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NEWS
August 22, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
Todd Akin, after defying party leadership with his decision to remain as the GOP candidate in the Missouri Senate race, has a new problem that could derail his rogue candidacy: money. The Missouri congressman had already been outspent more than 4-to-1 by his Democratic opponent, Sen. Claire McCaskill, before he thrust himself into the national spotlight by declaring that women can't get pregnant from "legitimate rape. " Tuesday's coordinated effort to persuade Akin to drop out of the race saw the deep pockets that Akin could have relied on -- the National Republican Senatorial Committee and outside groups American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS -- pledge that they won't spend a dollar to help him win. So Akin is calling on small-dollar donors to help "fight the party bosses.
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NEWS
August 21, 2012 | By James Rainey
Showing no sign of backing down from his U.S. Senate candidacy, Rep. Todd Akin released a television ad in which he apologizes for his remarks about "legitimate rape" seldom causing pregnancy, and asks for forgiveness. It was unclear immediately how widely the 30-second spot would air in Missouri, where Akin had been leading in a race against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. But the ad seemed further evidence that Akin does not intend to take advantage of a provision in Missouri law that would allow him to pull his name off the ballot if he acts by 5 p.m. Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
For Rihanna, a Sunday sit-down on "Oprah's Next Chapter" might well have been called "A Whole New Can of Worms. " The Barbados native revealed to Oprah Winfrey that she and ex-boyfriend Chris Brown have built a very close friendship, and that it is awkward for the singer to see him, as she's still in love with him. "We're very, very close friends. We built a trust again and that's it. We love each other and we probably always will ... that's not something you can shut off, if you've ever been in love," she said (video below)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2012 | By Mikael Wood, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Rick Ross "God Forgives, I Don't" (Maybach Music Group/Def Jam) Three stars (out of four) Speaking recently to MTV, Rick Ross revealed the inspiration for "Diced Pineapples," a track from his new studio album, "God Forgives, I Don't. " Last year, the portly, bearded Miami rapper suffered two seizures while attempting to fly to Memphis, Tenn., for a concert, and when he was leaving the hospital, Ross recalled, "the doctor told me, 'You gotta eat some more fruit, drink you some water … and just relax for a little while.'" Sound advice for the average Joe, no doubt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A judge sentenced Earl Ellis Green to death Monday for the execution-style shooting of Riverside Police Officer Ryan Bonaminio. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Jean Pfeiffer Leonard declined to overturn the jury's verdict earlier this month that Green, 46, should face capital punishment for the November 2010 slaying of the Iraq War veteran, who had been on the department for four years at the time of the killing. Jurors convicted Green of first-degree murder with special circumstances and weeks later determined that he should receive the death penalty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2012 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
HESPERIA - Worried that her daughter may be on drugs, or worse, Angelica Aquirre did what any parent of a rebellious 13-year-old might do. She cracked down, set a curfew and thought about moving closer to her family in Mexico. Now a distraught Aquirre is left wondering whether she was too harsh. Her daughter on Wednesday was in a juvenile detention facility in Apple Valley, accused of hatching a murder plot with two of her middle school friends. The target: her mother. "I don't know what to say. I just can't believe it," Aquirre said, weeping as she sat at a kitchen table in the family's tiny mobile home, a framed picture of Jesus on the wall.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2012 | David Lazarus
This is a story of persistence. In the case of Miriam Ramirez, it's the story of trying to obtain a much-needed loan modification from Bank of America. In BofA's case, it's the story of giving a mortgage customer the runaround for two years . Loan modifications have been an increasingly nettlesome issue as millions of homeowners struggle to make mortgage payments during the economic slump. The Obama administration has called upon banks to be more diligent in assisting customers prior to foreclosing on properties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
It has been 20 years, and Rodney King finds himself in what must be an awkward position: He is an elder statesman of victimhood. Instead of asking questions — "Can we all just get along?"— he is now being asked to answer them. Can we all just get along? What about Trayvon Martin? How does it feel to be a symbol? King, 47, tried to answer those questions Saturday at the L.A. Times Festival of Books, appearing as the co-author of a new memoir, "The Riot Within: My Journey From Rebellion to Redemption.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2012
'The Forgiveness of Blood' MPAA rating: Not rated Running time: 1 hour, 49 minutes, Albanian with English subtitles Playing: At Nuart Theatre, Santa Monica
BUSINESS
February 14, 2012 | Michael Hiltzik
You can love or you can hate the recent $25-billion federal-state mortgage foreclosure settlement, but there's no getting around one simple fact: There's a huge, gaping hole right in the middle of it. The hole is that if your home loan has been bought from your lender by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, you're not eligible for the mortgage relief encompassed by the deal. Since Fannie and Freddie control well more than half of all outstanding mortgages, this shortcoming looks to be what engineers would call "non-trivial.
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