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February 26, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom said he will open to the public army files on massacres and torture by soldiers during the country's 36-year civil war. Almost 250,000 people were killed or disappeared during the 1960-96 conflict between leftist guerrillas and the government. The army committed more than 80% of the slayings, according to a United Nations-backed truth commission. The commission, which compiled thousands of interviews with victims after the 1996 peace accords, identified no officials, in part because the army files were not open to the public.
February 20, 2008 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
Three-quarters of California's elected district attorneys refused to disclose how they choose defendants to face the death penalty, according to a report slated for presentation at a public hearing in Los Angeles today. In a report to the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice, which is examining how the death penalty is applied in California, Pepperdine law school professors Harry M.
December 31, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Outpatient clinics that perform diagnostic procedures using radioactive materials could do a better job of telling patients that they may set off radiation detectors at security checkpoints, a study shows. Information and documentation that these facilities provide to patients "varies widely" in terms of quality, said Armin Ansari, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who was involved in the study. "Some are extremely well done, some are not."
December 29, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
The Marine Corps this week moved to improve its process of notifying families when Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan are wounded or become sick. The shift comes in the wake of an internal report this year that found cases in which families received incomplete or inaccurate information, including an Alabama couple who were told their son had been wounded but survived, and then were told the next day that he had actually been killed.
December 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal judge agreed to let the Bush administration keep secret the lists of visitors to the White House until an appeals court decides whether the documents are public records. U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth granted the White House request five days after ordering the Secret Service to turn over the records to a liberal watchdog group that sought them under the Freedom of Information Act. Visitor records are created by the Secret Service, which is subject to the public records law.
December 15, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has responded to President Bush's letter on nuclear arms disclosures, indicating a willingness to adhere to commitments to provide details on his country's weapons activities, administration officials said Friday. Kim sent a response through diplomatic channels, which was conveyed verbally on Wednesday to State Department officials by a North Korean official in New York, Bush administration officials said. The North Korean leader was responding to the Dec.
December 13, 2007 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
Federal officials proposed rules Thursday to ensure better disclosure of the fees levied to administer 401(k) retirement accounts, but critics immediately blasted the measures as inadequate. The Department of Labor said its proposal was designed to address concerns that retirement nest eggs are being eroded by obscure fees and deductions that employees may not even know they are paying.
December 4, 2007 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
Two key House lawmakers announced Monday that they were investigating the Federal Communications Commission, accusing its chairman of "possible abuse of power" and a failure to operate fairly and openly in handling proposed cable TV and media ownership regulations. "Given several events and proceedings over the past year, I am rapidly losing confidence that the commission has been conducting its affairs in an appropriate manner," Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.
November 29, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Backers of two campaigns to change California law are crying foul over donations to their opponents made through nonprofit groups that can hide the origin of the money. In their separate protests, organizers of ballot measures to change term limits and restrict governments' use of eminent domain have highlighted a growing trend: the use of tax-exempt entities to finance political campaigns in a way that withholds from voters the identities of financial backers.
November 29, 2007 | Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
California and 11 other states sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday over a new regulation that exempts thousands of companies from disclosing to the public details about their use and emission of toxic chemicals. The lawsuit by the 12 states, filed in U.S. District Court in New York, accuses the agency of jeopardizing public health and seeks to force it to return to more stringent requirements. In joining the lawsuit, California Atty. Gen.
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