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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2013 | By A Times Staff Writer
Laguna Police Department officials said they don't plan to file any charges after a dog belonging to the stepdaughter of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords killed a sea lion in Laguna Beach over the weekend. Police did not cite the owner “because it was legal for her to have the dog on the beach this time of year, and she did have it leashed. It was so strong that it pulled free of her when it saw the [sea lion],” said Laguna Beach Police Capt. Jason Kravetz. It's illegal for an owner to encourage a dog to attack marine life.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2013 | By Alisha Gomez
A dog that belongs to a relative of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords attacked and killed a sea lion along the Laguna Beach shoreline, police said Monday. A video of the violent encounter shows Giffords' stepdaughter and husband trying to pull the canine from the limp mammal as the surf rolls in. A copy of the video was sent to The Times. Laguna Beach police received a call at 2 p.m. Saturday and arrived to find that the 65-pound American bulldog mix had broken free from its 18-year-old owner and attacked a beached sea lion on a public beach near the exclusive Montage Laguna Beach, Capt.
NATIONAL
February 7, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- First lady Michelle Obama plans to attend the funeral Saturday in Chicago of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, according to a White House official who asked not to be named. Pendleton, an honor student and band majorette at King College Prep, was fatally shot last week about a mile from the Obamas' home in Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood. She had participated in inaugural festivities near Washington only a few days before her death. The White House official said Thursday that senior advisor Valerie Jarrett and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will also attend the funeral.
NEWS
January 25, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama will name Denis McDonough as the new White House chief of staff and announce other changes to his staff Friday afternoon, a White House official said. McDonough is deputy national security advisor and a trusted advisor to the president, particularly on matters of foreign policy. He joined the Obama team during the 2008 presidential campaign after years as a Capitol Hill aide. The new job will broaden McDonough's role in the White House beyond diplomacy and foreign affairs.
NEWS
January 21, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- While fiscal battles have dominated discussions of President Obama's second term, a top advisor said Monday that the president will push forward with immigration reform early on -- possibly as soon as the State of the Union speech in three weeks. Speaking shortly after the inauguration ceremony, senior advisor David Axelrod suggested Obama carries the goodwill of the American public with him as he sets out on his second term. “I think the country likes this president.
SPORTS
January 9, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Tiger Woods is returning to Torrey Pines in La Jolla to start his PGA Tour season. Woods is a seven-time winner at Torrey Pines as a pro, including the U.S. Open in 2008, his last major title. He skipped the Farmers Insurance Open last year to play in the United Arab Emirates. He again will make his 2013 debut in Abu Dhabi next week, but that tournament is a week earlier this year. That enables Woods to get back to La Jolla for the Farmers Insurance Open on Jan. 24-27. The field at Torrey Pines already includes Phil Mickelson, Masters champion Bubba Watson and defending champion Brandt Snedeker.
NATIONAL
January 9, 2013 | By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Wednesday's "photo of the day" on the White House website showed an unusual sight in Oval Office history - the president surrounded by top advisors, only half of whom are white men. The picture seemed calculated to counter criticism that President Obama's new set of Cabinet appointees so far all are white and male. Obama is expected to name his chief of staff, Jacob Lew, to lead the Treasury Department. Further compounding the diversity problem, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to leave the administration soon, and Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis announced Wednesday that she was resigning.
OPINION
December 15, 2012
Re "A welcome mat at All Saints," Editorial, Dec. 13 I would like to applaud All Saints Church, an Episcopal congregation in Pasadena, for hosting the Muslim Public Affairs Council's annual convention. However, I am very surprised at the criticism hurled at Maher Hathout, MPAC's senior advisor. As the former ecumenical officer of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, I co-chaired Catholic-Muslim Dialogue with Hathout for many years. Hathout, a devout Muslim, has always stood up for justice and peace and has condemned terrorism wherever it has arisen.
NEWS
November 6, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
BOSTON -- Mitt Romney voted near his Belmont home Tuesday morning before heading to Ohio and Pennsylvania for last-minute appearances to court voters as they head to the polls in those battleground states. Romney said he feels “very, very good” about his prospects against President Obama. When asked by reporters whom he voted for, he said, "I think you know. " Romney, wearing a dark suit, and his wife Ann, wearing a long sapphire jacket, arrived at the Beech Street Center at 8:41 a.m. and were greeted by a large crowd of cheering supporters and pro-Obama demonstrators.
NATIONAL
November 4, 2012 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
MORRISVILLE, Pa. - Trying to quilt together a patchwork of states that would give him the White House, Mitt Romney ricocheted around the country Sunday, arguing that he represented true change and that reelecting the president would mean a continuation of the status quo: chronic unemployment, high energy prices and increased dependence on government. Romney said Obama had promised much but had fallen "so very short. " "Talk is cheap, but a record is real and it's measured in achievements," the Republican nominee said, bundled against the cold at his rally in a farm field.
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