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October 23, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
The brothers behind the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign are the subjects of a criminal investigation involving several federal and state law enforcement agencies, according to a court filing. The investigation is focused on numerous "potential violations of federal law, including conspiracy, healthcare fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, tax violations, identity theft [and] money laundering," Samanta Kelley, a special agent for the Food and Drug Administration's criminal division, said in an affidavit filed at the federal courthouse in Los Angeles.
February 26, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Delta Air Lines has denounced legislation that would permit businesses to cite religion in refusing to serve gays, saying  proposals in Georgia and Arizona would cause “significant harm” and “result in job losses.” The company, which is Atlanta's largest employer and one of the biggest private companies in Georgia, joins the likes of Apple, American Airlines and Marriott in opposing such measures. Arizonans  are awaiting  Gov. Jan Brewer's decision on whether to sign or veto legislation that would bolster business owners' rights to cite their religion as a defense in discrimination lawsuits.
December 15, 2013 | By Richard Feldman and Arkadi Gerney
A year ago, in the days after 20 schoolchildren and six adults were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., it seemed for a moment that something had changed in America's long-running cultural debate on guns. A new kind of national conversation - even some consensus - seemed possible. But that was then. Today the voices on both sides of the gun policy debate are back to being as shrill as ever. Still, behind the heated rhetoric, there are areas of agreement.
February 10, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi and Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
A decade ago, Gardena Police Capt. Tom Monson was surprised to discover that a $5,190 check had been mailed to his station from the Honorary Consulate of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Monson was unable to figure out what business the small police agency had with the government of Cambodia. Shortly afterward, Monson was presented with another vexing puzzle. His police department had recently purchased 173 bulletproof vests from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department - a lot, considering that the department had fewer than 100 officers.
July 11, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation giving California consumers more protection from unfair debt-collection practices. The Fair Debt Buying Practices Act, authored by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), requires debt collectors to verify that an obligation is real before going after consumers. Similar protections already exist at the federal level, but the state bill is more specific in its requirement that collectors go the extra mile in making sure money is owed. "Completely innocent Californians have been victimized by this industry," Leno told me. "At a time when we're coming out of a deep economic crisis, this is insult to injury for many families.
October 11, 2013 | By Jenny Deam
SPRINGFIELD, Colo. - Out near a lonely highway southwest of town, a farmer's son stuck some seeds in the ground last spring to see what would happen. What he pulled from the soil made history and has sown new hope for struggling farmers both here and across the nation. Last weekend, 41-year-old Ryan Loflin, a fifth-generation Coloradan, along with an enthusiastic crew of 45 volunteers, harvested what is being called the first U.S. crop of commercial hemp in more than half a century.
March 22, 2013 | By Jason Felch
A ring of Southern California businesses has been illegally selling nitrous oxide for use as a recreational drug, federal and local law enforcement officials said Friday afternoon in announcing a regional crackdown. Three auto supply employees were arrested earlier in the day in a federal law enforcement sweep that included searches of 17 businesses and nine delivery vehicles linked to the ring, authorities said. A fourth suspect is still being sought. Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, can be used for welding, as a speed booster in cars or as an as anesthetic by dentists and doctors.
September 4, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court appeared inclined Wednesday to bar immigrants without green cards from obtaining law licenses. During a hearing, the state high court indicated it was bound by federal law to deny undocumented immigrants the right to practice law. Not one justice suggested the law favored Sergio C. Garcia, 36, a Mexican immigrant who graduated from a California law school and passed the bar exam but has been waiting...
March 5, 1997 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
There may be too many pundits gabbing about the law, but this is a smashing week for new series depicting it. Tuesday's addition of "The Practice" and tonight's "Feds" put even more of a fade to those black-and-white memories of boxy Perry Mason and his obedient sidekicks, Della and Paul, outfoxing the ever-willing, but reliably overmatched Hamilton Burger and his own snap-brimmed toady, Lt. Tragg. Prime-time justice had abandoned its airbrush long before television's O.J. Simpson extravaganza.
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