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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2010 | By Alan Zarembo
Families with autistic children in eastern Los Angeles County have filed a class-action lawsuit against the nonprofit agency that provides them with state-funded services, alleging that it had illegally discontinued their therapy for the disorder. The agency, the Eastern Los Angeles County Regional Center, informed more than 100 families late last summer that their children were losing the therapy -- known as the DIR model, or "developmental, individual difference, relationship-based" -- as a result of state budget cuts.
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NATIONAL
September 14, 2012 | By Jenny Deam
AURORA, Colo. -- Their numbers were smaller than when they first gathered, but their anger was still raw, this time tinged with a weariness over a fight the victims and families of those killed and wounded in the Aurora theater massacre they say should never have happened. “There have been two tragedies in Aurora. The first was the theater shooting. The second is how the victims have been treated by the powers that be,” said Tom Teves, the father of Alex Teves, who was killed in the July 20 rampage at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Teves has emerged as a spokesman for a group of victims of the attack that left 12 dead and 58 wounded.
NATIONAL
July 20, 2012 | By Jenny Deam
AURORA, Colo. - As afternoon turned to evening Friday, dozens of family members gathered at Gateway High School in Aurora waiting to hear the fate of those still not accounted for. Clergy and grief counselors also gathered at the high school, about a mile from the movie complex where a gunman killed 12 and wounded dozens of others. “We are still waiting to hear from the coroner's office,” said a grim-faced Pastor Milton Thomas. Authorities interviewed witnesses at the high school, which also served as a clearing house for information - such as it was - for relatives worried about loved ones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
California has the highest number of working poor families in the nation, but the state does an ineffective  job of providing educational opportunities to boost them out of poverty, according to a new report released Wednesday. The report, Working Hard, Left Behind , found that the state has the largest number of adults without a high school diploma or equivalent and ranks last among states in the percentage of low-income working families in which neither parent has a college education.
NATIONAL
October 9, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga and David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - Not long after the flag-draped coffins of four Americans killed in combat arrived Wednesday at Delaware's Dover Air Force Base, the Pentagon announced that a private charity would restore death benefits for the families of military members who died while on active duty. But that quick action did little to calm the families' ire and stop the finger-pointing between the Obama administration and Republicans about a government failure whose effect was deeply symbolic and immediately felt by bereft parents, grieving spouses and children left without mothers and fathers.
TRAVEL
November 25, 2012 | By Jen Leo
The family-travel website that moms and dads didn't even know they wanted - let alone needed. Name: Minitime.com What it does: Introduces kid-friendly destinations - along with kid-friendly hotels - in the United States, Canada, Caribbean and Mexico. What's hot: What slingshots this new family travel website to the head of the line is that its travel suggestions are based on the age of your kids. Just punch in the ages (up to three should cover the range) and check out its destination and hotel suggestions, accompanied by photos from real families.
WORLD
March 7, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
They had scraped together money for a vacation in the port city of Veracruz. Four couples, owners of small fruit and taco shops, from the quiet state of Guanajuato. After checking in to their hotel and spending the day by the pool with their children, the husbands wandered off, still in their shorts, to buy ice at a nearby 7-Eleven. Maybe they decided to pop into a bar, one the hotel guard recommended. At first, the wives weren't too worried when the men didn't come back. Even the next morning, the women figured they had tied one on and slept it off somewhere.
WORLD
June 3, 2011 | By Raheem Salman and Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
Families of four young pro-democracy protesters jailed in Baghdad said Thursday that their loved ones continued to be denied access to lawyers or relatives despite repeated requests. The four men, who had played a major role in recent weekly demonstrations for better governance, were detained last Friday as they gathered for their regular protest in central Baghdad's Tahrir Square. Three of the men were shoved at gunpoint into the back of an ambulance, a witness said. Authorities did not acknowledge the detentions for several days.
NEWS
June 17, 1990 | DANA PARSONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a former gang member, Ralph Rodriguez knew all about the code of silence. He understood the pay-back. He knew what could happen to rats who cooperate with police. He knew that when it comes to wars of the barrio, pity the fool who treads where he doesn't belong. Burdened with all that knowledge, Rodriguez had some serious thinking to do the night of Sept. 16 as he paced the corridors at AMI Medical Center of Garden Grove. Two hours earlier, around 7:40 p.m.
NATIONAL
July 22, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Alexandra Zavis and Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
AURORA, Colo. - Bad guys have a way of bringing out the best in people, whether on-screen or in real life. As a gunman unleashed his weapons on a full theater, the first instinct of many of his intended targets was to protect others. Some paid with their lives. They included Jonathan Blunk, a 26-year-old Navy veteran who pushed his girlfriend, Jansen Young, to the floor. "I think Jon just took a bullet for me, and I was thinking what a great hero he is," Young told the "Today" show Saturday.
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