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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - State Sen. Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) on Monday formally denied involvement in a controversial contribution to a nonprofit linked to state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello). The state Fair Political Practices Commission had given De Leon 10 days to respond to allegations that he'd arranged a $25,000 contribution from “Yes We Can,” a political committee affiliated with the California Legislative Latino Caucus, to a nonprofit group run by former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, the brother of Ronald S. Calderon.
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SPORTS
December 10, 2013 | Wire reports
Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson said no decision has been made about the future of Longhorns football Coach Mack Brown . Texas released a statement by Patterson several hours after Orangebloods.com reported, citing two unidentified people, that Brown will announce he is stepping down by week's end. "We continue to discuss the future of Texas Football," Patterson said. "Mack Brown has not resigned. And, no decisions have been made. " Joe Jamail , Brown's longtime friend and attorney, told the Associated Press on Tuesday: "Mack Brown has not resigned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2013 | By Anh Do
Vietnamese American activists say they will ask Westminster officials to block organizers from staging the colorful Tet parade because they refuse to allow gays to participate in the Lunar New Year event. Parade organizers barred LGBT individuals from marching in the 2013 event and last month voted to ban them again from the upcoming parade. Shunned by one of the community's signature events, many of the gay rights activists stood along the parade route to protest their ouster. Inspired by the activism, they formed Viet Rainbow of Orange County and plan to lobby Westminster council members Wednesday to intervene in what they say is outright discrimination.
SPORTS
December 10, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Jameis Winston had just led Florida State to a 45-7 victory over Duke for the ACC title on Saturday, ensuring the Seminoles a spot in the BCS championship game next month. The star quarterback also was just two days removed from learning he would not be charged in a sexual assault investigation that had been looming over his head since last month. ESPN reporter Heather Cox has drawn some criticism - particularly from FSU fans and Winston's lawyer , Tim Jansen, who keeps tweeting about the incident - for focusing more on the latter topic during her postgame interview with Winston.
NATIONAL
December 5, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo and Richard Simon, This article has been updated, as indicated below.
TUCSON - For months, even in the 100-degree-plus desert heat, Alejandro Castear always grabbed a heavy sweater when he left his southern Arizona home. The sweater wasn't to wear, he says, but to fend off chilling memories of his time in a freezing detention center for people suspected of being in the U.S. illegally. Castear says he experienced what immigrant rights groups say is a common practice - detaining immigrants in frigid cells to pressure them to agree to deportation.
OPINION
December 1, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Last year, when the Supreme Court struck down the noxious Arizona law known as SB 1070, it sent a clear message to states seeking to enact their own immigration laws: Don't do it. The court ruled that the law, which in effect sought to bully undocumented immigrants into leaving the state, was an unconstitutional intrusion by a state government into an arena - immigration policy - that is the responsibility of the federal government. But apparently the high court's decision has done little to diminish support for such laws in Hazleton, Pa., and Farmers Branch, Texas, where officials have spent millions defiantly defending local housing ordinances intended to regulate immigration.
NATIONAL
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.
NATIONAL
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.
SPORTS
November 19, 2013 | By David Wharton
International cycling's former chief has denied claims by Lance Armstrong that he participated in a doping coverup during the 1999 Tour de France. Hein Verbruggen, former president of the international cycling union (UCI), offered his response Tuesday to accusations made by Armstrong in a British newspaper earlier this week. "Since when do people believe Lance Armstrong?" Verbruggen wrote in a text message to the NOS television network in the Netherlands. Cycling had reached a critical juncture in 1999, struggling to rebound from a widespread doping controversy.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
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.
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