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NEWS
November 21, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Speaker John A. Boehner says he still wants to see an overhaul of the immigration laws, but he declined to say when the House would address the issue. “Is immigration reform dead? Absolutely not,” the Ohio Republican said at a news conference Thursday. “I have made clear, going back to the day after the last election in 2012, that it was time for Congress to deal with this issue. I believe that Congress needs to deal with this issue.” The Senate's sweeping bipartisan immigration bill has essentially died in the Republican-controlled House.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Several dozen protesters across California are fasting this week to pressure Congress to make changes to the nation's immigration system and create a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally. Fasts have been organized in the districts of four Republican congressmen, including Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), the third most powerful GOP member of the House. McCarthy, who has been the target of months of protests by immigrant and labor groups, has said that there will be no immigration legislation on the floor this year.
NEWS
November 9, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
Past and perhaps future presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton pressed Congress on Saturday to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which has been bottled up in the Republican-held House. “You go around the world, we are so lucky as a nation that we have the talents of people from everywhere,” she told hundreds of people packed into a sold-out brunch benefiting the Mexican-American Leadership Initiative at USC. “Our diversity is one of our great strengths, and part of the obvious argument for immigration reform is that we are a country of immigrants, and we should be celebrating that rather than fearing it.” The event was attended by Latino leaders from across the nation, including three former Cabinet members -- Henry Cisneros, Carlos Gutierrez and Hilda Solis.
NEWS
October 27, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - California Rep. Jeff Denham is the first House Republican to join Democrats in co-sponsoring a broad immigration overhaul bill that would provide a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants in the country illegally. "We can't afford any more delays," the Central Valley lawmaker said in a statement Sunday. "I support an earned path to citizenship to allow those who want to become citizens to demonstrate a commitment to our country, learn English, pay fines and back taxes and pass background checks.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Layoffs have begun at Focus Features. Employees in the specialty label's New York and Los Angeles locations were told Monday whether they would lose their positions, though it is not known how many jobs will be cut. Focus, an imprint of Universal Pictures best known for such films as "Brokeback Mountain," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Atonement" and "The Kids Are All Right," is also considering closing its London office. Focus Features currently has a total of 103 employees, 43 of whom work in Los Angeles, while 44 are in New York and 16 work in London.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Earlier this month, Universal picked FilmDistrict founder Peter Schlessel  to replace James Schamus as Focus' chief executive, and the company last week announced multiple changes to Focus' executive team, including the  departure of its  co-Chief Executive Andrew Karpen.  As it works to expand its slate to include more wide-release films, the label is moving its headquarters from New York to the Universal lot in Los Angeles but will maintain a small presence in New York after the move.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Health Net Inc. sees a big opportunity in Obamacare. Although some insurers have taken a cautious approach to the Affordable Care Act, the Woodland Hills managed care company is actively seeking to cover thousands of previously uninsured people under the new healthcare system. Health Net, which focuses on low-cost medical coverage for low- to middle-income households, has joined exchanges in California, Arizona and Oregon. It has added 400 employees and reassigned dozens more workers to handle the anticipated surge of customers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2013 | By Howard Blume
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday that replaces current public school state standardized tests with ones aligned to new national learning goals. The governor's decision also tees up a looming confrontation with the Obama administration, which criticized the California legislation. The new law will pay for school districts to shift quickly to new computerized tests that would be based on learning goals, called the Common Core standards , adopted by 45 states.
BUSINESS
October 1, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Etsy, the website stocked with artisanal goods from independent merchants, revamped its seller guidelines to allow vendors to hire additional employees and work with outside manufacturers. The changes Tuesday essentially broaden the site's working definition of “handcrafted” -- a term that  has governed which plastic baubles or knit pillows are allowed on the online market since it was founded in 2005. In a blog post , Etsy Chief Executive Chad Dickerson wrote that the company's “Dos and Don'ts” section quickly ballooned from 4,000 words to 14,000 words.
BUSINESS
October 1, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Merck & Co., the second-largest drug maker by sales, said Tuesday it will lay off 8,500 employees in a strategy overhaul to revamp its research and development efforts.  That's on top of a previous announcement that the Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based company would lay off 7,500 workers. The combined cuts amount to 20% of the company's global workforce. In a statement, the drug company said the strategy is expected to save $2.5 billion by the end of 2015; 40% of those savings would be realized by the end of next year.
NEWS
September 20, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Hopes for a sweeping immigration overhaul suffered another serious setback Friday , when two key Republican lawmakers ended their collaboration with a bipartisan House working group. Reps. John Carter (R-Texas) and Sam Johnson (R-Texas), who had been working with a bipartisan immigration group for years, blamed their departure on President Obama, saying they did not trust that if Congress developed new immigration laws, the administration would adhere to them. “The bottom line is -- the American people do not trust the president to enforce laws, and we don't either,” Carter and Johnson wrote in a joint statement, pointing to the White House's implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare law that has undergone adjustments, as an example of the administration's selective approach to enforcing laws.
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