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January 17, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
Top members of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration and political inner circle are among those receiving subpoenas for records of their emails, texts and phone calls related to the decision last year to redraw traffic lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge. Christie himself is not on the list of 20 people and organizations. Known recipients include the governor's office and his campaign organization; the deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly , whom Christie fired last week; Kevin O'Dowd, his outgoing chief of staff , recently nominated by Christie to be the state attorney general; his incoming chief of staff, Regina Egea ; Bill Baroni, Christie's top appointment at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who resigned last month; and Charles McKenna, the governor's chief counsel , according to a list released Friday afternoon by the two-day-old Assembly Select Committee on Investigations.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Maura Dolan
SACRAMENTO - California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, flanked by legislative leaders and judges, warned Tuesday that Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget for the coming fiscal year would probably trigger more courthouse closures and layoffs in the state's beleaguered judicial branch. "We are rationing justice, and it has become more than a fiscal problem," Cantil-Sakauye said, standing in front of more than 30 judges, court administrators, union officials, business representatives and key state lawmakers at a news conference in Sacramento.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Authorities are warning travelers to stay away from the northbound 405 Freeway over next month's long Presidents Day weekend, when the roadway will be partially closed while construction crews pave the route's new carpool lanes through the Sepulveda Pass. The closures will occur from Getty Center Drive to Ventura Boulevard at the following times: Friday, Feb. 14: 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15: 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16: 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17: 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. Ramps in the Sepulveda Pass will begin to close around 7 p.m. on Feb. 14, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.
NEWS
January 13, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey legislators announced the creation of a new committee, with subpoena power and a special counsel, to press an investigation into who ordered lanes closed on the George Washington Bridge last fall - and what Gov. Chris Christie knew about it. Democratic leaders in the state Assembly said the committee will begin with the bridge closure and possibly expand to look into other allegations of “abuse of power” by Christie, considered...
NEWS
January 10, 2014 | By Brian Bennett
On the morning of the fourth day of closures that snarled traffic  leading to the George Washington bridge last September - the result of what New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said was political retribution by his staff - the executive director of the port authority that controls the bridge sent a scathing, early-morning email to top staff and board members. In an email stamped 7:44 a.m., Patrick  Foye slammed the closures and said he was calling for the lanes to be opened as soon as possible.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
The cockroach infestation that closed a Foster Farms chicken plant in Central California was the latest setback for the giant poultry company, which last year faced a salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 400 people. The U.S. Department of Agriculture suspended operations Wednesday at a Foster Farms plant in Livingston, southeast of Modesto, and the 250,000-square-foot plant remained closed Thursday as the poultry giant tried to remedy the problem. Several food safety experts said they were surprised that cockroaches prompted the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service to take action when it had failed to do so after last year's salmonella outbreak.
NATIONAL
January 9, 2014 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
West Virginia's governor declared a state of emergency for five counties Thursday after a chemical spill contaminated the Elk River, affecting tens of thousands of people and forcing schools and eateries to close. [Updated, 7:25 p.m. PST Jan. 9: The governor has expanded the declaration to nine counties. ] Worried shoppers flooded into stores seeking bottled water after Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said on Twitter: "EMERGENCY: Do NOT use tap water for drinking, cooking, washing or bathing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc and Carla Rivera
Dozens of students gathered outside a South Los Angeles trade school Thursday, angry that the college where they had been taking classes -- and had paid thousands of dollars to attend -- had shut without notice. Authorities confirmed that accreditation and eligibility to provide federal financial aid had been withdrawn from Career Colleges of America amid ongoing financial problems. The school, opened in 1988, provides training in medical fields to about 800 students at campuses in South Gate, Los Angeles and San Bernardino.
NATIONAL
January 9, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - A former bodyguard for Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the first in a series of review hearings that the Obama administration is holding to speed up the eventual closure of the U.S. military prison for terrorist detainees, the Pentagon announced Thursday. Mahmoud Abd Al Aziz Al Mujahid, who allegedly underwent militant training at a secret camp in Afghanistan, is no longer a "significant threat" to the United States and is eligible for transfer from the prison at some point, the review board members decided.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc and Carla Rivera
Hundreds of students and faculty at a financially troubled South Gate trade school were left angry and unsure of their fate Thursday, after the school abruptly closed its doors and federal officials said students would no longer be eligible for financial aid. Authorities confirmed that accreditation and eligibility to offer student loans, grants and other assistance had been withdrawn from Career Colleges of America amid ongoing financial problems....
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