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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - Electronic monitoring was supposed to help Los Angeles County deal with the influx of thousands of felons moved out of California's prison system to ease overcrowding. The nation's largest probation department strapped GPS ankle monitors on the highest-risk of those convicts, expecting the satellite receivers to keep tabs on where they spent their days and nights, and therefore keep the public safe. Instead, agents are drowning in a flood of meaningless data, masking alarms that could signal real danger.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
Amy Adams is scrolling through pictures on her mobile phone, looking for a selfie she sent fiancé Darren Le Gallo while making "American Hustle. " "There," she says, handing the phone off. On screen is a picture of Adams, without makeup, her eyes as red as her hair. "I sent this to him with the message: 'So this is my day. How's yours going?'" Adams took the shot midway through the 16-hour marathon she spent filming a scene in which her character, Sydney, a steely, sexy con artist, confronts her lover, Irving (Christian Bale)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By David Colker
Clint Eastwood had a "make my day" attitude about Hollywood agents, including his own representative, Leonard Hirshan. "If he didn't return a call, he would have been history!" the screen tough guy said this week. But then Eastwood laughed and said, sadly, "I'm just joking. Lenny always returned a call. " Hirshan was Eastwood's agent for more than 50 years, perhaps a record in Hollywood for a major star. It started when Hirshan was already an established agent with the all-powerful William Morris Agency, where over the years he represented stars such as Jack Lemmon, Angela Lansbury, Walter Matthau and Sophia Loren, and also negotiated film deals for the likes of Elvis Presley.
SPORTS
February 5, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Melissa Rohlin
CLEVELAND -- Magic Johnson recently said the Lakers needed a face of the franchise, someone like Jerry West or Phil Jackson , to help sell the brand to free agents during dollar-driven summers. A volunteer stepped forward Wednesday: Johnson. He pledged to do whatever it took to turn the Lakers into a championship team, including recruiting of free agents. "I've done that in the past," Johnson told The Times. "I told [General Manager] Mitch Kupchak that last week.
NATIONAL
February 5, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - "I'm hit! I'm hit!" U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry cried into the southern Arizona darkness that night, Dec. 14, 2010. "I can't feel my legs!" The 40-year-old Border Patrol agent, who was less than four years on the job, collapsed and died in the desert brush near Rio Rico. Terry's killing unraveled the Justice Department-sanctioned "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation and triggered one of the biggest political controversies of President Obama's first term.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Paul Pringle and Abby Sewell
The FBI spoke with former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis about her role in a 2012 fundraiser for President Obama, but the candidate for Los Angeles County supervisor believes she did nothing wrong and doesn't know if the inquiry is continuing, her campaign consultant said Monday. Steve Barkan, the campaign advisor, said in a statement that Solis had a "cordial" meeting with the FBI in November 2012 - about eight months after the fundraiser at the La Fonda supper club in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Anh Do
An immigration officer who demanded that a Vietnamese immigrant pick up hundreds of egg rolls and deliver them for an office party will stand trial later this year on bribery charges. Mai Nhu Nguyen, an Irvine resident, allegedly took thousands of dollars from three applicants seeking citizenship or lawful permanent resident status, authorities contend. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employee was indicted last summer has been ordered to stand trial in June at U.S. District Court in Santa Ana. Authorities arrested Nguyen, 47, last June after she allegedly accepted a $2,200 bribe from an immigrant awaiting citizenship.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before lobbying for later start times for earnings calls. The Skinny: I had to get up at 4:40 a.m. today to listen to Time Warner Cable's earnings call. How about some consideration for the West Coast when scheduling these things? Forgive the typos. I'm groggy. Today's report includes the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences taking away an Oscar nomination, and Gail Berman ending her production partnership with Lloyd Braun. Also, industry big shots remember movie executive Tom Sherak, who died earlier this week.
WORLD
January 29, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - Syria has delivered less than 5% of its deadliest chemical weapons agents to international authorities a week before a deadline to surrender the entire cache, officials said Wednesday. The government of President Bashar Assad, which is fighting a bitter civil war against insurgent militias, has transferred about 32 tons of the so-called Category 1 chemical agents to the Syrian port of Latakia, where it has been loaded onto ships for destruction at sea. But about 670 tons remain in collection points, and officials say it is unlikely that Syria will meet the Feb. 5 deadline.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2014 | David Lazarus
Marty Tudor's 19-year-old daughter has just left for a semester of study in the Netherlands, which is very cool. What's not cool is that AT&T told Tudor it wouldn't unlock her iPhone 5 so she could use it with a local service while abroad, even though he was fully willing to keep making monthly payments on her U.S. plan. "It's maddening," he told me. "I'm not proposing anything that would reduce their business in any way, shape or form. But they just didn't want to even discuss it. " At first glance, this seems like one of those classic cases in which a customer's needs weren't covered by a business' corporate playbook, so the knee-jerk reaction was to say no. But AT&T actually does have a plan for students heading abroad, so this is also a classic case of a service rep with no clue about the company he's repping, which is perhaps even worse than just-say-no corporate intransigence.
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