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November 19, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
It may be some companies' worst nightmare: the National Labor Relations Board, which is fully functioning with all its members for the first time since August 2003, is beginning to investigate labor practices and big companies, and so far, has sided with labor. The NLRB's general counsel said Monday that it had investigated charges against Wal-Mart regarding employee protests last year in 13 states including California. It found that the retailer unlawfully threatened employees with reprisal if they engaged in strikes on Black Friday, unlawfully disciplined workers who did in engage in those strikes and unlawfully treated employees in other stores in anticipation of them participating in strikes or other labor activities.
November 14, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- A federal court on Thursday ordered the U.S. attorney's office and the FBI to respond to a complaint by state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) that federal officials should be held in contempt of court for leaking a sealed FBI affidavit that alleges the lawmaker accepted bribes. U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley is handling the case, and his courtroom deputy sent federal prosecutors and Calderon an "order requiring a joint status report" on the allegations of a leak and whether they can be resolved through mediation or settlement talks.
November 14, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - A federal court ordered law enforcement officials Thursday to respond to an accusation by state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon that they leaked a confidential FBI affidavit alleging that he took bribes. A clerk for U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley in Sacramento sent federal authorities and Calderon an order to provide a "joint status report" on the leak allegations and on whether they can be resolved through mediation or settlement talks. A sealed FBI affidavit, published recently by a cable television network, accuses Calderon (D-Montebello)
November 13, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Many airline seats are getting smaller. More carriers are putting price tags on all of those onboard extras you used to get for free. And cabins are more crowded than ever. Yet, complaints about airlines filed with the U.S. Transportation Department have dropped 14.1% to 10,439 in the first nine months of the year, from 12,153 in the same period in 2012. The statistics from the Transportation Department also show that complaints filed in September alone dropped 6.8%, to 1,008 from 1,081 in September 2012.
November 9, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
The creator of Huy Fong Foods' Sriracha hot sauce says that his company might have gone bankrupt if the city of Irwindale had successfully stopped production at the facility in response to odor complaints from nearby residents. According to a statement issued to The Times on Friday, Huy Fong Foods would have suffered a $10-million loss if a judge had granted the city's request for a temporary restraining order. The judge denied the city's request for the order at a hearing Oct. 31. A Nov. 22 hearing will determine whether the city's request for a preliminary injunction to stop operations at the factory is granted.
November 3, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Matt Stevens and Ashley Powers
The man authorities allege opened fire inside Los Angeles International Airport on Friday “made the conscious decision” to try to kill multiple TSA employees, according to a federal criminal complaint . In a handwritten letter found in a bag recovered from the scene, authorities say suspect Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, stated he would attempt to kill several Transportation Security Administration agents and wanted to “instill fear in...
October 31, 2013 | By Frank Shyong and Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times
In a declaration filed Thursday morning, David Tran, chief executive and founder of Huy Fong Foods, said the first complaints about the Sriracha hot sauce factory in late 2012 came from an Irwindale city councilman's son. The declaration does not name the councilman's son, but sources told The Times it refers to the son of councilman Hector Manuel Ortiz. The Irwindale City Council and city manager have not responded to requests for comment made Thursday morning. According to the declaration, Huy Fong Foods responded to the son's first complaint last year by installing filters.
October 28, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
An ordinance targeting maternity hotels is not necessary, since the facilities are illegal under existing law, the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning said in a report. Since February, a task force convened by the county Board of Supervisors has shut down 18 suspected hotels, all in Rowland Heights or Hacienda Heights. Pregnant women from China and Taiwan stay at the hotels so they can give birth to children who are U.S. citizens. Nearly all the hotels were in single-family residential zones, where boarding houses already are banned, according to the report released Friday.
October 26, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO - An Egyptian judge Saturday threw out a legal complaint against Nobel laureate and prominent former diplomat Mohamed El Baradei, who had been accused of breaching the public trust for quitting as vice president to protest a violent crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. The case had illustrated the extreme sensitivities surrounding any criticism of the army and the country's military-backed government in the wake of the July overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and a subsequent bloody dispersal of his followers.
October 26, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Rosanna Xia
Los Angeles' top building official said he has been cleared of wrongdoing related to an ethics complaint filed by an opponent of a controversial Hollywood skyscraper project. “I just received good news from the Ethics Commission that they have dismissed the false and baseless allegation that was filed against me,” Raymond Chan, the interim general manager of the Department of Building and Safety, said in an email to undisclosed recipients Thursday and reviewed by The Times. “I am very happy that this dark cloud is removed,” Chan wrote.
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