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BUSINESS
January 31, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - Chief executives from 21 companies gathered at the White House on Friday, bringing with them a pledge not to unfairly weed out the long-term unemployed in their hiring process. About 300 businesses - including Apple Inc., EBay Inc., Gap Inc., Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., 21st Century Fox Inc., Walt Disney Co. and Magic Johnson Enterprises - signed the document, which promises not to discriminate against job applicants solely because they have been out of work for extended stretches.
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NATIONAL
January 30, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WAUKESHA, Wis. - President Obama sat down at his portable signing table at a gas engine plant here Thursday to order an across-the-board review of how to improve federal job training programs. A day after he highlighted some significant changes he can make on his own, such as creating a new government-guaranteed retirement savings account, his jobs proposal was decidedly smaller bore. Obama acknowledged as much as he spoke to a crowd of General Electric employees, saying that an effective plan to create jobs would require investments in infrastructure and changes in the tax code, which he can't do without Congress.
BUSINESS
January 26, 2014 | By Lew Sichelman
It's one thing to manage a rental house when it's nearby. But it's another process entirely when the rental is in a distant vacation retreat. Unfortunately, many second-home buyers find that out the hard way. According to a survey by HomeAway, an online marketplace for vacation rentals, owners spend an average of 8.6 hours a week managing their properties. That's one full workday a week. And even then, it's doubtful that the typical owner can market his vacation pad, maintain it and do all the other things necessary to have a successful rental regime.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A recent effort by Uber to poach drivers from a rival ride-sharing service in New York has backfired, giving media attention to the lesser known service and making Uber come off as a bully. Gett, an Israeli start-up that launched in New York last August, saw its service get flooded with nearly 200 fake ride requests from Uber employees last week. "These individuals ordered cars and then canceled each order after the Gett driver was dispatched or had arrived," Gett said in a statement.
BUSINESS
January 19, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - It's the time of year again when interest groups flock to the state Capitol steps to promote their causes. Media events with dozens of participants, sometimes hundreds, are staged, competing for attention from TV cameras, radio reporters and even pencil-pushing print journalists. Traditionally, the coveted west steps are ground zero, with the north steps running a close second. "They are a mix of theater and politics. It's groups of people looking for exposure and cameras to leverage the policy or legislation they want," said John Howard, editor of Capitol Weekly.
SPORTS
January 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
  TORONTO - Canadian journalists gathered around one of their favorite basketball players before the Lakers played the Toronto Raptors. A semicircle at Steve Nash's locker? Try again. Nash was on the other side of the country, trying to rehabilitate his bad back in Vancouver for one last run at playing this season. Robert Sacre was the man of the hour Sunday, holding court with a dozen writers, only some of them American, in returning to his homeland. Sacre, 24, played high school basketball in Vancouver before going to Gonzaga and eventually being grabbed by the Lakers with the 60th and final pick of the 2012 draft.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 | By Anthony York and Seema Mehta
BAKERSFIELD -- Ricocheting across the state in recent days, Gov. Jerry Brown laid out a case for his reelection in a tour that had all the hallmarks of a campaign rollout. Brown visited the inland heart of California, stopping in Fresno, Kern and Riverside counties to talk about his controversial plans for a costly high-speed train network and massive water tunnels that would move billions of gallons from the northern half of the state to the south. Last week, the Democratic governor unveiled his proposed budget in Sacramento, San Diego and Los Angeles, touting a projected surplus, a push for a rainy-day fund and more money for schools after years of cuts.
NATIONAL
January 16, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani and Alana Semuels
TRENTON, N.J. - A new investigative committee issued subpoenas Thursday for 17 individuals and 3 organizations as it launched a deeper look into the involvement of Gov. Chris Christie's administration in ordering closures that caused a massive September traffic jam on roads leading to the George Washington Bridge. The names on the list weren't immediately released, but they were expected to include Bridget Kelly, Christie's former deputy chief of staff, who weeks before the closures sent an email to a close ally of the governor on the Port Authority, the regional agency that controls the bridge.
NATIONAL
January 13, 2014 | By Scott Gold
A Texas man is likely to be released from custody Tuesday, nearly 20 years after he was imprisoned for two murders that he and his supporters say he did not commit. Daniel Villegas' case has galvanized support among hundreds of people in El Paso - including two men who survived the shooting and the foreman of the jury that convicted him - and has drawn national attention to the number of suspects who falsely confess to crimes. Villegas, now 36, has been serving a life prison term since a jury convicted him in 1995 of killing Robert England, 18, and Armando Lazo, 17. An appellate court vacated the conviction in December, and on Monday, District Judge Sam Medrano set a bond hearing for Tuesday.
AUTOS
January 11, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
They are the Dodger Dogs with all the trimmings, the triple cheeseburger with extra bacon, the filet mignon topped with melted butter. At next week's Detroit auto show, half a dozen automakers will be rolling out low-volume, high-performance or specialty vehicles meant to generate buzz for their brands. A Corvette Stingray not fast enough? The Corvette Z06 is on the way, likely with ludicrous levels of horsepower and torque. DETROIT AUTO SHOW: Big trucks, fast cars and more Subaru's WRX wannabe rally racer still too bland?
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