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December 4, 2013 | By David Lazarus
S.C. purchased a used Jeep from a Torrance dealer. It had about 50,000 miles on it. Five weeks and 4,000 miles of driving later, the Jeep developed transmission problems -- a major and costly repair. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions S.C. returned to the dealer, saying he didn't think he should be facing such a serious fix so soon after buying the vehicle. The dealer disagreed. Does California's "Lemon Law" apply in such cases? And what should S.C. do?
December 3, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
Less than a year after reaching its long-sought goal of 10,000 officers, the Los Angeles Police Department is now seeing a steady decline in its ranks as the city struggles to find enough qualified candidates. Fewer people are applying to join the LAPD and, of those who do, a significantly higher number of them are being disqualified from consideration. Officials say budget cuts have slashed the advertising used to draw recruits while other departments are luring top talent with higher salaries than the LAPD offers.
December 2, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - A speeding passenger train barreled into a sharp curve about 82 mph when it should have been traveling 30 mph, and there was no attempt to slow down until "very late in the game," investigators said Monday. Four passengers were killed in Sunday's derailment, the worst in the 30-year history of the Metro-North Railroad, and more than 60 people were injured. All the wounded were expected to survive. About two dozen remained hospitalized Monday as the first details of the National Transportation Safety Board's inquiry brought calls for stricter safety standards.
December 1, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Little by little, the Kings are starting to adopt some of the speech patterns of a certain Canadian. Some, but not all of Coach Darryl Sutter's favorite sayings. "Park it and move on, right? As Darryl says," Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell said Sunday morning. "Park and ride, right? I think he said it best is that we've done that since he's been here with games we've won. And I think you've got to do that with games you lose. " After their performance in a 2-1 loss to Calgary on Saturday, the Kings will have to park and ride with uncommon speed.
November 24, 2013 | By Lisa Zamosky
If you go online to shop for health insurance through California's exchange, Covered California, you may feel befuddled at times. An estimated 1.9 million Californians could qualify for a subsidy or tax credit, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. But to determine whether you're among them and apply, you'll need to report your income and the size of your family on the application. It seems straightforward enough. But many consumers are finding that the process can get complicated.
November 16, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Passport and tax records in hand, Nela Barboza fiddled nervously with a plastic folding fan as she approached Jessie Orozco's desk. "Buenas tardes," she said cordially. "I'm here to sign up for Obamacare. " Orozco, a benefits counselor at St. John's Well Child & Family Center in South Los Angeles, was thrilled. Around her neck, she wore a badge certifying that she was a state-trained enrollment counselor for California's new medical insurance marketplace - touted as one of the better-functioning parts of the Obama administration's healthcare overhaul.
October 21, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
From the looks of it, things were going pretty well for the Orange County singer known as Robb "TaLLLLL" University. His band, Lights Over Paris, was touring the country. Its album "Turn Off the Lights" appeared on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart. The rapper Game recorded a verse of one of the group's songs and appeared in the music video. But earlier this year, the illusion began to crack. In January, Robert Mawhinney (the singer's real name) was charged in Los Angeles federal court with making false statements to obtain millions in loans in order to bankroll his musical career and a lavish lifestyle.
October 8, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
Seeking to rebut mounting criticism over the rollout of Obamacare nationwide, California's insurance exchange boasted that nearly 29,000 people applied for coverage last week under the federal healthcare law. Covered California, the state's new marketplace, said it released the data earlier than planned to counter "misinformation" and reports about widespread glitches preventing people from signing up. Peter Lee, the exchange's executive director, defended...
October 3, 2013 | By Cindy Chang, Richard Winton and Patrick McGreevy
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a landmark law Thursday granting driver's licenses to people who are in the country illegally, hailing the measure as an important expansion of immigrant rights and one that should serve as an example to other states. "This is only the first step. When a million people without their documents drive legally with respect to the state of California, the rest of this country will have to stand up and take notice," Brown said outside Los Angeles City Hall, with Archbishop Jose Gomez and other dignitaries in attendance.
September 26, 2013 | By Porochista Khakpour
"A short story is like a toothache and you must drill it and fill it. A novel is more like bridgework," said the writer T.C. Boyle, author of 14 novels and more than 100 short stories. One might wonder what would be the outcome of drilling and filling a novel. There are two answers, it seems: one is "The Namesake," the other is "The Lowland," both incidentally by Jhumpa Lahiri. Lahiri, of course, happens to be one of the English language's most celebrated commanders, a storyteller revered for her perfect minimalist realism and crisp "plainness" - her words - that resists flash, trash, tricks, hooks, the works, and yet elevates, entrances and seduces all the same.
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