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April 3, 2012 | Bloomberg News
The following is a reformatted letter British Sky Broadcasting Group Chairman James Murdoch submitted to the board as he resigned from the position today. Colleagues, As you know, my actions as a Director of BSkyB have been governed at all times by what is in the best interests of the Company, its customers and its shareholders. I have been privileged to serve first as Chief Executive and then as Chairman of this outstanding company and I am proud of what we have achieved over this period.
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NATIONAL
April 22, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
It turns out there are consequences to befriending white supremacists. Especially if you're a public official. Mayor Dan Clevenger of Marionville, Mo., handed in his resignation letter Tuesday morning after an uproar among residents and in national media over remarks he made about Jewish people shortly after the April 13 shootings outside two Jewish centers near Kansas City. Clevenger, 59, is an acquaintance of Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 73, an avowed hater of Jews who has been charged with killing three people in Overland Park in what officials have deemed a "hate crime.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - State Sen. Bill Emmerson (R-Redlands) abruptly announced his resignation Friday, saying that after nine years in the Legislature  his passion for the job had waned and his constituents deserve better. Emmerson's departure, effective Dec. 1, comes after a series of elections in which Democrats in the Senate won a supermajority, significantly reducing the ability of Republican lawmakers to remain a force in the upper house. “My nine years of service have been some of the most fulfilling years of my life.  It has been an honor to work alongside my colleagues in both the State Assembly and the state Senate - institutions that I hold in the highest regard,” Emmerson said in a statement posted on his website.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By David Ng
The president of San Diego Opera's board of directors resigned Thursday and walked out of an afternoon board meeting, deepening the uncertainty surrounding the troubled company.   A number of other board members also resigned Thursday, though it remained unclear how many of the nearly 60 members have officially stepped down. Karen Cohn had served as the board president and has been acting as the public voice of the company during much of the tumult following its March announcement that it was closing.
OPINION
January 2, 2013
Re "EPA chief, who battled GOP , plans to step down," Dec. 28 The reasoning behind the U.S. Environment Protection Agency as a distinct entity is to ensure that competing industrial interests are disentangled from decisions affecting the environment. Rather than spending millions of dollars pushing back against EPA efforts to protect environmental quality, it is incumbent upon industry to find new, creative ways to thrive within constraints established to ensure our future survival.
WORLD
January 10, 2013 | By Reem Abdellatif
CAIRO -- Egypt's Central Bank Gov. Farouk el-Okdah resigned Thursday amid tumultuous economic conditions marked by shrinking foreign reserves and the continuing decline of the Egyptian pound against the U.S. dollar. President Mohamed Morsi accepted El-Okdah's resignation and appointed Hisham Ramez, executive director of Commercial International Bank and a Central Bank board member, as governor. Ramez will take up his post  Feb. 3. "I offer all of my congratulations to my colleague and friend,” El-Okdah said during a news conference at the presidential palace.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Elected leaders from across southeast Los Angeles County called Wednesday for state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) to step down amid a federal corruption investigation, saying that it is hurting their efforts to regain voters' trust after a series of scandals in the region.  At a news conference in Bell Gardens, council members from the cities of Bell, Commerce and Downey and the mayors of Downey, Montebello, Norwalk and South Gate...
NEWS
November 8, 2011 | By Nicole Sperling and John Horn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Director Brett Ratner submitted his resignation as a producer of the 84th Annual Academy Awards Tuesday after coming under fire for making a gay slur. "He did the right thing for the academy and for himself," Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak said Tuesday afternoon. "Words have meaning, and they have consequences. Brett is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable. We all hope this will be an opportunity to raise awareness about the harm that is caused by reckless and insensitive remarks, regardless of the intent.
NEWS
August 14, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Rep. Dennis Cardoza, a Democrat from California's Central Valley, plans to resign his seat Wednesday rather than retire at the end of the term as he had originally planned. “Tomorrow, I will be submitting my formal letter of resignation from Congress to Gov. Jerry Brown and Speaker John Boehner, effective midnight Aug. 15,” he said in a statement Tuesday. Cardoza, a House member since 2003, announced his retirement plans last fall after redistricting scrambled the state's political boundaries, further shaking up the state's congressional delegation.
WORLD
June 23, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Sunday, Abbas' spokesman  said. Hamdallah, in office for only two weeks, resigned Thursday protesting what he described as infringement on his authority as prime minister by his two deputies, both advisors to Abbas. Abbas attempted over two days to persuade Hamdallah, 54, an independent university president until he was asked to form a government on June 2 to replace outgoing Salam Fayyad, to withdraw his resignation.
SPORTS
April 18, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Riverside King boys' basketball Coach Tim Sweeney Jr., one of the most successful in the Inland Empire, announced in a news release Friday he has been asked to step down by his school administration, and he cited issues involving the booster club as a key reason. Sweeney, the head coach for 14 years, won three Southern Section titles and a state title in 2002. His team won a Southern Section 1A title this last season, and he gave hints of issues at the winning news conference, saying he had been close to resigning.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Kathleen Sebelius, who helped guide the rocky and controversial rollout of President Obama's landmark healthcare law, is stepping down as Health and Human Services secretary after about five years, according to a senior administration official. In her place, the president plans to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Sebelius was not pressured to resign, according to the administration official. But she leaves after presiding over the disastrous launch of the health law's new online insurance marketplaces last fall.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Just days after taking the job, Brendan Eich has resigned as chief executive of Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, after coming under fire for his 2008 support of Proposition 8, the California constitutional amendment that disallowed the marriage of same-sex couples in the state. Mozilla announced Eich's resignation Thursday afternoon in a blog post, saying that his hiring did not reflect the organization's beliefs. "While painful, the events of the last week show exactly why we need the Web. So all of us can engage freely in the tough conversations we need to make the world better," Mozilla Chairwoman Mitchell Baker said in a statement . "We need to put our focus back on protecting that Web. And doing so in a way that will make you proud to support Mozilla.
NATIONAL
March 29, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Parachute jumpers, a 16-year-old daredevil and a sleeping security guard have made the site of the nation's tallest building -- and the nation's worst terrorist attack -- look dangerously easy to breach. On Friday, the security chief for New York City's World Trade Center complex resigned, his company's spokesman confirmed in an email to the Los Angeles Times. David Velazquez had been working since last August as assistant security director for the real estate firm Durst Organization.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Multiple employees of Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, have asked new Chief Executive Brendan Eich to step down for his support of Proposition 8, the California constitutional amendment that disallowed the marriage of same-sex couples. Mozilla appointed Eich as its CEO after operating under an interim chief for more than a year. Before that, Eich had served as Mozilla's chief technology officer since 2005. He is best known for creating JavaScript, a widely used programming language.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown called on three scandal-plagued state senators to resign on Friday, speaking out for the first time on a series of criminal cases that have sapped Democrats' power in the Capitol and tarnished the Legislature's image. Brown's statement comes hours after the Senate voted to suspend Sens. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) and Roderick D. Wright (D-Inglewood). “Given the extraordinary circumstances of these cases - and today's unprecedented suspensions - the best way to restore public confidence is for these senators to resign," Brown said.
NEWS
November 11, 2012 | By Morgan Little
The fallout from David Petraeus' sudden resignation as CIA director continued Sunday, with questions about how much the White House knew, and whether there is any connection between his departure and the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein(D-Calif.), said Petraeus' announcement was “like a lightning bolt,” and that there was no advance notice of his decision. Appearing on “Fox NewsSunday,” Feinstein also explained her statement earlier in the week that President Obama should not have accepted Petraeus' resignation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2013 | By Anthony York
A Sacramento County Democratic Party official has resigned in the wake of comments he made about an aide to Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz and her family. When Cruz aide Amanda Carpenter voiced support for the senator's threat to filibuster until the Senate agreed to strip funding for the president's health-care law, Sacramento County Democratic Party spokesman Allan Brauer responded on Twitter that he hoped that she and her family "die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases"   The comments sparked calls for Brauer's resignation, which was announced by the local party Friday afternoon.
NEWS
March 28, 2014 | By Karin Klein
Should society punish people based on the severity of the allegations against them, or only on the severity of the crimes for which they are convicted? The answer should be pretty clear in an innocent-until-proven-guilty nation, but that's not how things unfolded this week when state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) was arrested for alleged corruption and conspiracy to aid in a supposed gun-running scheme that was actually an FBI sting. That very day, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
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