July 25, 2013 |
LONDON - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday promised two investigations of the deadly train derailment in northwestern Spain, with suspicion focusing on excessive speed as the cause of the disaster that has left at least 80 people dead, including an American, and scores more injured. "We have lived through a terrible accident … which I fear will remain in our memory for a long time," a somber Rajoy told reporters after visiting the site of Wednesday's derailment near the Christian pilgrimage town of Santiago de Compostela in the Galicia region.
July 24, 2013 |
In ruling that a New York Times reporter must testify at the trial of a former CIA employee accused of leaking classified information, a federal appeals court has adopted a scorched-earth approach to claims that reporters have a right to protect their sources. If the Obama administration persists in its attempt to force James Risen to violate a pledge of confidentiality, the Supreme Court should intervene to protect him. Last week, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia ruled 2 to 1 that Risen must respond to a subpoena seeking his testimony in the trial of Jeffrey Sterling.
July 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Shortly after she launched her signature anti-obesity initiative more than three years ago, Michelle Obama signaled she would take on a contentious issue: advertising for snacks, soft drinks, sugary cereals and fast food aimed at children. She denounced ads that use cartoon characters to push junk food. She bluntly told executives "to step it up" to improve the foods they market to children. And she promoted a White House "action plan" on obesity that praised a federal effort to come up with voluntary marketing guidelines - the most significant attempt in decades to limit ads targeting children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2013 |
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti began his first day in office Monday sitting down with business leaders and holding afternoon office hours for Angelenos to speak their minds, part of his promise to embrace a "listen, then lead" style of governance at City Hall. One day after he gave an inaugural speech promising to focus heavily on job growth and basic city services, Garcetti got an earful from residents troubled by potholes, broken sidewalks, business taxes, illegal home additions and homelessness, among other issues.
June 27, 2013 |
Landon Donovan joked about his long-awaited return to the U.S. national team Thursday, asking reporters whether he was on the 23-man squad called up for next month's Gold Cup. "Did the roster get announced?" he said after a morning training session with the Galaxy at StubHub Center. "Am I on it?" Told he was, Donovan responded, "Yoo-hoo!" Then he fessed up that he was informed in a phone call Wednesday that he was being called up. "It's nice. It's a tough part of the season, as always, to leave your team.
June 25, 2013 |
In a closed-door meeting on the Sony Pictures Entertainment lot, a few dozen location scouts, agents, producers and studio executives gathered to discuss the state of L.A.'s hometown industry. Taking center stage: Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti. Garcetti held the meeting recently to solicit ideas on how he can help stem the exodus of film and TV production from Southern California. He pledged to fight runaway production and to name a film czar to serve as an industry advocate in City Hall.
June 6, 2013 |
MOORESVILLE, N.C. - President Obama on Thursday pledged to bring high-speed Internet to nearly all students in their classrooms within five years, calling on the Federal Communications Commission to expand an existing initiative that will help school systems cover the cost. Speaking to students at Mooresville Middle School, Obama argued that such access would improve learning opportunities for students all over the country. “We can't be stuck in the 19th century when we're living in a 20th-century economy,” he said.
May 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and his top Justice Department deputies met with journalists and their lawyers Friday and pledged they would not seek to prosecute reporters under the Espionage Act for reporting and writing stories that may disclose classified information. Holder and his aides also said they were looking closely at the department's guidelines that govern how prosecutors can seek information from journalists and news organizations. The officials focused particularly on provisions in the current rules that in some cases allow the government to obtain records regarding a reporter's telephone calls or emails.
May 25, 2013 |
BEIRUT - The leader of the militant group Hezbollah on Saturday aligned his powerful movement squarely behind the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad and vowed victory against Syrian rebels, whom he assailed as proxy warriors for the West and Israel. The televised comments by Hassan Nasrallah were the most definitive to date rallying Hezbollah to the defense of Assad's government, which has been trying to put down a revolt by rebels supported by the United States and its allies.
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May 23, 2013 |
The seeds of one-term Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich's resounding election defeat Tuesday were planted in his ill-fated run for district attorney last year. The candidate himself acknowledged that with less than a quarter of the ballots counted. Observers have said that voters did not like that he went back on his pledge to not seek higher office until finishing two terms. Mike Feuer, a onetime city councilman and a former member of the state Assembly, trounced the incumbent 62% to 38%, unofficial election returns showed.