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May 11, 2013 | Times staff and wire reports
WASHINGTON - A top Internal Revenue Service official knew as early as June 2011 that conservative groups seeking nonprofit status were being singled out for additional scrutiny, raising questions about when senior officials were informed and why the IRS allowed the agency's commissioner to deny the targeting effort in March 2012 testimony before Congress. The IRS has said the commissioner was not aware of the targeting at the time, but it has not explained why the testimony was never corrected.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2013 | By John Horn and Chris Lee
For pop culture aficionados, it's become a cherished ritual that must be observed around the biggest broadcast events: the TV drinking game. For Sunday's Hollywood edition, Times-sanctified enablers have gone beyond boozy suggestions and conjured up a list of prompts to maximize your  enjoyment of - while perhaps minimizing your sobriety during -- the 85th Academy Awards. FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2013 | Top nominees Some suggestions ... * Every time Seth MacFarlane makes a self-serving reference to one of his TV shows or movies: Take a shot of cheap tequila.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook is bringing back F8, its conference for software developers in a bid to get them to create more and better mobile apps for the giant social network. The conference will be held April 30 in San Francisco, Ilya Sukhar, Parse chief executive and Facebook product manager, announced at SXSW on Saturday. F8 will return to its roots by focusing on technical content for mobile and Web developers, not on major announcements for Facebook users, Facebook said. The conference will feature hands-on workshops and technical sessions for about 1,500 developers to learn how to create, grow and make money from apps, the company said.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Without asking for permission, Facebook has changed users' listed email address to one ending in "@facebook.com. " The changed was discovered Saturday, and has resulted in either users having their @facebook.com address being listed or simply having all of their other addresses be hidden, as happened in my case. The @facebook.com email service was announced in 2010, but it hasn't really gained traction as a replacement to other email service. It makes sense for the social network to want to promote its own service, but the way it's gone about it is sure to upset some people.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Rather than concentrate on the execution of the crime, this week's DVDs focus on what comes afterward: first the trial, then, for the unlucky, time behind bars. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including best picture, 1959's “Anatomy of a Murder” is one of the great American courtroom dramas. Directed by Otto Preminger, it features Jimmy Stewart as a small-town lawyer defending Ben Gazzara against a murder charge brought by George C. Scott's hard-driving prosecutor. Archetypes don't get more archetypal than this, with a great Duke Ellington score thrown in for good measure.
SPORTS
October 10, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
President Mike Ditka? That would be an interesting alternate timeline to visit. Ditka, the former Chicago Bears coach, was speaking to a group of people in North Dakota when he said his biggest mistake was not running for the U.S. Senate against the current president in the 2004 Illinois Senate race. Because if he had won, Obama would not be president today. “Biggest mistake I've ever made,” Ditka said. “Not that I would have won, but I probably would have and he wouldn't be in the White House.” And Ditka is such an icon and so popular in Illinois, he probably would have won. ALSO: Sloane Stephens, John Isner to play in Hopman Cup for U.S. NFL games are the 12 most-watched programs in new TV season NASCAR driver Travis Kvapil arrested on suspicion of domestic assault    
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2013 | By August Brown
Watching the Violent Femmes at Coachella is a kind of existential angst for a millennial guy. The trio's acoustic punk reveries on the Main Stage were perhaps the most articulate depiction of young male desire that any band could conjure for a twentysomething male. Sure, you can rage in the dance tent, or profess your affections in a smaller arena, but for real, uncut adolescent masculinity and its attendant frustrations, there is the Violent Femmes, and no one else. FULL COVERAGE: Coachella 2013  |  What to see and do Hearing them play "Add It Up" on the main stage is both a reminder and a warning: The world is big and wide and nothing can replace that first gasp of musical influence as a document of how to feel attraction.
NEWS
November 19, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times
Friday is World Toilet Day. It’s not about potty jokes but rather the importance of toilets and proper sanitation worldwide. The nonprofit World Toilet Organization estimates that, in the developing world, diarrheal diseases spread via feces kill more children than HIV/AIDS. Here ’s more information and statistics about the toll poor sanitation takes globally. But good bathroom hygiene isn’t a novel concept. This "toilet timeline" includes pictures of latrines from ancient Egyptian and Roman civilizations.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
LinkedIn just unveiled a sleek new look for profile pages that it hopes will get people to spend more time and come back more often. The professional network, dubbed "the anti-Facebook" with 175 million users and its shares trading at about $111, said the new design, which will roll out over the next few months, makes it easier for users to update their profiles and connect with others. It's all part of a push to fuel growth and engagement on LinkedIn. LinkedIn wants people to visit LinkedIn every day to stay in touch with their professional contacts, not just when they are job hunting, much the way people check Facebook each day for status updates from their friends.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Dave Alvin and a slew of other veterans of the Southern California blues and roots music communities, including Junior Watson, James Harman and the Mike Eldred Trio, will gather Sunday at Café Fais Do Do in Los Angeles to salute harmonica ace John “Juke” Logan in a benefit for the American Institute for Cancer Research. Logan has been contending with esophageal cancer on and off since 2009, and proceeds from the show will be targeted toward research on that strain of cancer.
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