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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - To settle a sexual harassment claim filed against ex-Mayor Bob Filner, the City Council will issue a "full apology" to a 67-year-old great-grandmother and designate a day in her honor, the city attorney announced Thursday. Peggy Shannon, who worked as a part-time employee at the senior citizens service desk at City Hall, had alleged that Filner continually made sexually inappropriate comments to her about wanting to begin a personal relationship. Shannon said Filner's misconduct began soon after he became mayor in December 2012 and continued each time he would see her at her desk in the lobby of City Hall.
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SPORTS
February 19, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Arte Moreno did not send an emissary. The Angels owner met with Tustin officials himself last week, in search of a stadium deal and frustrated by what he perceives as stalled negotiations with the city of Anaheim. Tustin officials still aren't quite sure what to make of it. They're happy to talk with him, but the mayor is not sure whether Moreno is more interested in coming to Tustin or in putting pressure on Anaheim. “It could be a leveraging opportunity,” Tustin Mayor Al Murray said Tuesday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan
Mayor Eric Garcetti is planning to travel next month to Mexico City on the first of what he says will be many international trade missions to promote Los Angeles . Garcetti met Tuesday in his City Hall office with a delegation of Mexico City officials to lay groundwork for his four-day visit, scheduled to start March 2. Traveling with Garcetti will be top managers of the city's harbor and airport departments, along...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Building "a people mover" to serve Los Angeles International Airport, providing more incentives to help the local film industry thrive and bidding for the 2024 Olympics were among the priorities outlined by Mayor Eric Garcetti during a Sunday morning talk show.  Garcetti acknowledged that these and other priorities, such as water conservation and protecting the environment, pose major challenges but said he is undaunted. "Am I swinging for the fences?" Garcetti said during the KABC-TV Channel 7 interview.
NATIONAL
February 14, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Five people, including at least three children, died in a fire that spread through a three-story Minneapolis duplex early Friday, authorities said. “This a tragic moment for the city of Minneapolis, this a tragic moment for north Minneapolis, this is a tragic moment for this neighborhood, this block and these families,” Mayor Betsy Hodges said at a news conference on a snow-covered street outside the home. Fifteen people lived in the duplex, according to the city's fire chief.
NATIONAL
February 14, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK -- Sometimes, Al Roker gets all hot and bothered about the weather. Thursday, for instance, when New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said that more snow fell in the city than had been predicted, weatherman  Roker took to Twitter to contradict the mayor and criticize the city's decision to keep schools open in the inclement weather. For that, he's sorry. Appearing on the "Today" show in Sochi this morning, Roker apologized for a comment that he said was a little “below the line.” He had written that his “long range DiBlasio forecast” was one term.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | By Tony Perry
Will the election of Republican Kevin Faulconer as mayor of San Diego help the sagging fortunes of the GOP statewide? Depends on who is talking. "This was a crucial step forward in our continuing efforts to rebuild the Republican Party from the ground up," said Jim Brulte, chairman of the California Republican Party. Republican banker Neel Kashkari, who would like to unseat Gov. Jerry Brown, said the Faulconer victory "confirms that Republicans can win in California by promoting positive economic ideas that unite people.
WORLD
February 13, 2014 | By Tom Kington
ROME -- Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta on Thursday announced his resignation after surrendering to a leadership challenge from a party colleague who is widely expected to become Italy's youngest-ever prime minister. The challenger, Matteo Renzi, 39, was overwhelmingly backed by the center-left Democratic Party after he demanded that a new government lead Italy out of a “quagmire.” For 10 months, Letta has led a shaky coalition government that has struggled largely without success to push through key reforms.
NEWS
February 13, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK -- He's been in charge for only about a month, but New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio has already angered one famous city resident: Al Roker, weatherman of NBC and Weather Channel fame, who took off on the mayor on Twitter.  Despite 5 to 8 inches of snow falling during the morning commute, De Blasio and his schools chancellor, Carmen Farina, decided to keep the city's public schools open, a decision that angered many parents, including Roker....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - As Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer prepares to take power at City Hall, some are wondering what his easy victory over Democratic Councilman David Alvarez means for the statewide GOP. Faulconer beat Alvarez 55% to 45%. “Faulconer overnight goes from minority member of the City Council to the highest ranked and highest profile Republican in the state,” said Carl Luna, a political science professor at San Diego Mesa College. Allan Hoffenblum, a former GOP strategist who now publishes the nonpartisan California Target Book, said Faulconer's victory shows that Republicans can still win big races, “if they have the right candidate.” He noted Faulconer campaigned as a fiscal conservative who is moderate on social issues, including supporting gay marriage and abortion rights.
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