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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2013 | By Kate Mather
The attorneys for the teenagers accused of sexually assaulting Audrie Pott, the Saratoga High School sophomore who later committed suicide, is urging the public to reserve judgment and said the boys should be "regarded as innocent. " Authorities this week alleged that Pott, 15, was assaulted last fall by the three boys, one of whom snapped a picture of the alleged attack. The photo quickly circulated among Pott's classmates. The teen wrote on her Facebook page that it was the “worst day ever,” according to her family's attorney, Robert Allard.
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BUSINESS
April 10, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton, Tiffany Hsu and Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times
Scott London, a Los Angeles partner in one of the nation's largest accounting firms, says it began four years ago. By his account, a friend with money trouble was poking around for information on Herbalife Ltd. and Skechers USA Inc., two Los Angeles-area companies whose audits London personally oversaw. Soon, he says, he was passing inside tips on the companies that resulted in as much as $100,000 in profit for his buddy. In return, he says, he collected "about $25,000" in cash, was treated to fancy dinners and received a Rolex watch as a gift.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
The verdict is in: Judge Judy is staying on the bench for at least four more years. Judy Sheindlin has signed a new multiyear deal with CBS Television Distribution to continue her top-rated "Judge Judy" show through 2017. The show, now in its 17th season, averages more than 9 million viewers daily and is the top-rated daytime program. The judge's no-nonsense demeanor and frequent belittling of litigants have turned the show into a blockbuster hit. "Twenty-one is a terrific number," Sheindlin said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
A jury has awarded $1.1 million to a Palmdale teenager who, while holding a toy gun, was shot in the back by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy. Deputy Scott Sorrow used excessive force when he shot William Fetters in Palmdale on May 10, 2009, a jury found Wednesday. Fetters was 15 at the time of the shooting. “He's had a lot of emotional distress being the victim of a wrongful shooting,” said Fetters' attorney, Bradley Gage. “He's thankful that he has a chance to let the healing process begin.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
A judge on Friday cut $450.5 million from the $1-billion judgment Apple won in a patent infringement case against Samsung last summer. U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose said she trimmed the award because of what appears to be a technical error in the jury's methodology used to calculate the damages Samsung owed relating to 14 products.  Koh ordered a new jury trial to determine the damages related to those products, which could...
OPINION
February 26, 2013
Rightly regarded as one of the most lustrous legacies of the civil rights movement, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlaws discrimination in voting nationwide, but it also requires that states with a history of denying minorities the right to vote obtain the approval of a federal court or the U.S. Justice Department before changing election procedures. This "preclearance" provision, contained in Section 5 of the act, has been repeatedly reauthorized by Congress - most recently in 2006, when it was extended for another 25 years by margins of 390 to 33 in the House and 98 to 0 in the Senate.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2013
Patricia Cornwell, the author of the bestselling Kay Scarpetta mystery novels, won a judgment of $50.9 million against her former financial managers in federal court in Boston on Tuesday. Cornwell accused her former money management firm, Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP, and its former principal, Evan H. Snapper, of negligence in the handling of her finances. She said the firm not only improperly invested $89 million of her money but also made illegal campaign contributions that drew the attention of the FBI, undermined her work and even traumatized her dog. The managers claimed that it was Cornwell's own extravagance, including leasing expensive private jets, that was to blame.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Patricia Cornwell won a judgment of $50.9 million against her former financial managers in federal court in Boston on Tuesday. Cornwell is the author of the bestselling Kay Scarpetta mystery novels. Cornwell accused her former money management firm Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP and its former principal, Evan H. Snapper, for negligence in the handling of her ­finances. According to Cornwell, not only had the firm improperly invested $89 million of her money, it had also made illegal campaign contributions that drew the attention of the FBI, undermined her work and even traumatized her dog . The money management firm was paid about $40,000 per month to handle Cornwell's finances, which included the renovation of her Massachusetts estate and leasing a lavish apartment for her. The managers claimed that it was Cornwell's own extravagance , including leasing expensive private jets, that was to blame.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
A federal judge has denied Apple's request to increase the size of the $1.05-billion judgment a jury awarded the company last summer in its patent infringement case against Samsung.  Apple had requested that the size of the verdict be tripled because Samsung had "willfully" infringed Apple patents. U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose disagreed. PHOTOS: Devices in the Apple-Samsung trial Koh also denied requests from both companies for a new trial based on portions of the original verdict they did not like.  Apple has already appealed Koh's denial of its request to ban 26 Samsung products that were covered in the original trial.
SPORTS
January 27, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
+San Jose forward Patrick Marleau opened the season with four consecutive two-goal games as the Sharks went 4-0. That doesn't make up for his disappearing act during their playoff loss to St. Louis last spring, but it's commendable for him and for an aging team whose window of opportunity may soon close. +Edmonton rookie Nail Yakupov's celebration of his score-tying goal against the Kings on Thursday had a lot of hot dog to it, but it instantly grabbed attention. He slid on his knees from the offensive blue line almost to his own net as the crowd roared, touching off a debate over whether it was over the top. It seemed spontaneous, so let the kid express himself — but he should know opponents won't react kindly to repeats of that display.
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