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January 17, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
The parent-and-child relationship is a fraught one, as anyone who has even been either a parent or child can attest. But those push-pull tensions are all the more acute when the parent is a former first lady and the mother of an ex-president and the son is a talked-about possibility for yet a third family turn in the White House. In a C-SPAN interview released earlier this week, Barbara Bush made quite clear her feelings about a possible Jeb Bush presidential candidacy in 2016.
January 10, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The driver convicted in a 2012 “car surfing” incident that left one young woman dead and another seriously injured has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. Lanie Tyrone Richardson, 29, was sentenced Thursday, according to the Santa Barbara County district attorney's office. The fatal accident occurred June 6, 2012, when Richardson and three others decided to go “car surfing,” an activity in which a person rides on top of a moving vehicle.  Richardson, who prosecutors say was intoxicated at the time, drove his SUV over a speed bump at 70 mph and lost control, the Santa Barbara Independenr reported . Allison Meadows, 26, and her friend, Lindsay Keebler, 25, were riding on the hood of the vehicle when they were ejected.
January 10, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis
Barbara Demick, the Los Angeles Times bureau chief in Beijing and author of the book “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea,” has reported extensively about North Korea. She answered questions Friday on Reddit about life inside the reclusive country and about leader Kim Jong Un , who celebrated his 31st birthday this week at an exhibition basketball game where he was serenaded by former NBA star Dennis Rodman. Here are a few of the questions that generated interest.
January 9, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - The head of a criminal probe into allegations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups and tea party supporters personally donated a total of $6,750 to President Obama's election campaign and the Democratic National Committee, spurring Republicans to call for her removal. Republicans said Thursday that political contributions by Barbara Bosserman, a prosecutor in the Justice Department's civil rights division, raised questions about her objectivity and the integrity of the investigation into the IRS. "It is unbelievable that the department would choose such an individual to examine the federal government's systematic targeting and harassment of organizations opposed to the president's policies," Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista)
January 9, 2014 | By Lisa Girion and Scott Glover
A Santa Barbara doctor some patients called "the candy man" because he so freely prescribed painkillers and other commonly abused narcotics pleaded guilty Thursday to federal drug charges. Julio Diaz, 65, pleaded guilty to 11 counts of drug dealing, stemming from prescriptions written from his storefront office on Milpas Street. As part of the plea, the doctor acknowledged prescribing drugs to patients who had no legitimate medical need. Diaz was taken into custody after the hearing in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, said Assistant U.S. Atty.
January 7, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies seized 19 roosters and detained four people, including an 85-year-old man, over the weekend after discovering an alleged cockfighting ring, authorities said Tuesday. About 11 a.m. Sunday, deputies responded to complaints about a group of cars parked on private land near the Santa Maria Airport, said Santa Barbara County sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover. When the deputies arrived at the wooded area, Hoover said, they found about 20 cars parked in a field and could hear roosters.
January 4, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
After six days of receiving treatment for pneumonia, Barbara Bush - the wife of one president and the mother of another - was released from Houston Methodist Hospital on Saturday morning. "I cannot thank the doctors and nurses at Houston Methodist enough for making sure I got the best treatment and got back to George and our dogs as quickly as possible," Bush, 88, said in a statement. Barbara Bush, the wife of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, 89, was admitted to the hospital on New Year's Eve for a "respiratory-related issue," family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement Tuesday.
January 2, 2014 | By Susan King
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio with the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 29th edition of the festival, which runs from Jan. 30 through Feb. 9. The award presentation and tribute will take place Feb. 6 at the Arlington Theatre. The Oscar-winning director and the Oscar-nominated actor have collaborated on five films - "Gangs of New York," "The Aviator," "The Departed," "Shutter Island" and "The Wolf of Wall Street," which opened Christmas Day. On the set: movies and TV "Scorsese and DiCaprio's partnership has become a legendary cinematic pas de deux recalling other great collaborations like John Ford and John Wayne, Fellini and Mastroianni, John Huston and Bogart - and even Scorsese and De Niro," festival executive director Roger Durling said in a statement Thursday.
January 2, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- Former First Lady Barbara Bush remained hospitalized Thursday after being admitted  earlier this week for early signs of pneumonia. Bush, 88, was being treated at Methodist Hospital in Houston's Texas Medical Center for treatment of a respiratory-related issue, a family spokesman said. “She's still doing great, still in great spirits. We have not heard any plans for discharge just yet -- we're still in a wait-and-see mode,” spokesman Jim McGrath told The Times on Thursday.
January 1, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Former First Lady Barbara Bush remained hospitalized in Houston on Wednesday, two days after she was admitted for a respiratory-related problem. Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday night that there was "nothing new to report" on the 88-year-old's condition at Houston's Texas Medical Center. Bush, the wife of 41st president George H.W. Bush, drew a New Year's message from President Obama.  "Michelle and I send our best wishes to Mrs. Bush for a speedy recovery," the president said in a statement.
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