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February 9, 2014 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: I've lived in my homeowner association nearly 20 years and still can't get the board to change my information for receiving notices of meetings to the proper address. They just keep ignoring me. I've called and left messages to no avail. What can I do to get them to recognize my calls? Answer: Beginning Jan. 1, titleholders were no longer able to orally request certain documents and/or other items from their association's board. The new Civil Code section 4035 details how documents must be delivered to an association for such requests to be effective.
February 7, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
In an effort to cut costs, many insurers in the new state health insurance exchanges are offering plans with "narrow networks" that include fewer doctors and hospitals - particularly the costlier ones with famous names, such as Cedars-Sinai. The trade-off has sparked complaints from some policyholders who've had trouble seeing their favorite doctor or, in some cases, any doctor in the right specialty. Although regulators have to address those issues, narrow networks can actually be a good thing for patients if done the right way. Insurers started limiting their customers' choice of providers long before the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, steering patients to preferred doctors and hospitals through restrictive HMOs or more inclusive - and popular - PPOs.
February 6, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
There's junk mail, and then there's nasty mail: San Francisco writer Lisa McIntire says Bank of America sent her a credit card offer addressed to "Lisa Is a Slut McIntire," and she posted photos of it Thursday on Twitter. The bank tweeted her an apology and pledged to investigate, but the problem apparently originated with an academic society that was marketing jointly with the bank. McIntire, 32, said in a phone interview that she learned about the mail in a text exchange with her mother, a screen grab of which she also posted on Twitter.
February 6, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Nearly nine years have passed since Missy Elliott released her last album, and the groundbreaking rapper-producer is opening up on why it's taken her so long to offer up new   music . In a chat   with Yahoo's   “The Yo Show,”   Elliott addressed her lengthy hiatus from the   spotlight -- and admitted that fans will probably keep waiting. “When I create something, it's gotta be special, and it can't just be to throw something out there because I feel like I'm Missy,” said told show host Michael Yo via video chat.
February 5, 2014 | By Richard Winton
The fathers of two USC graduate students who were shot to death in April 2012 stood before a judge Wednesday and asked for the most severe penalty for their children's killer, whom they described as a "ruthless murderer" and "cold-blooded criminal. " "In China, where I come from, it is only a matter of course that a killer pays a life for a life," XiYong Wu said. But Bryan Barnes, 21, escaped the death penalty by agreeing to plead guilty to two counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances in exchange for two consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole.
January 31, 2014 | By David Wharton
A week before the opening ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, President Obama said that Russian authorities know what's at stake in keeping the Games safe. "We've looked at their plans," Obama told CNN on Friday. "I think we have a good sense of the security that they are putting in place to protect not only the athletes themselves, but also visitors there. " First Lady Michelle Obama, who attended the 2012 London Olympics, will not go to Russia. Neither will the president's children.
January 30, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Calabasas Mayor  Fred Gaines this week addressed rumblings that Justin Bieber may be considering moving out of his gated community amid a litany of charges the pop star faces between Florida and Toronto. Add to that Bieber's unpopularity in his own neighborhood, where residents have accused the teen of speeding, spitting, holding loud parties and even egging neighbors. Gaines told The Times that, despite the celebrity rumor mill, he had "no information about Mr. Bieber's intentions to remain in Calabasas or to move.
January 29, 2014 | Jean Merl
A Los Angeles jury Tuesday found state Sen. Roderick D. Wright, a fixture in area Democratic politics, guilty on eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud. Prosecutors said Wright, the first member of the Legislature to be convicted of a felony since the Shrimpscam sting of the 1990s, could face more than eight years behind bars and be banned for life from holding other elective office. It is unclear whether he must forfeit his Senate seat. The lawmaker, who sat with his head bowed as a criminal courts clerk read the verdicts, had no comment.
January 29, 2014 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON - President Obama's sixth speech on the state of the union spotlighted many issues, but more than anything it illuminated the vast gap between his policy ambitions and the tools he has to achieve them. The president made the ambition clear last month, when he referred to a "dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility" in the U.S. as the "the defining challenge of our time," a theme he repeated Tuesday night. "After four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better," he said, "but average wages have barely budged.
January 28, 2014 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON -- In his State of the Union address, President Obama pointed to a resurgence of the nation's industrial sector as a prime example of the successes of the last few years and the economic promise of America. He praised "a manufacturing sector that's adding jobs for the first time since the 1990s," hitting on a favorite Democratic theme, blue-collar America.  It's true that factory payrolls, after a long and steep decline, have grown again -- by about 570,000 since early 2010 as manufacturing led the recovery in jobs coming out of the Great Recession.
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