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November 20, 2009 | By Walter Hamilton
Who deserves credit for forcing Wells Fargo & Co. to buy $1.4 billion in troubled securities from small investors? California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown and a group of regulators from other states announced separate settlements Wednesday requiring Wells to repurchase so-called auction-rate securities that had been frozen in the credit crunch since early last year. About half of the money is to go to California residents. But the attorney general's office and the regulators group got into a spat over who was responsible for the outcome, with each saying it led the way. Brown's office said it reached a pact with Wells a day before the North American Securities Administrators Assn.
April 11, 2014 | By Joe Flint
The tensions between DirecTV and the Dodgers and Time Warner Cable over the team-owned channel SportsNet LA are extending beyond the Los Angeles city limits. Dodgers officials and executives from Time Warner Cable -- which distributes SportsNet LA -- are privately grumbling that DirecTV has been selective in offering the SportsNet LA feed as part of its "Extra Innings" package. The three are already at odds over the satellite broadcaster's decision not to sign a deal to carry SportsNet LA in Southern California.
November 16, 2002
We recently read that Portland's Bonzi Wells was suspended one game for spitting at Spur forward Danny Ferry. It wasn't that long ago that linebacker Bill Romanowski spat in the face of J.J. Stokes, and Roberto Alomar spat on plate umpire Jim Hirschbeck. What conclusion are we to draw from this? A. Steroids create excess saliva. B. Freud's theory of oral fixation was correct. C. The "no-fighting" rule has produced unintended consequences. David Macaray Rowland Heights
February 6, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Sandels
TEHRAN -- Did a presidential appearance on Iran's state broadcaster become the latest battlefield in the struggle for influence between the nation's hard-liners and reformists? When Iranians tuned in to state television's Channel One on Wednesday evening for a live interview with President Hassan Rouhani, they found an Islamic soap opera on their screens instead. The interview finally went ahead more than 90 minutes after the scheduled time. It ended close to midnight. The reason behind the delay?
October 10, 1985
Ford and GM call in their lawyers and lobbyists to lubricate and massage out a relaxation of fuel economy standards. At the same time, designers and engineers at other car makers show that the technology exists to meet 1986 model requirements. I think someone just spat in my eye, and I bet I am not the only American consumer to remember this cynicism when buying my next car. VERN STOLEN Pasadena
September 5, 1992
The time is long overdue for the Dodgers to find themselves a manager. They have been without one most of the season. Anyone with time to waste watching them on TV two months ago will recall how bored Tommy Lasorda was. All he did was sit and watch the game. He ate, spat where players had to walk and he did not say a word to anyone. Then he yawned. All he is fit for is a place in a comic strip. ROBERT HARDING Northridge
July 14, 1998
Re "War Stories" (July 3): I was not surprised to read the declaration of Holy Cross University sociologist Jerry Lembcke that he found no documentation of Vietnam veterans being spat upon. Instead, he opines, this is a myth created to deflect from our being defeated by a "small, undeveloped nation" (not by the well-armed Viet Cong). Coincidentally, a TV program hosted by Stone Phillips aired two days after the "War Stories" article with a segment on Vietnam veterans, and one of the veterans interviewed reveals how he was spat upon by antiwar demonstrators.
June 3, 1990 | Amy Wallace, Amy Wallace is a reporter for the San Diego edition of The Times.
EVERYBODY IN LA JOLLA knew the Brodericks. Daniel T. Broderick III and his wife, Betty, seemed to have a classic society-page marriage. Dan was a celebrity in local legal circles. Armed with degrees from both Harvard Law School and Cornell School of Medicine, the prominent malpractice attorney was aggressive, persuasive and cunning--a $1-million-a-year lawyer at the top of his game.
August 1, 2012 | By Reed Johnson
Back in the Jurassic Age before Twitter, celebrities used to settle scores in public by writing letters to newspapers. One of the liveliest dust-ups in memory took place in the pages of the L.A. Times between actor Charlton Heston and Gore Vidal, the consummate American man of letters who died Tuesday at his Hollywood Hills home at age 86. As a screenwriter and actor, Vidal had a hand in a number of movies, including "Suddenly Last Summer" and...
November 21, 2007
Re "Monarch's words with Chavez start a battle royal," Nov. 17 The king of Spain publicly told a tyrant to shut up. That's how leaders should react to the mouthing of mini-Hitlers. Where are U.S. leaders with the same moxie? Sarrah Terry Moorpark This story starts by saying, "Someone finally told Hugo Chavez to shut up." Why the blatant editorializing with "finally"? James Devine Torrance
January 29, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
AT&T is continuing its fight with T-Mobile by offering new and existing users $100 credit for every new line they add to their service. The Texas-based carrier announced the promotion Wednesday, saying it is a way to reward existing users and entice new ones. The $100 credit applies for every new smartphone, tablet, feature phone, mobile hotspot or wireless home line users add to their AT&T wireless service. The promotion runs through March. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech fails of 2013 To receive the credit, users must keep the services and be in good standing for 45 days.
December 17, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - Seeking to defuse a growing dispute, the State Department on Tuesday promised an internal investigation into the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York and urged New Delhi not to retaliate in ways that threatened the safety of U.S. diplomats. The arrest Thursday of Indian deputy consul general Devyani Khobragade on federal charges of visa fraud has set off a storm of angry protests in New Delhi, and a stripping of privileges of U.S. diplomats there. Khobragade was accused of filing false documents to obtain a visa for her housekeeper, and of paying her $3.13 an hour, about one-third the federal minimum wage.
October 31, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
A judge is set to decide Thursday whether to grant Irwindale's request to stop production of Sriracha sauce while the company tries to limit odors wafting into the neighborhood.  The decision could have serious ramifications for next years' supplies of Huy Fong Food's three hot sauces: Chili Garlic, Sambal Oelek, and the wildly popular Sriracha "rooster" sauce. The city of Irwindale sued Huy Fong Foods on Monday, claiming the spicy scent of ground peppers is a public nuisance in violation of the municipal code.
September 24, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM--The eviction of a tiny Palestinian community has sparked a sharp dispute between Israel and the European Union that is threatening to become a diplomatic crisis over allegations of abusing a French diplomat. Last week, Israeli authorities demolished the homes and structures of Khirbet Makhoul, a Palestinian community of around 20 families in the northern Jordan Valley after a legal ruling determined they were built without permits. A few days later, a group of activists and European diplomats arrived at the ruined site.
September 11, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
George Zimmerman may stay out of jail. On Wednesday, the Lake Mary, Fla., Police Department said investigators may not have enough evidence to make an arrest in connection with the bizarre altercation that happened this week between the man who killed Trayvon Martin and his wife, who is divorcing him. A police spokesman told reporters that an iPad that was being used to record the incident was too badly smashed to immediately retrieve video...
August 13, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
J.C. Penney's turmoil at the top continued Tuesday as activist investor Bill Ackman stepped down from the board following a public disagreement over the struggling retailer's choice of chief executive and chairman. Ackman, whose Pershing Square Capital Management hedge fund is J.C. Penney's largest shareholder, was replaced Monday by retail veteran Ronald W. Tysoe, the department store chain said Tuesday. Tysoe spent nearly two decades between 1988 and 2006 in high-level positions at Macy's Inc. back when it was Federated Department Stores Inc. J.C. Penney Chairman Thomas Engibous, in a statement, touted Tysoe's “deep knowledge of the retail industry and financial expertise” as a key tool in the embattled company's turnaround efforts.
July 1, 2003 | Larry Stewart
A consumer's guide to the best and worst of sports media and merchandise. Ground rules: If it can be read, heard, observed, viewed, dialed or downloaded, it's in play here. One exception: No products will be endorsed. What: "It's Been a Pleasure: The Jim Finks Story" Authors: Jim Finks Jr.
July 16, 1989 | PAUL GREIN
Breaking up is hard to do, but cashing in on the break-up can ease the pain. The title song of Starship's upcoming album, "Love Among the Cannibals," is a bitter attack by Starship mainstay Mickey Thomas on former group members Grace Slick and Paul Kantner, who have left to re-form the Jefferson Airplane.
July 31, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
Prosecutors have declined to file charges against a Hollywood studio head who became the focus of a criminal investigation after landing his helicopter on a Sheriff's Department helipad during the manhunt for ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office concluded that there was no evidence that Relativity Media's Ryan Kavanaugh knew a captain had denied him permission to land at the helipad. Prosecutors also concluded that they couldn't prove that Kavanaugh endangered anyone's life or property, since he landed his aircraft at a time when the sheriff's helicopters nearby weren't in operation.
July 17, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Following a blow-up outside the courtroom between two attorneys in the Michael Jackson wrongful death suit, the judge warned the attorneys in chambers that they could be sanctioned if the feuds continue and prohibited them from speaking to reporters about the case near the courtroom. Kevin Boyle and Brian Panish, lawyers for Michael Jackson and his three children, said that Marvin Putnam, AEG's lead attorney, refused to shake hands with Panish and called him "despicable. " "Where I'm from, handshakes mean something, and they're not empty gestures,” said Putnam, who had the confrontation with Panish a day earlier.
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