April 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A few hours before midnight during a marathon budget session, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the only member of Congress elected as a socialist, called for a vote on his proposal to oppose any cut in cost-of-living adjustments for veterans benefits. With no opposition from senators on the floor, Sanders watched as his measure was unanimously adopted. In this first salvo ahead of the next round of budget battles with the White House, score one for the real-life socialist; zero for the president who is often derided as one. President Obama, however, was not dissuaded.
April 3, 2013 |
When Pau Gasol initially went down with a foot injury, Earl Clark gave the Lakers a burst with his athleticism and energy. As teams became increasingly cognizant of Clark's ability to affect the game, defenses began to plan against him. Playing major minutes night after night -- after three years of limited opportunity -- hit Clark like a wall. With Gasol's return, the young forward was moved back to the bench. Over the last six games, Clark has scored just 16 points. On Tuesday night in a must-win game against the Dallas Mavericks, he exploded for 17 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high five blocks.
April 2, 2013 |
Tesla Motors Inc. is poised to turn a profit for the first time, based on stronger-than-expected sales of its premium electric cars. The Palo Alto automaker sold about 4,750 of its Model S sedans in the first quarter, about 250 more than it projected in February. The automaker on Monday predicted "full profitability" in an amendment to its guidance for first-quarter performance. "There have been many car start-ups over the past several decades, but profitability is what makes a company real," Tesla co-founder and Chief Executive Elon Musk said in a statement.
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April 2, 2013 |
Orange County's former sheriff is waging a battle to be released from federal prison, where he is serving time for witness tampering in a corruption case that exposed wrongdoing in the state's second-largest sheriff's department. On Monday, a federal judge heard arguments on whether to resentence Michael S. Carona, once a rising political star before he was indicted in late 2007 in a sprawling corruption case. Carona's attorneys argued that the 66-month sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Andrew Guilford on the one witness-tampering charge on which he was convicted should be adjusted based on changes in the law. About one year after Carona's sentencing, the Supreme Court narrowed a definition of corruption to just bribes and kickbacks.
March 29, 2013 |
In 92 years, See's Candies has never shied away from being old-fashioned. At the factory on La Cienega Boulevard, some octogenarian workers measure their decades of employment in hip replacements. Quaint floral details are still hand-piped onto chocolate eggs. An inexorable march of candies heads through tubes the length of a football field, where they're drenched in layers of chocolate - a traditional practice known as enrobing. Like cars merging out of highway toll lanes, they appear from cooling tunnels into employees' waiting hands.
March 24, 2013 |
What the Detroit Red Wings accomplished by ending the Ducks' 13-game home winning streak is a weekend debate. Was a formula established to beat the team that two nights earlier had pronounced itself the Western Conference power? Or was it simply an aberration that can be quickly corrected? The answer should arrive Sunday at 5 p.m., when the teams meet again at Honda Center. "We'll practice, look in the video room, make some adjustments and come back a lot better," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said.