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February 14, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Efforts to confirm Chuck Hagel as the nation's new secretary of Defense hit another roadblock Thursday, with Senate leaders saying a vote to move forward with his nomination could be delayed in the face of a “full-scale filibuster” on the part of Republicans. The White House had been pushing to get Hagel confirmed before a scheduled meeting next week of NATO defense ministers in Brussels, where plans for Afghanistan will be among the topics of discussion. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters traveling with the president in Georgia that it was “unconscionable” that Republicans were holding up Hagel's confirmation ahead of the meeting.
December 22, 2012 | By Paul West and David Lauter, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - In the days immediately after President Obama's reelection victory, White House officials hoped that in a second term he might have better relations with congressional Republicans. The "fever will break," more than one Obama aide forecast. The last several days have demonstrated the opposite. Washington remains caught in a partisan stalemate on the budget, seems headed toward another on gun control and perhaps one on immigration policy as well. That gridlock could inflict significant damage to the Republican Party.
December 14, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
For more than two years, Alfredo Angulo was boxing's version of Elvis. He had left the building. Now he is back, trying to return to the level that got him fights with the likes of Kermit Cintron and James Kirkland, as well as a lucrative offer to fight Sergio Martinez. But the baggage he will take into the Sports Arena ring Saturday night when he goes against Jorge Silva in a prelim of the Amir Khan-Carlos Molina card is heavier than most. Angulo's story, told in complete detail, is "War and Peace.
December 12, 2012
Re "Exiled leader of Hamas sets foot in Gaza Strip ," Dec. 8, and "The party's over for some in Gaza," Dec. 9 Hamas leader Khaled Meshall is quoted as saying: "This is just the beginning. Today is Gaza. Tomorrow will be Ramallah, Jerusalem and then Haifa and Jaffa. " Meshaal's sentiment that Hamas will someday destroy Israel is regrettable. Unfortunately, Israel will use his comment to justify its refusal to negotiate with Hamas. The blind spot in Israeli perceptions is the country's continued colonial expansion in the West Bank.
November 23, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
The city of Santa Maria has settled a lawsuit from a teenage girl who said a police officer threatened and raped her over several weeks before being fatally shot by colleagues attempting to arrest him. Gilbert Trujillo, Santa Maria's city attorney, said Friday that the $185,000 settlement was "an effort to move forward and put this unfortunate chain of events behind us. " The girl was a 17-year-old police Explorer when she became involved with...
September 5, 2012 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
The imposing white U.S. Courthouse on Spring Street overlooking the 101 Freeway has hosted some of Los Angeles' most memorable legal dramas. Clark Gable and Charlie Chaplin faced paternity trials there. The House Committee on Un-American Activities convened at the court for hearings on communism in Hollywood. In the summer of 1971, Daniel Ellsberg spoke out against the Vietnam War on its front steps as he defended himself in the Pentagon Papers case. But the grand courthouse now sits at the center of a political battle over its future.
August 17, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Several notable plot twists have involved motorcycles:"Easy Rider,""The Great Escape," "On Any Sunday" and "Every Which Way But Loose. " The last was a 1978 comedy starring Clint Eastwood and "Clyde," his orangutan sidekick. It spawned the sequel "Any Which Way You Can. " None of those yarns, as far as we know, affected the race for the national title in college football. An off-season excursion by a "hog" riding a hog, however, may have literally tipped the balance in this year's chase.
June 15, 2012
In Europe, as the Nazis rose to power, many Jews tried to protect themselves and their families financially by purchasing life insurance policies, annuities, even dowry policies. For decades after World War II, getting payment on those policies - particularly difficult when survivors and heirs had been stripped of all their possessions, including family records - became part of the larger challenge of how to compensate those who suffered at the hands of the Nazis. Two bills in Congress would help families recover money long denied them.
May 3, 2012
Re "Subway extension runs into Westside roadblock," April 27 When I lived in Mexico City during the 1985 magnitude 8.0 earthquake, I witnessed epic destruction. Despite the severity of the damage inflicted by the temblor, the subway system was virtually unaffected. The trains resumed normal operations shortly after inspection. Beverly Hills leaders need to be fully informed by geological experts and transportation engineers as to any actual risks to the school buildings before taking a hard-line stand.
April 27, 2012 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County transportation officials set the stage Thursday for a showdown with Beverly Hills leaders over a small portion of the much-anticipated Westside subway extension. Officials on Thursday certified environmental documents for the entire $5.6-billion project, moving a step closer to construction of nine miles of rail that would mostly run underneath Wilshire Boulevard. But the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board only formally approved the first 3.9 miles of the project — as far west as La Cienega Boulevard — because of a request for a hearing from the city of Beverly Hills, where many school officials and city leaders hope to derail efforts to build part of the line underneath Beverly Hills High School.
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