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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
Ngoctram Tran stuffed the things she hoped would unlock thousands of dollars toward her daughter's college education inside a plastic bag: her driver's license, Social Security cards, bank statements and W-2s. But the most important thing she'd need wasn't in the bag - patience. Tran and her daughter, Michelle Nguyen, 17, spent an evening recently at Garden Grove High School to finish the Free Application for Federal Student Aid - the cumbersome, but essential, form that can make or break a student's college assistance.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
The number of applicants for next fall's freshman class in the UC system rose by 6.2% over last year, driven mainly by a continuing boost in interest from out-of-state and international students, according to data released Friday. Applications from Californians to at least one UC campus totaled 99,761, just 632 or 0.6% more than the previous year. This came as the population of high school seniors in the state is declining, the report showed. However UC has been recruiting heavily outside of California to gain the higher tuition revenues paid by non-residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
As the California State University system announced a record number of applications Wednesday, a new study found that the system should study its placement exams, eligibility standards and other factors to determine why so many entering students are not college-ready. Reasons could include placement exams that don't accurately predict college-level performance, campuses admitting students who are not among the top third of high school graduates, inadequate high school coursework and a lack of financial incentives to improve outcomes, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
Mortgage applications rose nearly 12% last week as interest rates fell, according to an industry survey. Both refinance and purchase applications increased last week, the Mortgage Bankers Assn. said Wednesday. The group's refinance index surged 11% from a week earlier, while the seasonally adjusted purchase index jumped 12%. But the increase comes as mortgage activity generally is trending downward and interest rates are expected to rise. On Tuesday, citing those concerns, the association cut forecast for mortgage originations in 2014 by $57 billion to $1.12 trillion.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
Paperwork and computer glitches are still tripping up some eager consumers who are seeking coverage through California's insurance exchange and its 11 health plans. On Monday, the Covered California exchange said that all the applications it received online for coverage starting Jan. 1 have been sent to participating insurers, but that it is still sorting through an unspecified number of paper applications for that time period. In light of that delay, last weekend the state exchange extended the payment deadline for January premiums by nine days to Jan. 15. A week into the new year, some people are still waiting to get an invoice or confirmation of coverage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi and Ben Poston
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is creating a new policy that will require the agency's background investigators to report job applicants who admit to potential criminal conduct during the hiring process, officials said. The reform comes in response to inquiries from The Times about a mass hiring the sheriff conducted in 2010 after taking over the jurisdiction of the county's smaller police force, the Office of Public Safety. According to internal records reviewed by The Times, many of the county officers who then applied for jobs with the Sheriff's Department admitted during the screening process that they had committed misconduct for which they had never been caught.
NEWS
December 24, 2013 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON -- Obama administration officials said that even after Tuesday's extended deadline, they will try to arrange coverage starting Jan. 1 for people who have had trouble getting through the government's sometimes-balky enrollment website. “Our highest priority is making sure that everyone who wants to enroll to have health care coverage by Jan. 1 is able to do so, particularly since consumers had a hard time accessing HealthCare.gov in October and November,” administration spokesperson Julie Bataille said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca maintained a special hiring program that granted preferential treatment to the friends and relatives of department officials, including some candidates who were given jobs despite having troubled histories, according to interviews and internal employment records reviewed by The Times. The program, known as "Friends of the Sheriff," has been in existence for at least eight years. Some high-ranking sheriff's officials injected themselves into the vetting process to lobby for favored job candidates, records show.
NEWS
December 17, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Travelers who want to complete their applications for expedited airport security screening may do so beginning Wednesday in Glendale, Carson and Signal Hill, the Transportation Security Administration has announced. For $85, the TSA is offering travelers a chance to apply for its PreCheck program , which excuses fliers from having to remove their shoes, belt and jacket and allows them to keep their laptop and their liquids in their hand luggage. It does not exempt them from regulations regarding prohibited items.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2013 | By Cindy Chang and Kate Linthicum
He was 10 when the gangsters flung rocks through the windows, and 12 when they beat him black and blue. At 15, a gang member shot at him while he was shopping at a grocery store - and killed his cousin instead. At 17, he left Honduras for the United States. He applied for political asylum, telling a judge that if he returned home, the gang that had slain his father would kill him, too. Now 20, working as a gardener and living with his mother and siblings in Los Angeles, the man is one of a growing number of Central Americans asking for asylum.
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