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In this July 21, 2012 file photograph, Joshu Sasaki Roshi, a 105-year-old Japanese Zen master, celebrates his 50th anniversary at Rinzai-ji Zen Center in Los Angeles. Roshi died July 27, 2014, of age-related causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 107. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

Joshu Sasaki Roshi, monk who brought Zen Buddhism to US, dies at 107

Saturday, August 2, 2014

When an obscure Japanese monk arrived in Los Angeles 52 years ago, he carried little more than a spare robe, a Japanese-English dictionary and an invitation to teach Zen. But the trappings of his life would not always be so simple. At centers he established on Mount Baldy, Calif., and in Jemez Springs, N.M., Joshu Sasaki Roshi guided thousands of … 0

GAZA: Israeli soldier feared captured by Hamas

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Israeli forces, backed by heavy tank fire and airstrikes, moved deeper into southern Gaza last night in search of a soldier apparently captured in a clash with Hamas militants earlier in the day. At least 70 Palestinians and two Israeli soldiers were killed in the fierce fighting in the area that quickly shattered … 0

Cantor to resign from House seat in August

Saturday, August 2, 2014

After a stunning primary election loss, former majority leader Eric Cantor said yesterday he will resign his seat in the House months earlier than expected. The congressman will step down Aug. 18 and has asked Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a special election to enable his successor to take office immediately, Cantor … 0

U.S., European Union impose tough new sanctions on Russia

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions yesterday against Russia, followed swiftly by a new round of U.S. penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy. The … 1

Helsinki airport to track passengers closely

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Helsinki’s airport will be the world’s first to track passengers to within feet, a plan being hailed as a technological breakthrough – and drawing scrutiny from privacy advocates. Sensors will monitor all mobile phones with Wi-Fi access turned on from parking lot to takeoff, helping to observe crowding … 0

U.S. appeals court blocks Mississippi abortion law

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mississippi’s effort to close its last abortion clinic was overturned in federal appellate court yesterday. Advocates for the law said women with unwanted pregnancies could always travel to other states, but the judges said every state must guarantee … 0

Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war yesterday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory’s only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on the bloodiest day of … 0

Poll: Immigration concerns rise with tide of kids

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

For nearly two months, images of immigrant children who have crossed the border without a parent, only to wind up in concrete holding cells once in the United States, have tugged at heartstrings. Yet most Americans now say … 0

Veterans’ health care bill to cost $17 billion

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A bipartisan deal to improve veterans’ health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays, the bill’s chief supporters said Monday. The … 2

Oregon: Shunned at home, coal ships out

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The largest power plant in Oregon, the Boardman Coal Plant, sat idle one day earlier this summer, “cold steel” in industry parlance, its dirty power no longer wanted on an electricity grid that is becoming greener. For two … 0

Netanyahu warns Israel to prepare for long Gaza conflict, as at least 10 more are killed

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Israel will press its air and ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday, preparing his country for a longer and bloodier campaign and dashing hopes that the three-week-old conflict would end soon. Rebuffing appeals from President Obama, the United Nations and others for … 0

In Iraq’s Mosul, radicals unleash their vision

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the Crooked … 0

Brown calls for securing the border in new ad

Monday, July 28, 2014

Scott Brown released his sixth TV ad in his U.S. Senate bid yesterday, this one focusing on immigration and securing the border. His call to secure the border comes on the heels of recent discussions over how to handle the flood of immigrant children from Central America now … 1