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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...
January 31, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
The ethics for adding ancient works to American art museum collections became substantially more stringent five years ago when the Assn. of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) decided to set the bar higher -- prompted by complaints from Italy, Greece and other ancient lands that museums had long turned a blind eye to evidence that pieces they owned had been looted from archaeological sites. On Wednesday, the AAMD, which has 217 member museums in North America, announced a few more subtle tweaks to those guidelines, including requiring a public explanation on the AAMD's website if a museum decides to acquire a piece despite gaps in its ownership record going back to the fall of 1970.
January 28, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Rocked by a scandal involving birth-control treatments for Ethiopian Jews, Israel's health ministry issued new guidelines on the use of the injections known commercially as Depo-Provera. In a recent letter to the country's four HMOs reported Sunday , Ron Gamzu, director general of the health ministry, instructed gynecologists against renewing prescriptions in cases where the patient does not fully understand the treatment's implications. The ministry's new policy comes in response to a controversy exposed last month by local investigative journalist Gal Gabbay, who reported that Jewish Ethiopian women awaiting emigration to Israel in transit camps in Ethiopia were coaxed into the treatment with little medical explanation and led to understand this was a condition for moving to Israel.
January 10, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
California's top cop has issued guidelines on what steps software developers should take to protect the privacy of consumers on mobile devices. Until recently, the data collection practices of mobile apps makers -- and the rest of the mobile ecosystem such as advertising networks and data brokers -- have been loosely regulated. But last year, California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris began a campaign to extend privacy protections that are commonplace on the Web to smartphones and tablets.
January 9, 2013 | By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
On a blustery winter morning this week in Santa Monica, the scene in Palisades Park was a modern-day California postcard: Mothers were power-walking strollers past sweatbands, yoga mats, hand weights and resistance cords. One boot camp group was bouncing through plyometrics and another was stretched out on their bellies like Superman. A band of stair walkers marched up and down the steps connecting the park to the beach below. The park, as it is most days, was a giant outdoor gym, and one with stunning ocean views.
December 19, 2012 | By Henry Chu, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
LONDON - People who post offensive messages on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter should face criminal charges only if their comments are harassing or threatening and not simply in bad taste, according to new legal guidelines in Britain that follow a spate of controversial prosecutions. Free-speech advocates here have been alarmed in recent months by a number of incidents in which users of social media have been arrested and jailed for posting messages that others deemed repugnant.
November 26, 2012 | By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency updated water quality guidelines for the nation's beaches Monday, moving in response to charges that the federal government has not done enough to protect bathers from polluted water. The new guidelines, which update standards issued in 1986, may not immediately mean safer beaches and coastal waters. States have the authority to set their own water quality standards. But federal environmental officials said they hoped the suggested guidance would prompt state leaders to toughen their own oversight of recreational waters where people swim, surf and go boating.
November 10, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
According to NCAA guidelines, UCLA freshman swingman Shabazz Muhammad could miss about 10 games for the Bruins before he is reinstated. That figure is based on the NCAA's reinstatement guidelines for preferential treatment violations that occurred before an athlete enrolled in a college and information about the violation the NCAA cited when it declared Muhammad ineligible Friday for violations of amateurism rules.  It's important to...
November 8, 2012 | By Mike Johnson
Nearly 100 years ago - decades before electronic record-keeping or FBI criminal background checks - the Boy Scouts of America devised its own system of files to keep out those who might try to harm children. Later, in 1935, Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (President Theodore Roosevelt's son), in discussing this system, declared that leadership was a "sacred trust" and noted that Scouting protected children by ensuring that "every applicant is checked with care against this confidential file.
October 20, 2012 | By Jessica P. Ogilvie
For decades, hits to the head have been as much a part of football as touchdowns and chilled beers. But recently, more and more athletes have spoken out about the long-term damage they've sustained from repeated concussions incurred during games and practice. These types of head injuries are dangerous to adults, but they're even more concerning when they happen over and over again to children. Because of that, parents, teachers and coaches are looking for ways to make the game safer.
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