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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2011 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Hoping to get business interests to support a tax extension, Democratic lawmakers moved Wednesday to address a major grievance of the private sector by stripping outdated, unnecessary rules from California's 28,000 pages of regulations. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento and two other legislators announced a proposal that would have state agencies review their regulations and recommend those to be stricken. The measure also would create a one-stop permitting process for businesses.
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NATIONAL
February 15, 2010 | By Janet Hook
Adding to Democrats' political woes in the 2010 midterm elections, Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh unexpectedly announced Monday that he would not run for a third term in a Republican-leaning state, opening up a seat that his party now is likely to lose. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article incorrectly spelled the last name of former Republican Sen. Dan Coats as Coates. Bayh, a centrist Democrat who served as governor of Indiana from 1988 to 1996 and had a short-lived run for president in the 2008 campaign, faced a reelection challenge from former Republican Sen. Dan Coats.
WORLD
March 19, 2010 | By Batsheva Sobelman
A rocket launched Thursday from the Gaza Strip killed a Thai farmworker in southern Israel, the first such fatality in the area in more than a year. The blast occurred in a clump of greenhouses in the farming community of Netiv Haasara, just north of Gaza. The name of the 30-year-old victim was not immediately released. Rocket and mortar fire into southern Israel from Gaza, which once occurred daily, has been dramatically reduced since the Israelis' 22-day assault on the coastal strip at the end of 2008 and early last year.
WORLD
October 20, 2010 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
Afghan electoral officials, releasing preliminary results of last month's parliamentary election, said Wednesday that they had tossed out more than a million ballots because of proven or likely fraud. The decision by Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission laid bare the enormous extent of malfeasance in the Sept. 18 vote, which initially was billed as a showpiece of the country's nascent democracy. But it also demonstrated the ability of formerly pliant electoral officials to disqualify ballots because of ballot box stuffing, wholesale vote buying or threats to voters from gunmen, among other offenses.
WORLD
December 18, 2012 | By Reem Abdellatif, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - Egypt's public prosecutor, appointed by President Mohamed Morsi last month, resigned from his post Monday amid ongoing tension between the nation's judiciary and the president. Talaat Ibrahim submitted his resignation to the Supreme Judiciary Council, according to the state-run news agency. The council said it would deliberate Sunday on whether to accept the resignation. Members of the Judges Club and the nation's judiciary have been furious with Morsi since he decreed Nov. 22 that an Islamist-led assembly writing the nation's draft constitution was immune from judicial oversight.
WORLD
April 7, 2010 | By Jennifer Rose Bennett and John M. Glionna
Over the years, retired Australian fishing captain Mike Prior has seen their numbers grow, the large trawlers and freighters cruising recklessly through federally protected waters without proper guidance. On Tuesday, authorities were investigating the shipwreck of one such apparent vessel -- a Chinese-flagged bulk coal carrier that slammed into the Great Barrier Reef, skippered by a captain who, the Queensland maritime authority says, may have ignored the fact that he was outside the shipping lanes without a trained marine pilot because he was trying to save transit time.
NEWS
January 20, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
When he was leader of an enervated Republican minority in the House, John Boehner was fond of saying the members of his caucus weren't "legislators. " They were "communicators. " Boehner meant that, without power, the GOP could do nothing but stand and shout. Now things have flipped. The Republicans are the ones with the sheer numbers to legislate ? and now they will attempt to show a skeptical American public they can. Thursday, they began their effort, as the House approved a resolution, 253-175, directing four committees to work on alternatives to the healthcare reform law Democrats passed last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2010 | By Maeve Reston
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has backed away from his call to shut down some city departments two days a week, using positive news about the city's budget crisis to downplay a threat that had become increasingly difficult to sustain. "To all of our surprise, we've gotten an increase in revenues of $30 million more from property tax than we expected," Villaraigosa said Thursday, two days after announcing the move might be necessary as soon as Monday to prevent the city from running out of money.
WORLD
April 11, 2011 | By Ned Parker and Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
South African President Jacob Zuma said Sunday that Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi had accepted a "road map" for ending the conflict that pits his forces against rebels determined to end his four-decade rule. Zuma, who according to news reports led a delegation of African Union leaders in a meeting with Kadafi at his compound in Tripoli, did not disclose details of the cease-fire proposal. He also didn't specify whether Kadafi himself or his adjutants had accepted the African Union plan.
NATIONAL
January 24, 2010 | By Andrew Malcolm
Onetime Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, whose jump over to the Democratic Party last year turned his name into a political verb for switching sides whenever it's convenient, may have stepped in something messy last week. The 80-year-old new Democrat, who's seeking a sixth term but facing a defiant primary challenge from combative Rep. Joe Sestak, was on a Philadelphia radio station debating Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann. Normally the, uh, outspoken Bachmann, a "tea party" fave, would be a perfect foil for a Democrat like Specter.
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