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SCIENCE
November 6, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Children with autism spectrum disorders usually aren't diagnosed until they are at least 2 years old, but a new study finds that signs of the condition are apparent as early as two months after birth. Researchers focused on babies' ability to make eye contact with caregivers, since lack of eye contact is one of the hallmarks of autism. Among typical children, interest in the eyes increased steadily with age. But for children with autism, interest in the eyes waned starting between 2 and 6 months of age. By the time they reached their second birthdays, levels of eye fixation among children with autism were only half as high as levels seen in typically developing children, according to a report published Wednesday by the journal Nature.
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BUSINESS
April 9, 2014 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON - An account of the Federal Reserve's last meeting suggests that policymakers aren't as eager to take away the punch bowl as the market thought. The minutes of the March 18-19 meeting state that Fed officials worried that their individual projections for when the central bank would start raising interest rates "could be misconstrued" as indicating a shift by the Fed committee to tighter monetary policy. The average projections released after the March meeting showed a slight move forward in the anticipated timing of a Fed rate increase, and Fed Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen herself gave the impression in a news conference that day that a rate hike could be made by mid-2015, earlier than what the market had been expecting.
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BUSINESS
February 9, 2014 | By Anky van Deursen
Question: I have lived in my apartment for six years. Just recently, a friend told me that I should have been receiving interest on the $2,000 security deposit I paid when I first moved in. Over all these years, the interest should have added up to a lot of money. Am I too late to sue for the unpaid interest? Answer: If you have a written rental agreement, the good news is that you have four years to file a case in Small Claims Court or any other court for money owed as a result of your security deposit, for example, failure to refund it. If you have an oral agreement, even if there aren't many details other than the amount of rent and the amount of the security deposit, you have two years to file a case.
SPORTS
April 4, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Four minutes before Hyun-Jin Ryu threw the first pitch of the Dodgers' home opener Friday, Time Warner Cable hit the send button. Vin Scully had just handed the ceremonial first pitch to Sandy Koufax, two of the most beloved sports figures in Los Angeles history teaming up to welcome baseball back to Dodger Stadium. It was a goosebump moment in person and on television, except that most of Southern California cannot see the Dodgers on television. In an email blast to DirecTV subscribers demanding their Dodgers, TWC put the blame on DirecTV.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 2011
'Person of Interest' Where: CBS When: 9 p.m. Thursday Rating: TV-14-LV (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 14 with advisories for coarse language and violence)
BUSINESS
January 26, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Colorado on New Year's Day became the nation's first state to permit the sale of recreational marijuana. And since Jan. 1, interest in travel to Denver has jumped. Coincidence? Probably not. Data research from a travel website found that searches for airline travel deals to Denver have been outpacing searches for all other U.S. destinations, with a big increase jump starting Jan. 1. The study by Boston-based Hopper.com found that interest in travel to Denver climbed 6.3% above the national average in December and then by 14% during the first week of January.
SPORTS
July 14, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Now that Metta World Peace has cleared amnesty waivers, the Clippers have some interest in speaking with the forward, said NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. But the Clippers are also aware that World Peace has interest in joining his hometown team, the New York Knicks. The teams with salary cap room who were able to bid on World Peace all decided not to by Sunday's 2 p.m. Pacific time deadline, allowing him to clear waivers and opening the door for him to negotiate with the team of his choice.
OPINION
January 13, 2011
Some of Los Angeles' elected leaders are suffering one of their periodic bouts of forgetfulness, this time about what it means to have or avoid a conflict of interest. Over at Los Angeles County, Supervisor Don Knabe thinks it's no big deal that he regularly takes action on matters before him that could benefit clients of his son, lobbyist Matt Knabe. Neither the supervisor nor his lobbyist son makes any apologies for those issues; each says he is merely doing his job. At Los Angeles City Hall, Councilman Dennis Zine showed a tad more sensitivity when he quietly recused himself from a matter before the council that would affect a client of his girlfriend, also a lobbyist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
The state's ethics watchdog agency on Thursday levied $10,000 in fines against two former state officials over conflict of interest violations. The state Fair Political Practices Commission fined former state parks department administrator Manuel Thomas Lopez $7,000 for acting as an administrator to approve the illegal cashing out of more than 500 hours of his own vacation time, worth more than $28,000. The commission also levied a $3,000 fine against a former state Department of Water Resources employee who violated conflict of interest rules by recommending government purchases from a firm that plied him with gifts.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twitter is refining the way advertisers can target users, a move that could encourage more companies to advertise with the social network and boost its revenues. The San Francisco company said marketers will now be able to send ads to Twitter users who are interested in the subject of the so-called "Promoted Tweets. " Marketers will be able to select from 350 interest categories to refine their ad campaigns. "By targeting people's topical interests, you will be able to connect with a greater number of users and deliver tailored messages to people who are more likely to engage with your Tweets," the company said in a blog post Thursday.  As an example, Twitter said a marketer that is trying to promote an animated film about dogs could select the categories of "dogs," "animation," and "cartoons" to focus on users with those interests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2014 | By Joel Rubin and Kate Mather
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced Thursday he is interested in a second term as the city's top cop. In comments to reporters at a monthly media briefing, Beck said he would be "more than proud" to continue as the head of the agency should city officials make the offer. Speaking from a terrace on the top floor of the Police Department's downtown headquarters, Beck said he had conveyed his wishes to Mayor Eric Garcetti and members of the Police Commission, which oversees the LAPD.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2014 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - Can you be charged interest on your mortgage even after you've fully paid it off? Can the meter keep running when you owe the bank nothing - your principal balance is zero? Surprise! Much to the chagrin of large numbers of home sellers and refinancers, the answer for years has been yes. If your loan was insured by the Federal Housing Administration and you paid it off before maturity, at closing you'd be expected to cough up a full month's interest, no matter what day of the month you actually settled.
SPORTS
March 29, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Hanley Ramirez has entered his walk year. Ramirez and Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter each expressed interest in completing a contract extension eight months ago, but the two sides have not reached a deal, and Ramirez can file for free agency after the season. Ramirez could be the premier position player available in free agency, if he gets there, when contract values for star players are escalating rapidly. The other top position players eligible to hit the market appear to be fellow infielders Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres and Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2014 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO - Nancy McFadden begins most mornings on a conference call with other members of Gov. Jerry Brown's inner circle, the governor occasionally chiming in from the background. When Brown took office, the gathering, led by his wife, Anne Gust Brown, included compatriots plucked from different eras of his five decades in politics - his first tour as governor, the stint as Oakland's mayor, four years as state attorney general. Aside from Gust Brown, McFadden is the only remaining member of the original group.
HOME & GARDEN
March 28, 2014 | By Kyle Schuneman
Features such as fireplaces and wood beams not only look good in a room, they also provide a focal point for decorating. But many apartments lack these architectural elements and instead offer just plain white walls, boxy rooms and open, undefined spaces. In my 1960s-era unit, for example, living, dining and kitchen areas blend together and lack definition. Temporary plaid wallpaper was a solution in the living room. But the dining room was proving to be a challenge. The only feature in the room was a single pendant hanging from the ceiling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A groundbreaking, two-month trial challenging teacher job protections in California concluded Thursday with both sides asserting that the interests of students are at stake. The case, Vergara vs. California, seeks to overturn a set of laws that affect how teachers are fired, laid off and granted tenure. The Silicon Valley-based group Students Matter brought the lawsuit on behalf of nine plaintiffs, contending that the regulations hinder the removal of ineffective teachers. The result is a workforce with thousands of "grossly ineffective" teachers, which disproportionately hurts low-income and minority students, attorneys said.
NEWS
December 3, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NASHVILLE - The Angels have expressed "serious" interest in veteran reliever Sean Burnett, according to a person familiar with negotiations but not authorized to speak publicly about them, but their competition for the veteran left-hander will be stiff. At least eight teams, including Washington, St. Louis and Milwaukee, are reportedly interested in Burnett, who went 1-2 with a 2.38 earned run average in 56 2/3 innings in 70 games for the Nationals last season. Burnett, who has pitched four years in Washington, struck out 57, walked 12 and allowed only four home runs and was a key late-inning reliever for the National League East-winning Nationals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
Police are looking for a 27-year-old man in connection with a Friday night shooting in Redondo Beach that left a Gardena man dead. The victim, Bobby Darren Reynolds, 38, was visiting relatives when he was shot multiple times at about 8 p.m. in the 2400 block of Ralston Lane. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died. Redondo Beach Police Capt. Jeff Hink said Reynolds appeared to have been targeted. “We don't think it was random,” Hink said. But investigators do not know the motive.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - As Monday's deadline approaches to sign up for insurance under President Obama's health law, more than 1 million people a day are visiting HealthCare.gov, Obama administration officials said Wednesday. The site - the main portal for insurance marketplaces in 36 states - drew 1.2 million visitors Tuesday and 1.1 million visitors Monday, according to the administration. Over the same period, call centers received more than 500,000 calls. California's state-run health insurance exchange reported a similar surge in interest, with nearly 40,000 people picking a health plan Monday and Tuesday.
SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla. - There is a good chance the NFL will expand the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams, and the change could come as early as the upcoming season. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking Wednesday at the conclusion of the league's annual meetings, said there was a "full discussion" on the topic among team owners and executives this week. "I think there's a tremendous amount of interest in this, possibly even to the point of support, but there are also things we still want to make sure we do it right," Goodell said.
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