cabin in the Palomar Mountains, in northern San Diego County. The selling point for me came from the owner who said, "There is no cell service up here. " My boyfriend and I packed clothes and food, and we headed 21/2 hours south.
October 25, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
It is a little late to be worrying much over the body of Dracula. From pulp he came and to pulp he shall forever return. For every serious or even vaguely faithful take on the 1897 Bram Stoker novel - Browning, Murnau, Coppola, Herzog, et al. - there must be 20 or 30 instances where the character is turned to daffier uses. He has been Hammer House of Horrored, Mad Monster Partied, Mel Brooksed, George Hamiltoned, Abbott and Costelloed and Scooby-Dooed from here to Romania and back.
October 23, 2013 | By Jon Healey
The state Public Utilities Commission issued rules last month to govern how Uber, Lyft and other Web-based transportation services operate in California. But the PUC's action didn't satisfy the taxi industry and its allies, including Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz, who don't want the state to take the regulatory wheel. So Koretz is trotting out an argument familiar to anyone who's sought to block a competitor from entering the market: He contends that the PUC violated the California Environmental Quality Act. That's not Koretz's sole argument against the PUC's new regulations, mind you. In an interview Tuesday, he said that the rules were inadequate in many ways to protect the public against fraudulent and unsafe ride-sharing services.
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