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April 4, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
After much debate that brought the passions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to campus, UC Riverside's student government has reversed itself and revoked a resolution that urged the UC system to divest from companies that have contracts with Israel's military. The student leaders moved to drop the controversial divestment policy after approving it just a month ago because they came to see how it made Jewish students feel "marginalized," according to Armando Saldana, the Associated Students' executive vice president.
March 5, 2013 | By Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times
Jeff Berg isn't the first veteran talent agent to start over. For one, his onetime arch nemesis, former Creative Artists Agency honcho Michael Ovitz, did it years ago. But at age 65, Berg, the former chairman and chief executive of International Creative Management, is one of the first to launch a new agency in the current Hollywood landscape, which has been buffeted by shifting sands and an overall retrenchment in an economically challenged entertainment...
March 3, 2013 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Stepping back into the spotlight for the first time Sunday, Mitt Romney offered a blunt critique of President Obama - accusing his former rival of playing politics rather than finding a resolution to across-the-board spending cuts now being enacted. The former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential nominee acknowledged a handful of mistakes in his first post-campaign interview with "Fox News Sunday," during which he also said he did not envision a future in politics. He called his failure to engage minorities in 2012 "a real mistake" and admitted that he had suffered "real damage" from the fallout of his now-infamous comments that 47% of Americans were dependent on government assistance and unlikely to vote for him. But he did not back away from his controversial assertion that Obama won the election by securing the loyalty of key groups such as Latinos and African Americans with programs like his healthcare plan.
March 1, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
As Democrats and Republicans in Washington remain deadlocked over a compromise to avoid automatic, across-the-board cuts to the federal budget starting Friday, state lawmakers in California could not even agree on an advisory resolution urging Congress to avoid the reductions. Assembly Joint Resolution 14 passed the Assembly this week on a 54-13 vote, with Republicans making up all of the opponents. The measure requests Congress to "act immediately to avert federal spending cuts known as 'sequestration' to protect the California and national economies.
February 21, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
Activist investors have succeeded for the first time in placing a shareholder resolution on the risks of greenhouse-gas emissions up for a vote at a major bank, a step toward making climate change an important consideration for corporations. The resolution, which follows years of protests over banks financing certain coal operations, is to be included in proxy material being sent to shareholders of PNC Financial Services Group of Pittsburgh before the bank's April 23 annual meeting.
February 21, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google on Thursday announced the Chromebook Pixel, a touchscreen laptop with a high-resolution display. The Chromebook Pixel is the first computer Google developed on its own. It represents the Silicon Valley company's first major foray into the PC market, simultaneously challenging Microsoft's grip on the industry with the Windows operating system as well as Apple's line of Mac computers. JOIN A LIVE VIDEO UNBOXING FRIDAY AT 11:45 A.M. Google's new computer offering has a nearly 13-inch display with a 2,560 by 1,700 pixel resolution.
February 17, 2013 | By Tom Campbell
Who decides who will be killed by U.S. drone attacks? Protectors of civil liberties have expressed dissatisfaction with the present system of unreviewed presidential discretion, whether in the hands of George W. Bush or Barack Obama. Must an individual have attacked America or Americans to make the "kill list"? Are the standards higher if the target is a U.S. citizen? How much "collateral damage" is acceptable? And, above all, how comfortable are we with one person, albeit the commander in chief, making these decisions?
February 6, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Charlottesville, Va., has taken action against the use of police spy drones, ordering a two-year moratorium on the citywide use of unmanned aircraft. It is the first city in the nation to do so, supporters say, and its move may prompt other municipalities to act. Seeking tough regulation over the future use of civilian drones in U.S. airspace, the City Council passed a resolution that prohibits police agencies from utilizing drones outfitted with anti-personnel devices such as Tasers and tear gas. It also sought to block governments from using data recorded via police spy drones in criminal prosecutions.
February 2, 2013 | By Matthew Teague, Los Angeles Times
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. - Midland City is a place where things have always gone more or less according to plan. There was that time the Beck house burned down, but even then two Bibles and a picture of Christ remained untouched. So the current crisis - a little boy kidnapped and held prisoner underground for days - has left people here struggling to find a purpose behind it. They have found none on their televisions or in local newspapers, because authorities have released little information.
January 30, 2013 | By Corina Knoll and Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
A key prosecution witness in the Bell corruption case testified Wednesday that signatures on city contracts, minutes for council meetings, agendas and even resolutions were forged. Bell City Clerk Rebecca Valdez's testimony could bolster the defense's argument that record-keeping in Bell was so sloppy that it would be difficult to prove that six former council members inflated their annual salaries to nearly $100,000 by serving on boards and commissions that met for a few minutes, if ever.
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