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NATIONAL
September 13, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- The House on Thursday passed a new Stolen Valor Act in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down an earlier law making it a crime to lie about military medals. The court ruled in June that falsely claiming military honors, while "contemptible," was protected by the 1st Amendment. The new measure, passed 410 to 3, makes it a crime to fraudulently claim to be a medal recipient " with intent to obtain money, property or other tangible benefit. " “The need to protect the honor, service and sacrifice of our veterans and military personnel is as strong today as it has ever been," said Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.)
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NEWS
September 17, 1986 | JOHN DREYFUSS, Times Staff Writer
Sen. Jacob Howard (R-Mich.), his florid complexion set off by a thick thatch of black hair, rose in Senate chambers and spoke in his typically precise though ponderous manner. The senator was indignant. "Persons have been employed to furnish shells for the use of the Army; and in several cases, it has turned out that these shells have been filled not with the proper explosive materials for use, but with sawdust!" Howard also complained that "frauds of a very gross character have . . .
BUSINESS
September 9, 2010 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
The Federal Trade Commission has sued longtime bulb manufacturer Lights of America Inc., charging that some of the company's energy-saving LED bulbs don't burn nearly as brightly or as long as advertised. Light emitting diode bulbs made by the Walnut company are sold at major national retailers, such as Home Depot, Wal-Mart and Costco. The suit alleges that Lights of America made false claims about the performance of some bulbs on its packaging and marketing materials beginning in 2008.
WORLD
October 12, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Warsaw court has ordered an opposition party to apologize publicly to the speaker of parliament for making what it said were false claims about him and his dog in a campaign ad, a court spokesman said. The Left and Democrats opposition party claimed in a radio ad ahead of Oct. 21 general elections that Speaker Ludwik Dorn's schnauzer Saba destroyed furniture in government offices he used in his previous post as interior minister, and that Dorn had refused to pay for the damage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1992 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Diego therapist pleaded guilty to bilking the U.S. government of almost $11,000 and agreed to repay the money, which he obtained by billing for treatments of military clients he had never seen, the U.S. attorney's office said Tuesday. Donald J.
OPINION
January 15, 2006
Re "Truisms of publishing," editorial, Jan. 12 My daughter and I read "A Million Little Pieces." It is a painful account of an addict and the countless losses the lifestyle promises. The despair I felt while reading it made me wish it were required reading in high schools. That author James Frey made some false claims in his memoir is not important. CATHERINE GOLDSCHLAGER Studio City
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