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December 20, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
Ally Financial Inc., a former General Motors Corp. lending arm that taxpayers bailed out during the financial crisis, will pay $98 million to settle federal government allegations that car dealers overcharged blacks, Latinos and Asians for Ally's auto loans. Without admitting wrongdoing, Ally agreed to pay restitution of $80 million and an $18 million penalty. It also agreed to work with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Justice to monitor dealer loan pricing to prevent discrimination.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter
Most young Muslim students feel accepted on California junior high and high school campuses, though a significant number say they face bias from their teachers and bullying from fellow students, according to a new report by a leading Islamic advocacy group.  The report , based on a survey from the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, offers a nuanced portrayal of the climate young Muslims face in California schools....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2013 | By Hector Beccera
A civil court jury Monday returned a $1.1-million verdict against the city of Los Angeles, finding in favor of a black firefighter who said he had been discriminated against during a nearly three-decade career because of his race. The verdict comes after 16 days of deliberations - and six years after another jury ruled against Jabari S. Jumaane, who alleged a pattern of racial bias, harassment and retaliation in the Los Angeles Fire Department when he worked as a fire inspector. That decision was overturned after an appeals court granted a new trial, agreeing that there had been jury misconduct in the original case.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
"Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," the talk-and-comedy series hosted by Bell and executive produced by Chris Rock, has been canceled. The axing marks the first cancellation for FXX, the comedy-heavy satellite network of FX that launched in September. The series, which began on FX last year, had a loyal following but never gained a large viewership. "This was a decision that was made with a heavy heart," said an FX spokesman. The final original episode of the series, which features Bell commenting on pop culture and other issues, will air Thursday.
WORLD
November 6, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
From the land that gave the cinema world Greta Garbo and Ingrid Bergman comes a plan for pressuring filmmakers to correct decades of gender stereotyping and sexism. Four independent Swedish cinemas, in collaboration with the state-funded Swedish Film Institute, have begun rating the films they show on whether they pass the "Bechdel Test. " The sexism ratings exam is named for American cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who introduced it in her comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For” in 1985.
BUSINESS
November 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Weighing in for the first time on a highly divisive debate, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is urging the U.S. government to approve an anti-gay discrimination bill. In an opinion piece that ran online Sunday in the Wall Street Journal , Cook spoke about his company's employment anti-discrimination policy, which goes further than the federal government's because it also prohibits discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees.  "As we see it, embracing people's individuality is a matter of basic human dignity and civil rights," Cook wrote.
SCIENCE
November 4, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Love may conquer all, but the process still seems to be cluttered with racial bias. A new study suggests the world of online dating appears to be just as segregated as the outside world, but those who use the sites appear willing to give interracial and interethnic dating a whirl if someone makes the first move, a new study finds. The results, published online Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, opens a crack in the façade of prejudice, albeit a small and temporary one: Users revert to their old preferences after a while, according to UC San Diego sociologist Kevin Lewis, author of the study.
OPINION
October 25, 2013
Re "UCLA faculty survey cites racism," Oct. 19 The UCLA report on the university's policies on addressing accusations of racial bias mentions retaliation against a nonminority faculty member for speaking out against discriminatory conduct in his department. Something similar happened to me as a graduate student. The fact that my department as a whole was inclusive did not deter my advisor from making things difficult for me after I failed to show enthusiasm for his racial prejudices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
UCLA's policies and procedures are inadequate to deal with increasing complaints of racial bias among faculty - nearly all of whom surveyed said they had experienced some level of discrimination, according to an internal report obtained by The Times. The report also found that allegations of overt racism were not investigated and, if they were, they rarely resulted in sanctions or punishments. The review, which was launched by Chancellor Gene D. Block in 2012 after he was approached by a group of concerned faculty, found that university policies regarding racial bias and discrimination were vague and insufficient.
WORLD
October 4, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - When the International Criminal Court was born 11 years ago, it may have seemed such an idealistic, noble idea that it could have leapt from the pages of a superhero comic book. It would be a place where the world's worst evildoers, no matter how powerful, would have nowhere to hide from justice. In the real world, though, it was never going to be easy to prosecute powerful governing leaders. From the start, critics called the court, based in The Hague, a neocolonial tool of the West and accused it of anti-African bias.
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