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April 8, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Paul Richter
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has told Iran that its nominee for ambassador to the United Nations is “not viable," but the White House did not outline steps it might take to derail the potential appointment. Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, said President Obama has serious concerns about Tehran's choice of Hamid Aboutalebi, who has acknowledged that he was a member of the student group that led the 1979 armed takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Carney did not say if what he described as "diplomatic jargon" meant the State Department would refuse to grant a visa to Aboutalebi.
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SPORTS
April 7, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
If you happen to bump into President Obama at the White House and aren't allowed to take a selfie to record the occasion, you can thank David Ortiz. It started with a seemingly spontaneous moment during the Boston Red Sox's visit to the White House last week, when Ortiz snapped a photo of himself and the president with his Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The reigning World Series MVP posted the photo on Twitter and it has been retweeted more than 42,500 times. One of those retweets came from Samsung, which has more than 5.2 followers and also just happens to have an endorsement deal with Ortiz.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 6 - 12, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Star-Crossed Roman (Matt Lanter) invites Emery (Aimee Teegarden) to celebrate a holiday with his family in this new episode. 8 p.m. KTLA Dancing With the Stars Julianne Hough is a guest judge this week. 8 p.m. ABC Bitten In the season finale, Elena (Laura Vandervoort)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Be careful what you wish for: That's the resounding message of Thursday's jam-packed "Scandal" episode, “The Fluffer," in which Olivia conspires to bring down B613, the covert operation responsible for so much of the personal misfortunes that have befallen her team of gladiators. With a little help from Huck, she succeeds, but little does she know that in shutting down the organization, she's also putting her boyfriend -- and, oh yeah, the leader of the free world -- directly in harm's way. It just goes to show you: Even Olivia Pope is capable of royally screwing up sometimes.  This wild twist occurs in the closing minutes of an episode that felt like three or four episodes crammed into one. Even for a show with a typically breakneck pace like “Scandal,” there are a dizzying number of developments in this hour, which makes me wonder how much reworking had to be done to fit a season's worth of narrative into just 18 episodes.  Let's begin with Mellie and Andrew who, like Olivia, learn that sometimes getting the thing you want can have dire unintended consequences.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
André Birotte Jr., the chief federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, has been nominated by President Obama to serve as a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the White House announced Thursday. Birotte, who has served as the U.S. attorney overseeing the nation's second-largest office since 2010, is a former Los Angeles County deputy public defender who also acted as the Los Angeles Police Department's inspector general for six years. As L.A.'s top federal prosecutor, he reinstalled a public corruption and civil rights unit disbanded by his predecessor and oversaw high-profile probes into the L.A. County jails and into state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon.  "These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system," Obama said, according to a White House statement, announcing the nominations of Birotte and Randolph D. Moss to the federal bench in Washington, D.C. "I am grateful for their willingness to serve and confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity.
SPORTS
April 2, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Jonny Gomes and the rest of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox visited the White House on Tuesday and ... That's OK, I'll wait. No, no, take all the time you need. I know you're too distracted by the photo of Gomes' outrageous, American flag-inspired blazer to pay attention to anything I have to say. That's fine. Gomes' outfit was pretty much all I was going to talk about anyway. It's not every day you see a fashion statement like that - although that might change.
NEWS
April 1, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - In a buoyant Rose Garden event Tuesday to announce that 7.1 million people signed up by the deadline for the first round of Obamacare, President Obama gleefully declared his healthcare law “good for the country” and pledged he would work to perfect it in the months to come. But as his audience whistled and cheered at the number of enrollments - a target the White House previously said it couldn't hit - the president quickly sharpened his message into a critique of those he said have “based their entire political agenda on repealing” the Affordable Care Act. “This law is doing what it's supposed to do,” Obama said.
NEWS
April 1, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- A bill to provide assistance to Ukraine and impose sanctions in response to Russia's incursion into Crimea now heads to President Obama after an overwhelming House vote Tuesday ended weeks of congressional wrangling. The House voted 378 to 34 to agree to changes approved by the Senate last week to boost the interim Ukrainian government and target Russian and former Ukrainian officials for abuses associated with protests against the government of ousted President Viktor Yanukovich.
NEWS
April 1, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - A surge of interest on the last day of open enrollment pushed Obamacare well over the administration's target of 7 million sign-ups, according to preliminary figures that put the White House into a celebratory mood  Tuesday. But the president's messaging machine was also shifting into gear for the next big challenge: persuading Americans of the healthcare law's success before congressional elections this fall. While previously uninsured Americans are getting used to their new access to healthcare, the White House wants to drive home the message that the benefits may be at risk if Republicans are in charge.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2014 | By David Lauter and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - The Affordable Care Act has passed its first big test, but the law's distribution of winners and losers all but guarantees the achievement will not quiet its political opposition. White House officials, who had a near-death experience with the law's rollout six months ago, were nearly giddy Tuesday as they celebrated an open-enrollment season that ended on a high note. Despite the early problems with the federal website, "7.1 million Americans have now signed up," President Obama declared in a Rose Garden speech to members of Congress, his staff and supporters in which he notably returned to referring to the law as "Obamacare.
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