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July 8, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- Former  Gov. Eliot Spitzer, once dubbed the “Sheriff of Wall Street” for his pursuit of crooked financiers and later known as  “Client 9” for his pursuit of high-priced prostitutes, relaunched his political career Monday, after announcing plans to run for New York City comptroller. Spitzer, who was forced to resign the governor's post in March 2008 after his patronization of a prostitution ring was revealed, is facing a tight deadline: He has until Thursday to gather 3,750 signatures to get his name on the ballot for the September primary.
July 5, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey returned to his locker Friday to find a text message that made him grin wide and respond quickly. Angels ace Jered Weaver may be Lackey's opposing pitcher Sunday night, but the friendship rooted in their past as teammates still runs deep. Lackey was on the short list of friends and family who received the text from Weaver on Friday that his wife, Kristin , had just delivered a baby, Aden David Weaver , 8 pounds, 21 inches long.
July 3, 2013 | By Scott Collins
These days, Greta Van Susteren isn't just covering the news, she's making it. Speculation is rampant that Van Susteren may be getting ready to walk away from her 10 p.m. Fox News Channel show and head back to CNN, where she rose to prominence in the 1990s as a legal analyst. One catalyst behind such a possible move? This week's announcement that hard-hitting anchor Megyn Kelly will get a prime-time slot after she returns from maternity leave later this year. Word is that Kelly could get the 10 p.m. real estate, which might leave Van Susteren with no home in prime time, between 8 and 11 p.m.  PHOTOS: Cable versus broadcast ratings Meanwhile, CNN is in the middle of yet another reinvention, this one overseen by former NBC Universal boss Jeff Zucker.
June 22, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In a perfect world, "Devious Maids," a new drama written by Marc Cherry and produced by Eva Longoria, both late of "Desperate Housewives," could be judged simply by its own merits, as an attempt to translate a popular telenovela to American television, in this case Lifetime. Taken as such, "Devious Maids" is just unfortunate - a silly, hyperactive version of "Downton Abbey," relocated to Beverly Hills and populated with as many cliches and stereotypes as can fit upstairs and down.
June 18, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Maher Abukhater, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - The idea of a Palestinian state is at a "dead end," the Mideast conflict is an intractable problem and Israel has "to live with it," Israel's economy minister said Monday in some of the bluntest comments yet by a member of the country's coalition government. "Never have so many people spent so much energy on something so pointless," Naftali Bennett said in a speech to a sympathetic audience of settler leaders in Jerusalem. He added that what Israel must do in the West Bank is "build, build, build.
June 6, 2013 | Helene Elliott
The specifics behind the Kings' 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, their first loss at Staples Center since March 23 and perhaps their final home game this season, were painfully clear. They made bad line changes that contributed to two goals. Had defensive breakdowns that once were uncharacteristic but have been occurring with more frequency as they drag their tired bodies deeper into the Western Conference finals. Made too many turnovers in the neutral zone, where games are often lost or won. From a big-picture perspective, there's one overriding reason they could come home from Chicago on Saturday with no games left on their schedule and no chance to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.
May 28, 2013 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable operator, won a unanimous court victory in its long-running legal match with independently owned Tennis Channel Inc. On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that Tennis Channel had failed to prove that Comcast had discriminated against it by placing the channel in a higher-priced sports tier with fewer subscribers. "This could be absolutely devastating financially to the Tennis Channel," said media analyst Derek Baine of consulting firm SNL Kagan.
May 23, 2013 | Helene Elliott
Sometime after the Kings' season ends - and that might not be for a while - it wouldn't be surprising to hear that center Anze Kopitar had been hampered by an injury from mid-March onward. A sore shoulder, maybe. An abdominal pull. Or some other type of dreaded upper-body infirmity whose nature was more closely guarded than most national security secrets. When asked, he repeatedly said he was fine, or as fine as anyone could be during a second straight bruising playoff series.
May 14, 2013 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti ventured into school district politics Tuesday, lending support to non-controversial actions and mostly taking a respite from their recent sniping in the Los Angeles mayoral contest. A week before voters go to the polls, Greuel addressed the Los Angeles Unified School District board, coming out in favor of a program that provides students breakfast in classrooms and for discontinuing a policy of suspending students for "willful defiance. " The school board, as expected, approved both items.
May 14, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - A New Hampshire man who had his car towed when he was in a hospital recovering from a heart attack and the amputation of his left foot won a measure of justice at the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 9-0 decision released Monday, the court said Robert Pelkey can sue Dan's City Used Cars for disposing of his towed car without telling him or paying him. The case began during a snowstorm in February 2007. Pelkey's 2004 Honda Civic was parked legally in a handicapped parking spot in his apartment complex in Manchester, but he was confined to his bed. Under the apartment's policy, cars were to be removed to clear the snow, and Pelkey's car was towed away.
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