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April 6, 2009 | Chris Woolston
It's a good thing dietary guidelines aren't laws. If they were, just about all of us could be found guilty. Even if you load fruit onto your whole-grain cereal and pile greens on your sandwiches, chances are you're regularly falling short on one or more nutrients. Many people take multivitamins to fill in these gaps, but since everyone's different, how do you pick the right pill? You can't buy a multivitamin with your name on it, but you can buy one aimed at your gender.
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NATIONAL
April 23, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department announced a new initiative Wednesday to encourage nonviolent prisoners who have served at least 10 years to apply for what is expected to be a large-scale grant of clemency in President Obama's waning years in office. Deputy Atty. Gen. James M. Cole announced that a new pardons attorney would take over a beefed-up office to handle requests that will be actively solicited throughout the federal prison system from thousands of prisoners who meet six criteria.
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NEWS
April 19, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey
Guidelines for diagnosing Alzheimer’s — the memory-stealing disease — have been updated for the first time in 27 years. The new guidelines recognize the disease as a continuum, not a single stage, according to a release Tuesday by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Assn. In 1984, Alzheimer’s was defined as having a single symptom — dementia — and the diagnosis was only confirmed at autopsy by the abnormal amounts of proteins forming plaques and tangles in the brain.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Drew Barrymore has welcomed a second baby girl, but judging from the newborn's name, we're wondering if she really wanted a boy... The "Blended" star and husband Will Kopelman welcomed Frankie Barrymore Kopelman on Tuesday, her rep confirmed to People . The Ministry Say Relax. "Happy to announce that today we are the proud parents of our second daughter, Frankie Barrymore Kopelman," the couple said in a statement. "Olive has a new little sister, and everyone is healthy and happy!"
NEWS
October 19, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Essential tremor is the most common type of tremor disorder. The trembling of the hands, head or voice can be insignificant and require no treatment. But other people have severe symptoms and can benefit from medical intervention. New guidelines published Wednesday by the American Academy of Neurology should help doctors explain treatment options to their patients and spur more research into the condition, which affects an estimated 10 million Americans. The condition, which usually starts after age 40, can be treated with the high blood pressure drug propranolol and the seizure drug primidone.
HEALTH
December 20, 2013 | By Emily Dwass
In 2012, the American Dental Assn. updated its guidelines for dental X-rays, including this caveat: "Radiographs can help the dental practitioner evaluate and definitely diagnose many oral diseases and conditions. However, the dentist must weigh the benefits of taking dental radiographs against the risk of exposing a patient to X-rays, the effects of which accumulate from multiple sources over time. " For more information about dental X-rays: American Dental Assn. Guidelines for Radiography: www.ada.org/5160.aspx?
BUSINESS
February 16, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
The U.S. Department of Transportation doesn't want you tweeting on Twitter, poking on Facebook, or giving a "thumbs up" to new music on Pandora when you're behind the wheel -- unless your car is parked. And to that end, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced on Thursday the "first-ever federally proposed guidelines to encourage automobile manufacturers to limit the distraction risk for in-vehicle electronic devices. " Translated, LaHood and the Transportation Department are calling for an end to distractions caused by our in-car infotainment systems, which are increasingly relying on touch screens to operate and bringing navigation, music and even social networking apps into the cabin of our rides.
NATIONAL
December 18, 2010 | By Kim Geiger, Washington Bureau
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued long-awaited guidelines Friday to prevent political interference in science and promote transparency at federal agencies, a move that drew cautious praise from activists in the scientific community who had been dismayed by an 18-month delay. The guidelines are a major step in a lengthy process that had left some of President Obama's allies questioning his commitment to reversing what some considered a hostile environment toward science under the George W. Bush administration.
NEWS
July 9, 2011 | By Andrew Seidman, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON--Advertisers and food and beverage industry officials called the government's new guidelines for advertising directed toward children a "reckless" maneuver in light of today's fragile economy. After Congress asked the Federal Trade Commission, along with three other federal agencies, to develop a strategy to target childhood obesity, the FTC released a set of guidelines in April. They call on advertisers to encourage children to choose healthy foods and to limit the amount of saturated fat, trans fat, added sugars and sodium in food marketed to children.
TRAVEL
January 13, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: I recently flew back to Los Angeles from New York on American Airlines. About two hours into the flight there was an announcement that all the onboard toilets, except for one in coach class, had stopped working, and so more than 150 passengers had to share one bathroom. How does this happen? Are there guidelines or regulations that airlines should follow in this situation? There was no mention of compensation of any kind, although I won't be flying AA again in this lifetime, so I'm not looking for that.
NATIONAL
April 21, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - For decades the Republican Party prided itself for being tough on crime, often putting Democrats on the defensive by pushing for longer, mandatory sentences for convicts. In 1988, that hard-line stance helped sink the presidential dreams of then-Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who was blamed in Republican TV ads for having released convicted killer Willie Horton as part of a weekend furlough program. (Horton failed to return after a furlough and went on to commit robbery and rape.)
NEWS
April 15, 2014
The goal of the Los Angeles Times is to publish a newspaper of the highest quality. This requires The Times to be, above all else, a principled newspaper. Making it so is the responsibility of every staff member. In deed and in appearance, journalists at The Times must keep themselves - and the newspaper - above reproach. The ways a newspaper can discredit itself are beyond calculation; these guidelines do not purport to cover them all. It is up to staff members to master these general principles and, beyond that, to listen carefully to their individual sense of right and wrong.
NEWS
March 31, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
Sometime over the past couple of weeks, officials for the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement division revised guidelines for how agents are to conduct themselves in and around courthouses. The change came on the heels of complaints by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center and immigrant rights groups that agents were targeting undocumented immigrants as they tended to unrelated court business. Unfortunately, ICE says that “due to law enforcement sensitivities, the specific details of that guidance are not being released.” Here's the full statement: “As is true of all law enforcement components, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Jason Song
Moving to strengthen its sexual assault policies, the University of California announced new guidelines Friday that require administrators to report more types of violence and harassment and provide more support and protection for victims. The changes come the same day as a deadline for colleges and universities to comply with revised federal laws aimed at more accurate reporting of statistics for serious crimes in and around campuses, including sexual assault. The new policy also is an attempt to deal with the enormous pressure many private and public universities are under to address the widespread problem of campus sexual abuse.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration issued guidance to prosecutors and banks Friday meant to make it easier for legal marijuana sellers to open bank accounts. But the guidance fell short of giving banks carte blanche to get involved in a business that is legal in some states for medical or recreational purposes but is still illegal under federal law. A memo issued Friday by Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. to all federal prosecutors said that prosecution may not be appropriate for banks dealing with marijuana sellers if they are operating legally in their states and stay away from red zones, such as the sale of the drug to minors or across state lines.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Chris O'Brien
WASHINGTON - The White House has released guidelines aimed at prodding companies that run some of the nation's most essential services such as utilities, cellphone towers and banks to better protect themselves from cyberattacks. Officials said the guidelines, developed under an executive order that President Obama signed a year ago, provide companies overseeing the nation's crucial infrastructure with a blueprint for identifying potential threats, protecting themselves from cyberattacks and, if an attack occurs, recovering from it. But the voluntary nature of the guidelines showed how sharply proponents of strong regulation have scaled back their ambitions - and even their language - in the face of industry opposition to government intervention.
WORLD
April 12, 2012 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's parliament on Thursday approved guidelines that will frame a reset of the country's relations with the United States, paving the way to end a nearly five-month disruption in ties that began when errant U.S. airstrikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers along the Afghan border. The guidelines called for halting U.S. drone strikes on Pakistani territory but put no mechanism in place to enforce such a ban. Most Pakistanis see the air campaign as a blatant breach of their country's sovereignty.
WORLD
October 31, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
The Vatican issued new psychological screening guidelines for seminarians in an effort to be more selective after a series of priest sex abuse scandals. The Roman Catholic Church said it wanted to help weed out priesthood candidates with "psychopathic disturbances." The guidelines said problems like "confused or not yet well-defined" sexual identities need to be addressed. The Vatican also directed the evaluators to look for "evidence of homosexuality" in the schools. The Vatican considers homosexual activity sinful.
NEWS
February 11, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Tuesday moved to exert more control over the injection of diesel fuel deep underground to extract oil and natural gas, its first foray into addressing the potential contamination of water from the controversial technique. The Environmental Protection Agency has little authority to regulate fluids used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which involves pumping water laced with chemicals into shale formations to unlock trapped oil and gas. But the agency has been allowed since 2005 to regulate the use of diesel in fracking.
SPORTS
February 8, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna and James Barragan
The Lakers were down to five healthy and eligible players Wednesday night when center Robert Sacre picked up his sixth personal foul, fueling hope for a struggling Cleveland team that it would play the final 31/2 minutes with a man advantage. It was merely a Sacre-tease. An obscure NBA rule requiring each team to have five players on the floor nullified a Cavaliers power play. Sacre, though penalized with a technical foul, was allowed to remain in the game, and the Lakers won, 119-108.
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