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Sat September 14, 2013
Middle East

U.S., Russia Reach Deal On Syrian Chemical Weapons

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 5:15 am

Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, his back to camera, and senior aides talk outside at a Geneva hotel Saturday before announcing an agreement on securing Syrian chemical weapons.
Larry Downing AP

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Saturday they have reached an agreement on a framework for Syria to destroy all of its chemical weapons, and raised the specter of a potential U.N. Security Council resolution that could authorize sanctions — even military action — if President Bashar Assad's government fails to comply.

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2:58am

Sat September 14, 2013
Author Interviews

McMillan 'Asks' Readers To Empathize With A Family's Problems

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 9:28 am

Terry McMillan is the best-selling author of Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Matthew Jordan Smith Courtesy of Penguin Group USA

Terry McMillan weaves together different voices, generations, races and surprises in her latest novel, Who Asked You?. It's a family story that revolves around Betty Jean — known as BJ — a woman who worked as a Los Angeles maid and raised three kids. Her husband is now retired and suffers from Alzheimer's and her children have grown up in radically different ways. One son, Dexter, is in prison. Another son, Quentin, is a successful chiropractor who has had multiple marriages, pointedly lives out of town and wants little contact with his family.

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2:57am

Sat September 14, 2013
Architecture

In Los Angeles, Showcasing A City That Might Have Been

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 8:52 pm

Pereira and Luckman, Los Angeles International Airport Original Plan, 1952
LAWA Flight Path Learning Center

A museum exhibit about buildings that don't exist might not sound all that exciting. But the Architecture & Design Museum in Los Angeles has had its crowds grow to 10 times their normal level for a show called Never Built: Los Angeles. It's on through Oct. 13 – and it's all about projects that were imagined for the city but never constructed.

Let's start with one of the most high-profile: a 1968 proposal that would've dramatically altered the profile of Mount Hollywood.

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2:54am

Sat September 14, 2013
Middle East

In Syria Debate, Obama's Internal Dialogue Becomes Audible

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 4:21 pm

President Obama's speeches about Syria have at times seemed to reveal his own internal struggle on the topic.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

A surprise agreement between the U.S. and Russia, announced Saturday, calls for Syria to destroy all of its chemical weapons by mid-2014. The deal follows a chaotic week of seat-of-the-pants foreign policy.

Performing on the international stage, Obama and his Cabinet secretaries have offered up one plot twist after another, though it often seems as if the actors are working without a script.

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2:53am

Sat September 14, 2013
Around the Nation

For Wounded Vets, Climbing Half Dome Only Half The Mission

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 12:50 pm

At base camp, Timmy O'Neill, gives instructions to volunteers and veterans participating in the week's hiking and climbing activities.
David P Gilkey NPR

Timmy O'Neill is guiding Steve Baskis through ancient yellow pines that almost touch the sky. They're hiking all day to base camp in California's Yosemite National Park, 2,000 feet up in Little Yosemite Valley.

Taking Baskis by the hand, O'Neill traces the distant ridge of Half Dome, a bald rock rising almost a mile from the valley floor. That's tomorrow's challenge.

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