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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2012 | By Joe Piasecki, Los Angeles Times
Fire. The wheel. A hamburger with cheese. Pasadena is staking its claim this week as the birthplace of one of mankind's greatest discoveries with the launch of Pasadena Cheeseburger Week, a Chamber of Commerce event promoting area restaurants. Legend has it that teenage short-order cook Lionel Clark Sternberger invented the cheeseburger one fateful day in the mid-1920s at a restaurant called The Rite Spot on Colorado Boulevard, west of the Colorado Street Bridge, then part of Route 66. The chamber makes its case with less than rock-solid proof: a Wikipedia entry citing competing claims and second-hand accounts of the Sternberger story, including an unsourced, single-sentence obituary from a 1964 issue of Time magazine.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Dressed in a crisp black suit, the 86-year-old founder of the Crystal Cathedral sat in the downtown Los Angeles Bankruptcy Court on Thursday, hoping to get a final few million from the ministry that once carried his booming sermons to people around the world. The Rev. Robert H. Schuller was in court on the first day of what is expected to be a 10-day trial to settle the monetary claims that were made during the 2010 bankruptcy of the ministry, which is the home of "Hour of Power," its trademark television show.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2010 | By Megan O'Neil, Los Angeles Times
A lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Farmers Insurance Group of refusing to honor claims filed by policyholders whose homes were damaged by the Station fire. The plaintiffs include more than 1,100 homeowners in the Station fire burn area. The suit alleges that the insurance company denied or minimized payouts on claims for damage stemming from fire, smoke, ash, soot and wind. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. Farmers spokesman Jerry Davies said the company's legal team was reviewing the lawsuit, but declined to comment further.
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