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ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2011 | James Rainey
Several big news organizations fell for a stunning, albeit fake, piece of business news this week — that General Electric would voluntarily pay the government a $3.2-billion tax "refund. " Some news-types responded to the hoax with indignation, others bemusement. Both those groups must have been outnumbered, though, by the resolute. This couldn't, wouldn't … shouldn't happen again. But, take notice, newshounds: The tricksters and political pranksters have numbers.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 2011 | James Rainey
A little-reported Federal Communications Commission action last week has put TV stations on notice: They can't hand over airtime for commercial pitches unless they clearly label the sponsors. The agency moved toward fining an NBC affiliate in Atlantic City, N.J., and a Fox-owned station in Minneapolis for failing to provide "sponsorship identification announcements. " The stations did not clearly tell their audiences that manufacturers were behind, respectively, glowing news segments on a cold remedy called Zicam and on a line of General Motors cars.
WORLD
February 21, 2011 | By Bob Drogin and Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
Moammar Kadafi's embattled regime unleashed a military assault in the heart of the Libyan capital in an effort to crush a popular protest like those that have already toppled two North African rulers and now threatens the longest-serving leader in the Arab world. Unlike the strongmen who fell to street demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt, Kadafi all but launched a war against his country's civilian population to maintain control of the oil-rich nation. Libyan state television reported Monday that security forces were storming what it called "dens of terror and sabotage" in the capital, Tripoli.
NEWS
January 27, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Most Americans said they had a positive reaction to President Obama's State of the Union speech, according to the latest USA Today/Gallup poll, posted Thursday on the newspaper's website. Yet the poll was not all good news for the president. More Americans said they supported the Republican call to cut spending than Obama's proposed five-year freeze on discretionary domestic spending at current levels. A majority of Americans also threw cold water on whether there will be a political thaw after Republican and Democratic lawmakers crossed the aisle to sit with each other during the president's speech.
WORLD
January 14, 2011 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
Mexican soldiers clashed with gunmen for hours in the capital of the coastal state of Veracruz, leaving at least 12 suspects and two soldiers dead, authorities said Friday. The shooting ended early Friday and spanned at least two neighborhoods in the normally quiet city of Xalapa, Mexican news reports said. Mexican army officials said gunmen opened fire when infantry soldiers arrived at a home about 6 p.m. Thursday. The military did not immediately specify the purpose of the raid.
WORLD
December 13, 2010 | Borzou Daragahi
Taliban insurgents killed six members of the American-dominated international military force in southern Afghanistan in a single attack Sunday, Western officials announced. A news release from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, the Afghan capital, gave no further details about the attack, or the nationalities of the service members killed. The New York Times, which has a reporter and photographer traveling with American forces in southern Afghanistan, reported that all six soldiers killed were U.S. troops at a remote outpost near the town of Zhari, in Kandahar province.
WORLD
December 12, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Taliban insurgents killed six members of the American-dominated international military force in southern Afghanistan in a single attack Sunday, Western officials announced. A news release from NATO's International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, the Afghan capital, gave no further details about the attack, or the nationalities of the service members killed. The New York Times, which has a reporter and photographer traveling with American forces in southern Afghanistan, reported that all six soldiers killed were U.S. troops at a remote outpost near the town of Zhari, in Kandahar province.
WORLD
November 4, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
A Cuban airliner with at least 68 people aboard crashed Thursday during a flight, state television said, and initial reports did not indicate whether there were survivors. The passengers included 28 foreigners, reports said. The Cuban-owned Aero Caribbean twin turboprop aircraft declared an emergency and then lost contact with air traffic controllers, the correspondent for Mexico's news agency Notimex said. As Tropical Storm Tomas menaced Cuba offshore, the Aero Caribbean flight departed Santiago de Cuba in the eastern part of the island late Thursday afternoon and was making its way to the capital, Havana, about 450 miles away.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2010 | James Rainey
A onetime con man and a veteran newspaper reporter launched a partnership eight months ago that they hoped would be a new model for business reporting. Barry Minkow and Bill Lobdell said they would pay for their work sniffing out financial fraud by betting against the stocks of the companies they reported on. If they proved improprieties, they would profit by holding short positions in the companies — allowing them to make money when stock prices declined. But the short-sell-to-success model collapsed just a few months after their website, iBusinessReporting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2010 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Edwin Newman, known to several generations of television viewers as the dry-witted NBC reporter and commentator who covered coronations and assassinations and wrote two bestselling books on Americans' mangling of the English language, has died. He was 91. Newman died Aug. 13 of pneumonia in Oxford, England, where he had lived since 2007, according to family attorney Rupert Mead. He said Newman's wife and daughter delayed the announcement of his death until Wednesday to allow themselves time to mourn privately.
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