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February 3, 2014 | By Jason Song
Every semester since 2009, Sequoyah Hilt has tried to sign up for a phlebotomy course at Long Beach City College. She never got a seat. Then Hilt heard that the school had openings for her long-awaited class. There was just one catch: The monthlong winter extension course could cost up to $225 per unit, nearly five times the normal price. Hilt went for it. The 26-year-old needed the class to learn to take blood samples for a new career as a medical technician. She ended up paying $135 - instead of the full price of $337.50 - because of a fee waiver granted by the school.
February 3, 2014 | By Anh Do
An immigration officer who demanded that a Vietnamese immigrant pick up hundreds of egg rolls and deliver them for an office party will stand trial later this year on bribery charges. Mai Nhu Nguyen, an Irvine resident, allegedly took thousands of dollars from three applicants seeking citizenship or lawful permanent resident status, authorities contend. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employee was indicted last summer has been ordered to stand trial in June at U.S. District Court in Santa Ana. Authorities arrested Nguyen, 47, last June after she allegedly accepted a $2,200 bribe from an immigrant awaiting citizenship.
January 29, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
With renewals from nearly all of their ticket holders, the Dodgers have suspended sales of new season seats. Tickets for individual games go on sale Friday on the team website and Saturday at Dodger Stadium, with prices ranging from $10 to $150. The Dodgers divide individual games into four categories - based on projected popularity - and price them accordingly. For example, a seat on the reserved level could cost $45 on a bobblehead night, $35 for an April fireworks night, and $25 for a midweek day game.
January 29, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
The saga of the jelly doughnut-shaped rock on Mars has taken a strange turn -- to a federal court. On Monday, Rhawn Joseph, who describes himself as a neuroscientist and astrobiologist, filed court papers demanding that NASA do more to investigate the mysterious rock. "NASA's rover team inexplicably failed to perform the basic demands of science, which is re-search, look again," he wrote in a petition for a writ of mandamus filed with the U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
January 24, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela - Three more international airlines on Friday joined the list of companies that have suspended ticket sales in Venezuela, complaining that the government owes them billions of dollars. U.S.-based American Airlines and United Airlines and Panama's Copa Airlines said they were halting ticket sales in Venezuela in lieu of the government's failure to pay arrears that as of last month totaled $2.6 billion. Under Venezuela's complicated foreign exchange rules, the government acts as intermediary in foreign sales of goods and services transacted in the country.
January 23, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
The United Nations' lead advocate for human rights on Thursday demanded that Myanmar authorities investigate "credible information" about a reported massacre of more than 40 Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine state. "I deplore the loss of life in Du Chee Yar Tan and call on the authorities to carry out a full, prompt and impartial investigation and ensure that victims and their families receive justice," High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement from the U.N. offices in Geneva . A spokesman for Myanmar President Thein Sein denied a massacre had been carried out by state security forces and local Buddhists, as the U.N. official alleged.
January 19, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Russia demanded that the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay be closed down as soon as possible after a Foreign Ministry envoy visited the last Russian prisoner still held there. "This trip has just fortified our principled position, which coincides with approaches of an overwhelming majority of world community members -- states, international human rights groups, nongovernmental organizations, including those from the United States -- to the effect that the Guantanamo prison should be closed as soon as possible,” Konstantin Dolgov, a human rights envoy with the Russian Foreign Ministry, said Saturday, according to the Itar-Tass news agency.
January 18, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
When Tina Kinser showed up at the Fullerton police station Saturday morning she had a flashback to the summer of 2011. Almost everything seemed the same. The demands for justice blaring out of bullhorns. The people holding signs with pictures of her brother's bloodied face. And the way the crowd of protesters swelled so big it spilled onto Commonwealth Avenue. "It looks just like the protest I came to two years ago," said Kinser, the youngest sister of Kelly Thomas, the homeless man with schizophrenia who died after being beaten unconscious by Fullerton police officers.
January 16, 2014 | By Joe Flint
It's good to be king. That's the likely take-away of many network executives after reading the NFL's request for proposal -- or demands -- letter regarding a new Thursday night package of games. The NFL Network airs 13 Thursday night games. The league wants to take some of those games -- six or eight -- and use them for another TV package on a different channel. This would create a new revenue stream for a league that never tires of growing its television revenue.  But the NFL doesn't want to throw its own channel under the bus. It is asking whoever gets the new Thursday package to also allow the NFL Network to simulcast those telecasts, a person with knowledge of the proposal said, confirming a report in Sports Business Journal . PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV Not only that, the league has also said that it would like whoever gets the Thursday games to produce the games that would remain exclusive to the NFL Network as well.
January 16, 2014 | By Lauren Frayer
MADRID -- Lawmakers in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia voted Thursday to demand powers to hold a referendum on independence from Spain, ramping up their confrontation with a central government determined to avoid the breakup of the country. The vote was largely symbolic, because the Spanish government has repeatedly said that it considers any gesture toward Catalan secession -- even a referendum on the question -- to be unconstitutional and that it would block any such moves.
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