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May 23, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama said Thursday he was troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may "chill" investigative journalism and said he had asked Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. to review Justice Department guidelines for going after reporters or their records. "Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs. Our focus must be on those who break the law," Obama said, referring to those who leak secret information. The statement seemed to mark a departure for the president, who has been particularly determined to investigate those in his administration who leak national security information to reporters.
August 1, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
In a move hailed by planned-parenting groups and opposed by some religious organizations, health insurance companies will be required to provide women free birth control, in keeping with new Obama administration guidelines. The rules, called "historic" by the Department of Health and Human Services, also say that insurance companies must provide women with other preventive services free of charge. Monday's new quidelines follow the recent advice from an independent panel of doctors and health experts at the Institute of Medicine, which recommended last month that all approved contraception methods -- including the "morning-after pill" -- be provided without requiring co-pays.
October 6, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Marketing unhealthful foods and beverages to children is off the charts, say some food and health advocacy groups, and they called on the Obama administration Thursday to support voluntary guidelines on how companies advertise to kids and how they formulate their products. To hammer their point home, a video titled "We're Not Buying It" was unveiled at a press conference Thursday that featured representatives from the Center for Science in the Public Interest , the Prevention Institute , Public Health Law & Policy , Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity , the Center for Digital Democracy and the Berkeley Media Studies Group . The video, which the panelists hope will go viral, highlights the tremendous and sometimes insidious marketing efforts directed to children, often at a pace parents can't control.
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.
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.
March 25, 2011 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
Many of Mexico's top media companies agreed Thursday on first-ever guidelines for covering a drug war that has drastically increased risks for journalists. The 10-point accord, covering more than 700 outlets across the country, calls on news-gathering organizations to find ways to protect their journalists and avoid glorifying crime bosses. The guidelines also urge news organizations to unite against threats to journalists, such as by jointly publishing stories. Under the agreement, the companies should draw up standards for showing violent images, such as decapitated bodies, and provide more context when reporting on drug violence.
May 27, 2011 | Hector Tobar
I know a guy who's an actor on a cable TV show. Our kids attend the same school and sometimes our paths cross at track meets and other events. He can slip by unbothered in public for a long while — until someone steps forward and violates an unwritten code of L.A. life by shouting out the name of the character he plays. Suddenly a kind of feeding frenzy begins. The poor man is surrounded by autograph seekers, and cameras are pointed in his direction. Seeing this, I shake my head and think: A real Angeleno would never do that.
February 20, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The commissioner's office has provided the Oakland Athletics with tentative guidelines for a potential move to San Jose, according to three people familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it. The existence of the guidelines does not necessarily mean the A's will move to San Jose soon, or at all. However, if the A's can satisfy the concerns of the league office, Commissioner Bud Selig could let club owners decide whether to approve the...
June 25, 1987
The New Jersey Supreme Court broadly expanded the right-to-die guidelines it first laid down in the Karen Quinlan case, ruling that the wishes of a comatose or terminally ill person to refuse artificial life-support must be respected.
July 19, 1987
Guidelines for choosing fixed- and adjustable-rate loans, and information about loans guaranteed by the Veterans Administration and Federal Housing Administration, will be provided at the California Assn. of Real Estate Investors' monthly meeting July 28 at the Grand Hotel in Anaheim. Guest speakers at the 7 p.m. meeting are Frank Walent of Great Western Savings & Loan, and Mary Distenfano of Long Beach Savings & Loan. Admission for non-members of the association is $10.
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