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January 7, 2014 |
Deputies arrested three men in the Antelope Valley and discovered an underground bunker, a shooting range, firearms and white supremacist paraphernalia on the property, law enforcement officials said Tuesday night. The weapons, some of them allegedly stolen, included six pistols and 11 rifles, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Detectives also recovered hundreds of rounds of ammunition and dozens of magazines, some of which were made to hold high-powered bullets.
January 6, 2014 |
Anderson Silva has told Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White that he wants to fight again. The Brazilian had ruled the UFC's middleweight division as champion from October 2006 until July. He broke his left leg in gruesome fashion in a Dec. 28 bout, when new champion Chris Weidman blocked Silva's kick with his left shin, ending the Las Vegas fight in the second round. “Oh, yeah, he told me he wants to still fight,” White said Monday after announcing on ESPN that San Diego's Dominick Cruz suffered a groin tear and will vacate his 135-pound title.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2014 |
The first new Los Angeles Fire Department recruit class in five years is nearly all male and mostly white despite repeated promises by the agency to diversify its ranks, according to figures released Monday evening by Mayor Eric Garcetti's office. The class of 70 firefighters, which is scheduled to begin training Monday, has just one woman and is 60% white. Twenty-three percent of the recruits are Latino, 11% are Asian American and 6% are African American, according to the figures.
January 5, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry pledged Sunday to "do everything that is possible" to help Iraqi government forces in an escalating battle against Al Qaeda-linked insurgents in the western province of Anbar, but he said the Obama administration will not send American troops back to Iraq. After heavy fighting, Sunni Muslim militants fighting under the banner of Al Qaeda reportedly have in effect taken control of Fallouja and secured large parts of Ramadi, the province's most important cities.
January 4, 2014 |
Javorius Allen's emergence as USC's top tailback this season was not lost on several players who will be participating in Monday's Bowl Championship Series title game. Ryan White, a senior defensive back for Auburn, played with Allen at Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln High, where Allen got the nickname “Buck.” Allen, a third-year sophomore, got his first significant playing time in the Trojans' sixth game against Arizona, and he finished the season with 785 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns.
January 4, 2014
Re "Why execs, not companies, should face prosecution," Column, Jan. 1 Michael Hiltzik and U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff get it right. The lack of will to prosecute crooks goes back at least a decade, when our anti-tax members of Congress made the government too weak to prosecute the privileged and wealthy. White-collar crime has been effectively decriminalized. Most instances of government weakness can be blamed on inadequate funding. Part of this is because we have the poor and middle class hit the hardest by sales taxes while a transaction tax that hits the investor class is a no-no.
January 3, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Obama administration lawyers strongly urged Justice Sonia Sotomayor and her fellow Supreme Court members to drop an appeal from the Little Sisters of the Poor and other Catholic groups who object to the so-called contraceptive mandate in the new healthcare law. Nonprofit religious charities already can opt out of the requirement to pay for insurance coverage for contraceptives and therefore have nothing to complain about, U.S. Solicitor...
January 3, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Friday unveiled two measures to bring more mental health records into the federal background check system for gun purchases, the first new proposals on firearms violence since a spate of gun control bills died in Congress last spring. The proposed changes, which don't require congressional action, fall far short of the ambitious agenda the administration launched early in 2013 in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut. Many gun sales are not covered by background checks, and Congress seems unlikely to revisit that issue any time soon.
January 1, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The woman who indicted Osama bin Laden wants to strike fear into Wall Street. Mary Jo White, the former U.S. attorney in Manhattan who wanted to prosecute the terrorist mastermind before the 9/11 attacks, has tried to stiffen the backbone of the Securities and Exchange Commission since taking over as the agency's chairwoman in April. The SEC, like other regulators, customarily has allowed its targets to settle civil cases without admitting any wrongdoing. But under White, the nation's top stock market cop no longer will always let deep-pocketed investors and firms get away with merely writing a check for government penalties.
December 26, 2013 |
Talk about a Christmas news peg; try this headline: “1 in 200 mothers reports a 'virgin' birth, study finds.” Now, full disclosure, the study was actually published on Dec. 17. But some folks, like me, are just getting around to writing about it because, well, it fits in with the holidays in a shameless and somewhat tasteless way. (A little insight into the secret world of the so-called journalism profession: This is sometimes called “saving string.”...