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January 15, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
A Christian employee was wronged when British Airways insisted she remove the small cross she wore around her neck, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday. But judges rejected claims by three other British Christians who claimed they had been discriminated against in the workplace, including two who had refused to provide their services to couples of the same sex. Religious freedom is “one of the foundations of pluralistic, democratic societies,” the European court wrote, but religious freedom can nonetheless be restricted where it “impinges on the rights of others.” Judges decided 5-2 in favor of Nadia Eweida, who was sent home without pay for violating the British Airways uniform code more than six years ago. At the time, its rules banned any visible jewelry.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2010 | By Lisa Girion and Sandra Poindexter, Los Angeles Times
American General Life Insurance Co. markets its policies as protection for "the hopes and dreams of American families" ? a promise Ian Weissberger took to heart during his losing battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. But after the Cathedral City mortgage broker died in 2005, American General cancelled his life insurance policy and refused to pay his widow the $250,000 benefit. The Weissbergers' premiums were paid up. There was no foul play suspected. There was no question Sheila Weissberger was the widow and sole beneficiary.
BUSINESS
August 31, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger
The National Football League's controversial injury legacy conjures images of powerfully built linebackers and fleet-footed running backs hobbled by years of brutal contact at the line of scrimmage. Few pause to consider the humbler kicker. Yet over the last six years, 64 former kickers and punters have filed claims for serious head or brain injuries against their former teams, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of California workers' compensation data.   The full article is found here . Among the filers is NFL Hall of Fame placekicker Jan Stenerud, who starred for the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, as well as all-pro performers like Morten Andersen and Norm Johnson.
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.
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.
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
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.
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