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January 13, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A Catholic school attended by two children who died with their parents in a Sylmar fire informed students of the tragedy Monday and sent letters home offering grief counseling, officials said. The four family members were found unresponsive by firefighters in the 4:37 a.m. blaze in the 13700 block of Eldridge Avenue. The father -- identified by family and friends as Uriel Estrada, 41 -- was found just a few feet from the front door, and his children and wife were huddled nearby, Los Angeles Fire Capt.
December 19, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Nearly a week after a gunman opened fire on campus, some Arapahoe High School students returned to school Thursday to retrieve belongings left behind in the emergency and to seek counseling.  On Dec. 13, student Karl Halverson Pierson, 18, arrived on campus in Centennial, Colo., with a 12-gauge pump action shotgun, three Molotov cocktails and a machete. He shot student Claire Esther Davis in the head and then turned the gun on himself. Davis remains hospitalized in critical condition.
December 16, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - The Senate confirmed Jeh Johnson as the next secretary of Homeland Security on Monday, capping a smooth approval process for the high-profile post. The former Pentagon general counsel will take office this week after a 78-16 vote, succeeding Janet Napolitano, who left in September to become president of the University of California system. An array of former officials from Democratic and Republican administrations, including all three former department secretaries, endorsed Johnson.
December 8, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - In what could be the final act in a long-running drama, ex-Mayor Bob Filner is set to appear in court Monday to be sentenced on three counts of mistreating women, the kind of accusations that drove him to resign. The judge is widely expected to approve a plea bargain that includes no jail time, three months of home confinement, a reduction in his city pension, mandatory mental health counseling and a bar against seeking public office. A probation report will describe Filner as a hard-driving perfectionist with an abrasive manner and a patronizing, retrograde attitude toward women who, under the pressure of being a "strong mayor" and after giving up on his mood-stabilizing medication, engaged in boorish, assaultive behavior for which he is now deeply apologetic and admits he needs therapy.
November 26, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Disgraced athlete O.J. Simpson on Tuesday was denied a new trial on his 2008 convictions for robbery and kidnapping in Las Vegas, which sent him to prison for up to 33 years. Clark County District Judge Linda Marie Bell ruled that for now, the 66-year-old will have to remain behind bars. Simpson, who will be 70 before he is eligible for parole, had sought a new trial, claiming incompetent legal counsel. "We're obviously very disappointed in the judge's decision," said Osvaldo Fumo, one of Simpson's attorneys.
November 20, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The board of the Museum of Contemporary Art on Wednesday appointed Maria Seferian, counsel to the museum since 2008, as interim director. In addition, the co-chairs of the board of trustees, TV writer and producer Maria Arena Bell and lawyer-producer David Johnson, will step down at the end of the year. Seferian, a partner in the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson, has been involved with the museum for about five years, she said. Over the last year - a tumultuous time at the museum, with financial difficulties and former director Jeffrey Deitch's departure in September - she has worked on its fundraising campaign and the search for a new director.
November 14, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The Motion Picture Assn. of America has hired Washington attorney Steven Fabrizio as its senior executive vice president and global general counsel. Fabrizio is considered one of the nation's leading copyright and content protection lawyers and has long ties to the MPAA and its member companies, having served for many years as lead outside counsel.  He succeeds Henry Hoberman, who resigned in September, overseeing all legal, content protection and rights management programs within the MPAA.
November 11, 2013 | By Meg James
Louis J. Briskman plans to retire next month from his role as general counsel of CBS Corp. A mainstay of the broadcasting company, Briskman first joined CBS in 1975 when it was Westinghouse Electric Corp.  He has served as the top lawyer for four public corporations, including Aetna Inc., Group W (the broadcasting subsidiary of Westinghouse) and Westinghouse Electric.  After his stint at Aetna, Briskman rejoined CBS in September 2005, just four months before the CBS breakup with Viacom Inc.  At that point, CBS became a separate publicly traded company.
October 25, 2013 | By Jeff Lantos
The Los Angeles Unified School District's plan to supply every student with an iPad is, to be charitable, not going well. Before any more school districts decide to spend millions on high-tech gadgets, let me offer a few words of caution. Why me? Because I was there in 1986 when Apple computers were first lugged into elementary classrooms. This was at the Open Magnet School in West Hollywood, where I and other teachers first experimented with this new technology. After hours, we often hung out with Alan Kay, the leather-jacketed genius from Apple who would drop by to see how things were going.
October 17, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - Jeh Johnson, a former Pentagon general counsel who established the legal frameworks for lethal drone strikes and for allowing gays to serve openly in the military, will be nominated by President Obama to be the next secretary of Homeland Security, according to administration officials. Johnson, 56, was an early supporter of Barack Obama's presidential ambitions and an advisor to his campaign. He contributed more than $33,000 in 2008 to Obama's fundraising committees.
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