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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2012 | By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
SHAFTER - In this lush pocket of Kern County, where the agriculture and oil industries have long coexisted, Mike Hopkins' almond orchard has become a battlefield in a dispute that extends to the governor's office. Hopkins is standing up to the oil industry - and Gov. Jerry Brown - by filing a lawsuit against the state to bar energy company Venoco Inc. from drilling an exploratory well on his farm without a full environmental review. Venoco has the mineral rights to Hopkins' 38-acre farm.
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BUSINESS
November 16, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators on Friday granted waivers to the Tribune Co. for its ownership of newspapers and broadcast stations in five markets, clearing the way for the company to emerge from its long-running bankruptcy. The Federal Communication Commission's Media Bureau issued the waivers of its so-called cross-ownership rules for Tribune's media properties in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, South Florida and Hartford, Conn. The waivers allow the agency to transfer TV and radio station licenses in those markets to Tribune's new owners, a group led by senior creditors Oaktree Capital Management , Angelo Gordon & Co. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. “We are extremely pleased with today's action by the FCC,” said Eddy Hartenstein, Tribune's chief executive officer.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — Tribune Co. is close to securing the regulatory approval it needs to emerge from its long-running bankruptcy. The staff of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday recommended that the agency grant the company waivers of rules that prohibit the ownership of newspapers and broadcast stations in the same city. Tribune needs the waivers for its cross-ownership of media properties in Los Angeles and four other markets. The waivers — the last major hurdle in the four-year case — would be granted Friday as long as none of the five commissioners raises serious objections, according to a person at the FCC who wasn't authorized to speak and therefore did not want to be identified.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- The staff of the Federal Communications Commission has recommended that the agency grant Tribune Co. waivers of so-called media ownership rules, paving the way for the company to emerge from its long-running bankruptcy. The waivers -- the last major hurdle in the four-year case -- would take effect Friday as long as none of the five commissioners raise serious objections, according to a person at the FCC who wasn't authorized to speak and therefore did not want to be identified.
SPORTS
November 8, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
Omar Oraby, a 7-foot-2 center who transferred from Rice to USC in September , has been granted a hardship waiver by the NCAA, meaning he'll be eligible to play for the Trojans immediately.  Oraby, who received the news Thursday, is expected to start for USC when its men's basketball team opens its season Friday night at home against Coppin State.  The native of Egypt averaged six points, 3.6 rebounds and set a Rice single-season record...
SPORTS
October 23, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
A 10-year stint in the Angels organization, including the last two as a big league reserve, came to an abrupt end for Bobby Wilson on Monday when the catcher was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays, a move that clears the way for Hank Conger to be the Angels' No. 2 catcher. "I wasn't expecting the phone call, and I don't know what to think of it, but it's time to move forward," said Wilson, a solid defensive player who batted .211 in 75 games last season. As a player entering his first year of arbitration, Wilson, who made $487,500 last season, would have cost the Angels a little more than they will pay Conger, a first-round pick in 2006, next season.
SPORTS
August 29, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Joe Mauer was born and raised in St. Paul, Minn. He played high school ball there and spent all nine seasons of his major league career with the Twins, earning an American League MVP award and making four playoff appearances along the way. And now the Twins reportedly have put him on trade waivers?! Fox Sports is reporting that an anonymous major league source says the team placed their star catcher on waivers Tuesday, giving teams until 10 a.m. PDT Wednesday to place a claim on him. That's the kind of thing that happens when a team has the worst record in the American League (52-77)
SPORTS
August 24, 2012 | By Mike Hiserman
The wheels appear to be turning on a blockbuster deal between the Dodgers and Boston Red Sox involving All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. The Dodgers have demoted hard-throwing right-hander Rubby De La Rosa in the latest move involving a player said to be a potential piece in the deal. De La Rosa was placed on waivers by the Dodgers, but pulled back after he was claimed by a team. He now could end up as a "player to be named later" in a trade with the Red Sox for Gonzalez.
SPORTS
August 24, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
The waiver claim for Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett has been awarded to the Dodgers, according to multiple reports. The move was first reported by Sean McAdam of Comcast SportsNet New England. Earlier Friday, the Dodgers were awarded a waiver claim on a more highly coveted Red Sox player: first baseman Adrian Gonzalez . Beckett has turned into a controversial figure in Boston and hasn't pitched well this season, posting a 5.23 earned-run average. Beckett will earn $15.75 million in 2013 and 2014.
BUSINESS
August 24, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
The worst U.S. drought in more than half a century has rallied critics of the federal renewable fuel standard, which will reserve about 40% of the nation's corn crop for ethanol production this year. Critics have long questioned the commitment of a growing share of a food source for fuel use. But the calls for change have grown louder because the widespread drought has killed more than 50% of the corn crop, driving prices to record levels - and U.S. ethanol is made mostly from corn.
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