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May 20, 2010 | By Janet Hook and Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
The Senate on Thursday approved the most sweeping rewrite of financial rules since the Great Depression, a milestone in President Obama's drive to expand government oversight and safeguard against another crisis like the Wall Street meltdown of 2008. The 59-39 vote was mostly along party lines: Four Republicans joined all but two Democrats in supporting the legislation. Obama applauded as the Senate neared the end of its three-week debate on a top administration priority.
May 28, 2010 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
After repeated disruptions by protesters from the Bus Riders Union and two arrests, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board on Thursday unanimously approved a new round of studies for the proposed 710 Freeway extension, including an analysis of alternatives to a tunnel or highway. The protest delayed the vote on the controversial issue for several hours until transit police and Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies cleared the MTA board room in downtown Los Angeles of dozens of demonstrators who oppose a transit fare increase set to begin July 1. The group demanded that directors hold further hearings on the fare hike and take a vote on whether to rescind it. Demonstrators effectively shut down the meeting and interrupted a hearing involving the 710 before authorities ordered union members to clear the room.
April 10, 2008 | David Zahniser
A package of rate hikes for water and electricity won approval from the City Council on Wednesday, ending six months of debate. The council voted 13 to 1 on a trio of electrical rate increases and 11 to 3 on a pair of water rate increases. The decision will leave electricity customers paying 23% more by 2010 after four years' worth of DWP surcharges are factored in. DWP customers will pay roughly 10% more for water by summer 2009 after an increase from the Metropolitan Water District is included.
March 18, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn
After reviewing objections, a San Jose federal judge has approved a $9.5-million settlement of a class-action lawsuit over social networking site Facebook's Beacon program that published what users were buying. Facebook denied any wrongdoing but agreed to end the Beacon program last November. As part of the settlement, Facebook will finance a "digital trust fund" that will issue more than $6 million in grants to organizations that study online privacy. Over the objections of privacy advocates, Facebook will have a seat on the fund's three-member board.
January 22, 2010 | By Larry Gordon
The University of California regents Thursday approved the controversial payment of $3.1 million in performance bonuses to 38 senior executives at UC's five medical centers. The regents emphasized that the payments were linked to improved patient health and stronger hospital finances and said they were important tools to attract and retain talent. They said the bonuses were part of a 16-year-old plan funded by hospital revenue, not state funds or student fees. An additional $33.7 million is distributed among 22,000 lower-ranking medical employees.
May 14, 1989
Exxon's plan to dispose of the wastes from its oil spill cleanup won guarded state approval, but the oil company was told it should not expect exemptions from air-quality laws. The Alaska state Department of Environmental Conservation agreed with the company's intention to process polluted water at the oil industry's jointly owned Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. ballast treatment plant in Valdez. But the state, while also approving Exxon's proposal to burn solid oil-fouled wastes, said the company must use special incinerators in order to meet air quality standards.
April 27, 1989 | From Times wire service s
The Food and Drug Administration today approved testing on humans of an experimental AIDS drug derived from the root of a Chinese cucumber plant. The plant extract, which is also used in some Chinese herbal medicines, has shown promise in laboratory tests in attacking human disease-fighting cells infected with the AIDS virus, according to recently published research findings. The chemical name of the plant extract is trichosanthin. The scientific name of the plant from which it is derived is trichosanthes kirilowii.
December 4, 1990
It is a terrible disappointment that the United Nations has approved military action in the Persian Gulf (front page, Nov. 30). Saddam Hussein has been stopped in his tracks. The sanctions against Iraq are working and are a genuine accomplishment of the U.N. To turn hastily away from restraint is ironic and disheartening. As we are sending off Christmas cards with white doves that proclaim "Peace on Earth," we are making a commitment to go to war. If we are a people who do not love peace, shouldn't we at least be honest about it?
September 5, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
The state Senate approved a measure Friday aimed at easing overcrowding in Los Angeles County jails. Sheriff Lee Baca sought the proposal, which would allow sheriffs to transfer low-level felons from jails to home detention and track them with electronic ankle bracelets. Sheriffs already have the authority to order misdemeanor offenders to home detention; the new measure would expand that authority. "If inmates sentenced to low-level felonies in county jails are added [to home detention]
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