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NEWS
May 26, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
Kevin Costner, James Garner, Johnny Depp, James Earl Jones, Chuck Norris, Cameron Diaz. You guessed it (no, you probably did not). This is a partial roster of the people included in Wikipedia's “List of People of Self-Identified Cherokee Ancestry,” which, inexplicably, does not include Elizabeth Warren. Yet. Warren's candidacy for Senate in Massachusetts took a bizarre (left? right?) turn in the past week when it was revealed that she had claimed, without apparent proof, to have Cherokee ancestry.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2006 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has indicted two men in separate cases on charges that they falsely accused associates of planning terrorist acts in the United States. Juan Peter Delgado, 33, of Los Angeles was arrested Thursday morning by FBI agents for allegedly making a false threat two years ago that methamphetamine had been placed in Arrowhead bottled water by an employee of the company. The hoax, according to the U.S.
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
OPINION
May 5, 2012
Re "Outside groups lead the charge," May 3 Wouldn't democracy be better served if there was a nonpartisan filter through which both sides would be threaded? All the "outside groups" should have the information in their ads would be fact-checked before release. The system followed now permits false claims, downright lies or, at best, shades of the truth with important omissions. This is no way to run an honorable political campaign. Anita C. Singer Laguna Woods ALSO: Letters: Ban the boarders Letters: Funding L.A.'s parks Letters: Adult education is worth saving
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1991 | JOHN RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four employees of a Valencia firm were charged Thursday with perpetrating a $7.2-million Medi-Cal scam that involved using the names of thousands of aid recipients, the state attorney general's office said. Eliseo Sur of Granada Hills, Macario Tiu Sr. of Valencia, Carol Dunbar of Newhall and Lisa Cabuntala of Los Angeles were arraigned in Los Angeles Municipal Court on charges of taking part in the alleged fraud while they worked at Bruce Pharmacal Inc.
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