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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The health information of 729,000 patients was compromised when thieves stole two laptops from an administration building of a San Gabriel Valley-based hospital group, officials said Monday. The laptops were stolen Oct. 12 and contain data from patients treated at AHMC hospitals: Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park, Monterey Park Hospital, Greater El Monte Community Hospital in South El Monte, Whittier Hospital Medical Center, San Gabriel Valley Medical Center and Anaheim Regional Medical Center.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Prosecutors announced Thursday that two San Bernardino city councilmen have been charged in separate criminal cases, with one of them admitting his guilt, resigning his post and ending his bid for mayor weeks before election day. Chas Kelley pleaded guilty to a perjury charge for lying on campaign finance documents, forcing him to resign the seat he had held since 2003. Robert Jenkins faces 18 felony and 12 misdemeanor counts related to identity theft and stalking. Prosecutors allege that he targeted a former partner.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
"Grand Theft Auto V" delivered an adrenaline shot to the heart of the video game industry. The hotly anticipated title fueled a 27% boost in overall industry sales in September, across hardware, software and accessories, as compared to the same time a year ago, according to researcher the NPD Group.  The Take Two Interactive game became the bestseller of any title introduced in September, during the period since the firm began tracking the...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The Los Angeles Board of Education has scheduled a special Oct. 29 meeting to review efforts to provide iPads to every student and teacher in the nation's second-largest school system. The meeting was proposed by board member Monica Ratliff, who chairs a district committee that is overseeing technology in L.A. Unified, including major elements of the $1-billion iPad project. The next phase of the iPad project "will cost a quarter of a billion dollars or more," Ratliff told The Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2013 | Richard Winton
Usually it's the school bully who steals lunch money from the kids. But in Rialto, it's allegedly the accountant hired to keep an eye on the lunch money. When accountant Judith Oakes was arrested on suspicion of embezzling from the school district's nutrition services department this summer -- allegedly caught on surveillance tape stuffing cash in her bra -- officials said they were staggered when they were told that as much as $3.16 million might be missing. Oakes faces the prospect of embezzlement and grand theft charges, but the fallout from the lunch money episode could continue as law enforcement agencies and the state Department of Education investigate why the loss was not spotted sooner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 28-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department pleaded no contest this week to stealing money from what he believed to be an illegal drug operation. Sgt. Bonnie Theodore Bryant III made the plea to one count of grand theft Wednesday and was sent to jail for one year, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Department. He was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and ordered to give up $63,000 in "unsubstantiated wealth," the department said. Bryant, who was assigned to the narcotics bureau, was arrested on July 25, 2012, after an undercover sting operation revealed he stole the money, the Sheriff's Department said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2013 | By Scott Collins
FXX may be the home of the comedy "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," but Exxon isn't laughing about the new cable network's logo.  The oil giant has filed suit in Houston claiming that the "FXX" logo rips off the trademarked Exxon brand. Both logos prominently feature joined double Xs.  Exxon says that causes confusion among consumers and makes it look as if FXX -- which launched Sept. 2 and is the baby sibling to the established cable network FX, both part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Robin Abcarian
A powerful explosion rocked UC Berkeley on Monday evening, forcing authorities to evacuate the sprawling campus and leaving four people with minor burns, school officials said. The blast and fire north of California Hall, which forced students to scramble for safety and sent a dark cloud of smoke into the air, was probably caused by the theft of copper wire from an off-campus electrical station, a UC Berkeley spokesman said. One of the victims was taken to a hospital; the others declined to be transported.
OPINION
September 27, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
It has been a year since Los Angeles Unified schools Supt. John Deasy proposed putting a tablet computer in the hands of every student in the district. At that time, there were numerous questions about how and whether this would work. Could first-graders really take care of such expensive equipment? Who would be held responsible if one of the devices was stolen, lost or broken, or if apple juice was dripped into the circuitry? How would the district keep high-schoolers off porn sites?
BUSINESS
September 26, 2013 | David Lazarus
Holders of Chase bank's popular Sapphire credit card may be wondering why they'll soon be on their own when it comes to keeping fraudsters at bay. "Please note that ID Theft Coverage will be canceled," Chase has notified Sapphire cardholders. "All changes are effective Nov. 1, 2013. " That's a pretty significant reversal considering that identity-related fraud affected 12.6 million U.S. consumers last year and caused $21 billion in losses, according to Javelin Strategy & Research.
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