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WORLD
July 17, 2013 | By Paul Richter
AMMAN, Jordan - The Obama administration's efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks won the blessing of an influential Arab group Wednesday, but faced a dangerous new complication in the controversy stirred by a European Union sanction of the Jewish settlement movement. After a meeting Wednesday with Secretary of State John F. Kerry in Amman, a committee of the Arab League said the U.S. effort was "a good ground and a suitable environment for restarting the negotiations" between the Israeli and Palestinian governments.
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WORLD
June 29, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN - Bolstering his centrist image, Iranian President-elect Hassan Rowhani on Saturday vowed "moderation" in foreign and domestic affairs in his first major nationally televised address since his surprising election victory this month. In an almost hourlong speech from the state broadcaster's headquarters, Rowhani used some variant of the word "moderate" at least 10 times, signaling his intention to repair Iran's fractured relations with the international community, while not compromising the Islamic Republic's independence.
NATIONAL
June 26, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court took a major step toward legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide Wednesday as it struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and cleared the way for same-sex marriages in California. In this country, there is an "evolving understanding of the meaning of equality," said Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, a growing recognition that the public now believes it is unjust to deny equal rights to "same-sex couples who wished to be married. " Kennedy's ruling struck down, by a 5-to-4 vote, the federal marriage law, which had denied legal recognition of same-sex marriages, even in states where such marriages are legal.
SPORTS
June 21, 2013 | Wire reports
At least one company yanked an endorsement deal from New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on Friday as puzzled family members of a friend found slain a mile from Hernandez's home sought answers about how he died. Police have searched in and around Hernandez's sprawling home in North Attleborough, not far from where the Patriots practice. Amid some media reports that a warrant had been issued for his arrest, a court clerk said that as of Friday afternoon no arrest warrants had been issued in the case.
NATIONAL
June 9, 2013 | By Katherine Skiba, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Conservative Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte announced her support Sunday for the Senate's bipartisan immigration overhaul, lending momentum to the comprehensive measure. "Our immigration system is completely broken," the New Hampshire lawmaker said on CBS' "Face the Nation. " "This is a thoughtful, bipartisan solution to a tough problem. " Ayotte, who was elected in 2010, is the first Republican to endorse the measure apart from the four in the Senate's so-called Gang of Eight who crafted the bill: Sens.
NATIONAL
May 23, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- More than 100 conservative economists will call on Congress to approve an immigration overhaul, highlighting the potential economic benefits. The letter by the American Action Forum, to be released Thursday, is the latest volley from conservative economic thinkers, who have been divided on the immigration overhaul legislation making its way through the Senate. “Immigration reform's positive impact on population growth, labor force growth, housing, and other markets will lead to more rapid economic growth,” wrote the economists, including Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the foundation's president, who is a former director of the Congressional Budget Office and a former advisor to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2013 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
On its face, the election this week of a Los Angeles fifth-grade teacher to the Board of Education was a stunner. Monica Ratliff's low-budget effort included her boyfriend, a film school instructor, as her campaign manager. She had no paid staff and no meaningful help from her own politically active teachers union. Her strategy to achieve some name recognition was to mail out refrigerator magnets, which cost $5,000 in scarce campaign funds. Ten to 20 faithful volunteers knocked on doors every weekend.
NEWS
May 21, 2013 | By Jim Newton
In a mayoral election driven in large measure by endorsements, one leading Los Angeles official remained conspicuously silent right to the end: the mayor himself. Tuesday, as he prepared to cast his ballot, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa kept his preference to himself. Why, I asked him, had he elected not to let voters know his preference between the two candidates vying to succeed him? "I thought it was important, while everyone else was focused on the mayor's race, that I focus on the mayor's job," he said outside his polling place on Wilshire Boulevard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich, engaged in a tough fight for his job in this month's election, picked up support on Wednesday from his predecessor, Rocky Delgadillo. In 2001, Delgadillo defeated then-Councilman Mike Feuer in a close, bitter race and served for eight years before term limits barred him from running again. Feuer is Trutanich's opponent in the May 21 general election, which is turning out to be another contest fraught with controversy. Each camp has accused the other of various ethics violations, and Trutanich supporters have filed a lawsuit over a contract between Feuer and his consultant, John Shallman, which called for Feuer to pay Shallman just $1 for consulting services but provides a $50,000 “win bonus” if Feuer succeeded in unseating Trutanich.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2013 | By James Rainey
A Republican state assemblyman who represents Camarillo backed Eric Garcetti for mayor of Los Angeles on Friday, one of a group of military service members and veterans to give their endorsement to the city councilman. The announcement at an event in East Los Angeles was one of the most overt pitches by Garcetti -- a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve -- tied to his military service. Assemblyman Jeff Gorell talked about serving with Garcetti, calling him a "shipmate" and a "man of character.
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