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September 5, 2013 | By Jon Healey
The latest Edward Snowden-powered exposé published by the New York Times, ProPublica and the Guardian is, to me, the most frightening. It reveals that the National Security Agency has moved beyond its historic role as a code-breaker to become a saboteur of the encryption systems. Its work has allegedly weakened the scrambling not just of terrorists' emails but also bank transactions, medical records and communications among coworkers. Here's the money graf: "The NSA hacked into target computers to snare messages before they were encrypted.
April 5, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A field of candidates - many political heavyweights and city insiders - are locked in an expensive battle to become Long Beach's newest mayor, a job that comes with expectations of reviving both the port city's economy and reputation. The April 8 election has candidates vying for city attorney and a majority of Long Beach's nine council seats, setting the stage for one of the most significant shake-ups in city politics in more than a decade. But all eyes are on the mayor's race, and with the crowded field a June runoff is likely.
August 19, 2012 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I have rented a room in my house to a woman and her young daughter. After she moved in, she changed the lock on the door to her room without my consent and had male companions in her room who were very noisy and disruptive. If she continues to make me uncomfortable in my own home, can I just change the locks to force her to leave? If I can't get rid of her, can I at least force her to give me a key to her room? Answer: Unilaterally locking out a tenant is never legally permissible, no matter the justification.
March 30, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Congress recognized 40 years ago that it was counterproductive and just plain wrong to incarcerate juveniles for trivial misbehavior such as truancy, breaking curfew, smoking or drinking. These acts, known as status offenses, are illegal only because the person committing them is a minor. Federal law passed at that time prohibited states from locking away most status offenders, but in 1980 the law was amended to allow incarceration when a court order had been violated. In other words, if a truant teenager was ordered by a court to attend school, and then cut class, incarceration was allowed.
August 20, 2002
Re "Youth Gets 50 to Life for Shootings" (Aug. 16), on Charles "Andy" Williams' school rampage: Trigger locks are well made and difficult to remove. Many young men think a lot about guns, and sometimes about using them to get revenge. Chances are that the kids will know where the gun is hidden, but with a lock inserted it would be inoperable. If the gun owner had spent about $20 for a trigger lock this horrible situation may not have happened, and these young lives could have been saved.
January 18, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay
Besides the easy waves and sleek ponytails, short hair ruled on the SAG awards red carpet. Perhaps the most striking hairstyles were the pixie cuts, a la Jennifer Lawrence, who seems to have started a trend leading women to take the chop challenge. And a chic, angular bob, as seen on Jane Krakowski, proved to be a modern approach to red carpet hair without any trace of a curling iron or backcombing. Emma Thompson's blond crop was also very cool. She clearly goes for  effortless.
September 5, 2010
Question: I own a couple of houses that I rent out for extra income. Unfortunately, they are not in the best part of our town. I have a tenant living in one of them who may be dealing drugs or doing something else illegal because the police have arrested him several times. Every time he is arrested he makes bail and returns to the house in a day or so. Even though he pays the rent on time, I realize that I can't continue to allow him to live in my house. My plan is to change the locks the next time he is arrested, so he can't come back into the house.
December 30, 1986
This week employees of the Los Angeles City Schools received their current copies of Spotlight, an employee newsletter. One article in the newsletter announces a school district offer of a 7% increase in teachers' salaries. This would bring the beginning teacher's salary up to an amount just under $22,000 per year. The same newsletter has another article on a young woman who has just been hired as a school-district locksmith. Her salary will be $31,532 per year. The people of Los Angeles should demand that their Board of Education care more for their children than for locks.
July 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
The last of the Mississippi River navigational locks that were closed to barges because of flooding are back in business with the reopening of the locks in Clarksville and Winfield. Flooding on the Mississippi forced the Army Corps of Engineers to close the locks last month.
September 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
What if locking the front door of your home while you're away were as easy as hopping onto the Internet? At the CEDIA Expo in Denver last week, Ingersoll-Rand Co.'s Schlage unit showed off door locks that can be wirelessly activated or opened via the Internet, from a mobile phone or from a computer. The battery-operated locks have keypads that are accessed with four-digit codes (or old-fashioned keys, as a backup). Users who forget to lock a door and want to enter their code remotely can do so via the Internet or an application added to their mobile phones.
March 28, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Albert Pujols made his major league debut at 22. Jered Weaver made his minor league debut at 22. Mike Trout just made $145 million at 22, and he set himself up to become the richest athlete in North American sports history. The best player in baseball has decided to stay with the Angels through 2020. Trout agreed with the team Friday on a six-year contract extension, and owner Arte Moreno will formally announce the deal at a public ceremony Saturday at Angel Stadium. Trout's family flew here from the East Coast on Friday.
March 13, 2014 | David Lazarus
In his 30 years as a pharmacist, including three at a CVS Caremark store in Northern California, Wayne Wilson said it was all too common for drugstore employees to steal prescription drugs, which would often make their way to the black market. "It happens far more often than people realize," he told me. "I used to be shocked. I'm not shocked any more. " Wilson said he personally intervened after a CVS pharmacy worker in Eureka was caught slipping painkillers into his pocket. That worker was arrested and fired, he said.
March 10, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
An average of 3.5 million viewers tuned in for Sunday's season finale of "True Detective," the HBO crime anthology starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, according to Nielsen. That's the biggest audience ever for the 9 p.m. cable drama and 50% higher than the 2.3 million who watched the show's premiere.  The show's big closer faced heavy competition on cable and broadcast networks, including the premieres of ABC's "Resurrection" and Fox's "Cosmos," along with an episode of the AMC hit "Walking Dead.
March 6, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A campus lockdown at San Clemente High School has been lifted after authorities searched the school early Thursday after a threat was posted on a social media app. The bomb threat was posted on Yik Yak, a social media site on which users can post anonymous comments. The campus was placed on lockdown shortly after the 9 a.m. posting and was lifted at 1 p.m. Students and staff were told to shelter in place while a sweep of the campus was conducted, said Lt. Jeff Hallock, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
February 27, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- As the United States' first Chinese American ambassador to China, Gary Locke made an impression on many ordinary people here with his down-to-earth ways - carrying his own backpack, paying for his Starbucks with a coupon and flying economy class. His man-of-the-people demeanor, honed as two-term governor of Washington state, provided a sharp contrast to the often-remote and sometimes corrupt ways of the Chinese ruling class. Many netizens approved of his style, but a number of media organs affiliated with the Communist Party were discomfited by the unassuming envoy.
February 25, 2014 | By Jon Healey
How hard can it be for Congress to make it legal for consumers to switch mobile networks without having to buy a new phone? Too hard, evidently. The House is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bill that was supposed to clear the way for consumers to unlock the phones they buy from wireless companies after they've fulfilled their contracts. But the measure, which was modest to begin with, has been rendered irrelevant by voluntary agreements on unlocking that the Federal Communications Commission obtained from the wireless companies.
October 14, 1999 | Associated Press
New York City gun owners will have to use trigger locks or face up to a year in jail under a law passed Wednesday by the City Council. The unanimous vote closed a loophole in a 1998 law that made gun sellers responsible for issuing safety devices but didn't require gun owners to use them. Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani supports the added requirement.
February 17, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - His $8.5-million contract guarantees him nothing beyond a pile of money. His spring-training locker is among the five corner cubicles reserved for established starting pitchers, but he is as much of a rotation lock as the reporters milling around it. Joe Blanton is back, which says more about the Angels' lack of pitching depth than his status with the club. But that's irrelevant to Blanton, who looks to bounce back from a dismal season in which he went 2-14 with a 6.04 earned-run average and gave up 29 homers.
February 16, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Pardon me if I haven't gotten all worked up about Sen. Rod Wright being convicted of lying about where he lives. A politician fudging his residency to make people think he lives in his district? Shock, shock! Happens a lot. But district attorneys seldom prosecute. Most feel there are much worse crimes to chase. Should these politicians get away with it? No, not in an ideal world. But district lines shift. They're redrawn every 10 years to fit population changes.
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