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BUSINESS
February 5, 2013 | By Alejandro Lazo
California has filed suit against Wall Street's biggest credit rating agency, Standard & Poor's, charging the firm with violating the state's False Claims Act by using “magic numbers” and “guesses” to inflate ratings that ultimately cost California public pension funds an estimated $1 billion. The action was filed Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court and came a day after federal prosecutors filed suit against the bond-rating agency, alleging that S&P gave top marks to troubled mortgage-backed securities that later failed, helping to trigger the financial crisis.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2013 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
There was the local resident who was given a document with false City Hall salaries. There was the food bank coordinator who had no idea one of his volunteers was being paid nearly six figures. And there was the councilman who didn't realize he was making just pennies on the dollar compared to his colleagues. Witnesses called Tuesday in the Bell corruption trial testified that city officials had deceived them, in some cases for years. Prosecutors contend that the small city was awash in oversized salaries and that six former council members drew much of their $100,000 paychecks from authorities that rarely met and did little or no work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2013 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Lance Armstrong's books were billed as the inspirational story of an athlete who bounced back from cancer to become the world's best cyclist - without using banned substances. Now everyone knows Armstrong's story was not the truth, and some customers want their money back. Two Sacramento County residents, Republican political consultant Rob Stutzman and professional chef Jonathan Wheeler, are spearheading a class-action lawsuit against Armstrong and his publishers, claiming they were deceived.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Jan. 20 - 16, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES Tom Reed for Members Only: A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Valerie Goodloe ("Gang Girl") (11 a.m. KSCI) The Carrie Diaries: Carrie's (AnnaSophia Robb) new relationship with Sebastian (Austin Butler) is not going smoothly in this new episode (8 p.m. KTLA). The Following: Kevin Bacon stars as a burned-out former FBI agent who is called back into action when the notorious serial killer (James Purefoy)
NEWS
January 6, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
The cast of NBC's "Deception" has put the drama in the spotlight. The drama is one of only two network dramas that features an African American female in a lead role. But rather than embrace the groundbreaking emphasis, the producers appear to be more than a little uncomfortable with discussing the subject of race as it relates to the series. "Deception" stars Meagan Good as Joanna Locasto, a San Francisco narcotics detective who investigates a murder than has been linked to the Bowers, a powerful and wealthy family that once employed Joanna's mother as a maid.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In "Deception," a new mystery serial premiering Monday on NBC, Megan Goode plays Joanna Locasta, a San Francisco police detective recruited by the FBI - by her ex-partner/ex-boyfriend (Laz Alonso), specifically - to go undercover among the family of her former best friend, the victim of a suspicious drug overdose. The family, in whose house Joanna grew up - her mother was their maid - is, of course, rich and powerful and ridiculously dysfunctional. Not only that, but also, in the words of Joanna's FBI handler and ex-boyfriend, "They've been under investigation for stock manipulation for the last nine years," suggesting that the family is very clever, or that the authorities are very distracted.
SPORTS
December 16, 2012 | By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times
Trying to sort through the NFL this season is a little like trying to shut down a deceptive read-option offense. Buy one fake pitch, and the real danger runs right past. The pitch: The New York Giants are rounding into Super Bowl form. Just look at their 52 points in a rout of New Orleans last week. The reality: Atlanta - fresh off a loss to three-win Carolina - handed the Giants a 34-0 shutout Sunday. "We love the haters, man," Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
With less than a week until the release next Tuesday of his major-label debut, the Canadian R&B singer known as the Weeknd is giving listeners a preview of some of his new material. "Trilogy" will primarily collect songs from a series of free albums the Weeknd (born Abel Tesfaye) originally issued online in 2011. But it's also to contain three previously unreleased tracks, two of which -- "Twenty Eight" and "Valerie" -- are now available to stream in radio-rip form on a website overseen by the Weeknd's XO crew.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — More than 3.5 million Discover credit card customers will share $200 million in refunds in the wake of a federal investigation that determined the bank tricked people into signing up for payment protection plans and other add-on services. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. found that Discover Financial Services telemarketers often talked faster when explaining fees and terms as they pitched the services, leading customers to think there was no additional fee, the regulators said Monday.
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