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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Despite fervent courting of delegates at the California Democratic Party convention this weekend, no statewide candidate in a contested race received enough votes to capture the party's endorsement, an official said Sunday. Candidates needed 60% of the vote to obtain the party's imprimatur, which can be a key signal to voters, especially in low visibility down-ballot races. Many credit Dave Jones' 2010 party endorsement as critical to his election that year as the state's insurance commissioner.
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SPORTS
March 6, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
WINNIPEG, Canada -- Excitement and relief were the twin emotions hitting Kings center Mike Richards after he scored a big second-period goal, which turned out to be the game winner in a 3-1 victory against the Winnipeg Jets. Goals and consistency have been hard to come by for Richards in what has been a long and difficult season. He grew up in Kenora, Ontario, about 130 miles away from MTS Center and arranged for about 24 tickets for family and friends Thursday night. This time, he didn't try to create a play after jumping on a turnover in the neutral zone, letting instinct take over, ripping a shot past Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec from the left circle.
OPINION
March 4, 2014 | By Lorie Graham
"Does it stay on all the time or does it come off?" Ahmed asked from his hospital bed, frowning at the thought of a prosthetic leg. "I want one that doesn't come off. " These are the words of a 12-year-old boy, an innocent victim of a brutal regime and an international system that has in too many ways failed the people of Syria. My own 13-year-old, reading these words in the newspaper, asks whether there is something that can be done to help. I begin my usual "It's complicated" - there are legal constraints, there is the lack of political will - but seeing the look in my son's eyes, I say instead, "Yes there is. " The U.N. Security Council, and its permanent members in particular, could take bolder action, working in good faith toward delivering on the promise of the U.N. Charter: "To save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, [and]
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
As actors and industry members flocked to the Dolby Theatre for the 86 th Academy Awards on Sunday, a group of about 50 security guards and community supporters took to Hollywood Boulevard to protest. In an effort to sway the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to stop using non-union Security Industry Specialists for the annual event, the protesters held signs that read “Academy Awards: Support Good Jobs for Our Communities” and handed out fliers that read: “Why can't Oscar go Union?
BUSINESS
March 2, 2014 | By Lew Sichelman
If the ease with which hackers pilfered the financial information of millions of Target and Neiman Marcus customers has you worried about how easily your private data can be lifted from your mortgage company, wait until you hear what a major cybersecurity firm found out about lenders. Here's a hint: It isn't good. According to Halock Security Labs, mortgage companies big and small allow information-sharing practices that put your personal and financial data at grave risk. FOR THE RECORD: Data security: The Housing Scene column in the March 2 Business section about how to ensure that personal mortgage information is safe from hackers said that Brian Koss is president of Mortgage Network.
WORLD
February 27, 2014 | By David S. Cloud
BRUSSELS - Security in Afghanistan would decrease steadily if all U.S. troops are withdrawn this year, a senior U.S. military official warned Thursday, two days after President Obama ordered the Pentagon to begin contingency planning for such a pullout. “I can't speculate what the outcome will be,” the commander said in remarks to reporters traveling with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. “What I can tell you is Afghan forces aren't self-sustainable at the end of 2014, and over time that obviously will have an impact in terms of the security environment.” He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss military assessments.
WORLD
February 26, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams and Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - Russia mobilizes 150,000 troops to test their battle readiness. Opposing groups clash over whether Ukraine will look to Moscow or Brussels. Triumphant demonstrators in Kiev celebrate the nomination of an interim government likely to turn westward. Those ominous events, however, may obscure what is largely a meeting of minds among Russian President Vladimir Putin, European Union officials, the White House and more pragmatic elements of Ukraine's new leadership. A confrontation over Ukraine or a breakup into a European-oriented western half and Russian-allied eastern and southern regions would help no one. The country needs peace and a representative interim government to manage an infusion of foreign aid and avert bankruptcy.
WORLD
February 25, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali and Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - Signaling his frustration with events in Afghanistan, President Obama ordered the Pentagon on Tuesday to step up plans to withdraw all U.S. troops by January if Afghan leaders don't sign a bilateral security agreement. In an unusually blunt statement, the White House said Obama had telephoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai to make it clear that he had authorized new contingency planning before a two-day meeting of NATO and allied defense ministers in Brussels this week that will focus on long-term security efforts in Afghanistan.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple has issued an update for Mac users that fixes a security hole identified last week that is known as the "Goto fail" bug. The security issue potentially makes it possible for hackers to intercept and even modify information users send from their Macs, iPads and iPhones to trusted services in what is known as a man-in-the-middle attack.  Apple corrected the gap for its mobile devices with an update over the weekend , but the tech community...
BUSINESS
February 24, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Consumers can now preorder the Blackphone, an Android smartphone that promises to keep users' data private and secure. Silent Circle and Geeksphone, the two companies behind Blackphone, teased the privacy-focused device in January, but they did not formally unveil details of the gadget until Monday at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain. Blackphone runs on PrivatOS, a modified version of Android that has been designed to keep user data secure. Blackphone also includes Silent Circle's suite of privacy apps, which encrypt and secure users' calls, text messages and address books.
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