November 26, 2013 |
A former insurance agent has been charged with financial elder abuse for allegedly forging his aunt's signature to make withdrawals from a life insurance policy he sold to her, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said. Myles Seishin Hanashiro, 47, was arrested on four felony counts of financial elder abuse. "Insurance agents who prey on elders are particularly loathsome," Jones said. "Violating their fiduciary trust and responsibility by taking advantage of vulnerable seniors is simply unforgivable and I will continue use every tool at my department's disposal to pursue and bring to justice criminals who prey on seniors.
November 22, 2013 |
Marguerite Oswald, at that moment the most notorious mother in America, was being dropped off at her Fort Worth home by FBI agents on the morning I met her 50 years ago this month. The bureau had taken Mrs. Oswald into protective custody after the Dallas Police Department arrested her son, Lee Harvey Oswald, and charged him with the murder of President John F. Kennedy. As a 30-year-old reporter for the New York Times, I had been sent from the Los Angeles bureau to interview Mrs. Oswald and glean any scrap of information about her son, who by that time had been shot and killed by Jack Ruby.
November 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- U.S. labor costs grew at a slightly more subdued pace in the third quarter, as employers continued to hold the line on payment to workers -- a trend that doesn't bode well for consumer spending. Overall, employer compensation costs, which include wages, salaries and benefits, rose a seasonally adjusted 0.4% in the July-September period compared with the second quarter, when those costs increased 0.5%, the Labor Department said Tuesday. Third-quarter labor costs were up 1.9% from a year earlier, unchanged from the prior four quarters and just a tick above the annual rate of increase in the core consumer price index in recent months.
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November 16, 2013 |
Police arrested two men suspected of robbing a check-cashing firm in Chino and fatally shooting a 24-year-old female clerk. The first arrest was made Saturday morning, about 13 hours after the robbery. Jorge Esteban Cisneros, 43, was arrested at about 2:30 a.m. in Ontario and is suspected of being the shooter, Chino police said in a statement. Police later arrested a second man, David Mendez, 29, of Pomona, who allegedly accompanied Cisneros into the Check N Go at 12083 Central Ave. Both men were booked on suspicion of robbery and murder at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.
November 14, 2013 |
Have you entered your cookies yet? Submit your recipe now for the fourth annual Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off. Think you've got the best holiday cookies ever? Curious about the competition? Check out these orange-glazed carrot cookies from Karen Raz of Santa Monica. She writes: "My roommate in college used to come back from weekends at home loaded up with fresh baked treats from her grandmother. They were always made from scratch, usually chocolate chip cookies or apple pies, and if we were lucky, a batch of carrot cookies too. They were soft and cake-like and coated in a citrus glaze.
November 12, 2013 |
Rebecca Romijn has made the cut - that of the hair variety. And it seems as though the bob is starting to give the pixie cut a run for its trendsetting money. The "King & Maxwell" actress debuted her new blunt bob haircut Saturday at the Baby2Baby Gala at the Book Bindery in Culver City. She's the latest blond celeb to go under the headline-making shears, now that Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lawrence, Pamela Anderson and Kristin Chenoweth have shocked fans by doing away with their long locks.
November 8, 2013 |
Showrooming: It's a retail phenomenon that brick-and-mortar chains have hustled to shut down, in which shoppers check out products in person before buying them online at a discount. It's a tactic that 100% of consumers have used at least occasionally, according to a new study released weeks before the key Black Friday shopping scrum. The survey, from e-retailing platform CommerceHub, is on the smaller side, with just 300 respondents. But 43% of those people said they showroom once or twice a year, nearly 29% said they do it six times a year, 22% said they do it once a month and about 6% said they do it once a week.
November 6, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Officials in charge of California's troubled unemployment insurance program said they underestimated the gravity of a computer meltdown that has left thousands of jobless workers scrambling to pay bills and feed their families. Testifying in front of state lawmakers at a hearing in the Capitol on Wednesday, top brass from the Employment Development Department said it took two weeks for them to grasp the problem's severity following the troubled launch of a systems upgrade over Labor Day weekend.
November 6, 2013 |
Google released a new version of its app for the iPhone and the iPad on Tuesday, and it's filled with so many features that it's hard to figure out which are worthy of your attention. We checked out some of the features and here are our five favorites. 1. Improved image search When users tap on an image search result to enlarge the picture, they can now tap on the image with two fingers and drag them apart to zoom in further. Similarly, users can drag their two fingers toward each other to minimize the image and return to the results.
November 5, 2013 |
The California Assembly will hold a hearing Wednesday to determine what exactly went wrong with a botched upgrade to the state's unemployment benefits computer system that has left thousands without jobless checks for weeks. The Times has reported extensively on the problems that began over Labor Day weekend, when the California Employment Development Department launched the update. A problem occurred when transferring old claims data to the new software, which was designed by Deloitte Consulting, a New York firm with a record of delivering IT projects in California over budget and often with problematic results. LIVE CHAT: Join us at 11 a.m. The glitch affected as many as 300,000 claims, delaying payments to tens of thousands of unemployed Californians, according to internal emails.