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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.
January 29, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Veteran Hollywood talent agent Jeff Berg has launched a talent and literary agency dubbed Resolution, with backing from an Arizona private investment firm. Berg, who served for nearly three decades as chairman and chief executive of International Creative Management, will be chairman of the new agency. He will be joined by Jeff Franklin, a film and television producer and music agent, who will serve as chief operating officer. Franklin and his former agency, ATI, represented such artists as Neil Young, AC/DC, Marvin Gaye, Ozzy Osbourne and the Beach Boys.
January 24, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Horror movies can often be so rote in their mercenary trajectory to scare/shock/disgust that it's unnerving sometimes to encounter any different approach. The simmering DIY oddity that is "Resolution," from co-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead, does just that, offering up a strangely tense and humorous meta-narrative about two friends experiencing weird goings-on at a remote cabin. Level-headed Mike (Peter Cilella) has shown up alone and unannounced to force his paranoid, drug addict bestie Chris (Vinny Curran)
January 3, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
I'm not a huge believer in New Year's resolutions -- they seem designed to make you feel terrible about yourself.  But cats acting out common New Year's resolutions? Now that's an idea I can get behind! The one-minute video, above, shows 10 popular New Year's resolutions like "learn something new" and "get organized" and "spend more time with friends and family" as illustrated by cute cat videos on YouTube.  The video was made by Jeff Wysaski, who runs the humor blog Pleated-Jeans . I like it because it is short and funny and cute and sweet.
January 3, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
It's the first week of the new year and everyone everywhere is already struggling to keep new year's resolutions. People will promise themselves to spend less money, be more positive, be more active ... but the most popular resolution? To eat better and lose weight. Sounds good in theory, but is it just me, or is it harder to grab an apple after a season full of eating sweets, heavy cream and all the butter you could pack into that last piece of pie? For a little more incentive, here are 10 recipes for healthful meals that will help you keep on track.
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