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August 14, 2009 | Christi Parsons and Andrew Zajac
A Senate panel has decided to scrap the part of its healthcare bill that in recent days has given rise to fears of government "death panels," with one lawmaker suggesting the proposal was just too confusing. The Senate Finance Committee is taking the idea of advance care planning consultations with doctors off the table as it works to craft its version of healthcare legislation, a Democratic committee aide said Thursday. Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, ranking Republican on the committee, said the panel dropped the idea because it could be "misinterpreted or implemented incorrectly."
April 25, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
DURHAM, Ore. - Oregon officials voted unanimously Friday to jettison the state's disastrous health insurance exchange and switch to the federal system, admitting disappointment and defeat in an arena where the state had been a trailblazer. With its 7-0 vote, the board of directors for Cover Oregon acknowledged that the state exchange was too expensive and too troubled to fix. Although the state has spent an estimated $248 million to get the operation up and running, it never enrolled a single private insurance customer online.
March 24, 1996
In this era of pop music dominated by the weepy, sulking, suicidal and otherwise desultory adolescent utterances of spoiled poseurs, it is delightful to have a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most effervescent and joyous chapters in popular music history--the Beatles' studio work, from 1965-68. "The Beatles Anthology 2" affords an invaluable look at this remarkable quartet's creative processes. Naturally, your Robert Hilburn, in his unending effort to appear on the cusp of things young and trendy (this is, after all, the critic who referred to Ice Cube's terrifying "didn't even have to use my AK" lyric as warm and tender)
April 12, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Officials at NASA and SpaceX were working through the weekend to see whether they could still safely rocket a cargo capsule to the International Space Station on Monday, despite the failure of one of the backup computers in the system that helps dock the pod in space. While workers continued to prepare for a Monday afternoon launch, NASA said a final determination would likely come Sunday afternoon. The deployment of 5,000 pounds of supplies to the space station by SpaceX's unmanned Falcon 9 rocket has already been delayed a month because of other technical issues.
February 13, 2014 | By Leah Ollman
Method is nearly all in Karen Sargsyan's wall-mounted portraits and tabletop tableaux at Ambach & Rice. Sargsyan, born in Armenia and living in the Netherlands, sculpts from cut paper, layering planes and curling petals, building dimensionality from flat scraps. It's a curious technique infused with character that also seems collaged: a bit of stylized Kabuki; a touch of physical comedy; a hint of costumed, ritual dance, perhaps Native American; and a visual echo of Boccioni's iconic striding figure, “Unique Forms of Continuity in Space” (1913)
June 13, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
The Izod IndyCar Series said Wednesday its inaugural race in China on Aug. 19 had been canceled and the series was looking for a possible substitute venue. "IndyCar has been notified by the promoter that the event is canceled for 2012," IndyCar Chief Executive Randy Bernard said in a statement. The race was scheduled to be held on a 3.87-mile street course in Qingdao on the northeast coast of China. But the local government there balked at holding the race on the scheduled date and a new date or location could not be found in time, the Associated Press reported.
January 15, 1985
A legal confrontation looming over a West Hollywood ordinance that prohibits discrimination against homosexuals was averted today when a restaurant owner agreed to stop distributing matchbooks printed with anti-gay slogans. Irwin Held, owner of Barney's Beanery, a restaurant and bar that has been a Santa Monica Boulevard fixture since the 1920s, said he would comply with a West Hollywood City Council request to withdraw matchbooks that warn: "Fagots Stay Out."
January 20, 1987
Champion Home Builders Co. announced that it terminated its preliminary agreement with Shelter America Corp. over Champion's proposed acquisition of certain business and assets of Shelter America. Champion had been negotiating to acquire a portion of Shelter's manufactured housing lending business, including certain loan servicing rights. Shelter America Corp. is a subsidiary of Bank Western Federal Savings Bank in Denver.
November 17, 2004
What a pleasure to read positive news ("Restaurants Put Recycling on Menu," Nov. 14). And what a great idea. How about an official sticker that a restaurant could put on its county rating sign that would tell those of us who care that it is participating in the scrap food recycling program. An "A" rating by an environmentally sensitive establishment makes a positive statement to the consumer. Alan H. Simon Sherman Oaks
May 19, 1989 | From Times wire service s
The Bush Administration has decided to scrap the controversial "let it burn" policy at national parks for this year's forest fire season, it was reported today. Quoting officials in Washington and at Yellowstone National Park, which was devastated by wildfires last summer, the Washington Post said political concerns appear to have overridden scientific assessments for the short term. When the 1988 fires raged out of control for months, much of a dismayed American public criticized the government's burn policy although it was endorsed by experts.
March 31, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
More than a year ago, Facebook unveiled plans for a drastic redesign of its website's News Feed that would place a greater emphasis on pictures and look a lot more like the social network's mobile app. Ultimately, Facebook discarded that look and went with a less drastic redesign, and the reason for that decision was that many of the company's users still have older computers and laptops, according to a blog post by Julie Zhuo, the social network's...
March 25, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh
John Mireles spent six years preparing to become a firefighter. The Signal Hill resident took fire science classes and worked nights on an ambulance crew, in addition to his full-time day job. He said he passed the Los Angeles Fire Department written exam, made it through an interview and background check and reached the final stages of the hiring process. But last week he was among hundreds of candidates who received a terse, two-sentence email from city personnel officials: They would no longer be hiring from a pool of applicants who had advanced through a yearlong screening process.
March 21, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Thailand's constitutional court Friday nullified the Feb. 2 election won by supporters of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra amid an opposition boycott, prolonging the country's 4-month-old political crisis and threatening a deeper toll on its tourism-dependent economy. Opposition supporters celebrated the 6-3 court ruling that said the vote was invalid because not all polls were open to receive voters on the same day. Antigovernment protesters had blocked registration in 28 constituencies, forcing election workers to delay voting at the affected polls.
March 20, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, responding to a barrage of criticism about a Fire Department hiring system that eliminated thousands of qualified applicants, announced Thursday afternoon that he is scrapping the process. "I have determined that the Fire Department's recruiting process is fatally flawed," Garcetti said in a statement. The mayor said he made his decision after he discovered that Fire Department "staff organized special recruiting workshops for LAFD insiders. " A class of 70 new recruits is in training.
March 13, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
Some filmmakers want to show you their heart, while others are content to train their cameras on their navels. Director-writer-star Kevin Hamedani opts for the latter category with his quasi-autobiographical buddy comedy "Junk," an insular, fitfully amusing look at the film festival world from the perspective of two novice screenwriters. Hamedani and his co-writer and costar Ramon Isao made the political B-movie "Zombies of Mass Destruction. " In "Junk," they play fictionalized versions of themselves - Kaveh and Raul, feuding writing partners who collaborated on the political B-movie "Islama-Rama 2: Mustafa Lives" and need to produce another screenplay on the quick to impress a powerful Japanese genre producer Yukio Tai (James Hong)
March 7, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
DES MOINES - For more than 40 years, Iowa voters have played a vital role in picking the nation's president, culling the field of hopefuls and helping launch a fortunate handful all the way to the White House. For about 35 of those years, Iowa has been the target of jealousy and scorn, mainly from outsiders who say the state, the first to vote in the presidential contest, is too white and too rural; that its caucuses, precinct-level meetings of party faithful, are too quirky and too exclusionary to play such a key role in the nominating process.
August 24, 2009 | Julie Anne Strack
Leftovers from San Francisco Bay Area restaurants may soon help power the region. The East Bay Municipal Utility District has created a program, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, to generate electricity from the methane gas produced by food decomposition. Engineers have been testing and refining the process since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave the utility $50,000 in 2006 to study it, and they plan to sell energy to the grid beginning next year.
November 18, 1997 | DAVID GREENBERG
The Thousand Oaks Public Works Department is urging residents to recycle fallen leaves into nutrient-rich compost for use in their gardens. Composting is an environmentally sound alternative to bagging and disposing of leaves in the trash, said Kate Scoville, the city's environmental programs assistant. Scoville suggests running over the leaves with a lawn mower or allowing them to dry in an open plastic bag. Dry leaves are high in carbon, and when mixed with fresh clippings or food scraps, create a quick recipe for compost.
March 7, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
World light-middleweight boxing champion Carlos Molina of Chicago remained jailed in Las Vegas on Friday, unable to keep his scheduled Saturday night co-main event title defense against unbeaten Jermall Charlo at MGM Grand. Instead of having a shot to be the next opponent of main-event fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico, International Boxing Federation champion Molina faces questioning from immigration officials with the prospect of deportation possible, according to his attorney and promoter.
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