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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | By Anh Do and Adolfo Flores
Two women were ordered Tuesday to stand trial for murder in the death of a 23-year-old woman who was beaten during an altercation outside a popular Santa Ana nightspot. The ruling followed a two-day hearing with attorneys dissecting the shaky and sometimes chaotic scene, captured on the cellphones of bystanders. Lawyers for Vanesa Tapia Zavala and Candace Marie Brito, who are accused of killing Kim Pham on Jan. 18, said it was Pham who instigated the brawl by throwing the first punch, then jumping on a woman who had tumbled to the ground.
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BUSINESS
May 15, 2013 | By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
A high-stakes bidding war has erupted for St. John's Health Center, a storied Santa Monica hospital, with a local billionaire teaming up with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles on an unsolicited offer. The latest bid, expected to be formally announced Wednesday, comes from former drug-company executive and healthcare entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong, who said in a statement the bid has the support of the archdiocese. This offer is competing against at least two other bidders'.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2010 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich intensified his crackdown on illegal billboards, securing arrest warrants against four people accused of putting up supergraphics without permits, according to court records reviewed by The Times on Wednesday. Prosecutors declined to discuss the case, but the arrest warrants accuse the four defendants of misdemeanor counts of violating the city's municipal code, including a ban on the installation of new supergraphics. An attorney for one of the men disputed the charges and said his client would fight the accusations.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2010 | By Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times
A war of words between President Obama and health insurers escalated Sunday as industry giant WellPoint Inc. found itself under renewed attack for raising rates and canceling insurance policies of sick patients. President Obama raised the issues as part of his weekly radio address, saying, "For too long, we have been held hostage to an insurance industry that jacks up premiums and drops coverage as they please. But those days are finally coming to an end." WellPoint Chief Executive Angela Braly fired back.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2012 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
One year ago, Gov. Jerry Brown prophesied a cataclysmic "war of all against all" in California if tax negotiations broke down with Republican legislators. They did. And now we seem to be headed into the cataclysm. But neither the Democratic governor nor practically anyone else foresaw the war being launched from the left by forces that normally would line up with him as allies — by so-called progressives and fellow crusaders for education. In an interview last March, Brown predicted the consequences of Republicans not providing the necessary two-thirds legislative majority to place his then-tax proposal on the June ballot.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Broadcom Corp. of Irvine sued Qualcomm Inc., claiming that the San Diego-based company withheld information from groups that set industry standards, escalating a two-year legal fight between the mobile phone chipmakers. The complaint, filed in Superior Court in Santa Ana, accuses Qualcomm of improperly exerting market dominance, concealing patents and reneging on licensing obligations. Qualcomm officials had not seen the complaint and declined to comment.
NEWS
February 23, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
President Abdurrahman Wahid dismissed fears of an explosion of unrest as he flew out of Indonesia, but bloodshed escalated into beheadings even before he boarded his plane. More than 142 people have been slaughtered in a revival this week of ethnic violence in remote Central Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo, officials and media said.
WORLD
October 21, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
CHINA Rioters in the western Chinese region of Chongqing burned police cars and looted government buildings after a quarrel between residents escalated into a riot involving thousands, residents and officials said. A report on the website of the Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao said about 1,000 riot police dispersed the brick-throwing mobs with tear gas and rubber bullets. No figures on injuries were given, but 10 arrests were reported.
NEWS
September 15, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Fierce fighting raged around the headquarters of rebels fighting Congolese President Laurent Kabila as a regional summit in Mauritius ended without a truce being brokered. The fighting in and around the eastern town of Goma, where the rebels launched their revolt last month, eased later in the day with the guerrillas claiming victory.
NEWS
February 2, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Renegade Maj. Gen. Michel Aoun's troops attacked a rival Christian militia's command post today in the heaviest fighting in a 4-day-old confrontation that has reportedly killed at least 100 people. President Elias Hrawi urged France and other countries to demand that Aoun halt the fighting. Lebanon's Maronite Catholic prelate called on both sides to end "this mass suicide." Police said at least 450 people have been wounded during the conflict.
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