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January 30, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON -- President Obama has nominated Navy Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers, a 30-year Navy veteran, to head the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, officials said Thursday. If confirmed by the Senate, Rogers will take over an intelligence agency battered by leaks of classified documents from former contractor Edward Snowden about NSA surveillance and intelligence gathering programs at home and abroad. Rogers, a Chicago-area native who now commands Navy cyber operations, would replace Army Gen. Keith Alexander, who is retiring.
January 23, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Authorities are investigating sexual abuse allegations against a former Alhambra vice principal made by a former student who secretly recorded what she presented as a telephone confrontation with the educator and posted the video on YouTube. The case has generated wide attention because the video went viral, racking up more than 1 million views since last Friday. Andrea Cardosa, 40, resigned from her post at Alhambra High School last Friday, a few hours after the video went live and someone forwarded it to school administrators.
January 21, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A former Hollywood and banking executive's excessive force trial against the LAPD began Tuesday with him testifying that an officer's baton fractured his nose, broke his shoulder blade and shattered his life. Brian Mulligan, the former vice chairman of Deutsche Bank and former co-chairman of Universal Pictures, held up his blood-soaked shirt in court and called the 2012 encounter with two police officers "a nightmare night, a very scary night that continues today. " Mulligan recalled his version of events that unfolded shortly before 1 a.m. May 16, 2012, with Los Angeles Police Officers James Nichols and John Miller.
January 21, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
A woman who claims an  Alhambra High School vice principal sexually abused her as a student said she went public on YouTube with the accusations to prevent other children from also allegedly being preyed upon. The  YouTube video , which went viral, shows  a woman who identifies herself only as a former student named Jamie calling and recording the voice of a woman who identifies herself as Jamie's former teacher. The woman who said she was the former teacher does not deny the abuse allegations and expresses regret and disgust with herself, according to the recording.
January 20, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
A woman identifying herself as the former student of an Alhambra High School vice principal went public with her accusations after her  YouTube video  alleging childhood sexual abuse went viral and sparked the vice principal's resignation. The video has been viewed more than 165,000 times since it was posted Friday. It shows a woman who identifies herself as a former student named Jamie calling and recording the voice of a woman who identifies herself as Jamie's former teacher.
January 10, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - President Obama will nominate Stanley Fischer, the former head of the Bank of Israel, to be vice chair of the Federal Reserve, and also tapped two others for seats on the central bank's Board of Governors, the White House said. Lael Brainard, who stepped down in November as Treasury undersecretary for international affairs, was chosen to fill one of the vacant seats on the seven-member Fed board. Jerome H. Powell, a former Treasury official and investment banker who has served on the Fed board since 2012, will be renominated.
January 8, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
In one of the many news reports about Liz Cheney's decision to end her bid for the U.S. Senate, Gov. Matt Mead was quoted as saying, "Name recognition and dynasties - that just doesn't fly in Wyoming. " He was trying to explain why the 47-year-old former State Department official, who also happens to be the daughter of Dick Cheney (a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wyoming for six terms before becoming vice president), didn't catch fire with local voters. Mead's implication was that Wyoming voters think for themselves and aren't swayed by such trivial concerns as family lineage.
December 4, 2013 | By Barbara Demick and Paul Richter
BEIJING - After months of planning a trip to boost U.S. trade with Asia, Vice President Joe Biden instead is leading an urgent diplomatic mission to calm tensions between China and its neighbors and prevent a potential conflict. After arriving here Wednesday, Biden closeted himself with President Xi Jinping for 5 1/2 hours in what U.S. officials described as an effort to reassure anxious allies in the region and prevent escalation of the dispute over China's recent declaration of an air defense identification zone over islands Japan administers.
November 22, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
PANAMA CANAL ZONE - During a recent tour of the historic locks here, Vice President Joe Biden helped an operator flip the switches to open the gates and then stepped out onto a balcony to watch a gargantuan vessel pass through. A hundred yards across the waterway, a crowd of Americans recognized the silver-haired man in shirt sleeves, the sun glinting off his aviator glasses, and began waving and shouting his name. "We love you, Joe!" yelled one man in a blue football jersey.
November 19, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Trying to decode rap lyrics, as rich as they often are in regional slang and obscure references, can be like watching a foreign-language movie without subtitles. For instance, on "A Queens Story," what does Nas mean when he raps, "You be starving in Kew Gardens/Bolognas and milk from a small carton"? That's where the Rap Genius website comes in. Users of the site not only have transcribed and uploaded thousands of raps, they annotated them with explanations. For instance, three Rap Genius contributors explained that Kew Gardens is the site of the Queens Criminal Court, and bologna sandwiches with a carton of milk is a typical meal served in jail.
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