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December 12, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter has caused an uproar with a controversial change to its blocking policy. It used to be that when you blocked a user, it meant that person could not follow you and could not track your updates on the service. Now even if you block someone, that person can still see everything you do, interact with you and receive your updates in his or her timeline. You just won't see that person's activity on Twitter. That means blocked users can retweet or favorite your tweets.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2014 | Sandy Banks
At this point, it may not matter much to the public what actually went on in that Santa Monica High classroom where a teacher was recorded wrestling a student to the floor. The 58-second cellphone clip recorded by a student went viral this week, turning the teacher and the student into symbols of what's wrong with public schools: Defiant students. Overwhelmed teachers. Feckless administrators. Knee-jerk policies with no room for common sense. "We're in the middle of a cultural change, and this case reflects that shift," said Shawn McMullen Chen, a high school teacher for 25 years.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Anh Do
Of all the places in the world, why did Larry Agran have to choose Vietnam? That's what local Vietnamese Americans wondered after learning that the longtime Irvine councilman hoped to forge a relationship between the master-planned community and Nha Trang, a southern coastal city in Vietnam known for its beaches and scuba diving. To many who fled the country after it fell to communist forces, Agran's proposal seemed designed to cause hurt, and hundreds indicated they planned to confront Agran on Tuesday, when he was expected to propose that Irvine and Nha Trang form a "friendship city" relationship.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
It's over. For now. On Thursday night, Kevin Systrom, co-founder of Instagram, announced that the company would revert to the original wording in the advertising section of its privacy policy and remove a controversial clause that caused several prominent Instagram users to quit, or threaten to quit, the app. The offending clause, announced Monday, made it sound like Instagram could sell users' photographs to advertisers with no compensation to...
NEWS
June 27, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
QVC has announced it will "pause" its relationship with Paula Deen, marking the latest in a series of brands that have sought to distance themselves from the Southern chef in the wake of an uproar over her alleged use of the N-word. And QVC fans -- at least the ones taking to the company's website -- are furious.  QVC President and CEO Mike George posted an open letter on the company blog to address the many calls, emails, letters and comments received both for and against Deen.
NATIONAL
March 24, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Last fall, before he became a front-runner in the Republican presidential race, Rick Santorum told a conservative Christian blogger in Iowa that he would use the White House bully pulpit to promote his concerns about something most people considered settled: birth control. "One of the things I will talk about that no president has talked about is, I think, the dangers of contraceptives in this country," the former senator from Pennsylvania told Shane Vander Hart of the blog Caffeinated Thoughts.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2005 | Ramola Talwar Badam, Associated Press
India's Bollywood film industry was in the grip of a sex scandal Tuesday after a TV station broadcast footage of a famous actor purportedly soliciting sex from a journalist posing as an aspiring actress. A video clip, which the station said was taken earlier this year, purportedly shows actor Shakti Kapoor in a Bombay hotel room telling the undercover reporter, "I want to make love to you ... and if you want to come in this line [of business], you have to do what I am telling [you] to do."
BUSINESS
September 14, 1986
I'm curious about this sudden paranoidal explosion over supposed "overcharging" on the part of domestic car dealers during the subsidized 2.9% interest rates initiated by the factories. For half a decade, buyers have been meekly shelling out $500 to $3,000 over the window sticker to dealers of Japanese cars. Now, suddenly, when a temporary shortage of desirable domestic models develops--models that carry an effective cost/interest reduction of about $2,000--an uproar is generated because some dealers are accused of charging close to, or "not sufficiently" below, that window sticker.
FOOD
July 8, 2009 | Elina Shatkin
They say all press is good press, but when restaurateurs Rachel Thomas and Coly Den Haan read a nasty blind item about their downtown Los Angeles wine bar the Must on local food blog Eater LA, they were furious. "I was flabbergasted," Den Haan says. "I wanted to pass out. I didn't know what to do. I think freaking out is a pretty good word to describe it."
NATIONAL
March 8, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A smart phone app that allows users to post messages anonymously is coming under fire for fostering cyberbullying, leading to at least two juvenile arrests, school phone-use bans and several campus lockdowns. Scrutiny of the 4-month-old   Yik Yak app   for Android and Apple devices has spread from the Southeast to the Northeast to the Midwest and, this week, to the West Coast. The app has registered more than 10,000 downloads on Google's Play Store and, according to   AppAnnie , has cracked the top 100 most popular apps on Apple's App Store.
NATIONAL
February 20, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON -- Say a gay couple in Phoenix walks into a bakery to order their wedding cake. The baker refuses to take their order because of his deeply held religious beliefs. Under a measure that passed the Arizona Legislature this week, the baker would have greater protection to invoke religion to shield himself from a discrimination lawsuit. The bill, approved by the Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday and the GOP-led House on Thursday, would bolster a business owner's right to refuse service to gays and others if the owner believes doing so violates the practice and observance of his or her religion.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2014 | By Rene Lynch
Rachel Frederickson, 24, of Los Angeles won the Season 15 title of "The Biggest Loser" and the $250,000 grand prize, but promptly sparked criticism from viewers who say the show went too far by allowing the former competitive swimmer to diet her way down to 105 pounds. Frederickson started the competition at 260 pounds and lost 155 pounds, or 59.62% of her body weight. When the voice-over artist first walked on stage at the finale of NBC's reality weight-loss TV show, she did so to oohs and ahhs.
SPORTS
January 24, 2014 | By David Wharton
A top American bobsledder has spoken out in defense of her national federation, saying officials were justified in their selections for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation has come under fire for naming track star Lolo Jones as one of three push athletes on the squad headed to Russia. Jones is a relative newcomer to the sport, but also a marquee name who made headlines as a hurdler at the 2012 London Games and 2008 Beijing Games. While not mentioning Jones by name, American bobsled pilot Elana Meyers stated that criticism of the USBSF -- which has reportedly come from social media and email -- is unfair.
BUSINESS
December 12, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter has caused an uproar with a controversial change to its blocking policy. It used to be that when you blocked a user, it meant that person could not follow you and could not track your updates on the service. Now even if you block someone, that person can still see everything you do, interact with you and receive your updates in his or her timeline. You just won't see that person's activity on Twitter. That means blocked users can retweet or favorite your tweets.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2013 | By Mary McNamara
[ Editor's note: We had technical difficulties with the audio in the live chat. The sound quality improves markedly at the two-minute mark of the video. We apologize for the inconvenience.]         Hated Episode 3! Love Episode 3! Too much Dana! Not enough Brody! And how many times per "Homeland" episode is Carrie contracted to cry? Almost midway through its third season, Showtime's super-twisty spy thriller "Homeland" continues to court conversation and controversy.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Electronics retailer Best Buy is calling its workers back into the office, shutting down its experiment with flexible workplace hours a week after Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer put the kibosh on telecommuting at her own company. Best Buy said the roughly 4,000 employees who report to its headquarters in Richfield, Minn., will be asked to do their work at the facility instead of on their own terms. The shift marks the end of an innovative program called Results Only Work Environment, which for the past several years has allowed workers to complete projects out of the office and off the clock.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 1987
The lead-in commercials for the program "Entertainment Tonight" are an outrage. To dub mindless, self-serving words in film clips of such movie greats as Carole Lombard, John Garfield and Marilyn Monroe makes the uproar about colorization of films pale by comparison. ANNE E. MORNEAU Manhattan Beach
WORLD
July 22, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Four unarmed bombs jettisoned by U.S. fighter jets in an emergency action last week have settled in relatively shallow water 18 miles from Bell Cay in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, reportedly posing no imminent threat to navigation or the 1,200-mile-long reef that is the world's largest organic construction. But the 2,000 pounds of inert explosive devices at the edge of the World Heritage Site have upset environmentalists and guardians of marine resources who see the accident during U.S.-Australian military exercises as the latest indignity to which the reef has been subjected.
NEWS
June 27, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
QVC has announced it will "pause" its relationship with Paula Deen, marking the latest in a series of brands that have sought to distance themselves from the Southern chef in the wake of an uproar over her alleged use of the N-word. And QVC fans -- at least the ones taking to the company's website -- are furious.  QVC President and CEO Mike George posted an open letter on the company blog to address the many calls, emails, letters and comments received both for and against Deen.
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