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BUSINESS
November 6, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
A wide-ranging multibillion-dollar package of incentives comes before Washington state lawmakers Thursday as the state scrambles to ensure that aerospace giant Boeing Co. will build its next major jetliner in the Seattle area. The company's Long Beach plant, which is now set for closure in 2015, had been rumored as a long-shot site for the work. But Tuesday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee called the Legislature into a special session that begins Thursday to pass a package of bills that includes more than $8 billion in tax savings for Boeing to build the next-generation version of the 777 wide-body jet in Puget Sound.
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NEWS
November 5, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
After winning reelection by an overwhelming margin, Gov. Chris Christie took the stage Tuesday night to give a victory speech not just to supporters in New Jersey, but also to the rest of the United States, who might be asked to vote for him in 2016. Appearing before supporters in Asbury Park with his wife and four children, Christie frequently reminded listeners of his role helping the state recover from Superstorm Sandy, as well as his history of bipartisanship. “We stand here tonight showing it is possible to put doing your job first, to put working together first, to fight for what you believe in, yet still stand by your principles and get something done for the people who elected you,” he said, to cheers.
OPINION
October 24, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
In 2007, Congress created the Special Immigrant Visa program to help Iraqis and Afghans who had risked their lives to work for the American government during the wars in their countries. Thousands of former interpreters, drivers and other contractors applied, many of them worried about reprisals from fellow citizens and confident that the United States would help them begin a new life in America. More than five years after the program began, however, less than half of the visas set aside for the program - 5,000 annually for the last five years, plus more for family members - have been issued.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2013 | By David Pierson
Foster Farms said it was working hard to repair its tarnished image after a salmonella outbreak linked to its chickens sickened more than 300 people nationwide. In one of the first interviews since the outbreak was announced earlier this month, Foster Farms President Ron Foster told The Times the company had implemented a series of new safety measures to reduce the instances of salmonella on its poultry parts to significantly below the industry standard. The announcement comes two weeks after the U.S. Department of Agriculture threatened to shutter three of the company's facilities that are tied to the outbreak.
NEWS
September 20, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Orvis, the Vermont-based upscale outfitters of the outdoorsy set, has rolled out a Theodore Roosevelt-themed roundup of apparel and accessories that will send 5% of sales to the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. It consists of just 10 pieces (one of which is Douglas Brinkley's book "The Wilderness Warrior") including a pair of vintage twill miner's pants ($139), a leather vest (with buffalo-nickel snaps, $350), a poplin shirt (tailored, according to the company's website, in the style of those worn by TR's Rough Riders, $98)
WORLD
September 18, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Carol J. Williams
TEHRAN - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed Wednesday in his first U.S. media interview since taking office that Iran would never develop nuclear weapons. The statement to NBC News correspondent Ann Curry was the strongest indication to date that the 64-year-old cleric is making good on campaign promises to improve relations with the West. Earlier Wednesday, human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and at least 10 other religious and political activists were released from prison, with no explanation for the reprieve by the new government.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin and Mike Boehm
Eli Broad said Tuesday that he won't continue giving $3 million a year to his new museum's across-the-street neighbor, the Museum of Contemporary Art, ending his five-year run as its primary funder. But he thinks his museum, called the Broad, will be a boon to MOCA's attendance, even though general admission will be free and MOCA charges $12 for admission. "I don't have any plans to make another pledge; but you never know," Broad said Tuesday while hosting guests for a "hard-hat tour" of the construction site for his museum, which is expected to open in late 2014, across Grand Avenue from MOCA.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez knew all the right things to say in his biggest speech since getting the job a few months ago. "I feel at home," Perez told the thousands of union activists gathered at the AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles on Tuesday. He then spent the next 40 minutes of the keynote address pledging to raise the minimum wage, protect worker rights and look after middle-class and immigrant workers. "Nobody who works 40 hours a week should have to live in poverty," he told union leaders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
Elected officials from cities across southeast Los Angeles County pledged Monday evening to marshal their political power to sway regulators to shut down a Vernon battery recycler that residents fear is harming their health because of arsenic and lead emissions. "The solution ... is right here in this room," Huntington Park Councilwoman Karina Macias told a packed meeting hall at Resurrection Catholic Church in Boyle Heights. "More marches. More meetings like this one. " The crowd, including several children and a woman costumed in a hazmat suit, cheered their approval.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2013 | By Don Lee
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - After two days of summit meetings here, President Obama and other world leaders signed a lengthy declaration of prescriptions for the global economy, including pledges that placed a renewed emphasis on creating jobs as opposed to curbing deficits. The so-called Group of 20 major economies also took further steps to crack down on multinational companies that avoid paying taxes. The 27-page joint statement from the G-20, which concluded its meetings Friday, underscored the shifting momentum in growth toward the U.S. and other advanced economies.
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