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January 31, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
NEW YORK -- As one of the most polished players in the NFL, Peyton Manning rarely has a mental slip-up when it comes to talking to the media. But the Denver Broncos quarterback had to catch himself this week when he referred to Broncos legend John Elway as "Coach Elway" - an endearing audible that speaks to his respect for the Hall of Fame quarterback who brought him to Denver. Elway is actually the team's vice president of football operations and has been deep in the background during Super Bowl week, largely avoiding center stage to allow the team he helped build enjoy the fruits of its success.
January 30, 2014 | By Kate Linthicum
JERUSALEM - It's a rare thing when a Hollywood actress and a kitchen appliance spark a debate about policies in the Middle East. But that's what happened after Scarlett Johansson filmed a Super Bowl advertisement for a company that employs Palestinians to produce seltzer-making machines in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The company, SodaStream International Ltd., is a target of a growing boycott movement of products made on land seized by Israel in the 1967 Middle East War and claimed by Palestinians for a future independent state.
January 28, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer called the firing of her second in command, operations chief and former Google executive Henrique De Castro, “regrettable” and said Yahoo would not replace him. Mayer made the comments during a webcast for Yahoo's fourth-quarter earnings. Two weeks ago Yahoo announced that De Castro, who joined Yahoo from Google in 2012, would leave the struggling Internet company with a major payout. Yahoo said Tuesday that its fourth-quarter online display advertising declined 6% year-over-year.
January 23, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Time Warner Cable has notified dozens of employees around the country who were involved in local operations, primarily covering high school sports, that they would be losing their jobs, including in Southern California. A spokeswoman based in Southern California said in an email: "While the decision to make changes in our local sports operations was a difficult one, it was strictly about better utilizing our resources. SoCal 101 will continue to honor its existing sports programming commitments and continue to provide in-depth coverage of the CIF. During a transition period, we may have to slightly adjust our programming schedule.
January 21, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The surprise visit to Alberto Ruiz's house was swift. Dress quickly, he was told. You're going to boot camp. His parents, worried about his drug use and habit of skipping school, had followed a friend's advice and called Kelvin McFarland. Ruiz's behavior had earned him a spot in McFarland's Family First Growth Camp in Pasadena, a place with a reputation for breaking gang-bangers and drug addicts and turning them into law-abiding teens. A former Marine who likes to be called "Sgt.
January 21, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- Labor unions, Hollywood's glitterati, California philanthropists and a private company profiting from Gov. Jerry Brown's fight over prison crowding are among 72 top donors who have maxed out on contributions to Brown's reelection campaign even before he officially runs. Brown's campaign fund reports receiving two $27,200 checks in early January from the GEO Group, based in Boca Raton, Fla. The company in September signed contracts with the state worth $150 million to house 1,400 inmates in two low-security facilities within California, in Adelanto and in McFarland.
January 21, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
A man who operated a youth boot camp in Pasadena was sentenced to state prison Friday for charges including sexual assault, kidnapping and extortion stemming from two cases, prosecutors said. Kelvin Bernard McFarland, 43, was sentenced to four years and four months in state prison and was ordered to register as a sex offender, according to the Los Angeles district attorney's office. McFarland pleaded no contest last year to child abuse, kidnapping, false imprisonment, extortion and unlawful use of a badge, a misdemeanor.
January 15, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Fairfax High School will honor James Samson , who was a volunteer for more than 25 years helping the basketball program, on Friday at 6:15 p.m. before the team's game against Hamilton. The school will unveil its new scoreboard in honor of Samson, who was the scoreboard operator until his death last February. He was 62. Fairfax also has renamed its State Preview Classic on Jan. 25 after Samson.  
January 9, 2014 | By Kim Christensen and Jessica Garrison
Roy Paul Gressly, who owned and operated at least a half-dozen hazardous waste hauling businesses, eluded regulators' detection for years as he moved from one location to another. Sometimes he left toxic waste behind, court records state, and sometimes he took it with him. If not for a leaking tanker truck, he might still be hoarding an illegal stockpile of hazardous material on an industrial lot in Santa Fe Springs. After a neighboring business owner spotted a stream of black sludge moving toward a storm drain, firefighters traced the flow to Gressly's rented site on Greenstone Avenue.
January 7, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The Los Angeles city attorney filed a lawsuit Tuesday to stop Allenco Energy Inc. from reopening in South Los Angeles, accusing the company of ignoring years of evidence that fumes from its oil fields were sickening residents of the surrounding neighborhood. City Atty. Mike Feuer's investigation found that Allenco willfully disregarded violation notices issued by oversight agencies and that regulators did not move forcefully to enforce their numerous and repeated citations. As a result of lax practices, Allenco exposed University Park neighbors "to noxious fumes and odors which have resulted in adverse health effects on community members in the form of severe headaches, nausea, nosebleeds, chronic fatigue and respiratory ailments including asthma," says the complaint, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
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