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March 24, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - Working as a Jack in the Box cashier, Marissa Cruz Santos breathed a sigh of relief last year when she qualified for an Obama administration program that defers deportation of young immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children. With high expectations and a freshly minted work permit, Santos, 27, hit the job market, hoping to leverage her new status and a Cal State Fullerton degree into an entry-level office position. But after applying for several jobs near her Riverside home, Santos got only two interviews and no offers.
March 23, 2014 | Patrick McGreevy
A cherry farmer from the San Joaquin Valley holds the key to California Republicans' hopes of loosening Democrats' grip on the state Legislature. Andy Vidak, a Republican who owns an orchard in Kings County, stunned both parties last year with an upset victory in a Senate district where Democrats have a 22-point advantage in voter registration. He ran largely on the basics, promising to cure a shortage of both jobs and water in the agricultural district and oppose the costly bullet train proposed to split the Central Valley.
March 23, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Veteran first baseman Carlos Pena followed his heart to Anaheim, signing a minor league deal with the Angels even though his position was firmly occupied by Albert Pujols, who is in the third year of a 10-year, $240-million deal. “It's hard to put into words,” Pena said in February. “You just have this feeling, this hunch, that this is the right place.” It wasn't. Pena, 35, hit .139 (five for 36) with 14 strikeouts in 20 spring games and was released Sunday along with veteran catcher Yorvit Torrealba and infielder Chad Tracy.
March 23, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
Travelers protested when airlines began charging bag fees in 2008, saying the extra charge was a blatant money grab. But a new study concludes that the nation's airlines quietly lowered airfares slightly to make the bag fees more palatable to those fliers who would get stuck paying the new charge. Still the airlines are profiting because the drop in fares was so small it did not totally offset the added cost of checking a bag, the study found. "The fact that the airlines are doing it must mean they are coming out ahead," said Jan Brueckner, an economics professor at UC Irvine who co-wrote the study with other economics experts.
March 22, 2014
Re "Higher levy could pay for roads," March 19 No one likes to pay taxes. But the reality is that taxes are a government's primary source of revenue to pay for much-needed services. It is foolish to think that L.A. shouldn't raise its sales tax to repair roads until it cuts salaries and benefits for city workers. The repair and maintenance of sidewalks and streets is a duty of the city, which is required to pay any judgments rendered for a breach of that duty - like slip-and-fall injuries caused by buckled sidewalks.
March 21, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- Oakland has reached a $4.5-million settlement with a Marine veteran who suffered brain damage when a police officer shot him with a beanbag projectile during an Occupy Oakland protest, the city announced Friday. Scott Olsen, 26, who served two tours in Iraq,  suffered a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury on Oct. 25, 2011, when Oakland police tried to disperse a crowd near City Hall. Olsen said he was standing still and behaving peacefully when he was struck.
March 21, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
Travis the chimp went crazy in 2009 and tore off Charla Nash's face and hands. Now, she wants to sue Connecticut for $150 million because, she says, the state was negligent. Isn't that a little crazy too? It's not that I don't feel for Nash. She suffered horrible wounds ; she is blind, has had a face transplant and underwent unsuccessful hand transplant surgery. All because her friend Sandy Herold of North Stamford, Conn., kept Travis as a pet - a pet that turned on Nash on Feb. 16, 2009, mauling her before being shot to death by a police officer.
March 21, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
It's a beautiful day for a ballgame, just not for viewing it on TV. It's time to pay the piper, and no one seems too eager to play the game outside the game. The Dodgers open the 2014 season at 1 a.m. PDT on Saturday in Australia against the Diamondbacks, and whatever fringe of its fandom base would actually stay up into the wee hours to watch the opener, precious few will actually be able to so. The Times' Joe Flint writes that approximately 70% of the Los Angeles market will be unable to watch the game, even if they had ambitions of some Dodgers' all-nighter viewing party.
March 20, 2014 | By David Zucchino, This post has been updated, as noted below.
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - In a light sentence that stunned even his lawyers, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair was sentenced to a reprimand and no jail time for mistreating a subordinate with whom he had a three-year adulterous affair, ending a tumultuous court-martial that focused national attention on the military's uneven response to sexual misconduct in the ranks. A military judge, Col. James L. Pohl, also ordered Sinclair, 51, to forfeit $5,000 of pay per month for four months and pay restitution of $4,156 for misusing his government charge card.
March 20, 2014 | By Mike Hiserman
It pays to be wanted. Adrian Klemm, UCLA's offensive line coach, has seen his annual salary nearly double since he was approached by USC last fall. Klemm's new contract, which was approved by the University of California regents on Thursday, guarantees him $650,000 a year beginning April 1, and could reach $823,000 with other contingencies. Klemm's old contract guaranteed him $340,000, up to $490,000. In requesting the pay hike, UCLA submitted that Klemm was “a very talented recruiter and essential to the team's success.” Klemm has been ranked among the nation's top 25 recruiters by recruiting websites.
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