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October 4, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The governor of Pennsylvania compared same-sex marriage to incest, sparking the latest uproar in the state's ongoing battle over whether to allow gays to wed. Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, was interviewed on WHP-TV in Harrisburg, where the anchor asked about a statement his lawyers made in a recent court filing, comparing the marriage of gay couples to the marriage of children because neither can legally wed in the state. "It was an inappropriate analogy, you know," Corbett said in the interview aired on Friday.
September 30, 2013 | By Gale Holland
Los Angeles has the highest poverty rate among California counties, according to a new analysis announced Monday that upends traditional views of rural and urban hardship by adding factors such as the soaring price of city housing. The measurement, developed by researchers with the Public Policy Institute of California and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, found that 2.6 million, or 27%, of Los Angeles County residents lived in poverty in 2011. The official poverty rate for the county, based on the U.S. Census' 2011 American Community Survey, is 18%. The new analysis set California's poverty rate at 22%, the highest in the nation, compared with the official rate of 16%. Counties such as Placer and Sacramento, with more moderate housing costs, have lower poverty rates than those of metropolitan areas, researchers said.
September 23, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt
When it comes to a woman's favorite makeup, how does an Angeleno compare with a New Yorker? To assess the similarities and differences in bicoastal beauty, we turned to the new limited-edition Nars Loves Los Angeles makeup set. A follow-up to the Nars Loves New York set that debuted in May, this L.A.-centric gift box features the top-selling color cosmetics in the West Hollywood boutique - the brand's second free-standing store in the U.S., which...
September 12, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS - All the measuring sticks show that Saul "Canelo" Alvarez's popularity continues to rise to almost unprecedented levels. The 23-year-old Mexican star will be the crowd favorite Saturday night inside the MGM Grand, site of Alvarez's junior-middleweight world title fight against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. for which $20.03 million in tickets - a U.S. boxing record - sold in one hour. Alvarez promoter Richard Schaefer said that the sports director of Mexico television network Televisa, Alberto Sosa, expects the Mayweather-Alvarez fight to be one of the most widely viewed events in the country's television history.
September 9, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
After months of bitter fighting over the future of computer maker Dell Inc., Carl Icahn said in a sharply worded letter Monday that he was giving up.  That appears to clear the way for Chief Executive Michael Dell to take the company he founded private during a shareholder vote set for Thursday. But Icahn didn't go quietly. He directed some final jabs at Michael Dell, reiterating that he still thought the founder's buyout offer was too low, and compared the company's board -- which postponed the shareholder vote numerous times and changed the voting rules to better Michael Dell's takeover chances -- to a dictatorship.
August 28, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
As hospitals race to offer the latest in high-tech care, a major California health insurer is pushing back and refusing to pay for some of the more expensive and controversial cancer treatments. Blue Shield of California is taking on this high-cost radiation treatment just as Scripps Health in San Diego prepares to open a gleaming, $230-million proton beam therapy center this fall, only the second one in California and the 12th nationwide. This week, Blue Shield began notifying doctors statewide of its new policy for early-stage prostate cancer patients, effective in October.
August 27, 2013 | By Chris Foster
People never tire of making the comparison. Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo accepts it. It's Colin Kaepernick this and Colin Kaepernick that. Even Fajardo can get caught up in stories about the former Wolf Pack star. Hours before Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers took the field for last season's Super Bowl, Fajardo fired off a text message to his predecessor. "I just said, 'Congrats, good luck,' " Fajardo said. "A few minutes later, he sent back, 'Thanks, Cody.' This was one of the biggest days in his life and he took the time to respond.
August 23, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri
New home sales fell 13.4% in July from a month earlier, but are still above year-ago levels, according to new data.  The Commerce Department said Friday that sales of newly built homes reached a  seasonally adjusted annual rate of 394,000. The sales came in far below expectations, and June's five-year high was revised downward. Higher interest rates may have tempered demand. Still, new home sales were 6.8% more than a year earlier.  PHOTOS: Most affordable Southland ZIP codes for home buyers Both supply and home prices increased in July compared with a month earlier.  Buyers paid a median of $257,200 for a new house last month.
August 20, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
It costs a lot of money to rent space for a store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills -- about $575 per square foot per year -- but Southern California's priciest retail real estate is a steal compared with those in other prominent cities such as Hong Kong and New York. Hong Kong is the world's most expensive city for shopkeepers by a pretty wide margin, according to CBRE Group Inc. Rents for prime property there averaged $4,328 per foot in the second quarter, a recent report by the real estate brokerage said.
August 15, 2013 | By John Horn
Orson Scott Card, the “Ender's Game” novelist who ignited a firestorm over his comments about gay marriage, has written a paranoid essay comparing President Obama to Hitler in which he suggests Obama could be planning a coup to take over the United States. In a post on his Civilization Watch blog called “Unlikely Events,” Card lays out a conspiracy-laden rant saying Obama wants to take over the country via a national police force driving around in armored cars - “thugs who will do his bidding without any reference to law” - and that Michelle Obama will be anointed to succeed him until “the Constitution will have been amended to allow Presidents to run for reelection forever.” MORE: Orson Scott Card and Superman: Stoking fan rage Card prefaces his essay by saying that as a science-fiction writer his job is to “make impossible events seem not just possible but likely.
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