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Today: Why a Chinese Parade Is Rattling Nerves

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES Chinese Chess Game Tanks, aircraft and thousands of goose-stepping soldiers will parade through Beijing on Thursday. The occasion will mark 70 years...

Essential California: What are you wearing to Burning Man?

Good morning. It is Wednesday, Sept. 2. A new survey suggests that the signature dish of California is fish tacos. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES L.A. is their place Los Angeles will be the U.S. Olympic Committee's pick to bid for the...

Korean American apparel makers mull fleeing L.A.'s business climate for El Paso

When Daejae Kim arrived in Los Angeles three decades ago, he took his first step into the apparel business in downtown's fashion district, where a budding Korean entrepreneurial community was beginning to take hold.

Costs mount for Ford Theatre renovation; the rush is on to beat El Niño

With expenses ballooning for a makeover of the John Anson Ford Theatre, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved spending $8.6 million more on the project, raising the cost to about $66 million.

Cuba's Malpaso troupe steps into SoCal for the first time at Laguna Dance Festival

Fernando Sáez grew up in Cuba under the embargo with the United States, and he didn't visit America until well into his 30s.

Battle to marry in Kentucky: 6 couples, gay and straight, one purpose

Six couples -- four gay couples and two straight couples -- have sued a county clerk in Kentucky for refusing to issue marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned bans on same-sex marriage nationwide.

As Islamic State destroys antiquities, a rush to get 3-D images of what's left

In recent months, the terrorist group Islamic State has destroyed some of most significant historical and archaeological sites in Iraq and Syria. Some of the ravaged antiquities and cultural monuments date back thousands of years. They include UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as castles and temples....

Cautionary tales for baby boomers without enough money for retirement

Ever since I briefly flatlined three years ago after surgery, and then rose from the dead thanks to CPR from a well-trained nurse, I've found it more difficult to live conservatively and plan for tomorrow.

Obama visits Arctic community to discuss Native issues

ANCHORAGE/JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit a community north of the Arctic Circle, a trek the White House hopes will bring into focus how climate change is affecting Americans.

Back to school in Long Beach, where the superintendent has lasted longer than your K-12 career

A dozen years ago on a Saturday morning, a father in Long Beach dropped off his son to take a qualifying test for an AP history class. When the teen got in and the dad later visited the class at Wilson Classical High School, he noticed something odd: Most of the students were white-even though...

A look inside the WWII surrender ceremony: 'My job was to make sure we did not screw up'

James L. Starnes, navigator of the battleship Missouri, was 24 years old when he learned he would play a key role in the ceremony to mark the end of World War II.

Dutch court: gas producer NAM must compensate homeowners in quake zone

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch court ruled on Wednesday that gas producer NAM must compensate homeowners for falls in the value of their properties due to earthquakes linked to gas production at the Groningen field in the north of the Netherlands.

Communists' version of China's wartime record frustrates Taiwan

Maj. Tao Shin-jun, a 97-year-old veteran of China's fight against Japan in World War II, tears up when asked about Thursday's military parade in Beijing marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the conflict. It's not that Tao is sentimental - he's angry.

In the Kitchen: Chilling out with soup

When the temperature is in the triple digits and the sun feels like it's going to sear your skull, sometimes all you want to eat is a bowl of soup. Right? Well, if it's a chilled gazpacho, yeah. We've got two very different alternatives for you to try this week. In the news: Amazon is getting into...

Obama: Shrinking Exit Glacier a powerful sign of warming climate

SEWARD, Alaska (Reuters) - President Barack Obama walked down a winding wooded path, past a small brown post marked "1926" and a glacial stream trickling over gravel that eons of ice have scraped off mountain peaks.

L.A. Unified selects firm to search for new superintendent

The search for a new Los Angeles school district chief moved into the open Tuesday, but it's not clear how long the effort will remain public.

Tree loss slows, but covers area twice size of Portugal in 2014: study

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Tree cover lost globally eased for a third straight year in 2014, an environmental research group said, although the three-year average rose to an all-time high, with trees covering an area twice the size of Portugal lost last year.

Q&A: Dating When You’re Fat?

Can you imagine a society where 75 per cent of folks are gay, yet society is still as homophobic as the Duggar clan? That’s pretty much what fat people deal with every day, so we’ve made this far-reaching topic the … Continue readin...

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