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NATIONAL
September 20, 2012 | By David Zucchino
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Did the lead prosecutor in the federal murder trial of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald 33 years ago intimidate a key defense witness whose testimony might have led to MacDonald's acquittal instead of conviction? Lawyers for MacDonald, who is serving three life sentences for killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters in 1970, have made that argument at a new hearing in the 42-year-old case. They say prosecutor James Blackburn threatened Helena Stoeckley, a heroin addict who claimed she was among four intruders at MacDonald's house at Ft. Bragg, N.C., the night of the killings.
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SPORTS
October 10, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
Famed swim coach Mark Schubert, who was accused in a recent wrongful-termination lawsuit of ignoring sexually inappropriate behavior between a coach and swimmers, has in court documents dismissed the claims as "distortions and lies. " Swim coach and philanthropist Dia Rianda filed the suit last month in Orange County Superior Court against Schubert, who is the chief executive officer of Golden West Swim Club in Huntington Beach. Most notably, Schubert was the head of the U.S. national team until 2010 and a fixture on the Olympic scene for decades, having trained an impressive number of world-class athletes, including distance star Janet Evans, who won four Olympic gold medals.
NATIONAL
August 10, 2009 | Noam N. Levey
With lawmakers home for their August recess, a fierce battle has broken out over what precisely is in the mammoth healthcare bills being pushed by congressional Democrats. There has been no shortage of misinformation, much of it advanced by critics of President Obama's overhaul effort who have made sometimes outlandish claims. Here is a look at a few of the most contentious points. Does the legislation include provisions to encourage senior citizens to commit suicide? No. This has become one of the most misleading, inflammatory claims made in the healthcare debate, advanced repeatedly by conservative commentators such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity and Republican lawmakers working to stoke fears among seniors.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Initial jobless claims jumped by 18,000 last week, but remained at a level that indicates moderate labor market growth. There were 354,000 people who filed for first-time unemployment benefits in the week ending Saturday, up from a revised 336,000 the previous week, which was near a five-year low, the Labor Department said Thursday. The increase was more than expected. Analysts had predicted that the number would rise to about 340,000. But the less-volatile four week average rose just 2,500 to 348,250.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- In a positive sign heading into Friday's unemployment report, initial jobless claims dropped sharply last week, offsetting a surprising jump the previous week. There were 331,000 people who applied for first-time unemployment benefits in the week ended Saturday, the Labor Department said Thursday. That was down from an upwardly revised 351,000 the previous week, which was the highest level since mid December. PHOTOS: Federal Reserve chiefs through the years Economists had expected a more modest drop to 337,000 claims last week.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2010 | By bloomberg news
The number of Americans filing claims for jobless benefits unexpectedly increased last week, indicating the improvement in the labor market will take time to unfold. Initial jobless applications increased by 24,000 to 484,000 in the week ended April 10, the highest level since Feb. 20, Labor Department figures showed Thursday. A Labor Department spokesman said the rise in claims was due more to administrative factors reflecting volatility around Easter than economic reasons. Reluctance among some companies to hire is one of the challenges facing the economy as it recovers from the worst recession since the 1930s.
SPORTS
August 29, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Gabby Douglas told Oprah Winfrey in an interview that aired Sunday night that she felt bullied at her former training facility in Virginia, and wondered "Is it because I'm black?" She also described an incident in which another athlete at the gym referred to her as a slave. Now the some people involved with Excaliber Gymnastics in Virginia Beach are stepping forward to defend the gym, its coaches and its athletes. "Gabby's remarks were hurtful and without merit," CEO and President Gustavo Moure wrote in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2013 | By Jean Merl
A male motorcyclist was killed early Saturday morning when he struck the center divider on West Coast Highway in Newport Beach, police said. The accident, reported at 2:41 a.m., occurred near Prospect Street. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. A news photographer on the scene told City News Service the rider had been thrown into a palm tree in the center divider and the bike had ended up several hundred feet from the point of impact. All but one lane of Coast Highway was closed for a while after the accident.
NATIONAL
November 30, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
In a bid to expedite money to Superstorm Sandy victims, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order tightening rules on insurance companies and relaxing rules for homeowner advocates. According to the executive order, 24 insurance companies in the state must start investigating claims filed by families affected by Sandy within six days instead of the standard 15. Companies are also prohibited from canceling policies of homeowners and small businesses in stricken areas through Dec. 15, according to the Department of Financial Services.
AUTOS
February 6, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
The chart emailed from Hyundai Motor America on Wednesday morning seemed to have good news for the beleaguered South Korean car manufacturer whose claims on fuel efficiency for some vehicles were exposed as false. A chart that allegedly contained Consumer Reports data showed that Hyundai's revised fuel efficiency claims were more in line with EPA combined fuel estimates than all but three of the 15 auto companies listed. "We at Hyundai believe that Consumer Reports real-world average fuel economy testing results and EPA combined fuel economy results should correlate, and in fact do correlate nicely for some brands," Hyundai Motor America said in a statement.
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