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December 1, 2013 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - Why have many of the local housing markets that were hit hardest during the bust - especially in California - bounced back so vigorously and quickly, with prices close to or exceeding where they were in 2005 and 2006? And why have many others along the East Coast and in the Midwest had a slower move toward recovery, with sluggish sales and gradual increases in values? Though multiple economic factors are at work, appraisal industry experts believe that they have isolated a crucial and perhaps surprising answer: Real estate markets rebound much faster in areas where state law permits foreclosures to proceed quickly, moving homes with defaulted loans into new owners' hands expeditiously, rather than allowing them to sit and deteriorate, tied up in court procedures for years.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2013 | By Jean Merl
A divided California Court of Appeal has cleared the way for the city of Palmdale to hold its Nov. 5 City Council election, which a trial court had canceled late last month. Two of the three justices of the 2nd District Court of Appeal in effect overruled the election-barring preliminary injunction issued Sept. 30 by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark V. Mooney.  Mooney's injunction said the city was enjoined from holding an at-large election, counting the ballots or certifying the result.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2013 | By Jean Merl
A California appellate court has cleared the way for the city of Palmdale to hold its Nov. 5 City Council election, which a trial court had canceled late last month. Judges in the 2nd District Court of Appeal turned on its head a preliminary injunction, issued Sept. 30 by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark V. Mooney, barring the election. Mooney's injunction said the city was enjoined from holding an at-large election, counting the ballots or certifying the result. If Mooney had meant to prevent the voting, the word "or" should have been "and," said the order signed Tuesday by Presiding Justice Paul J. Turner and Associate Justice Richard M. Mosk.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A former salesman for Herbalife Ltd. can proceed with a lawsuit accusing the Los Angeles nutrition company of operating a pyramid scheme that victimizes hundreds of thousands of people a year, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell refused Herbalife's request to dismiss the case, saying former Herbalife distributor Dana Bostick's allegations were significant enough to proceed toward trial. "We're very happy with the judge's ruling. We see a clear road map for our case and are going to aggressively prosecute it," said Bostick's attorney, Philip Dracht.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
BUCKHORN MEADOWS, Calif. - Calls for massive salvage logging, restoration and reforestation projects in the 257,000 acres of public wilderness scarred by the Rim fire have ignited controversy over how to proceed with the largest recovery effort undertaken in the Sierra Nevada. "We're hoping to negotiate our way through this, but we need the infrastructure and personnel," said Jerry Snyder, a spokesman for the Stanislaus National Forest. "This effort will be huge, so we'll also need additional help from Washington.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Some view it as TV's biggest night. A few this year might call it the three-hour lead-in to the penultimate episode of "Breaking Bad. " Tomayto, tomahto. The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards are upon us! The sure-to-be twerk-free soiree in downtown Los Angeles will air on CBS at 5 p.m. PDT with host extraordinaire Neil Patrick Harris leading the carousel. It's a night when an online sensation is "House of Cards," not Rebecca Black. A night when the "Downton Abbey" folks freak us out with their modernity.
SPORTS
September 4, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The mayor of Anaheim came away from Tuesday night's city council meeting convinced that Angels owner Arte Moreno is looking to leave the city the team has called home since 1966. But Angels President John Carpino said the team would use a three-year extension on the opt-out of its current stadium lease to explore ways to remain in Anaheim, not bolt. "Based on the city council's actions, we're hopeful a deal can be made and we can stay in Anaheim for many years to come," Carpino said before the Angels' 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.
NATIONAL
August 26, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, Texas - When Angela Rivera and other Army wives heard there had been a shooting at this central Texas Army post four years ago, they immediately called their husbands' cellphones. No one answered. On Monday, as testimony began at the sentencing of the man convicted of murder in the Nov. 5, 2009, rampage, Rivera and other wives relived the uncertain hours of what many here call Five November. The shooting left 13 dead and more than 30 others wounded. At the time, Rivera had no way of knowing whether her husband, Maj. L. Eduardo Caraveo, was among the casualties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - Two hearing-impaired teenagers received another chance to pursue lawsuits against their Southern California school districts Tuesday for transcription services for classes. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided unanimously that lower courts had misapplied the law in ruling for the school districts and returned the cases to district judges for reconsideration. K.M., a student in the Tustin Unified School District in Orange County, and D.H., a student in the Poway Unified School District in San Diego County, sued after they said they were denied a trained stenographer to provide real-time captioning of conversations on computer monitors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
KERMAN, Calif. - "Look, look," said Marvin Horne, squinting in the sun as he showed his wife a small bunch of Thompson seedless grapes just plucked from his lush green vines. He took the tiniest bite out of one and made a face. "We're about two months away. " In late August, when the grapes ripen, Marvin and Laura Horne will pick the fruit, lay it to dry on 2-by-3-foot sheets of white paper and like a thousand other farmers in the San Joaquin Valley, pray against rain as the crop slowly shrivels into raisins.
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