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August 26, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO -- A Lancaster man was convicted Monday of attempted murder in a shooting rampage along San Diego County freeways in October 2011. Enrique Ayon, 26, was convicted of two counts of attempted murder and individual counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle, vandalism and hit-and-run. He faces a possible life sentence. The San Diego County jury split 11-1 in favor of a third count of attempted murder and 10-2 in favor of a count of discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner.
August 19, 2013 |
CAIRO - Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who is on trial on murder-related charges in the deaths of hundreds of protesters in 2011, may be released from prison soon, after a judge set aside a corruption case against him. Mubarak faces another legal challenge, and there is also the possibility that prosecutors could file new cases against him to continue holding him. Nonetheless, the prospect of his release could incite fresh unrest at...
August 19, 2013 |
States in 2011 took in more than $50 billion from so-called sin taxes, or taxes or other fees levied on goods and services such as cigarettes, alcohol and casinos, according to research firm 24/7 Wall Street. Some states profit more from drinking, smoking and gambling than others, according to the report, which culled data from the Census Bureau and the American Gaming Assn. Nevada, unsurprisingly for the home of Las Vegas, got nearly 6% of its state revenues from sin taxes. Gambling brought in the most cash, with tobacco and liquor following far behind.
August 10, 2013 |
Californians shopping for health insurance in a new state-run market this fall may not see quality ratings for those health plans alongside the monthly price. To the dismay of consumer groups, state officials are dropping plans to post those insurance company ratings in their online enrollment system, which opens Oct. 1 under the federal healthcare law. The state's health exchange, called Covered California, said this week that it reversed course because the latest state rankings examine performance from 2011, and they don't reflect many of the new health plans and provider networks being offered for the first time.
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August 9, 2013 |
Eileen Garnreiter wanted to break up with her boyfriend. She complained to her family that he was controlling. She had doubts he'd be able to provide for her and their 5-week-old daughter. She griped that he made her iron his socks and scolded her if he didn't like what she was wearing in public. By Jan. 7, 2011, she'd had enough. She canceled plans to go to a Lakers game with a friend to tell her boyfriend that their relationship was over. Hours later, the 22-year-old lay dead on the kitchen floor of the couple's Lawndale apartment, with a black eye and 16 stab wounds - three to the neck.
August 4, 2013 |
From the first point, a crackling service winner, Samantha Stosur seemed totally focused on erasing a negative mark on her record. While the 29-year-old Stosur had won a U.S. Open title two years ago, upsetting Serena Williams in the final, the Australian had never beaten Victoria Azarenka. Azarenka, the No. 1-seeded player at the Southern California Open in Carlsbad, held an 8-0 career advantage over Stosur and, in fact, had lost only two sets in over eight years of playing Stosur.
August 2, 2013 |
After all the surgeries and disappointments, Nate Adams finally made his way back to the top of the podium with a gold-medal performance in Moto X speed and style, which combines racing and freestyle tricks for a final score. The Glendale, Ariz., native had a silver and two bronze medals to his name after returning from an ugly crash in 2011, but found gold at Staples Center on Friday with a win over Blake Williams. "It really hasn't sunk in yet. The least three years have been really tough, lots of injuries, depressed," Adams said.
July 26, 2013 |
With interest rates slowly on the rise, that means bad news for home buyers and good news for renters, right? After all, aren't the single-family and multifamily markets countercyclical? In the words of the old song, it ain't necessarily so. Here's why: The number of renters increased more than 1.1 million during 2011-12. That marked the eighth straight year of expansion, according to a Harvard University study, which finds that there is currently an "unprecedented strength of rental demand.
July 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is in a position to decide - again - whether California's overcrowded prisons must release more than 9,000 inmates by the end of this year, but at the risk of sending some violent criminals back to the streets. Two years ago Kennedy spoke for a 5-4 majority in upholding one of the largest prison release orders in U.S. history, affirming a three-judge panel in California that concluded prisoners were dying from a lack of decent medical care because of severe overcrowding and the state's failure to act. Kennedy said the conditions amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.
July 23, 2013 |
TORONTO - Matt Kemp used to refer to Ryan Braun as a friend. He often supported Braun when public opinion was against the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder, including when Braun's positive drug test was overturned on a technicality last year. Tuesday, Kemp said Braun should be stripped of the National League most-valuable-player award he won in 2011. Braun accepted a 65-game suspension on Monday for violating baseball's drug policy. "Do I feel like it should be stripped?" Kemp said.