CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2012 |
Teen actress Ariel Winter of "Modern Family" will remain with her sister under temporary guardianship, and a trial has been scheduled to decide her future home, a judge ruled Tuesday. L.A. County Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas said a county Department of Children and Family Services report found that allegations that Winter's mother emotionally abused her were substantiated, while the department found physical abuse allegations inconclusive. The judge on Oct. 3 temporarily stripped Chrisoula Workman of custody of her daughter.
October 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - No matter what happens on election day, it's already clear the 2012 campaign has ushered in a new political order. "Super PACs" and tax-exempt advocacy groups - on track to spend roughly $1 billion on federal races, an unparalleled sum - are poised to expand their influence even further. Amid the white-hot final weeks of this election, outside groups are already plotting their next targets: the year-end battle over the federal budget, the 2014 congressional races and a possible fight over the next Supreme Court nominee.
October 17, 2012 |
Amazon.com Inc., the online retailer that has many bricks-and-mortar companies on the defensive, said it will hire more than 50,000 seasonal employees nationwide for the holiday shopping season. That's more than double the 20,000 full-time workers that Amazon usually has staffing its 40 fulfillment centers around the U.S. But with a surge of Christmas orders expected in the next few months, the hiring push is necessary, said Dave Clark, vice president of global customer fulfillment for Amazon.
October 2, 2012 |
HENDERSON, Nev. - Campaigning for Mitt Romney in Nevada, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio called the GOP presidential nominee's position on the so-called Dream Act kids “logical.” In an interview published Tuesday, Romney told the Denver Post that he would honor visas granted to some young immigrants under an executive order announced by President Obama in June. In August, the administration started the program to grant work permits and two-year deportation deferrals to illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2012 |
To the bear known as Meatball, taste matters. After almost two weeks in a quarantine cage, his discriminating palate is back on display at his temporary home in Alpine, Calif. "He's doing OK," said Bobbi Brink, director of the Lions, Tigers & Bears sanctuary, where Meatball was taken by wildlife officials Aug. 29. "He's eating a lot of grapes. He's just randomly picking through what he wants. He loves avocados. Avocados and grapes. He probably wishes for a glass of wine. " PHOTOS: The Glendale bear captured for good?
September 11, 2012 |
KARLSRUHE, Germany - In their eye-catching red robes and caps specifically designed to evoke Renaissance Italy, Germany's supreme court justices have long demonstrated a flair for the theatrical. But even they would probably never have cast themselves as leading actors in a nail-biting drama whose highly anticipated denouement could seal the fate of Europe's - and possibly the world's - economy. In a hushed courtroom Wednesday, the judges are expected to deliver a landmark ruling on whether Germany's participation in a permanent European bailout fund is in line with the country's constitution.
August 17, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - The drive is on to overhaul California's $16-billion workers' compensation system by month's end, and it has picked up a key endorsement from Gov. Jerry Brown. Although California business and labor negotiators have drafted a compromise agreement, the plan still faces some tough obstacles in the days ahead as it moves through the Legislature. On Friday, legislative leaders were cautious about endorsing the workers' comp changes and far from enthusiastic about the package's prospects.
June 20, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - It's every parent's worst nightmare: Three adults pretending to be teenagers contacted kids on the mobile social networking app Skout and sexually assaulted them in three separate incidents, police say. Skout Inc. shut down its forum for 13- to-17-year-olds last week and assigned a team of security specialists to determine whether it can make the app safe for teens. If not, the San Francisco company plans to close that forum for good. The alleged assaults on two girls, ages 12 and 15, and on a 13-year-old boy underscore how tough it can be to keep kids safe on a new generation of mobile apps.
June 15, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's announcement Friday that it will suspend the deportation of young illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children drew ebullient praise from advocates who have been lobbying for changes to the country's immigration policies. “This is huge,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of America's Voice Education Fund. “As a result of today's decision, hundreds of thousands of young people who are American in all but paperwork will have the opportunity to live freely, work legally, and contribute to the country they love.” The move by the administration came as some of the young immigrants who have been pushing for a path to citizenship prepared to take part in college graduation ceremonies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2012 |
When the big guns of the battleship Iowa pounded Japanese troops during World War II, John Wolfinbarger could feel it in the boiler room deep below decks. It was 1944, and Wolfinbarger was 19. He was a Colorado boy who suddenly was in the sweltering Pacific, his ship shuddering with each blast. Every couple of days, he'd have to crawl into a hot boiler and scrape burnt fuel oil from its pipes. It was grimy, cramped, tedious work - and he treasures the memory of it, just like a legion of other former Iowa sailors who will salute the ship Saturday as it's towed two miles to its permanent home as a waterfront museum in San Pedro.