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February 13, 2014 | By David Zahniser
The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission on Thursday imposed a $22,500 fine on a Los Angeles car dealer who failed to disclose that he had paid for two large signs backing former City Atty. Carmen Trutanich during last year's election campaign. Businessman Onnik Mehrabian admitted he did not follow city laws requiring that he inform city officials of his pro-Trutanich "independent expenditures" -- contributions made without the involvement of the candidate, according to a report on the case.
February 13, 2014 | By John Horn
Winning an Oscar - or just being nominated - can transform a Hollywood future. Yet just because some actors and filmmakers weren't shortlisted for an Academy Award doesn't mean their great work is going unrewarded. Critics have rightly pointed to 2013 as one of the best movie years in recent history. Consequently, the fields for top Oscars were impossibly crowded, with highly praised performances by Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Robert Redford and Oprah Winfrey left on the sidelines.
February 13, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
Egypt's revolution of three years ago - an incandescent burst of defiance that brought down a dictator and astonished the world - died in the early hours of its birth. The nation, like a man ambling through the dark, tumbled through a façade of democracy. The military and the Muslim Brotherhood, the state's ultimate and diametrically opposed powers, sabotaged the spirit for change that embodied the flags and faces of their countrymen. The revolution, if it can even be called that now, has become a dangerous hope for idealists.
February 10, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Here's how Toyota Motor Corp. plans to finally put the sudden-acceleration issue to rest: Pull out the checkbook. The automaker is reportedly close to paying a $1-billion fine to settle a four-year federal criminal investigation into whether it properly reported safety complaints to regulators. Meanwhile, Toyota's lawyers are in settlement talks over hundreds of civil lawsuits alleging wrongful deaths or injuries, potentially adding hundreds of millions to the tab. Previously, Toyota agreed to pay $1.6 billion to settle a class-action case brought by thousands of Toyota owners who contended that sudden-acceleration problems damaged the value of their vehicles.
February 6, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - A prominent lobbying firm in Sacramento faces fines for failing to report fund-raising expenses that benefited about 40 state legislators and other officials, according to Capitol sources. The firm, Sloat Higgins Jensen and Associates, reached a tentative agreement with staff of the state Fair Political Practices Commission to pay the fines involving violations of California's political disclosure rules, according to sources familiar with the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly.
February 4, 2014 | By Angel Jennings
State regulators have fined two subcontractors who planned the implosion of an old power plant in Bakersfield last summer that sent shards of debris into a crowd of spectators, severing one man's leg and injuring others. California's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued two citations against Alpha Explosives Inc. totaling $14,400 for failing to blast a warning signal and for not obtaining a permit before the demolition. Demtech Inc. received fines totaling $14,000 for the same violations, in addition to citations for failing to follow proper procedures.
February 1, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
He played the yacht captain warning Leonardo DiCaprio's Jordan Belfort of "chop" in a surreal storm scene in "The Wolf of Wall Street. " He was the crinkled, shaggy haired assistant to Mayor Carmine Polito in the Oscar front-runner "American Hustle. " He played the life-on-track brother of Bradley Cooper's life-derailed character in "Silver Linings Playbook. " Shea Whigham is one of those actors whom you can easily miss until you realize you haven't missed him at all. Whigham has dozens of acting credits to his name, indie and big-budget films alike.
January 31, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
State regulators cited a Bay Area-based adult film company over workplace safety violations, assessing fines of more than $78,000. Cal-OSHA opened an investigation into San Francisco-based Kink Studios, which runs a network of sites, in August, in response to a complaint filed by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation . The foundation's complaint related to a July 31 shoot involving actress Cameron Bay, who tested positive for HIV shortly thereafter,...
January 28, 2014 | By Sam Farmer and Gary Klein
NEWARK, N.J. - Beast Mode was in Least Mode. Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch, who this season was fined $50,000 by the NFL for refusing to speak to reporters, did the bare minimum Tuesday at Super Bowl media day, answering questions for 61/2 minutes of the Seahawks' hourlong session at the Prudential Center. "I won't be satisfied with all this until it's all over," said Lynch, who didn't clarify whether he was talking about the media day circus or Sunday's game against Denver.
January 27, 2014 | By Kim Christensen
A man accused of illegally storing more than 200 drums of hazardous waste at a San Joaquin County truck stop has been fined $243,000 and barred for life from transporting such toxic materials, state regulators said Monday. In a civil complaint filed last year, the Department of Toxic Substances Control accused Jose G. Sosa of  abandoning 228 drums filled with spent aerosol cans, flammable propellants, used motor oil and substances containing mercury. Local police found the drums in a trailer parked at Jimco Truck Plaza in Ripon, Calif., in 2010.
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