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March 26, 2014 | Doyle McManus
President Obama is scheduled to visit Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, and the meeting will probably take the usual form of encounters between presidents and pontiffs: a polite conversation about their common agenda on poverty and world peace, plus a gentle remonstrance from the Holy Father on abortion and religious liberty. But if Obama and Francis had time to get to know each other, they might each benefit by trading notes on practical politics, as presidents and British prime ministers often do, and on the lessons they can draw from each other's experiences.
March 24, 2014 | By James Rainey
With city budget managers intent on limiting new spending and reining in employee benefits, a coalition of union and political groups is fighting back with a report that suggests Los Angeles City Hall is spending too much on Wall Street and not enough on Main Street. The Fix L.A. Coalition, which is made up of union and liberal political groups, plans to release a report Tuesday that suggests the city could substantially reduce the $204 million in bank and money management fees that it paid last year to Wall Street firms.
March 23, 2014 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - Here's some good news for homeowners worried that Congress will fail again to renew popular tax benefits for use in 2014 - especially those allowing for mortgage debt forgiveness, write-offs for energy-saving improvements and mortgage insurance premiums. Though there has been no formal announcement, the Senate Finance Committee under its new chairman, Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), expects to take up a so-called "extenders" package sometime this spring. "This is high on [Wyden's]
March 22, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SYDNEY, Australia - - Joc Pederson didn't make the Dodgers' opening day roster, but the outfield prospect thinks traveling with the team to Australia will help him prepare for when he is called up to the major leagues. “I think this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Pederson said. “Even if I'm not on the roster, I get to be around the guys when the season starts and kind of get my feet wet. Everybody's different during the season than in spring training, how they mentally prepare, their pregame routines.
March 22, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt
In youth-obsessed Hollywood, the idea of aging, even if it's like fine wine, may seem hard to swallow. But there may be something to that analogy. Since the virtues of red wine have been extolled for years - the antioxidants are said to prevent heart disease - why not try to harness those powers in anti-aging skin care products? Many beauty brands have done just that, among them Caudalíe, a 19-year-old Parisian company that opened its first West Coast outpost, a boutique in Venice, this month.
March 20, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - In a sentence so light it stunned even his lawyers, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair was sentenced Thursday to a reprimand and no jail time for misusing his authority over a subordinate with whom he had a three-year adulterous affair, ending a tumultuous court-martial that focused national attention on the military's uneven response to sexual misconduct. A military judge ordered Sinclair, 51, to forfeit $20,000 in salary and pay restitution of $4,156 for misusing his government charge card.
March 19, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill to extend unemployment insurance for more than 2 million jobless Americans is poised to clear the Senate next week, but House Speaker John A. Boehner is raising new concerns that it could be costly for states to administer and could lead to fraud. Boehner's objections echo warnings from the National Assn. of State Workforce Agencies, which has repeatedly urged Congress not to attach cumbersome new eligibility requirements. States have "antiquated" computer systems that cannot quickly implement new rules, the group warned Wednesday, and may end up giving aid to those who are ineligible.
March 19, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Dhani Harrison, Brendan Benson, Butch Walker and more than a dozen other musicians will take part in Petty Fest 2014 when the benefit event sets down April 3 at the El Rey Theatre for its Los Angeles stop. The show, for which 100% of the proceeds will go to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund to aid musicians in need, also will feature performances of songs each act chooses from across Tom Petty's nearly four-decade recording career by Albert Hammond Jr., Matt Sorum, Lukas Nelson, the Walking Papers, Nikkie Lane, Jason Lee, Ruby Amanfu, Midlake's Eric Pulido, Maroon 5's James Valentine, Ace Harper, Chase Coh, Zane Carney and others.
March 16, 2014 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: I am 55 and my wife is 65. She only worked a few part-time jobs as she spent most of her working years raising our nine beautiful children. My question is, since she does not have enough credits to collect Social Security on her own work record, can she claim spousal benefits on my work history? If so, at what age and how will it affect my benefits? Answer: Your wife can receive spousal benefits based on your work record, but those checks can't start until you're old enough to qualify for benefits at age 62 (when she's 72)
March 14, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO - Lakers fans lost one of their favorite chants earlier this season, the "M-V-P" mantra reserved for the still-injured Kobe Bryant . They lost another one Friday. Phil Jackson joined the New York Knicks' front office as team president, taking away his chances of returning to the Lakers and presumably the "We Want Phil" chant that popped in and out of Staples Center since Coach Mike Brown was fired. Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni heard them plenty of times since getting hired but said he didn't feel relieved with Jackson out of the picture.
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