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January 28, 2014 |
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has decided to delay action on the interim recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection until a final report is issued in April. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas signaled that he would continue to press to immediately begin a restructuring of the county system to protect children from abuse and neglect, but the four other supervisors said they were not prepared to join the effort until they can fully assess the commission's vision and the accompanying cost.
January 27, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- California's egg law has survived an effort in Congress to scramble it. This means that beginning next year, all eggs sold in California will have been laid by hens that had plenty of room to flap their wings. Although it seems like a big win for hens, the debate in Congress really focused on states' rights. Congressional negotiators rejected an effort, led by an Iowa representative, to prevent California from requiring that eggs sold in the Golden State be produced under standards that give hens enough room to spread their wings. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)
January 24, 2014 |
CHICAGO - Now that Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has become the NBA's leading rebounder, he has noticed teams playing him differently in an effort to keep him off the glass. "I see a lot of face-guarding," Jordan said. "Or I may get an offensive rebound and the coach would take that person out and put somebody else in. He'll be like, 'Coach said you can't get any rebounds.' So I'm like, 'Cool.' Then I want to try to get all of them. But sometimes there are two, three people trying to box me out, but that'll just free somebody else up. " Jordan had 12 rebounds Friday in a 112-95 victory over Chicago and is averaging a league-best 13.9 per game.
January 24, 2014 |
When the Supreme Court struck down a key portion of the Voting Rights Act last year, it seemed impossible that a divided Congress would be able to agree on new legislation that would satisfy the court's concerns and restore robust enforcement of the landmark civil rights law. But a creative new proposal may confound the cynics. Last June, the court by a 5-4 vote struck down the formula used in the Voting Rights Act to determine which states and localities must "pre-clear" voting procedures with the Justice Department or a federal court in Washington.
January 22, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - A Pennsylvania girl known in court papers only as Amy was sexually abused by an uncle when she was 8. He went to prison, but not before circulating pictures of the rape on the Internet. Fifteen years after the abuse, law enforcement investigators have found more than 70,000 images of Amy's assault on computers seized around the world. One was a laptop owned by Doyle Paroline, a Texas man who pleaded guilty to downloading child pornography and was sentenced to two years in prison.
January 21, 2014 |
A Buena Park man was arrested after he allegedly tried to commit a lewd act with a 13-year-old girl he met on a dating website, law enforcement officials said Tuesday evening. Jordon Bresyn, 22, is accused of locating the victim and getting her phone number on Instagram, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Department officials said Bresyn began texting the victim. "The victim told Bresyn she was 13 years old. Bresyn proceeded to ask the victim for sex," officials said in a statement. Bresyn allegedly sent lewd photographs of himself to the victim and asked that she do the same, according to the Sheriff's Department.
January 19, 2014 |
Actress Lupita Nyong'o burst on the scene last year for her gripping performance as the slave Patsey in Steve McQueen's heart-wrenching adaptation of Solomon Northup's life in "12 Years a Slave. " And her performance paid off big-time with her first Screen Actors Guild Award nomination and win. Nyong'o took home the female actor in a supporting role award for her film debut after graduating from the Yale University School of Drama's Acting Program. Holding the statuette backstage after her win, the soft-spoken actress said the role was a lesson in distance.
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January 19, 2014 |
When Alva Alvarez gets sick, she buys over-the-counter medicine from the grocery and takes as much as she can until she feels better. The mother of five resorts to this because she can't afford a visit to the doctor to figure out what's ailing her. Although scenarios like this are supposed to disappear as millions of Americans become newly insured under the national healthcare law, Alvarez's situation isn't likely to improve and could get worse....
January 18, 2014
Re “Kerry's bicycle diplomacy,” Opinion, Jan. 15 With respect to Doyle McManus' conflation of cycling and U.S. foreign policy, it is possible to sit still on a bicycle and not fall. The technique, a “track stand” in the parlance of the sport, requires very good balance and coordination, but it can be done. Another technique in bicycle racing is “drafting” - riding directly behind an opponent to avoid wind resistance. This significant advantage could even be called “leading from behind.” Whether either strategy will gain any significant improvement in our foreign affairs remains to be determined.
January 18, 2014 |
Times reporter Christopher Reynolds and photographer Mark Boster spent a chunk of 2013 creating “Postcards From the West,” a series of stories, photos and videos exploring seven Western icons, including Yosemite's Half Dome, the Lone Cypress of Pebble Beach, the cable cars of San Francisco and the San Diego Zoo. Rough duty, we know. But for our readers, nothing is too much. Our guys were able to alleviate the stress of the " Postcards From the West " series by throwing together a little video revealing their fact-finding methods on the road.