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March 16, 2014 | Doyle McManus
This year was always going to be a difficult one for Democrats, as they battle to keep their five-seat majority in the Senate. But in recent months, the political landscape has grown bleaker. Let's start with the basics: Democrats have more seats at risk this year than Republicans do. Of the 36 Senate seats up for election (including three midterm vacancies), 21 are held by Democrats. And seven of those Democratic seats are in Republican-leaning "red states" that Mitt Romney won in 2012: Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia.
March 16, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Cities, counties and law enforcement officials across California are bristling at a 6-year-old law that they contend prevents regulation of massage parlors they suspect offer more than therapeutic bodywork. A profusion of massage parlors, often near schools and neighborhoods, creates blight, they complained at a legislative hearing. Local government officials told lawmakers last week that they're frustrated by a 2008 law that sought to regulate illicit massage parlors and support legitimate spas and other businesses.
March 14, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Amid growing international concern over U.S. control of the Internet, the federal government plans to relinquish control of policy making for the Web to the “global Internet community.” The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday that it has asked the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers to bring together interested groups from around the world to come up with a plan to transition oversight of the Web. Governments have complained that the United States had too much influence over the Internet, particularly in light of revelations of online surveillance by the National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies.
March 12, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin called on pension officials Wednesday to take new steps to cut costs - possibly by merging the management of two of its three retirement systems. During the recession and in its aftermath, pension costs for Los Angeles police, firefighters and city employees grew while investment returns were worse than expected, according to audit reports released Wednesday by the controller. The reports find that between 2008 and 2012, the money that Los Angeles chipped in to two of its three city employee pension systems grew from $737 million to $869 million.
March 11, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
Orange County is planning to receive about $83.2 million in federal money over the next two years to fund watershed and flood-control projects, including the massive effort to reduce the potential for flooding along the Santa Ana River. While the federal government has already authorized $45.9 million for this fiscal year, an additional $37.3 million is slated for approval with the 2015 federal budget, according to a list of recommended projects the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released Tuesday.
March 11, 2014 | By Maura Dolan and Shelby Grad
SAN FRANCISCO -- Firefighters were gaining ground Tuesday night on a six-alarm fire in the Mission Bay district. The fire broke out this afternoon at an apartment complex under construction near 4th Street and China Basin. San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said her team was "getting the upper hand. " No injuries were reported, according to CBS San Francisco. The cause was unknown. PHOTOS: San Francisco fire   Fear of buidling collapse (6:03 p.m.)
March 8, 2014 | By Steve Galluzzo
The third time proved to be a charm for Fairfax, which dethroned Harbor City Narbonne, 47-37, in the Los Angeles City Section Division I girls' basketball final Saturday night at Los Angeles Southwest College. The top-seeded Lions (29-6) had lost the previous two championship games to Narbonne by scores of 65-60 last season and 50-44 the year before, but they wrote a different script on this occasion, taking control in the final minutes to earn a measure of revenge against the Marine League champions.
March 8, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - A Mexican regulatory agency has ordered the massive companies that dominate this nation's telephone and broadcast television sectors to share their network infrastructure with competitors, a move that could seriously alter Mexico's telecommunications landscape in the months and years to come. The rulings by the Federal Telecommunications Institute appeared to be a "step in the right direction" for the Mexican economy, said George W. Grayson, a Mexico specialist at the College of William and Mary.
March 7, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing remained missing hours after it lost contact with air traffic controllers Saturday, and a search-and-rescue effort was underway, officials said. Flight MH370, with 227 passengers and 12 crew members aboard, was scheduled to land in the Chinese capital at 6:30 a.m. but did not arrive. It departed from the Malaysian capital at 12:41 a.m. Saturday and lost contact with Malaysian air traffic controllers about two hours later, the airline said.
March 4, 2014 | By Chris Megerian and Seema Mehta
SACRAMENTO -- Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a Republican candidate for governor, on Tuesday likened President Obama to dictators such as Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin on the issue of gun control.   The comparison, issued in a tweet , included an image with two rows of portraits. The first one showed George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and others who Donnelly said "stood for gun rights. " The second had Obama alongside Hitler, Stalin and King George III as people who "stood for gun control.
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