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July 4, 2013 | By David Lefer
Had it not been for America's founding conservatives, we would not be celebrating Independence Day on July 4. In fact, it's unlikely we would be celebrating our independence at all. Few people today realize how similar the Revolutionary era was to our own: Endless war, financial crashes and mounting public debt, popular outrage against rich bankers and taxation, and such bitter partisan dispute that Congress was frequently deadlocked for months on...
June 17, 2013 | By Meg James
A battle-tested veteran of News Corp.'s general counsel's office will take on additional duties following the corporate spinoff set for June 28. The company announced Monday that Janet Nova, deputy general counsel, will become executive vice president and deputy group general counsel for 21st Century Fox. She will help manage day-to-day operations of one of the nation's busiest corporate legal offices. Nova, who has been a key member of News Corp.'s legal team since 1997, will oversee legal aspects of Fox's acquisition strategy, capital markets transactions and Securities & Exchange Commission filings.
June 9, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Santa Monica College officials are offering counseling and an opportunity for students  and staff to retrieve belongings left behind as they rushed to escape Friday's shooting rampage. On the college website officials invited staff and students to attend a gathering from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday on campus. Therapists will be available all day, and local restaurants are donating food. Belongings left in the library, which the gunman entered, causing many to drop possessions as the they fled, have been tagged and moved to a staging area at 1510 Pico Blvd.  They can be claimed between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. after identification and proof of ownership is provided.  Belongings left elsewhere may be retrieved from the building in which they were left.
June 9, 2013 | By Frank Shyong, Angel Jennings and Jean Merl
A fifth victim of the Santa Monica shooting rampage died Sunday as Santa Monica College students and staff tired to cope with the violence and prepared to return to the campus Monday. Student Marcela Franco, 26, died with her family by her side at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica College officials announced. Franco, who had just enrolled at the school for summer classes, and her father, Carlos Navarro Franco, a 68-year-old groundskeeper at the college, were shot while inside the father's SUV in a parking lot on the campus.
May 26, 2013 | By Joe Flint
The former general counsel of News Corp., parent company of Fox News, said his office never got any notification from the U.S. Justice Department in 2010 that it had subpoenaed communications records of Fox News reporter James Rosen. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Lawrence "Lon" Jacobs -- who was News Corp. general counsel at the time -- said "we never got it" when asked about a report in the New York Times that the Justice Department had alerted News Corp. via fax of its probe into Rosen.
May 14, 2013 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - In the last century, Californians have said yes to every request for money to help veterans buy homes. Since 2000, they have signed off on $1.4 billion in bonds for that purpose. But most of that money remains untapped. In fact, the state's home loan program for veterans, run by the agency known as Cal-Vet, is doing less and less each year to help servicemen and women returning from Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Yet there's more money available for the program than in the agency's annual operating budget.
May 13, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
California's lax rules governing who can work as substance abuse counselors have allowed sex offenders and other felons to treat addicts with little to no scrutiny by the state, according to a report by the Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes released Monday. California does not require a criminal background check for drug and alcohol counselors, nor does it ask applicants to report their criminal histories, according to the report, which found that at least 23 sex offenders have been permitted to work as counselors since 2005.
May 12, 2013 | Doyle McManus
There are two things you can do for your mother on Mother's Day. One is to say "thank you. " (Over lunch, with flowers.) The other is to ask her for advice - even if she's not convinced you really want it. "I don't think kids take any advice from their parents after they're 12," my mother told me last week. "But maybe they'll consider it. If they consider it, that's all you can ask. " Lois Doyle McManus is 87, and arthritis is getting in the way of her piano career. Her most recent performance, a concert with a community college orchestra, was last month.
April 16, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Rampant piracy, government censorship and foreign quotas can make China a highly unpredictable and frustrating market for Hollywood. But one of China's top entertainment executives has some homespun advice: Make friends and be patient. "To succeed in China, it's like the old the Chinese saying: Before business, make friends," said Jerry Ye, chief executive of Wanda Cinemas, at an international panel on the opening day of Cinemacon, the annual convention for the theater industry held in Las Vegas.
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