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February 23, 2014 | By Lew Sichelman
House-hunters can find homes on their own. So can renters who are not quite ready to take the leap into homeownership. But do you really want to go it alone? Why not let an agent do the legwork for you? Hiring an agent to help with your search for a rental apartment may be a big-city phenomenon, especially in places like Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. But real estate agents everywhere can help renters find suitable accommodations just as they help buyers find houses. And perhaps more importantly, they can make the search much easier.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2014 | By Susan King
There's never been a TV series quite like "The Prisoner," which premiered in England in 1967 and debuted in the U.S. the summer of 1968 on CBS. Best described as James Bond meets George Orwell filtered through Franz Kafka, the cult series revolved around a British secret agent (Patrick McGoohan) who wants to resign from the service. Deemed too dangerous to retire, they kidnap him and send him to an idyllic, though completely isolated, seaside resort called the Village. There residents are assigned numbers instead of names and their every movement is followed by monitoring systems and security forces.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
An advocacy group that has been demanding greater government protections for adult film performers plans to file a complaint Thursday with state regulators against nine Los Angeles-area porn talent agencies.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The heroes and villains of crime novels tend to be average Joes driven into entertaining situations that are realistic enough that readers can understand, three crime authors said Sunday at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Lee Goldberg, screenwriter for the former hit show "Monk" on USA Network and author of "Chase" and "Heist" with Janet Evanovich, was on the panel. In six months, Goldberg and Evanovich went from discussing books while having dinner to producing a New York Times bestseller.
NATIONAL
April 2, 2009 | Richard Marosi
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on Wednesday promised to add two dozen agents in the San Diego area to inspect Mexico-bound vehicles for weapons and drug profits, as part of the federal government's new anti-drug plan. On her first visit to the Southwest border since announcing the anti-trafficking blueprint last week, Napolitano said the agents would help staff checkpoints that had been used sporadically for the last two years.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2013 | By Scott Collins
To those who belong to the Joss Whedon cult, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " is enough to cause some major anxiety right now.  ABC's new comics-inspired spy caper got off to a fine start during premiere week, but on Tuesday night, despite a hinted-at cameo from Samuel L. Jackson, it lost more than a third of its audience of adults ages 18 to 49 compared with the debut, according to Nielsen.   That's enough to make fans wonder if writer-producer Whedon's TV curse will remain intact.  Whedon made his name with "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel," shows that established his ability to bend and mix genres in wry, pop-savvy ways (perhaps best exemplified by the musical numbers in "Buffy," a show that already subverted vampire and teen-angst tropes)
NATIONAL
March 7, 2014 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Border Patrol has restricted border agents' authority to shoot at moving vehicles or at people throwing rocks, changing a controversial policy that has contributed to at least 19 deaths since 2010. In a memo released Friday, Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher directed border agents not to step in front of moving vehicles, nor to use their bodies to block them, in order to open fire at drivers. He also barred shooting at vehicles whose occupants are fleeing from agents.
BUSINESS
July 7, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Grouse all you want about how long it takes to move through airport security lines, but there may be a good a reason for the wait: Screening agents are trained to be slow and thorough. A study by Duke University found that screeners for the Transportation Security Administration are slower at performing visual searches than amateurs, but are more accurate. The study, which was partly funded by the Department of Homeland Security, suggests that the experience TSA agents gain from searching for weapons and explosives in luggage makes them slower and more methodical at performing visual searches, not faster.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Just over a month after the killing of a Transportation Security Administration officer at Los Angeles International Airport, 59% of those polled by a conservative think tank say TSA agents should be armed. The telephone survey of 1,011 people, conducted on behalf of the Reason Foundation, follows the fatal shooting last month of Gerardo I. Hernandez, the first TSA officer to die in the line of duty. Nearly two-thirds of both Republicans and Democrats favor arming TSA agents, the survey found.
NATIONAL
October 2, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Border Patrol officials have identified the agent shot and killed Tuesday during a patrol south of Tucson as Nicholas Ivie, an almost five-year veteran of the agency. Ivie, 30, was killed after he and two other agents responded to an unusual sensor reading near Highway 80 about 7 miles east of Bisbee, Border Patrol officials said in a statement. “Tucson Sector mourns the loss of one of our own. It stands as a reminder of the dangers that agents of [Customs and Border Protection]
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 6 - 12, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES NCIS McGee's (Sean Murray) girlfriend, Delilah (Margo Harshman), asks the team for help with a controversial case her bosses at the Department of Defense have declared closed. 8 p.m. CBS Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team are trapped without access to anyone they can trust, and they have a traitor in their midst.
SPORTS
April 3, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Pau Gasol might have played his last game in a Lakers uniform. The team is leaning toward sitting him for its final seven games while he recovers from a severe recurrence of vertigo. He won't play Friday against Dallas after dizziness kept him confined at the team hotel Wednesday while the Lakers played Sacramento. He flew back on the team charter that night after missing a fifth game because of the illness. INTERACTIVE: The Lakers ever-changing lineup It was the latest downturn in a rough season for Gasol.
SPORTS
April 2, 2014 | By Chris Foster
A former agent said he paid former UCLA basketball standout Tyler Honeycutt and his mother in the hopes of securing him as a client. Noah Lookofsky told SB Nation that he doled out $55,800 during a three-year relationship with Honeycutt, starting when he was a player at Sylmar High. He provided SB Nation with copies of receipts, deposit slips, promissory notes, travel itineraries, email exchanges and a deposited check to support his claim. That included paying rent and travel expenses for Lisa Stazel, Honeycutt's mother.
SPORTS
April 2, 2014 | By Chris Foster
A former sports agent says he provided payments to a basketball star while the player competed in high school and for UCLA. Noah Lookofsky said Tyler Honeycutt and Honeycutt's mother, Lisa Stazel, were given money to cover rent, travel and the down payment on a car as the agent tried to coax them toward a representation agreement. Lookofsky said during a phone interview Wednesday afternoon that he had documentation proving he invested more than $55,000 in Honeycutt, but that "the true number is actually north of $100,000.
SPORTS
April 1, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers are planning to build a more modern training facility that they hope will also attract future free agents, The Times has learned. They will stay in El Segundo because they like the area and its proximity to LAX, but will no longer share a building with the Kings and a skating rink often open for public use. The Lakers have been at the place currently known as Toyota Sports Center since 2000, which was built for about $24 million by...
NEWS
March 31, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
Sometime over the past couple of weeks, officials for the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement division revised guidelines for how agents are to conduct themselves in and around courthouses. The change came on the heels of complaints by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center and immigrant rights groups that agents were targeting undocumented immigrants as they tended to unrelated court business. Unfortunately, ICE says that “due to law enforcement sensitivities, the specific details of that guidance are not being released.” Here's the full statement: “As is true of all law enforcement components, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2009 | Baxter Holmes
A La Cañada Flintridge couple trying to save their home from foreclosure were arrested along with three others on suspicion of beating, torturing and robbing a pair of loan modification agents they believed had done nothing to help them rescue the residence. Daniel Weston and Mary Ann Parmelee, both 52, allegedly sought mortgage assistance from Lamond Dean and Luis Garcia, two loan modification specialists, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Authorities said the homeowners thought agents had taken their money and done nothing to help them.
NATIONAL
June 29, 2010 | From Reuters
The following are excerpts from U.S. Department of Justice papers filed with a New York court outlining the complaint against the alleged agents, whom they said were so-called "Illegals" working non-official cover. MISSION -- The purpose of the Illegals' presence in America was detailed in a 2009 SVR (Russian Foreign Intelligence Service) message to defendants "Richard Murphy" and "Cynthia Murphy", the papers allege. Decrypted by the FBI, the message reads in part: "You were sent to USA for long-term service trip.
SPORTS
March 30, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
For more than two decades, the West Coast has played the part of Major League Baseball's strange uncle. You know, the one who is invited to the family reunion but hardly ever gets to sit at the head table. In the last 22 seasons, only three teams west of the Rockies - the team and the mountain range - have won a World Series. In 17 of those seasons, a team from the Pacific time zone didn't even advance to the game's biggest showcase. However, the tide may be turning. In the National League, San Francisco has won two of the last three championships and the Dodgers, with the game's highest payroll and best pitcher in 26-year-old Clayton Kershaw, seem poised to begin a dynasty.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2014 | By Anky van Deursen
Question: I have lived in Silicon Valley my whole life. I am 70 years old and retired. I recently applied for housing at an apartment complex and asked the leasing agent what my chances were of getting an apartment. He told me they had received a lot of applications. When I asked if it was worth it to apply at all, he shrugged and said I was "up against some Google people. " I was outraged. Am I being discriminated against, since he implied that I did not stand a chance of being chosen over a person who works for Google?
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