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August 20, 2013 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON - British prosecutors on Tuesday charged four journalists from the Sun and Daily Mirror newspapers and five public officials with bribery offenses, in the latest legal action stemming from an ongoing investigation into media misconduct. The Crown Prosecution ServiceĀ  said the Sun's former managing editor, Graham Dudman, and two journalists, John Troup and Vince Soodin, were accused of making thousands of dollars' worth of illegal payments to public officials in return for sensitive information.
July 22, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch and Ken Bensinger
Toyota has spent well over $1 billion settling lawsuits involving unintended acceleration, but the world's largest automaker still faces hundreds of other cases awaiting trial. First up is a suit filed by the heirs of Noriko Uno, a 66-year-old bookkeeper who was killed when her Toyota Camry unexpectedly sped to 100 mph on a city street in Upland in 2009. Jury selection started Monday in the Los Angeles County Superior Court lawsuit that argues Toyota Motor Corp. should have had a fail-safe system that enables the brakes to override the accelerator.
July 20, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
CONTINUING TO SET THE PACE 1. ST. LOUIS Division-leading Cardinals have 14 games left with second-place Pirates. (2) 2. BOSTON Red Sox need pitching help but lead MLB in 6 offensive categories. (1) 3. TAMPA BAY Rays are 20-6 since calling up rookie Wil Myers. (3) 4. OAKLAND With AL's top home mark, schedule favors A's, who have 36 game left there. (6) 5. ATLANTA Braves - up by 6 1/2 games - have led NL East for all but 1 day this season. (10) 6. PITTSBURGH Pirates are 37 games under .500 after All-Star break the last 2 seasons.
July 12, 2013
Dwight Howard looks like Tarzan, but plays like Jane. He is a second-rate star going to a second-rate city. Perfect fit. Good riddance! William David Stone Beverly Hills :: Why is Phil Jackson bad-mouthing Dwight Howard over his decision to leave the Lakers? Isn't this the same Phil Jackson who was offered the coaching job at the Lakers, asked for 48 hours to think it over, then was called the next evening around midnight to learn they gave the job to someone else? Why does Phil stand up for the team that said no to him?
May 30, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
There are plenty of reasons why the project to widen the 405 Freeway is $100 million over its $1.048-billion budget and 14 months behind schedule. And none of them has to do with the complaint - often reported by drivers on the freeway - that workers are standing around doing nothing. (In fact, they are probably on a break or waiting for a delivery.) The most significant factor is that Metro decided to hire a contractor to design and build the project at the same time. That "design/build" process is faster than the more traditional approach of designing a project, then putting it out for bid and then building it, which in this case would have taken at least a decade.
May 26, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Kjerstin Gruys is a UCLA doctoral student in sociology with a keen, feminist's interest in body image. Her dissertation will plumb the relationship between appearance and inequalities in the workplace. Acutely aware of how our permeating obsession with beauty and thinness instills insecurity in young women, she nevertheless embraces her girly side. Gruys loves clothes, makeup and shopping. But in 2011, six months before her wedding at a Woodside, Calif., winery, Gruys, now 30, did the unthinkable.
April 19, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Cornelia Funke builds wild, wondrous worlds with her words, from the back streets of Venice, Italy, to a land of fairies and gargoyles called MirrorWorld. That's where Jacob Reckless, the treasure hunter hero of her latest series for young teens, enlists a dwarf and a vixen to help him undo a fatal curse. Still, when she contemplated a MirrorWorld app, Funke says she felt a little like Bilbo Baggins accepting an invitation to an adventure. She wasn't sure where the path would take her. The app (released for iPad on April 17)
March 20, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Another day, another component in the Justin Timberlake promotional juggernaut. Around the same time Tuesday night that The CW was airing a one-hour special memorably titled "Target Presents the iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Justin Timberlake," Vevo premiered the music video for "Mirrors," the second single from "The 20/20 Experience. " Timberlake's third solo album -- which marks his return to music following a six-year break -- arrived in stores Tuesday, though it had been available to stream on iTunes since March 11. On Saturday he performed at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, and last week he appeared for five nights straight on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
March 7, 2013 | By Jessica Ritz
The seductive new Century City restaurant Hinoki & the Bird , reviewed by Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold last week, conveys a dark intensity. But take a closer look at some of the interior details and you'll find a degree of playfulness. Milo Garcia of MAI Studio in Los Angeles wanted the restaurant, the newest concept from chef-owner David Myers, to have a touch of glamour but also a sense of humor - a combination that plays out in two particular areas: bathroom subway tiles that cleverly double as mirrors and striking block-patterned denim banquettes.
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