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October 14, 2011 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Gov. Jerry Brown has pulled the plug — at least temporarily — on the already beleaguered agency that oversees the state's registered nurses by vetoing a bill that would have extended the agency's powers. The authority of the California Board of Registered Nursing to license and discipline the state's nearly 400,000 registered nurses will expire Jan. 1. The powers would have been extended another four years under a seemingly routine "sunset bill" passed by the Legislature.
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NEWS
June 18, 2010 | By Carla Rivera
The California State University Board of Trustees on Friday approved a 5% fee increase for undergraduate students for the fall, taking action at a special board meeting in Long Beach. The fee hike translates to a $204 increase for full-time undergraduates, bringing the total university fee to $4,230 for the 2010-2011 academic year. Including campus fees, the cost for an undergraduate to attend a Cal State campus would rise to $5,097. The trustees also increased fees for graduate business and professional degree students by 5%. They also approved a 10% fee increase for doctoral education students and eliminated a cap on non-resident tuition for out-of-state students.
NEWS
November 7, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
The federal government recorded a $1.3-trillion budget deficit in the 2011 fiscal year, roughly even with the previous year's shortfall. An analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released Monday showed that federal government took in $2.3 trillion while spending $3.6 trillion. Receipts increased at a faster rate than the growth in spending -- 6.5% versus 4.2%, respectively. The deficit as a share of the national economy actually decreased slightly from 9% to 8.7%, though that figure was still the third-highest since World War II. The analysis comes as congressional negotiators are working to meet a Thanksgiving deadline to put forward a plan to slash long-term deficits by $1.5 trillion.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Automobiles ? whether economy cars or the top luxury models ? are rapidly becoming safer to drive, an insurance industry trade group said. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released its Top Safety Pick ratings for the 2011 model year Tuesday, saying 66 vehicles, including 40 cars and 25 sport utility vehicles, earned the group's highest safety ranking. That's more than double the 27 vehicles that achieved the group's top safety grade at the start of this year. Big improvements to roofs to protect passengers in rollover accidents contributed to a greater number of vehicles' achieving better rankings.
AUTOS
June 27, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Mitsubishi is recalling more than 3,000 of its Outlander Sport compact SUV to correct an issue with the vehicles' optional panoramic sunroofs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said 3,181 Outlander Sports from the 2011 model year were being recalled in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. At issue was the lack of a primer being installed around the sunroof during the manufacturing process. This could cause the glass roof to become detached from the Outlander Sport while it's in motion, "resulting in a road hazard to other vehicles," according to NHTSA.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Paul Wesley, who stars on "The Vampire Diaries," and actress Torrey DeVitto have sold their home in the Hollywood Hills for $1.734 million. The 1920s Mediterranean-style villa features a rotunda entry, beamed ceilings, vintage tile, a circular dining room, an oak staircase, three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 3,262 square feet of living space. There is a courtyard and a detached office/gym. The house is perched above Beachwood Canyon with a hedged perimeter for absolute privacy, according to Trulia , which broke the news of the sale right after escrow closed.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2012 | By David Ng
If you're planning on stocking up on tomato soup in the next few weeks, you'll be able to bring home a little bit of Andy Warhol to your pantry.  Campbell's said Wednesday that a new limited-edition line of Warhol-themed condensed tomato soup cans will go on sale starting Sept. 2 at most Target stores across the country. The cans, priced at 75 cents each, are intended to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the pop artist's first paintings of the familiar soup cans. PHOTOS: Turning 50 in 2012 The soup will come in a variety of intensely colored cans meant to mimic Warhol's pop-art style.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Federal safety regulators have launched an investigation into the cause of fires in the Chevrolet Cruze, General Motors' bestselling passenger car. According to complaints made with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there have been at least two incidents in which the small sedan has caught fire while being driven.  GM said it is researching warranty claims involving fires for at least 19 Cruzes.  Regulators also are looking at fires in the Jeep Wrangler sport-utility vehicle.
SPORTS
October 9, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones
If there is one thing that Chivas USA has learned in 2010, it is that the team needs to be better in 2011. Year-end awards, in other words, will be thin on the ground when the Major League Soccer regular season comes to a close in two weeks. Having failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in five years and having won only eight games, including Saturday night's 3-0 victory over Toronto FC in Carson, Chivas USA requires a substantial makeover. Part of that will come about naturally, with the departure, for instance, of U.S. national team defender Jonathan Bornstein, who is joining the UANL Tigres in Mexico, and the likely retirement of a player or two. The team features a trio of 30-somethings in all-star goalkeeper Zach Thornton, 36, and defenders Ante Jazic, 34, and Alex Zotinca, 33. Any or all of them might decide to call it a career.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
There are still many billions of dollars to be made in the old oil patch, even with the world far more focused on alternative and renewable sources of energy. But the business of refining that oil into various fuels is still a hard way to make a buck. That's one of the lessons investors might draw from Chevron Corp.'s fourth-quarter earnings report, released Friday. The San Ramon, Calif.-based oil giant raked in a net profit of $5.12 billion, or $2.58 a share. But losses in its refinery business during the period meant its profit fell below both its 2010 fourth-quarter performance and Wall Street expectations.
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