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February 26, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
AMADO, Ariz. - Border-area residents, upset with what they called an increased militarized presence in their community, began an effort Wednesday to monitor Border Patrol actions at a federal immigration checkpoint about 25 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in southern Arizona. Organizers with a humanitarian aid group called People Helping People in the Border Zone have called on the Border Patrol to remove the checkpoint in Amado, a town of about 300 people. Some residents say they have to deal with unnecessary delays, harassment and sometimes abuse at the checkpoint.
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February 25, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Police officers may enter and search a home without a warrant as long as one occupant consents, even if another resident has previously objected, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a Los Angeles case. The 6-3 ruling, triggered by a Los Angeles Police Department arrest in 2009, gives authorities more leeway to search homes without obtaining a warrant, even when there is no emergency. The majority, led by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., said police need not take the time to get a magistrate's approval before entering a home in such cases.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Ask and ye shall receive. At least when it comes to authors and Amtrak. Amtrak has launched a still-unstructured writers residency program thanks to an offhanded remark by Alexander Chee and some impassioned pleas on Twitter. In a PEN Ten interview that posted Dec. 23, Chee, author of the forthcoming novel "The Queen of the Night," said that trains are his favorite place to write. He then commented, "I wish Amtrak had residencies for writers. " Not two months later and Amtrak does.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
The body of a man in his 20s was discovered inside a seaside Venice residence late Saturday night, authorities said. Los Angeles police and fire personnel responded to the 100 block of Catamaran Street just before 9 p.m., Sgt. P. Aeschliman said. Investigators believe the man may have died as the result of a drug overdose, he said. It was unclear if the death was a suicide, and the Los Angeles County coroner was en route to the scene. Aeschliman said police did not suspect foul play in the death.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | By Lewis Segal
Notwithstanding its name, the L.A. Dance Project is an international touring company that spends most of its time in Europe. On Thursday it launched a residency (reportedly through this fall) at the Ace Hotel downtown with a three-part program notable for large-scale production values and a commitment to contemporary expression. The venue itself, located on Broadway at 9th Street, is anything but contemporary. Built as the United Artists Theatre in 1927, it's an overwhelmingly ornate structure in Neo-Inquisition style (officially Spanish Gothic)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
When the weekend rolls around, many locals in Belmont Shore don't even bother to leave home. At least not in their cars. Parking in "the Shore" is so notoriously difficult that residents are accustomed to circling the neighborhood, block by block, in search of a parking spot, and consider themselves lucky to find one close to home. It became so bad that businesses agreed 25 years ago to tax themselves to increase parking spots and the city formed a neighborhood parking commission to tackle the problem, handing over local parking meter revenue to help pay for a solution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Angel Jennings
County and state officials have begun moving dozens of physically and mentally disabled residents from two board-and-care homes where they were allegedly forced to live in "deplorable" conditions and punished if they failed to attend religious services. Los Angeles City Atty.  Mike Feuer  filed a lawsuit against Agape Mission House and Agape Home Church, unlicensed assisted-care facilities, alleging that residents lived in overcrowded and substandard conditions. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge last Friday appointed a receiver to immediately begin relocating residents from the homes in the 2200 block of South Hobart Boulevard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2014 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders unveiled a proposed $687.4-million drought-relief package Wednesday to free up water supplies and aid Californians facing financial ruin because of the state's prolonged dry spell. The proposal would provide millions of dollars to clean up drinking water, improve conservation and make irrigation systems more efficient. It would increase penalties for those who illegally divert water. The plan also contains money for emergency food and housing for those out of work because of the drought, including farmworkers, and to provide emergency drinking water to communities in need.
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February 19, 2014 | By Jenny Deam
GREELEY, Colo. - In this parched farming region, where the land flattens out and every drop of water is precious, another player has lined up at the spigot. On a recent sunny afternoon, a huge cylindrical tanker truck rolled up to a red city fire hydrant and driver Jose Ofornio hopped out. With well-practiced efficiency he hooked hose to hydrant and began to fill. And fill. "It's really bad in the mornings," Ofornio said, noting that trucks often have to wait in line for their turn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Angel Jennings
They were pitched as small, quiet homes for the physically and mentally disabled - safe places in the heart of Los Angeles' historic Adams district. But court papers paint a much grimmer picture of Agape Mission House and Agape Home Church. Swarms of flies filled the living areas. Broken furniture was scattered, bedroom doors were missing and plaster was falling off the walls, according to court documents. Some residents slept in bunk beds crowded into small rooms with 1-inch pads instead of mattresses.
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