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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Angela Spaccia's attorney Thursday blamed the massive corruption in Bell on former city manager Robert Rizzo and the city's former finance director and said the district attorney brought the case against his client to gain publicity before the 2010 election. In his closing statement, Harland Braun insisted his client had done no wrong despite receiving a salary that reached $564,000 a year along with benefits that would make her rich in retirement. "Quite frankly, I'm sure all of you are shocked about the amounts of money involved here," Braun told jurors.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Howard Blume and Stephen Ceasar
Contradicting earlier claims, Los Angeles school district officials said Tuesday that their right to use English and math curriculum installed on district iPads expires after three years. At market rates, buying a new license for the curriculum would cost $50 to $100 each year per iPad, an additional cost that could surpass $60 million annually. The expense would add to the price tag of the $1-billion effort to provide a tablet to every teacher and student in the nation's second-largest school system.
NATIONAL
November 19, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- A conservative student group that sparked controversy with plans to stage a "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" game at the University of Texas at Austin has canceled the event under mounting pressure from critics.  The Young Conservatives of Texas chapter at the university planned to play the game Wednesday. The object of the game was for students on campus to try to catch club members wearing “illegal immigrant” signs, then turn them in to the Young Conservatives' recruiting table in exchange for  $25 gift certificates.
SPORTS
November 17, 2013 | BILL PLASCHKE
The deep green Coliseum field turned cardinal and gold, swarmed by thousands of fans, enveloped in thousands of screams, a heart of Trojans nation beating together in dizzy disbelief. In the middle stood one sweating man who was somehow bigger than all of it, his giant white-sleeved arms raised above his giant smile, his massive shoulders carrying this bear of a victory. He was rocked, he was hugged, he was loved like no man has been loved here since the early days of Pete Carroll.
NEWS
November 16, 2013 | By Alicia Banks, Joel Rubin and Dan Weikel
Several agencies investigating the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport this month that left one TSA agent dead and three others wounded issued a joint statement Saturday saying they would be evaluating what improvements can be made in responding to such an incident in the future. The statement was issued by Los Angeles World Airports, the FBI , the L.A. Fire Department, the L.A. Police Department and the Transportation Security Administration. It characterized some of the statements made following the airport shooting and the response by authorities as "untrue" but said others “merit serious consideration by our respective agencies.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2013 | By August Brown
This week's brutal murder-suicide in Brooklyn that took the lives of three musicians and the gunman deeply shook New York and the global music community. Now the surviving members of the band Yellow Dogs and the Free Keys, each groups of Iranian American musicians that lost members in the rampage, have issued a joint statement about the shooting. The message, printed below, was co-written by  Yellow Dogs' Siavash 'Obash' Karampour and Koory Mirzaei, with contributions from band manager Ali Salehezadeh, Pooya Hosseini of Free Keys and the street artists Icy and Sot. It's heartbreaking reading.
BUSINESS
November 13, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple and Samsung were back in a San Jose federal court Wednesay for a new trial to determine just how much damages should be awarded in their epic patent litigation.  Last year, a jury ruled that 13 of Samsung's mobile devices had violated Apple patents for the iPhone and iPad and that Samsung should pay Apple more than $1 billion in damages. PHOTOS: Google barge to be 'unprecedented artistic structure' However, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh later shaved $450 million off that verdict, saying instructions to the jury had been confusing.  Samsung still must pay $600 million as a result of the verdict.
NATIONAL
November 6, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - While a team of techies tries to reboot the broken federal insurance website, President Obama is trying to retool efforts to promote the flailing healthcare law. The flawed launch of the new online marketplaces has forced Obama to spend time defending the insurance exchanges rather than selling them to a skeptical public, as he had planned. More than a month into the rollout, he has few bright spots to highlight and one big gaping hole to avoid: The website he planned to sell with the zeal of a late-night infomercial pitchman does not work properly.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2013 | By Don Lee and Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve kept intact its large-scale campaign to stimulate the economy, saying it was awaiting more evidence of sustainable progress in the recovery. Although the Fed's decision Wednesday to hold the line on its monthly $85-billion bond-buying stimulus was widely expected, the central bank's statement revived the idea on Wall Street that policymakers could still make a reduction of the bond purchases by year's end. A first cut in the Fed's stimulus program, which has helped to drive down long-term interest rates, is likely to be small and in itself not a big deal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
From the looks of it, things were going pretty well for the Orange County singer known as Robb "TaLLLLL" University. His band, Lights Over Paris, was touring the country. Its album "Turn Off the Lights" appeared on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart. The rapper Game recorded a verse of one of the group's songs and appeared in the music video. But earlier this year, the illusion began to crack. In January, Robert Mawhinney (the singer's real name) was charged in Los Angeles federal court with making false statements to obtain millions in loans in order to bankroll his musical career and a lavish lifestyle.
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