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Vigilantes to disarm in Mexico’s Michoacan state

Vigilantes to disarm in Mexico’s Michoacan state

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government has set a date for the so-called self-defense militias in the troubled western state of Michoacan to dissolve and account for their weapons, a move that does not necessarily signal the end of the vigilante movement.

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8-inch knife found rolled in enchiladas at airport

The woman made her flight, but without the whole enchilada.

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Jordan’s ambassador to Libya kidnapped in Tripoli

Jordan’s ambassador to Libya was abducted by armed assailants Tuesday while heading to his Tripoli office, the latest official taken hostage in the unstable North African country.

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Mystery object in Saturn’s ring may be baby moon

LOS ANGELES — The moons that orbit Saturn may be increasing by one — an icy, pint-sized object that astronomers have named “Peggy.”

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Spending up as more US consumers seek medical care, report shows

A historic slowdown in U.S. health care spending in recent years may be drawing to a close.

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Medicare's real doctor payment problem

The following editorial appeared Thursday in the Los Angeles Times:

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FDA guidelines for antibiotic use in livestock is a success story

The following editorial appeared Friday in the Los Angeles Times:

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Southern California’s 5.1 earthquake jolted social media

Southern California’s 5.1 earthquake jolted social media

Shampoo and soap containers litter an aisle in a 99 Cent Only store in Brea, Calif. Last Friday’s earthquake did little damage to Southern California, but it got social media sites such as Twitter buzzing.

April 01, 2014 5:24 pm
Colorado River delta

Colorado River delta

Mexican and U.S. officials, dignitaries and residents gather on Thursday, March 27, 2014, on the Morelos Dam in Algodones, Mexico, to celebrate a landmark agreement between the two nations that allows a "pulse flow" of Colorado River to reach the river's delta in Baja Mexico, for the first t…

March 29, 2014 3:56 pm
NCAA Tournament: Baylor v. Wisconsin

NCAA Tournament: Baylor v. Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky celebrates after making a shot and drawing a foul against Baylor in the Sweet 16 game at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Kaminsky finished with 19 points and six blocks.

March 27, 2014 7:35 pm
Journey to Easter: Pretzels

Journey to Easter: Pretzels

Pretzels are linked to Lent and Easter and their shape reflects arms crossed over the chest, the ancient position for prayer.

March 22, 2014 2:17 pm
Home Cooking: Go soft on broccoli and cauliflower: Cook them a little longer for a surprising difference in flavor

Home Cooking: Go soft on broccoli and cauliflower: Cook them a little longer for a surprising difference in flavor

Anyone who can turn on an oven knows the difference between broccoli and cauliflower, right? One is green and shaped like a tree and the other is white and looks more like a brain.

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Go soft on broccoli and cauliflower

Go soft on broccoli and cauliflower

Cook cauliflower — such as this cauliflower steak — and broccoli a little longer for a big difference in flavor.

March 17, 2014 9:26 am
Planned FDA food safety rules rile organic farmers

Planned FDA food safety rules rile organic farmers

Pennsylvania organic farmer Jim Crawford, left, says new food safety regulations would be an added expense that would hurt growers operating on the margins.

February 22, 2014 5:20 pm

Charisma illuminates 'Run and Jump'

In Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” comedian Will Forte surprised audiences by playing the straight man to Bruce Dern and June Squibb’s slightly unhinged cranks. For his follow-up performance in director Steph Green’s luminous and lovely “Run and Jump,” Forte reinvents himself yet again, this t…

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A precarious time for Afghan women

A precarious time for Afghan women

Ghazalan Koofi is the only woman on a government ministry team that monitors nongovernmental organizations.

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‘Labor Day’ can’t get past the past

‘Labor Day’ can’t get past the past

Sometimes the past trips you up. It certainly does Frank, the escaped con played by Josh Brolin in Jason Reitman’s new drama, “Labor Day.”

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Repairing the voting rights act

The following editorial appeared Friday in the Los Angeles Times:

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Rare tortoises are branded to make them unattractive to poachers

Rare tortoises are branded to make them unattractive to poachers

As Armando Jimenez holds a ploughshare tortoise still, Paul Gibbons carves a brand into its back, a move intended to make the rare tortoise less desirable for collectors.

January 18, 2014 3:31 pm
Spanish-language books flourish thanks to e-readers

Spanish-language books flourish thanks to e-readers

“There was a tremendous appetite for Spanish-language books that wasn’t being met,” said David Kipen, who runs Libros Schmibros, a used-book store in Los Angeles. “We might have 1,000 books in Spanish, but we’re always ravenous for more.”

January 17, 2014 4:12 pm
'God Loves Uganda' looks at missionaries, anti-gay bill

'God Loves Uganda' looks at missionaries, anti-gay bill

While Uganda’s parliament considers an anti-homosexuality bill, which would mandate the death penalty for serial “offenders,” Western-supported megachurches flourish in the African country.

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The 50-year war on smoking

The following editorial appeared Friday in the Los Angeles Times:

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Sardine crash raising alarms

Sardine crash raising alarms

Corbin Hanson returns to port with zero sardines. The crash could have a huge impact on the ocean ecosystem.

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'White Reindeer' a not-so-jolly trip into suburban emptiness

'White Reindeer' a not-so-jolly trip into suburban emptiness

For those considering a deep retreat from oppressive holiday cheer, there’s Zach Clark’s brittle indie confection “White Reindeer.”

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'Liv & Ingmar: Painfully Connected' a lovely look at pair's relationship

'Liv & Ingmar: Painfully Connected' a lovely look at pair's relationship

“Liv & Ingmar: Painfully Connected” is a lovely and lyrical documentary about the passionate, mutually inspiring yet fraught relationship between the late filmmaker Ingmar Bergman and his lover, frequent collaborator and, ultimately, dear friend, actress Liv Ullmann.

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USC vs. UCLA

USC vs. UCLA

UCLA’s Travis Wear, left, is “a banger” and willing to mix it up, and Tony Parker (23) is more of “traditional big” who averages 7.6 points and 5.6 rebounds.

January 08, 2014 12:00 am
Review: Little funny, arresting about 'Wrong Cops'

Review: Little funny, arresting about 'Wrong Cops'

French director Quentin Dupieux’s brand of deadpan absurdism, effectively displayed in “Rubber” and “Wrong,” hits a stale patch with “Wrong Cops.” Pitched somewhere between a DIY alt-humor video and a knockabout comedy, this meandering lark about a corrupt, spiteful and hopelessly distracted…

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Men 'stuck' in gender roles

Men 'stuck' in gender roles

C.J. Duron, who loves stereotypically girly items such as Disney princesses, Barbie dolls and the color pink, plays in his room. The Durons, who use pen names in writing about their family, have come to accept C.J.’s unconventional interests.

December 27, 2013 3:09 pm

USC assistants try to keep focus while in limbo

LOS ANGELES — Clay Helton led USC players through an agility drill this week, hustling and high-stepping over a series of large rectangular bags as other assistants barked encouragement.

December 21, 2013 12:00 am

Target offers 10 percent discounts for weekend after data breach

A day after Target confirmed a massive data breach, Chief Executive Gregg Steinhafel is trying to get customers back into stores during the busy pre-Christmas weekend by extending an offer for free credit monitoring and a 10 percent discount.

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David O. Russell's crime caper shakes things up in style

David O. Russell's crime caper shakes things up in style

David O. Russell is a director on a hot streak, an audacious original with an affinity for edgy American madness. His dizzying, outlandishly entertaining “American Hustle” is a 21st century screwball farce about 20th century con men, scam artists and those who dream of living large, a film t…

December 19, 2013 12:00 am
How Walt Disney won over ‘Mary Poppins’

How Walt Disney won over ‘Mary Poppins’

A creative dispute between a writer and a studio head over the direction of a prospective motion picture sounds like the kind of movie scenario only a lawyer could love.

December 19, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Afghanistan

Afghanistan

Some of the 1,500 construction workers employed at Saleem Caravan customize a new home already sold in Kabul. Homeowners are not allowed to move in until they have paid in full.

December 14, 2013 1:04 pm
Lasagna can be made so many ways

Lasagna can be made so many ways

Many men have rituals for fall Sunday afternoons. Some guys sit around and watch football; for me it takes only about a quarter before I need a nap. Others feel inspired to take up household projects; the less said about my ability with a hammer the better.

December 04, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Lasagna can be made so many ways

Lasagna can be made so many ways

After the basics are mastered, lasagna is an adaptable construct. Mushroom and ham is a tempting variety.

December 03, 2013 12:18 pm
Lasagna can be made so many ways

Lasagna can be made so many ways

There are many ways to make lasagna. Regardless of the ingredients used, fresh pasta is essential. The dish should be as much about the noodles as it is about the filling.

December 03, 2013 12:18 pm
Lasagna can be made so many ways

Lasagna can be made so many ways

Let the lasagna settle for 10 minutes or so after it comes out of the oven. With the smell wafting through the kitchen, it’ll be hard to resist cutting into. It will be worth the wait.

December 03, 2013 12:20 pm

Huskies’ Sarkisian named coach at USC

Washington’s Steve Sarkisian, a former assistant to Pete Carroll and Los Angeles-area native, says he “can’t wait to get started.” Athletic director Pat Haden said, “I believe in my gut that he is the right coach for USC at this time.”

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'Frozen' an icy blast of fun from the first snowflake Caliente

'Frozen' an icy blast of fun from the first snowflake Caliente

Walt Disney Pictures has its animation mojo back. Finally.

November 27, 2013 5:30 pm Photos

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HBO’s ‘Getting On’ may hit a little too close to the home

HBO’s ‘Getting On’ may hit a little too close to the home

Niecy Nash, left, Laurie Metcalf and Alex Borstein take a break from taping HBO’s new series, “Getting On.”

November 26, 2013 7:37 pm

Sun Devils hold off Bruins to clinch South

ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly threw for 225 yards and ran for 99 as the Sun Devils (9-2, 7-1) won the Pac-12 South by beating the Bruins. ASU will face Stanford in the Pac-12 title game in two weeks.

November 23, 2013 4:36 pm

CFB Notes

USC interim head coach Ed Orgeron is 5-1 since taking over for Lane Kiffin. Orgeron’s growing number of supporters includes Kiffin himself.

November 22, 2013 4:27 pm
'Capital' forgets the bottom line — outrage

'Capital' forgets the bottom line — outrage

With international high finance the modern era’s Wild West, it’s not surprising Costa-Gavras — a stalwart of the politically minded thriller (“Z,” “Missing”) — would try to mine banking malfeasance for cinematic suspense.

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Review: Atmosphere of desperation hangs over 'The Motel Life'

Review: Atmosphere of desperation hangs over 'The Motel Life'

Down-and-out Nevada stars alongside two of the screen’s best young character actors in “The Motel Life,” a wintry story of life on the margins.

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Remains of missing family found buried in Calif. desert bring a little closure

Remains of missing family found buried in Calif. desert bring a little closure

Four skeletons were found in shallow graves in the San Bernardino County desert. Two were identified as Joseph and Summer McStay, missing since 2010. The other two IDs await autopsies, but may be their sons.

November 16, 2013 6:13 pm
Remains of missing family found buried in Calif. desert bring a little closure

Remains of missing family found buried in Calif. desert bring a little closure

Photographs of the McStay family were on display Friday at a news conference at San Bernardino, Calif., sheriff’s headquarters.

November 16, 2013 6:12 pm
'A Touch of Sin' shows how greed undermines Chinese society

'A Touch of Sin' shows how greed undermines Chinese society

Although no one knows if former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping did say “To get rich is glorious,” that sentiment has certainly taken hold in China.

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111413-cal-x dallas review

111413-cal-x dallas review

LOS ANGELES — Few actors can play a grifter and a good ol’ boy with the laid-back precision of Matthew McConaughey. Between the sidewinder glances, the sardonic grin and that slippery Texas drawl, he uses irony, edge and considerable charm to move us into taking his most questionable charact…

November 14, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Don’t chintz on quince

Don’t chintz on quince

At first glance — and even, quite frankly, after extended contemplation — there is little to hint that the quince is one of the most delicious of fall’s fruits. It is rough-hewn and blocky in appearance, like someone’s first woodworking project gone horribly wrong. And should you make the mi…

November 13, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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QUINCE

QUINCE

Cook quince slowly and gently, bathed in just a little bit of sugar syrup, and the flesh that was once wooden and tannic turns a lovely rose hue.

November 12, 2013 1:37 pm

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