November 18, 2013 |
California officials said three of the state's largest health insurers illegally denied speech and occupational therapy to patients, and regulators fined one of the companies, Health Net Inc., $300,000 for repeated violations. The state Department of Managed Health Care said Monday that it ordered Health Net, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California to stop denying medically necessary therapy in cases of developmental disabilities, autism and other medical conditions. The state said the three insurers will be required to reimburse patients who paid out of pocket for these improperly denied treatments.
November 16, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- California regulators have fined Safeco Insurance Co. of Seattle $900,000, saying the company violated state law banning the use of credit scores to decide whether to issue a homeowner's policy. The state Department of Insurance made the allegation after performing an audit of the company for 2006 and 2007. The audit also found that Safeco, a unit of Liberty Mutual, failed to follow its own rating guidelines and committed other auto-rating violations. "When we find that insurers are not complying with the law, we are able to take appropriate action and protect consumers," California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said.
November 13, 2013 |
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, who has led his team to a 9-0 record and a No. 2 ranking in the Bowl Championship Series standings, has denied involvement in a sexual assault complaint filed Dec. 7, 2012. Winston has not been charged and, according to the Tallahassee Democract , the investigation remains active and open. An attorney representing Winston denied the allegation. "This case has been going on for over a year," Tallahassee attorney Tim Jansen told the newspaper.
November 13, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. Please see below for details. Has the Autry National Center of the American West given taxpayers their money's worth on $10.5-million in federal and state grants received for its venerable Southwest Museum of the American Indian site in Mt. Washington? Not in the eyes of about two dozen protesters who gathered on the Southwest's doorstep Tuesday morning, chanting “Open these doors!” and holding signs with slogans such as “Where's our millions?
October 31, 2013 |
The cryptic pull of masterful French filmmaker Claire Denis ("Beau Travail," "White Material") - stories told through faces, time rendered elliptically, visuals and sound in dreamlike sync - betrays a noirish stain in her unsettling new film, "Bastards. " Tanker captain Marco (Vincent Lindon) is called back to Paris to attend to a family disaster involving a wrecked business, a distraught sister (Julie Bataille) whose husband has committed suicide, and their traumatized daughter (Lola Créton)
October 31, 2013 |
Guard Isaac Hamilton's effort to become immediately eligible at UCLA ended when the National Letter of Intent appeals board denied his appeal Thursday. Hamilton, a freshman, walked away from a letter of intent he signed with UTEP, deciding he wanted to stay closer to home. He played at Bellflower's St. John Bosco. He enrolled at UCLA, but UTEP had refused to release him from his commitment. ALSO: Florida State a shocking 21-point favorite over Miami Rory McIlroy hopes for turnaround at WGC tournament in Shanghai LeBron James on Allen Iverson: Pound for pound, probably the best ever
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October 31, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - California legislators scrambled Thursday to distance themselves from allegations of bribery and corruption against Democratic Sen. Ronald Calderon of Montebello, a day after details of a federal probe of his activities aired on a television network. The Capitol was roiling over comments attributed to Calderon in a report by the Al Jazeera cable network, based on what it identified as a sealed FBI affidavit, that he had enlisted other lawmakers to help him influence policy.
October 30, 2013 |
ROME -- The U.S. National Security Agency may have spied on the future Pope Francis in the run-up to his election in March, an Italian magazine reported Wednesday. The NSA strongly denied the report. Without citing sources, Panorama magazine said the NSA intercepted calls in and out of the Rome residence where cardinals stayed before the papal conclave. Among them was Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who was on the verge of being elected pope. “There is the suspicion that the conversations of the future pope could have been monitored,” the magazine said.
October 29, 2013 |
The White House and State Department signed off on surveillance targeting phone conversations of friendly foreign leaders, current and former U.S. intelligence officials said Monday, pushing back against assertions that President Obama and his aides were unaware of the high-level eavesdropping. Professional staff members at the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies are angry, these officials say, believing the president has cast them adrift as he tries to distance himself from the disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that have strained ties with close allies.
October 21, 2013 |
One person was killed and two more injured in a shooting at an after-hours nightclub at the Bally's casino on the Las Vegas strip early Monday morning, according to police and local media. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said the shooting happened about 5:45 a.m. at Drai's After Hours, a club with a $30 cover charge for men that opens at 1 a.m. and closes at dawn. Police told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the shooter fired three or four shots after being denied entry to the club, and that the shooter was rushed and subdued by other patrons.