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November 25, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
After a long stretch of rising competition in college admissions, the numbers this year may be on the side of students like Davone Morales, an Eagle Rock High School senior. He and his classmates nationwide are lucky to be part of the smallest group in years applying to college. The population dip won't bust open the doors to Stanford, Harvard, UCLA and other highly selective campuses. But many experts predict it will be somewhat easier to obtain admission offers from many good, even competitive, schools.
November 13, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
394,000. That's the Obamacare gap. The administration had hoped for 500,000 healthcare sign-ups in the first month it was available. The reality was 106,000. It's a symbol of failure of the healthcare law, trumpeted Republicans. It's the first step in affordable healthcare becoming a reality, the Democrats demurred. Check out the breakdown below. Bright spots on the healthcare map include California and Washington, Nos. 1 and 2 in the pack. Both are among states that embraced Obamacare but created their own insurance exchanges -- thus avoiding the glitchy federal site that put off many Americans.
October 29, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Stop me if you've heard this before, but there's been a delay in the run-up to next summer's World Cup in Brazil. This time it's the ticket-allocation system that's been hit, joining previous snafus that have organizers running behind on everything from stadium construction to transportation infrastructure upgrades. FIFA, soccer's global governing body and the organization that oversees the World Cup, said Tuesday it has had to delay the draw for tickets in order to allow Brazilian authorities to supervise the procedure.
October 24, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- Nearly 700,000 applications for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act have been completed, administration officials said Thursday, although they would not release data on how many people successfully enrolled in insurance plans despite problems with the online marketplace. The updated figure comes as administration officials tried to respond to complaints and finger-pointing from the contractors who built the troubled website, . Testifying before a House committee Thursday, the contractors blamed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which essentially was project manager, for not conducting complete “end-to-end” testing of the site until two weeks before the Oct. 1 launch date.
October 2, 2013 | By David S. Cloud, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Gays and lesbians in the military are running into widespread obstacles as they seek to take advantage of a new Obama administration policy designed to make it easier for same-sex couples in the armed services to get married. The policy, announced with great fanfare at the Pentagon in mid-August, was meant to give same-sex couples up to 10 days special leave to get married in the 13 states that allow it - and thus equal access to low-cost healthcare, base shopping and other benefits available to married couples in the military.
October 1, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
  California State University campuses are accepting applications for the fall 2014 term, officials said. Enrollment is expected to increase by about 6,000 students, helped by an infusion of funding from Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown's voter-approved measure that temporarily raises certain taxes for education and other purposes. Even with the new funding, however, the system is expected to turn away some 20,000 eligible students because of drastic funding cuts made in previous years.
September 26, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Decades after that December day in the Guatemalan village, the former soldier could remember the women's screams. Their cries for help, he said, rang out from the church as the soldiers raped them. He recalled the bloodshed and the victims flung into a well, some still alive as they plunged. "At Dos Eres, the people were humble people," the soldier, Cesar Franco Ibanez, said of the 1982 massacre of more than 200 villagers. "They had no weapons. " In a Riverside courtroom this week, Jorge Sosa, a Moreno Valley martial arts instructor, is on trial, accused of lying on his application for U.S. citizenship.
September 23, 2013 | Sandy Banks
The college application essay was the tipoff. It was beautifully written but painfully rendered; a high school student's story of her family's tumble from middle-class stability into homelessness and addiction. It helped Danielle Stone earn a spot at UCLA. But it also drew her family into a yearlong odyssey through Los Angeles County's child welfare system. A teacher who read the essay notified social workers. They visited the family in the San Pedro motel they moved into after a string of evictions.
September 16, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Wander among high school seniors and their families, especially if the teenagers are academically ambitious, and the tension level is as finely honed as a tightrope. Perhaps no one can tell these families that there's no need for so much stress, but we will try with our 4Moms Spreecast conversation with “application whisperer” Lacy Crawford. Crawford has written an often-funny - and sometimes super-sad - fictionalized account of the lengths parents go to mold their teenagers in the image they desire - to get them into the right college, no matter what, to get the right essay written for the college applications - no matter what.
September 13, 2013 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - For homeowners who were looking to the federal government's reverse mortgage program to supply lots of cash for their retirement years, here's a heads-up: The pipeline just got narrower. Pressed by Congress to slash losses, the Federal Housing Administration recently outlined a series of steps designed to limit the maximum amounts that seniors can draw down on their homes and to make qualifying for a reverse mortgage tougher. Starting in January, applicants for FHA-backed reverse mortgages for the first time will have to qualify under comprehensive new "financial assessments" - covering credit history, household cash flow and debt levels - to make sure they have the "capacity and willingness" to meet their financial obligations under the terms of the loan.
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