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WORLD
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.
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BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
November 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Federal prosecutors have withdrawn a subpoena seeking the identities of thousands of people who bought used books through online retailer Amazon.com Inc., newly unsealed court records show. The withdrawal came after a judge ruled that the customers had a 1st Amendment right to keep their reading habits from the government. "The [subpoena's] chilling effect on expressive e-commerce would frost keyboards across America," U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker wrote.
BUSINESS
November 9, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
TiVo Inc., the pioneer of digital video recorders, said Thursday that it planned to start selling information about subscribers' ages, incomes, ethnicity and viewing habits to advertisers. TiVo, which allows users to record television programs and fast-forward through commercials, is offering the data to help advertisers target specific consumers. The company said 20,000 households volunteered for the program, called Power Watch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2007 | Tony Barboza, Henry Weinstein and Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writers
UC Irvine gave Orange County billionaire Donald Bren the right to be consulted in the selection of a dean for its new law school in return for his $20-million donation, according to documents released to The Times on Thursday. The eight-page gift agreement reveals the scope of what Bren received for his money, ranging from major matters such as selection of the dean to specific rules governing how prominently signs featuring his name were to be displayed on the campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2007 | Richard Winton and Matt Lait, Times Staff Writers
Despite vowing to "provide greater transparency" on police shootings and other violent encounters, the Los Angeles Police Commission has failed to publicly release the details of nearly 200 confrontations involving LAPD officers. After inquiries Friday from The Times, the commission scrambled to post more reports on its website and said it expects to place new ones online as early as next week.
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