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January 13, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
The decision of Rep. George Miller to retire when his term ends could affect the political dynamic in the state Capitol. State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) said Monday he will run for Miller's 11 th Congressional District seat. If he wins, that is likely to trigger Assembly members from the area to run for his state Senate seat, including Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (D-Concord). “I'm running for Congress to help bring an end to the brinkmanship and gridlock in Washington," DeSaulnier said, "so that we can move forward with President Obama's agenda of creating more good paying jobs, growing our middle class, investing in our infrastructure, increasing access to healthcare, advancing the use of renewable and homegrown energy, enhancing our education systems, and making the United States a leader in innovation around the globe.” DeSaulnier had also been the biggest competitor to Sen. Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles)
January 10, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A man suspected of beating a homeless man with a folding chair in Venice has been arrested, police announced Friday. Apolinar Celestino Lopez, 31, was arrested Sunday and booked on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon in the Dec. 13 attack. The beating, which occurred near the Venice boardwalk, was caught on video by a neighbor. The footage, which was widely distributed by media outlets in an attempt to identify the suspect, shows a man repeatedly hitting the transient in the head and upper body with a folding chair as he lies on the ground trying to shield the blows with his hands.
January 10, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - President Obama will nominate Stanley Fischer, the former head of the Bank of Israel, to be vice chair of the Federal Reserve, and also tapped two others for seats on the central bank's Board of Governors, the White House said. Lael Brainard, who stepped down in November as Treasury undersecretary for international affairs, was chosen to fill one of the vacant seats on the seven-member Fed board. Jerome H. Powell, a former Treasury official and investment banker who has served on the Fed board since 2012, will be renominated.
December 24, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
If you thought Southern California mansions could hardly get more outlandish, consider the latest must-have feature: A moat encircling the property. Other exclusive amenities include dental chairs, botox stations and wine "cellars" that somehow made their way into the kitchen. It's all part of growing competition among designers, architects and developers for the attention of ultra-wealthy buyers. Moats are making their biggest splash since medieval times. At Jennifer Lopez's former home in Bel-Air, which recently resold for $10 million, an arched footbridge and a cobblestone driveway cross a stone-lined waterway that encircles the French-style villa.
December 20, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - After heated debate, the Senate narrowly approved President Obama's controversial pick for the No. 2 job at the Department of Homeland Security on Friday morning. Alejandro Mayorkas will be the deputy Homeland Security secretary following a 54-41 vote. No Republicans voted “yes.” Mayorkas will report to the new Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson, who was confirmed Tuesday. Shortly after that vote, John Koskinen was confirmed as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and Brian Davis was slated for approval later Friday as a district judge in Florida.
December 20, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Sure, Anthony Cools is a hypnotist, but this slick pompadour-sporting showman won't help you quit smoking. He drives a Lamborghini and dresses in form-fitting suits with a bow tie, skull ring and pointy-toed, black-and-white Giorgio Brutini wingtips. Under his calculated spell, in fact, you might even start chain-smoking, or engage in other nefarious activities you wouldn't be caught dead doing in your right mind. Maybe you'll move your bra outside your blouse, dirty-flirt with a stranger, or act in a porno casting call - with a chair.
December 19, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
You may have heard or read or woke up suddenly thinking that we are living in a New Golden Age of Television. Some call it the platinum age, which sounds a little too Rodeo Drive to me. But let them have their fun. Most of this new golden/platinum age talk centers on drama, and mostly cable drama, which connotes seriousness and ambition (and sex and death); we are still living in the age of "The Sopranos. " When, on Dec. 10, the American Film Institute named its Top 10 shows of 2013, only one sitcom - HBO's political farce "Veep" - was among them.
December 19, 2013 | By David Ng
Theatre Communications Group, the national organization that promotes nonprofit theater, has named Diane Rodriguez to the position of board chair. Rodriguez currently works as an associate producer and director of new play production at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. Rodriguez is succeeding Phillip Himberg, producing artistic director of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, as TCG board chair. Other new board appointments include "Stick Fly" playwright Lydia Diamond as co-vice president alongside Robert Hupp, producing artistic director of Arkansas Repertory Theatre.
November 13, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - The nomination of Janet L. Yellen to be the next Federal Reserve chair gives critics of the central bank something they rarely have: leverage to force some changes. As the Senate Banking Committee prepares for a confirmation hearing Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) plans to delay a vote on Yellen's nomination by the full Senate unless Democratic leaders bring up his bill to require more expansive audits of the Fed. Although Paul is not on the Banking Committee, half of the Republicans on the panel co-sponsored his bill.
November 10, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
Samuel Goetz was 14 when the Nazis rounded up Jews in his hometown of Tarnow, Poland, and killed thousands of them - his parents included - in the gas chambers at Belzec in southeast Poland. A few months later, he too was forced out of Tarnow and into the first of several Nazi labor camps in Eastern Europe. "I thought often [about] how I'm going to die," he recalled in a 1999 CNN interview, "whether it's going to be a bullet, would it hurt. I really did not know. " Instead, he was among the survivors.
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