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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2008 | Maura Dolan, Times Staff Writer
Doctors may not discriminate against gays and lesbians in medical treatment, even if the procedures being sought conflict with physicians' religious beliefs, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday. In its second major decision advancing gay rights this year, the state high court ruled that religious physicians must obey a state law that bars businesses from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. "The 1st Amendment's right to the free exercise of religion does not exempt defendant physicians here from conforming their conduct to the . . . antidiscrimination requirements," Justice Joyce L. Kennard wrote for the court.
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BUSINESS
February 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Stock prices fell for a third straight day Wednesday after a Federal Reserve official suggested that rising inflation could prevent the central bank from making further interest-rate cuts. Although the economic slowdown is a big concern, "we must not lose sight of the other part of the Fed's dual mandate -- which is price stability," Charles Plosser, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, said in remarks in Birmingham, Ala., according to Dow Jones Newswires.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2007 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
When the massive Day fire came roaring toward Revati McNay's Ojai cabin in the middle of the night last fall, sheriff's deputies roused her from sleep to warn of the approaching flames. Now, as another giant fire in the Los Padres National Forest creeps closer to her Matilija Canyon home, McNay is more prepared. She and her husband keep a cat carrier near the door, ready to round up their dark-gray tabby, Billy. A laptop filled with work on her master's degree is nearby.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2007 | John Spano and Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writers
A judge ruled Monday that confidential personnel files on Roman Catholic clergy accused of molesting children can be made public even if the clerics were never charged with a crime and legal claims against them were not proven. "The rights of privacy must give way to the state's interest in protecting its children from sexual abuse," Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Peter D. Lichtman said in his 22-page ruling.
WORLD
May 24, 2007 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Confronted with continued anger in Latin America, Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday acknowledged that the Christian colonization of Indian populations was not as rosy as he portrayed in a major speech earlier this month in Brazil. The pope did not apologize, as some indigenous and Latin American leaders have demanded.
NATIONAL
February 8, 2007 | John Valenti, Newsday
Cabdriver Osman Chowdhury said Wednesday that he never once considered keeping the 31 diamond rings he found inside a suitcase left in his Manhattan cab by a Dallas woman who had given him a 30-cent tip. "Why would I think I could keep it?" said Chowdhury, 41, of Queens. "It wasn't mine." Instead, Chowdhury did the right thing: He helped his supervisor track down the woman and returned the suitcase, a laptop computer and the rings.
SPORTS
January 23, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
With just one NFL game remaining, people are still struggling to understand the Indianapolis Colts. Is this the team that won its first nine games or lost four of its next six? Is this one of the NFL's all-time worst run defenses or the one that shut down Larry Johnson and Jamal Lewis in consecutive playoff games?
HEALTH
November 20, 2006 | Ellen Mitchell, Newsday
For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug to treat behaviors such as aggression, deliberate self-injury and severe temper tantrums associated with autism in children. Risperdal, an anti-psychotic drug, was approved last month to treat symptoms in children and adolescents ages 5 to 16. "This approval should benefit many autistic children as well as their parents and caregivers," said Dr. Steven Galson, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
NATIONAL
October 18, 2006 | Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
The health benefits of eating fish twice a week outweigh the risks, but children and women of childbearing age should not eat certain types that are highly contaminated, according to a report released Tuesday by a national panel of scientists. Seafood is rich in nutrients that help protect against heart disease, and most Americans do not eat enough, the scientists reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2006 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
As many as 24,000 lives -- a large number of them Californians' -- could have been saved each year if the head of the Environmental Protection Agency had tightened soot standards by one microgram per cubic meter annually, according to an analysis released Friday. The cost-benefit analysis also shows that although the tab for power plants, refineries, auto manufacturers and other industry for such a change would be about $1.
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