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August 17, 2012 | By Alex Pham
Liberty Media informed the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday that it had acquired more than 48% of Sirius XM Radio's shares and intends to push that amount above 50% in order to take control over the New York satellite radio company. Liberty disclosed the plan several months after it failed to persuade the Federal Communications Commission to grant it control over Sirius based on its ownership of 40% of the company's shares.  Sirius' chief executive, Mel Karmazin, rebuffed the takeover attempt at the time, saying Liberty's argument that its 40% stake was sufficient to gain control was akin to proclaiming "Forty is the new 50. " Liberty's chairman, John Malone, might have taken that barb to heart.
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AUTOS
May 20, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Maserati of North America is recalling 7,438 model year 2005-2008 Quattroportes, model year 2008 GranTurismos, and model year 2008 Alfa Romeo 8Cs for a corrosion problem that could lead to a loss of control of the cars. One of Maserati's slogans is "excellence through passion. " GranTurismos that sold for $120,000 or more when brand new still fetch as much as $68,200 after five years. But even Maserati owners have problems with their cars. PHOTOS: The 10 worst cars ever The rear tie rod assemblies on the cars "may have insufficient anti-corrosion material applied, allowing them to weaken and possibly fail," according to documents on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.
NATIONAL
February 6, 2013 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Action in Washington over the next few months on gun control, immigration and fiscal policy will set the stage for a fierce midterm election battle next year, with control of Congress the ultimate prize. Republicans are expected to keep their majority in the House, and history would suggest they might expand their numbers in the sixth year of a two-term presidency. But the Democrats' hold on the Senate is at risk, with competitive 2014 contests for at least nine of their seats - seven in states Mitt Romney carried in 2012.
NATIONAL
February 10, 2012 | By Christi Parsons, Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
For days President Obama had been hammered over a regulation in the 2010 healthcare law that required religiously affiliated hospitals, charities and universities to provide birth control coverage for their female employees even if that conflicted with church teachings. On Friday he tried to end the debate with what he called an "accommodation. " The employees still will be offered free birth control coverage. But the benefit will come directly from their insurers, and no religious groups' money will be used.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - George Deukmejian was not a flashy governor. Wasn't a spellbinder. But he was a bold leader on a perilous front: gun control. In a state that prizes entertainers and celebrities, Deukmejian twice got elected governor anyway. He was the quiet-spoken, strong-willed type. "Iron Duke," they called him. Gary Cooper would have been perfect for the part. Think "High Noon. " We're coming up on the 24th anniversary of Iron Duke's outdrawing the gun lobby to enact the nation's first assault weapons ban - an action hardly anyone could have predicted, given his political past.
WORLD
March 25, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez
BAGRAM, Afghanistan - The U.S. handed over control of the prison at Bagram air base to the Afghan government Monday, resolving a major sticking point that had been complicating relations between Washington and Kabul as both countries brace for the departure of most U.S. troops by the end of 2014. Assuming control of the detention facility at the U.S.-run air base had been a key demand of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who in recent weeks has stepped up his anti-American rhetoric and ratcheted up tension between Kabul and Washington.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2009 | BETSY SHARKEY, FILM CRITIC
There are endless ways to film a face, particularly one with such a rich landscape as Isaach De Bankole's -- cheekbones rising sharply over deep valleys, thundercloud eyes gazing straight into the gathering storm, a wide plain of a forehead riding high above, and two thick rivers that rarely smile below. In "The Limits of Control," Jim Jarmusch's absorbing and visually mesmerizing new crime thriller, the filmmaker risks everything on the power of De Bankole's face to carry us through.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
In response to the horrific massacre in Newtown, Conn., CNN's Piers Morgan devoted his Friday broadcast to coverage of the tragedy and to a discussion - make that a shouting match - about gun control. Joining him were Steve Dulan of the Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Dan Gross of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and gun-rights advocate John Lott. The conversation got heated when Morgan asked “why on Earth” anyone would advocate for more guns, given the unspeakable carnage at Sandy Hook.
NEWS
December 19, 2012 | By Doyle McManus
President Obama's pledge on Wednesday to press for new gun control measures was an important commitment -- even if, despite his protests, it might look like just another Washington commission. Only one week ago, gun control wasn't on Obama's second-term agenda at all. Now, after the elementary school shootings in Newtown, Conn., it's right at the top. “I will use all the powers of this office to help advance efforts aimed at preventing more tragedies like this,” Obama said.
NEWS
July 22, 2012 | By Don Lee and Morgan Little
Energized by the horrific shooting violence in Aurora, Colo., the national debate over gun control has taken on new force but shows few signs that the issue will emerge as a major campaign theme. On news talk shows Sunday, Democrat and Republican lawmakers clashed on the issue, while state and local leaders and police commissioners wondered aloud whether stricter control of firearms could have prevented someone like the alleged gunman, James Holmes, a graduate student in neurosciences, from carrying out the early Friday movie-theater assault that killed a dozen people and injured 58 others.
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