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July 21, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has made it easier for same-sex domestic partners of federal employees to receive a share of their retirement benefits, while its lawyers seek equal benefits for legally married gay couples in the Supreme Court. Since 1996, the Defense of Marriage Act has barred federal agencies from recognizing marriages between gay men or lesbians or extending them the benefits due a married couple. But two years ago, President Obama said this barrier did not necessarily extend to unmarried same-sex partners, and he told federal executives to take a close look at the rules to see where equal benefits could be extended.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - State Sen. Mimi Walters, an Orange County Republican, landed at the center of an ethics investigation after she helped a firm owned by her husband collect cash from the state prison system. Now at least a dozen subcontractors - dentists and pharmacists hired by two of David Walters' companies to treat inmates - say the firms owe them more than $120,000 in back payments. The workers have filed complaints in court and with the state labor commissioner.
HEALTH
March 22, 2012 | By Lisa Zamosky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
My wife does not work and is covered by my employer's health insurance plan. I am 60, she is 53. If I retire in five or seven years and go on Medicare, what does that mean for my wife? At most, she will be only 60. Do we have to purchase private insurance (which I suspect will be very expensive)? Or is there some kind of Medicare coverage for dependent spouses? Unfortunately for you and for millions of other couples in your position, Medicare does not provide dependent coverage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2012 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Francisco -- A contrite and tearful Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, sentenced for falsely imprisoning his wife during a New Year's Eve argument, apologized Monday for the pain he has caused and said that "I accept full responsibility. " In a plea agreement reached as the high-profile case was about to go to trial, the district attorney's office dropped misdemeanor charges of domestic violence battery, child endangerment and dissuading a witness. Mirkarimi was sentenced to three years' probation.
BUSINESS
March 18, 2012 | By Martin Eichner
Question: My sister and her husband recently decided to end their marriage. He moved out of their apartment, which they had rented under a one-year lease, and filed for divorce. A few months later, he told my sister he couldn't afford his new place. He said that he was planning to move back into the apartment where she is still living. My sister doesn't want him back. Can she stop him? Answer: If both husband and wife were parties to the rental agreement for the apartment where they had lived together, they both remain legally responsible for the agreement.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Baby boomers' snoring has breathed life into the sales of mouth pieces, clips, strips, nose sprays and specialized mattresses. Now home builders have heard the roar. A so-called snore room is the latest offering from Del Webb, which builds communities for people 55 and older. Buyers whose marriages are plagued by a spouse who snorts, grunts and wheezes while he or she sleeps can opt for an adaptable bedroom plan marketed as the "owners retreat" at Sun City Shadow Hills in Indio.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Like many other spouses of undocumented immigrants, Gina Pope constantly worries that her husband suddenly could be deported and that she would be left to raise their two children by herself. Pope, a U.S. citizen, wants to apply for him to get a green card but knows that would mean his traveling to his native Peru, with the risk of not returning for months or years. Now, after more than a decade of waiting for the immigration rules to change, Pope is cautiously optimistic that her husband, who owns a residential construction business and has a temporary work permit, may finally be able to become a legal resident.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 2011 | By T.L. Stanley, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A decorated American soldier — an Iraq war hero secretly turned terrorist — falls into a reckless affair with the CIA agent who's set on exposing him on Showtime's hit drama, "Homeland. " Principal players on CBS' "The Good Wife," the CW's "Ringer," ABC's "Revenge," Starz's "Boss" and AMC's zombie drama, "The Walking Dead," have sex outside their marriages, and no one on FX's "American Horror Story" can keep his pants on. Even "New Girl," a Fox comedy, wouldn't be the "new girl" in an apartment with three strangers if her boyfriend hadn't cheated.
BUSINESS
October 17, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
In another black eye for the Screen Actors Guild pension and health plans, a former executive who blew the whistle on his boss for allegedly steering business to family members was himself involved in directing fund money to his spouse's marketing company, fund records show. Craig Simmons, the former human resources director at SAG-Producers Pension and Health Plans who was fired in March, arranged to have the fund hire his husband's marketing company, Fortress Communications, to help develop a campaign to mark the 50th anniversary of the plans, according to internal invoices and emails from the plans obtained by The Times.
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