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October 9, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Hachette Book Group Inc. has filed suit against actor Stephen Baldwin for $110,000. That's the advance it paid him for a book that never materialized. Baldwin signed a contract in 2007 and, by 2010, he'd failed to deliver the agreed-upon memoir , The Wrap reports. Tentatively titled "Ready to Get Dangerous? ," the New York Daily News writes that the book was slated to describe "what it means to live everyday as 'a sold out, hardcore, nothing held back Jesus freak.'" It wouldn't have been the first time Baldwin wanted to tell his story of finding religion.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
A judge on Wednesday rejected an attempt to stop the Los Angeles Times from publishing information found in sheriff's deputies' background screening files. "You'd have to be blind not to recognize there's tension between privacy, public safety and the 1st Amendment," Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michelle R. Rosenblatt said during a hearing on the matter. "There always has been, and there perhaps always will be. " Rosenblatt sided with The Times in striking down a complaint filed by a union representing Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2013 | By Jason McGahan
After 10 years of death-dealing, scorched-earth cartel warfare and twice the total body count of U.S. forces in Vietnam, it's high time an American audience found out just what is happening down south of the Rio Grande. No single recent work on the subject peers more deeply than Anabel Hernández's "Narcoland," an investigative magnum opus by a Mexican journalist driven by purpose verging on despair. Empirically devastating, Hernández's book delves into the rusty filing cabinets of cold cases, shelved for making the people in power uncomfortable.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Award-winning journalist Michael Hastings had a long career ahead of him -- a career that was cut short when he died in a car crash in June at age 33. But there's one more installment on the way: He left a final book behind. Publisher Blue Rider Press announced Friday that in 2014 it will publish "The Last Magazine. " It's not the hard-hitting journalism Hastings was known for -- it's a novel. In a release, the publisher called the book "a roman á clef" that is "funny, biting and fast-paced.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2013 | By August Brown
He's a rock god, television host , avant-garde pianist , feminine hygiene product endorser and record holder for longest drum performance . Now the one-man party maelstrom that is Andrew W.K. can add a new line to his C.V.: published author of an exquisite guide to his favorite activity. Which is partying, of course. Simon & Schuster picked up rights to "The Party Bible," W.K.'s new comprehensive book of motivational maxims and his metaphysics of partying. According to publisher Michael Szczerban, via the Onion A.V. Club , the book is “an unforgettable voyage in search of truth, wisdom, and party bliss ... every feeling will be permitted, every thought will become prophecy, and humanity's surging life force will be harnessed and ridden into the abyss.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2013 | By Victoria Kim
A union representing Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies Tuesday unsuccessfully sought a court order to stop the Los Angeles Times from publishing information from officers' background screenings. The Assn. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs filed an emergency motion against The Times and a Times reporter Tuesday morning, alleging that the reporter unlawfully possessed background investigation files containing personal information of about 500 deputies. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Joanne O'Donnell denied the union's motion, writing that the union failed to present "the evidence most critical to the showing of irreparable harm or immediate danger.
BUSINESS
September 9, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - As part of its increasingly aggressive moves to get more people to use Google+ and to keep Facebook and Twitter from dominating the social networking business, Google is rolling out two new tools that it says will help authors and publishers build a bigger audience on the Web. The first it calls "author attribution. " If you sign in to WordPress.com and TypePad with Google, articles you publish will be automatically associated with your Google+ profile. That means users will see your name, picture and a link to your Google+ profile when content appears in search, news and other Google products.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple must pay for an independent antitrust monitor as part of a permanent injunction handed down on Friday by a federal court in New York. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote also ruled that Apple could not strike deals with five major publishers if the terms would limit the ability to offer discounts. Those publishers, which had been accused of being co-conspirators in the case, had previously settled before Apple's case went to trial this summer. PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 -- so far The injunction is set to last five years but could be extended if Apple is found to be in noncompliance with the terms.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Amazon Publishing executive Laurence Kirshbaum has been accused of sexual assault in a court filing by a woman with whom he had previously had a relationship, the New York Daily News reports. According to the filing, the alleged assaults took place  at two New York restaurants in 2010, before Kirshbaum took the top publishing spot at Amazon. Papers were filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on behalf of the alleged victim, Teresa McCoy, 55. According to the filing, Kirshbaum, now 69, met with McCoy at a deli about a possible job offer for her and, while she was deciding what to eat, "the much physically larger Kirshbaum suddenly swooped down, grabbed her and forcibly stuck his tongue in her mouth, causing (her)
BUSINESS
August 20, 2013 | By Jason Felch
Over the last year, the Orange County Register has been furiously paddling against a riptide that has newspapers around the country laying off journalists, shrinking coverage and in some cases cutting back home delivery. The Register has doubled the number of reporters and editors to 350 and fattened the paper by adding 22 weekly sections. On a recent Tuesday, it had 72 pages while the Los Angeles Times had 42. The Register's parent company, Freedom Communications Inc. in Irvine, has expanded its 26 weekly community newspapers and turned two into five-day-a-week operations.
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