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February 19, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Forget Barbie on the cover wrap of Sports Illustrated's 50th annual swimsuit issue.  My personal bathing suit hero is 27-year-old Lena Dunham, who has done more to improve the self-esteem of young women in her scant career than the iconic plastic doll has ever done, despite a 55-year career that has seen her transformed from princess into pilot, police officer, paleontologist and presidential candidate. In last Sunday's episode of “Girls,” Dunham's delightfully transgressive HBO series about an annoying quartet of self-involved, post-college adultlets, Dunham spent most of the 30-minute show, set in a resort town on Long Island's North Fork, in a green string bikini.
February 18, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Angel Jennings
They were pitched as small, quiet homes for the physically and mentally disabled - safe places in the heart of Los Angeles' historic Adams district. But court papers paint a much grimmer picture of Agape Mission House and Agape Home Church. Swarms of flies filled the living areas. Broken furniture was scattered, bedroom doors were missing and plaster was falling off the walls, according to court documents. Some residents slept in bunk beds crowded into small rooms with 1-inch pads instead of mattresses.
February 17, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Jury selection begins Tuesday in a discrimination case in which three Latino police officers contend they were routinely passed over for promotions and two of them were given the "dead end" job of patrolling a local mall. The three Westminster officers maintain that despite years of service and numerous awards their careers have languished as non-Latino officers have been promoted and given prestigious assignments in the predominantly Asian city. "These three Latino officers dedicate their lives, put their lives on the line and have been outstanding officers and they've been denied opportunities, at every turn, to move up the ranks," said Victor Viramontes, an attorney representing the officers.
February 17, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Jury selection is set to begin in a federal lawsuit in which three Westminster police officers contend they were passed up for promotions and special assignments because they are Latino. The lawsuit, filed in 2011, claims officers Jose Flores, Ryan Reyes and Brian Perez were denied assignments that would have lead to promotions and that Latino officers on the force were routinely assigned to patrol the Westminster Mall, which their attorney described as a “dead end” position unlikely to ever lead to a promotion.
February 16, 2014 | Jared S. Hopkins
The suits showed up. The racers in them did not. When U.S. speedskaters took the ice Saturday in the men's 1,500 meters, they wore racing suits by Under Armour made for their successful World Cup season. Gone were the Mach 39 suits Under Armour debuted for these Games, the ones that had come to symbolize American futility. But the day ended as every day in Sochi has since the opening ceremony: no U.S. skaters on the podium at Adler Arena. Brian Hansen finished seventh and Shani Davis -- who took silver in the 1,500 the last two Games -- was 11th.
February 16, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - Jessica Manosa was 20 when she decided to throw a party at an unoccupied rental home her parents owned - without their permission. Word of the bash in Diamond Bar spread by text message, and many who showed up did not even know Manosa, according to court records. They drank liquor, danced and got drunk. One of the partygoers was asked to leave after he began dropping his pants while dancing. As he drove away, he ran over another inebriated guest, a 19-year-old student, killing him. Now the grieving family wants to hold Manosa - via her parents and their homeowners insurance - liable for his death.
February 15, 2014 | By Todd Martens
More than a year after the death of Latin music superstar Jenni Rivera, controversy and accusations continue to surround the circumstances of her death. The latest salvo comes from Rivera's husband, former Major League Baseball player Esteban Loaiza, who filed a wrongful-death suit against the owners of the aircraft that crashed with Rivera aboard, the Associated Press reported Friday. Loaiza was separated from Rivera at the time of her death but seeks unspecified damages. The suit, according to the Associated Press, names the  plane's owners, Starwood Management LLC and its parent company, Rodatz Financial Group.  Rivera, a native of Long Beach, and six others, including two pilots, died Dec. 9, 2012, when the private jet carrying them went into a dive, plummeting nose-first 28,000 feet in 30 seconds before hitting the side of a mountain.
February 14, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins
SOCHI, Russia - When the speedskating competition resumes Saturday, the U.S. team will be on the ice with a familiar but new look. US Speedskating received approval to drop Under Armour's much-hyped Mach 39 suit and revert back to the suits made by the apparel maker and worn during the speedskaters' successful World Cup competition this season. Pressure for the change built this week in the wake of a disastrous performance through six events by a team with high expectations. No U.S. speedskater has won a medal, including the world's top-ranked skaters, Shani Davis and Heather Richardson.
February 13, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins
SOCHI, Russia - After disappointing results that have seen its speedskaters on the verge of their worst Olympic performance in three decades, U.S. Speedskating is working to dump the most noticeable factor it controls - its racing suit. Under Armour heralded the Mach 39 - the much-hyped suit the apparel company said it developed with the help of defense contractor Lockheed Martin - as the fastest speedskating suit in production. In Sochi, through half of the races, U.S. speedskaters have yet to win a medal.
February 8, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Turns out that for Apple Inc., being one of the most innovative companies on the planet does have at least one big drawback. The Cupertino, Calif., company says it is the No. 1 target for so-called patent trolls. In court and regulatory filings, Apple provided a rare look at the amount of litigation it is facing from companies whose main business involves threatening to file patent lawsuits against other companies unless they agree to make royalty payments. Apple has faced nearly 100 such lawsuits in the last three years, according to the documents.
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