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HEALTH
March 15, 2010
Here's whom to contact should you want to file a complaint against a California nursing home or hospital. California Department of Public Health To contact the licensing and certification division of the California Department of Public Health, which is the state regulator for hospitals and nursing homes, call (323) 869-8500 or (800) 228-1019 for the Los Angeles district office. To file a complaint, call (800) 236-9747 or go online to the organization's Health Consumer Information Systems . A complaint form is on the information page of each hospital or long-term care facility.
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BUSINESS
April 7, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
California-based Virgin America ranked highest among the nation's top 15 carriers in a study that looked at on-time performance, customer complaints and lost bag rates, among other factors. The study, known as the Airline Quality Rating report, also found that airline performance improved in 2013 over the previous year. The ratings report was produced by researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Wichita State University and was based on data collected by the U.S.
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NATIONAL
February 4, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Remember the Montana judge who said a 14-year-old rape victim was "older than her chronological age" and "as much in control of the situation" as her rapist when he sentenced the offender to 31 days in prison? His comments, which sparked national outrage, have prompted a formal judicial complaint against him. A prosecutor for the state's judicial oversight board has accused Judge G. Todd Baugh of imposing an “overly lenient and unlawful sentence” that “eroded public confidence in the judiciary.” The Montana Judicial Standard Commission's formal charge against Baugh of Yellowstone County was announced Tuesday after the panel received hundreds of complaints about him, including eight that were formally filed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes and Tim Logan
Dozens of tenants are being forced to vacate a South Los Angeles building amid complaints that the city should have acted sooner to help people relocate from the squalid and dangerous apartments. In recent years, the Hoover Street commercial building was converted into dozens of apartments, prompting a complaint to the city six months ago. But when the city ultimately forced the building to be vacated, its tenants were given little time to leave. A Los Angeles Fire Department order said they had to be out by Friday, citing "unsafe buildings" and "structural hazards.
BUSINESS
September 17, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- China filed a World Trade Organization complaint Monday challenging U.S. anti-dumping measures on billions of dollars in goods as trade tensions escalated between the two economic superpowers. The move came as the Obama administration said Monday it was complaining to the WTO that China was illegally subsidizing exports of automobiles and auto parts. President Obama was set to announce the move while campaigning in Ohio, a key battleground in the November election and a state that has a large auto industry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2001
As a former Bostonian and New York City resident, I can't understand anyone having a complaint about the Los Angeles subway system. The first time I ever rode it two years ago, it was so clean, quiet and well patrolled by police officers that it was almost like science fiction. Sure, a few extra musicians performing at various stops would be nice. But with the lack of graffiti, grime, foul odors and scary people ready to snap, as on other cities' subway systems, my only complaint about the L.A. subway is that I can't get to ride it more often!
BUSINESS
May 21, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Mexican telecom billionaire Carlos Slim is punching back at an advocacy group that's been criticizing him across the country and on the steps of the California Capitol building. Slim's Miami-based subsidiary, TracFone Wireless Inc., on Monday filed a complaint with California's political watchdog agency against an organization called Two Countries One Voice. The group has been protesting and pressing for legislation that could slow the expansion of TracFone's pre-paid cellphone network in the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar said through a spokesman Monday that allegations contained in a workplace discrimination complaint filed against him by a former female staffer are untrue. Huizar spokesman Rick Coca said in an email that the councilman "strongly and emphatically denies the assertions made in the claim sent to the city and intends to fully cooperate with the city in any investigation of this matter. " Coca also said Huizar was "surprised" to learn that the 2-month old complaint had been filed.
NEWS
November 2, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
A third woman has come forward alleging "aggressive and unwanted behavior" by Herman Cain during his tenure as head of the National Restaurant Assn., the Associated Press is reporting. The news service says the woman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation, said she considered filing a workplace complaint against Cain because of his conduct, which "included a private invitation to his corporate apartment. " She also said that Cain's sexually suggestive gestures or statements came at about the same time two of her co-workers settled harassment complaints.
NEWS
July 24, 2012 | By Matea Gold
WASHINGTON -- Television watchers may be surprised to learn that a large share of the sharp-edged campaign commercials clogging the airwaves right now are not technically political ads. The vast majority fall under the broad category that the Federal Election Commission deems “issue ads” - spots that stop short of calling for a candidate's election or defeat. They are the form of choice for conservative advocacy groups such as Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity, which together have already declared ad buys amounting to $115 million this cycle, according to a tally by the Sunlight Foundation . INTERACTIVE: Election 2012 'super PAC' spending That's because as nonprofit “social welfare” organizations, these groups cannot make political activity their primary purpose - otherwise they risk having their tax status revoked and being forced to disclose their donors, as political organizations like "super PACs" must.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Ten Southern California surgery centers once affiliated with the defunct 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign are suing UnitedHealth Group Inc. to get reimbursed for hundreds of Lap-Band weight-loss procedures. The lawsuit comes amid federal and state investigations into allegations that the surgery centers defrauded UnitedHealth Group and other insurance companies, according to a government affidavit and a demand letter filed in two federal court cases. The 1-800-GET-THIN ads once blanketed Southern California freeway billboards and broadcast airwaves, but the campaign was halted after the Food and Drug Administration said the ads failed to disclose adequately the risks of weight-loss surgery.
OPINION
March 24, 2014 | By Dennis Ross
President Obama will visit Saudi Arabia this week. Based on what I hear from key Saudis, he is in for a rough reception. Rarely have the Saudis been more skeptical about the United States, and if the president is to affect Saudi behavior, it is important for him to understand why. Fundamentally, the Saudis believe that America's friends and interests are under threat, and the U.S. response has ranged from indifference to accommodation. The Saudis see Iran trying to encircle them with its Quds Force active in Bahrain, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and their own eastern province.
SPORTS
March 21, 2014 | By David Wharton
A hometown crowd filled Iceberg Skating Palace with cheers when Russia's Adelina Sotnikova won a surprise gold medal in women's figure skating at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. But more than a few neutral observers questioned whether Sotnikova had truly outskated defending champion Yuna Kim and now officials from her native South Korea are asking the international skating federation to take another look. “Together with the Korea Skating Union, we have decided to file an official complaint [to the ISU]
WORLD
March 10, 2014 | By Henry Chu and Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - As Ukrainian officials prepared to campaign in the United States this week for more international support ahead of a Russian-backed referendum on secession in Crimea, Moscow complained Monday of “lawlessness” in eastern Ukraine, raising fear it might widen its military intervention to include that region. The Kremlin said in a statement that Ukrainian right-wing extremists, taking advantage of the “complete neglect” of the new Western-oriented government in Kiev, were threatening order in eastern Ukraine.
BUSINESS
March 9, 2014 | By Anky van Deursen
Question: My wife and I purchased a 10-unit residential building as an investment. This is our first time owning a rental property, and we quickly realized it's a lot of work. We hired a property manager to deal with all of the details, and for a while everything seemed to be fine. Last week, however, we received a notification from the Department of Housing and Urban Development that one of our tenants had filed a complaint against us, claiming that our property manager had sexually harassed her. We know nothing about this - can we be liable for what the property manager did here?
BUSINESS
March 9, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
United Airlines, the nation's third largest carrier, has begun a crackdown on passengers who drag oversized bags into the cabin. And the airline is doing this to win points with passengers. After all, the Chicago-based carrier was recently ranked 8th among the nation's top ten carriers in a survey of about 24,000 people in the U.S. The survey by Satmetrix, a cloud-based software company, named  Southwest Airlines as the top-rated carrier. The crackdown on oversized bags is an effort to address what United says is one of the biggest gripes among its passengers: The overhead bins are so overstuffed with carry-on bags that the boarding process is often bogged down as fliers try to find space for their luggage.
NATIONAL
April 5, 2012 | By Tina Susman
Federal agents have threatened to seize from Sotheby's a 10th-century Cambodian sandstone statue, alleging the auction house planned to sell it despite warnings that looters had stolen the piece from its rightful place, adorning an ancient temple in the former Khmer kingdom. Court documents filed Wednesday in New York say the Duryodhana statue -- listed as the "Defendant in rem" in the complaint -- was apparently torn from the Prasat Chen Temple in  Koh Ker in northern Cambodia sometime in the 1960s or early 1970s, when the Asian nation was engulfed in civil unrest.
NEWS
November 4, 2011 | By Kim Geiger, Washington Bureau
Herman Cain will address a gathering of conservative activists Friday afternoon when he appears at a summit hosted by Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit group known for its ties to the billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch. Cain's appearance will be something of a homecoming for the embattled presidential hopeful, whose connections to Americans for Prosperity have come under new scrutiny this week after it was revealed that an affiliated group may have illegally helped jump-start Cain's presidential campaign.
BUSINESS
March 9, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
United Airlines, the nation's third-largest carrier, is cracking down on passengers who drag oversized bags into the cabin. And the airline is doing this to win points with passengers. After all, the Chicago carrier was recently ranked eighth among the nation's top 10 carriers in a survey of about 24,000 people in the U.S. The survey by Satmetrix, a cloud-based software company, named Southwest Airlines as the top-rated carrier. The crackdown on oversized bags is an effort to address what United says is one of the biggest gripes among its passengers: The overhead bins are so overstuffed with carry-on bags that the boarding process is often bogged down as fliers try to find space for their luggage.
SPORTS
March 7, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
The first active Division I-A athlete to sue the NCAA over concussions wants out of the lawsuit. "I am no longer a plaintiff in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois vs. NCAA," Stanford runner Jessica Tonn wrote in an email. "While I am supportive of advocacy for concussion awareness, I have no desire to be involved in legal matters of this or any other sort. " Filed Wednesday, the 65-page complaint alleges that the NCAA inadequately educated athletes and coaches about concussions and didn't implement return-to-play guidelines.
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