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October 16, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
A federal judge has appointed a former U.S. prosecutor as the monitor who ensures that Apple Inc. complies with a ruling from the e-book antitrust case the company lost this year. Michael Bromwich, a lawyer who previously worked in President Obama's administration, was picked over a second candidate, whose name was not released. WATCH: 5 videos to introduce new Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts Last summer, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote ruled that Apple had colluded with five U.S. publishers to fix e-book prices.
October 8, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan and Ben Welsh
Since the day he took office in July, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has pledged heightened accountability at City Hall. For better or worse, facts began tumbling forth in the new " performance" section of the mayor's website Tuesday, Garcetti's 100th day in office. Los Angeles sewers overflowed 125 times last year, up from 116 the year before. Police reported more than 104,000 serious property and violent crimes last year, a drop from nearly 144,000 in 2005. And a little more than 5.1 million shipping containers full of goods flowed through Los Angeles Harbor, a drop from 5.4 million the year before.
October 2, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
For years to come, Sheriff Joe Arpaio can expect to have a federal judge looking over his shoulder, watching almost his every move and those of his deputies. A federal judge Wednesday approved a plan to place an independent monitor inside the Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff's Office to ensure the department is not racial profiling. Maricopa County deputies - once described by a Justice Department expert as conducting "the most egregious racial profiling in the United States" - will have every traffic stop monitored statistically and with video cameras, with strict orders to ignore suspects' race.
September 26, 2013 | David Lazarus
Holders of Chase bank's popular Sapphire credit card may be wondering why they'll soon be on their own when it comes to keeping fraudsters at bay. "Please note that ID Theft Coverage will be canceled," Chase has notified Sapphire cardholders. "All changes are effective Nov. 1, 2013. " That's a pretty significant reversal considering that identity-related fraud affected 12.6 million U.S. consumers last year and caused $21 billion in losses, according to Javelin Strategy & Research.
September 24, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
Thanks to abundant short sales, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase have exceeded by 50% the amount of help they pledged to struggling California homeowners when they settled foreclosure-abuse allegations 20 months ago. The three banks had promised to reduce the amount Californians owed on mortgages by $12 billion; they have provided more than $18.4 billion in relief, according to the monitor, UC Irvine law professor Katherine M....
September 18, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Glendale school officials have hired a firm to monitor the social media postings of their students, apparently in an effort to learn about potentially dangerous behavior such as cyberbullying, suicidal thoughts, sexual harassment or drug use. The firm might turn up some troubling stuff, and even if it doesn't, knowing that Big Schoolmarm is watching might persuade some teenagers to show a little more caution about what they broadcast online, which would...
September 14, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Hoover High School junior Christopher Chung learned while scrolling through Facebook that his school was monitoring students' online activities. Christopher saw an article posted by a friend about the Glendale Unified School District hiring a company to screen students' social media posts. The school district had been doing so for about a year. "I heard rumors that GUSD was doing a little bit of monitoring - but nothing as official as this," he said. "The only way students were finding out about it was through social media.
September 10, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency admitted in documents released Tuesday that it had wrongly put 16,000 phone numbers on an "alert list" so their incoming calls could be monitored, a mistake that a judge on the secret surveillance court called a "flagrant violation" of the law. The documents are the latest to show that not only did the secret spy agency collect more data than most Americans suspected, its agents sometimes went too far...
September 8, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - A Kremlin-backed candidate declared a narrow victory early Monday in the race for mayor of Moscow, apparently fending off a pack of rivals led by a leading critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. But an independent monitoring group questioned the results. Shortly after midnight Sunday, acting Mayor Sergei Sobyanin appeared before a crowd of several thousand supporters gathered in central Moscow and said that while the vote was close, he was confident that he had won. The Moscow Election Commission said that, with three-quarters of the votes counted, Sobyanin was leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny, 51.5% to 27.1%.
September 6, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple must pay for an independent antitrust monitor as part of a permanent injunction handed down on Friday by a federal court in New York. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote also ruled that Apple could not strike deals with five major publishers if the terms would limit the ability to offer discounts. Those publishers, which had been accused of being co-conspirators in the case, had previously settled before Apple's case went to trial this summer. PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 -- so far The injunction is set to last five years but could be extended if Apple is found to be in noncompliance with the terms.
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