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January 3, 2013
Although Congress has failed to approve even the most modest proposals to fix the country's dysfunctional immigration system, the Obama administration has managed to make some improvements. Take, for example, a new rule unveiled Wednesday by the Department of Homeland Security that will reduce the amount of time that undocumented immigrants who are the children and spouses of U.S. citizens must spend outside the country while they legalize their status. Currently, undocumented immigrants who qualify for a visa because they are an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen must return to their homelands to claim it. But once they leave the United States, they trigger automatic penalties that can bar them from returning for as long as 10 years.
November 1, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — The state prison agency has canceled a contract with a firm co-owned by a state senator's husband. The decision follows a report by The Times in June that at least a dozen subcontractors — including dentists and pharmacists — said they were owed $120,000 in back payments from two firms co-owned by David Walters. Walters, husband of state Sen. Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Niguel), is an owner of Drug Consultants Inc., a firm that has contracts with the state to provide medical workers for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
October 3, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
DENVER - As President Obama and Mitt Romney prepare to face off Wednesday evening, their wives each played the role of political spouse perfectly, declining to offer the mildest critiques of their husbands' debating skills and speaking of their nerves as they watch their husbands in their first face-to-face contest. “I get so nervous at these debates and, you know, I'm like one of those parents watching their kid on the balance beam. You're just -- just standing there just trying not to, you know, have any expression at all,” First Lady Michelle Obama told CNN in an interview aired Tuesday.
September 21, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Veterans and those in the military will receive more state benefits, including help with education, finances and even fishing licenses, under 18 bills signed into law Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown noted that the measures were sponsored and supported by members of both major political parties, and he used the occasion to take a jab at Congress. "Yesterday, a [federal] bill to invest in job training for veterans was blocked because of Washington political infighting," Brown said.
September 20, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Adrienne Maloof , of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," and her estranged husband, plastic surgeon Paul Nassif, have listed their home in gated Beverly Park at $26 million. Built in 2000 and designed by Richard Landry, the two-story French chateau sits behind gates on 2 acres containing a guesthouse, swimming pool, pool house and tennis court. PHOTOS: The Maloof shoe room and more Features include a two-story entry with a sweeping staircase, a formal dining room that can seat 14, a paneled library, a home theater, a wine cellar, a gym, eight bedrooms and 11 bathrooms in nearly 20,000 square feet of living space.
September 19, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
A Bay Area divorce lawyer has been indicted in connection with a scheme to plant eavesdropping devices in the cars of her clients' spouses, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday. Mary Nolan, the San Ramon lawyer, hired Christopher Butler, a private investigator, to install the listening equipment to help her clients in divorce and child custody cases, according to a six-count indictment made public Tuesday. Butler has admitted that he arranged for beautiful women - he called them "decoys" - to ply the husbands of Nolan's clients and others with alcohol.
September 13, 2012 | Chris Erskine
Just shoot me the next time I decide to run two fantasy football leagues simultaneously. Keep in mind that Roger Goodell runs just one league, the NFL, and what a disaster that thing is. No one watches. They don't even have real refs. What I've done — and you can borrow this — is pass off one of the two leagues (a father-son fantasy league) as a new Cub Scout troop run entirely by the dads. At our first troop meeting, we held our draft. A couple of the dads wore yellow kerchiefs and bear repellent just to sell the whole Cub Scout concept.
September 9, 2012
Today, it is practically mandatory for the wife of a presidential candidate to address her party's political convention. But it wasn't always so. Eleanor Roosevelt was the first candidate's wife to address a political convention. That was in 1940, when her husband was running for his third term and she'd already been first lady for more than seven years. In her brief address, she never mentioned family. She spoke extemporaneously, referring to a single page of typed notes. Mamie Eisenhower was the next candidate's wife to appear at a convention, but she didn't address the delegates.
August 29, 2012 | By Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Two decidedly different portraits emerged Wednesday of the U.S. Open tennis umpire accused of killing her 80-year-old husband and then trying to pass it off as an accident. Prosecutors said Lois Goodman, 70, bludgeoned her husband, then callously left him to die as she went to "tennis and to get her nails done. " Deputy Dist. Atty. Sharon Ransom accused Lois Goodman of meticulously planning the killing in advance, but did not lay out any evidence to support that claim. She said the umpire used a broken coffee mug like an "improvised knife," stabbing her husband 10 times.
August 12, 2012 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: We married late in life and each of us brought separate property to the marriage. One spouse has four children and the other none. We have a marital trust that allows for the spouse upon death to receive the entire estate. Upon the death of both spouses, how would you draft a provision that would allow the remainder of one spouse's separate property to be allocated to her children and the other spouse's separate property to be donated to a charitable foundation? Answer: Instead of allowing each other to inherit everything outright, you might want to consider a bypass trust.
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