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One Legislative Story on the Budget
6-1-2011 4:03 pm
Ray Haynes
State Capitol

The Legislature is getting to the point where it must pass a budget.  The good news is that the Democrats don't need a single Republican vote to pass that...

Another Ammo Bill Passes Out Of Senate
6-1-2011 11:37 am
Doug LaMalfa
North California

SB 124, a bill to further regulate and limit ammunition purchases passes the State Senate.  It is a followup to AB 962 of last year that was found...

Jerry Brown - & His emerging crime wave
5-25-2011 10:56 am
Shawn Steel

With the appropriately named Brown vs. Plata up to 46,000 felons will be prematurely released from California state prisons. The vast majority of these...

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'The Houses October Built' produces credible horrors

Source: LAT Opinion
Nov 5, 2014 10:55 pm

"The Houses October Built" proves one of the more successful attempts at the found-footage horror flick since "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones." It has its holes in logic, but at least it grasps the simple premise that footage can be found only …

Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani top Oct. 24 breast cancer benefit

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 21, 2014 2:47 pm

Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Iggy Azalea are among a raft of pop stars slated to perform Friday at the Hollywood Bowl in a benefit for a breast cancer survivor support organization.

Passengers from Ebola-stricken countries to use five U.S. airports

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 21, 2014 2:40 pm

Passengers flying to the U.S. from three Ebola-stricken countries will have to fly into one of five designated American airports for additional screening, including having their temperature taken, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson…

Brownie Mary Democratic Club rises in East Bay

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Oct 21, 2014 2:34 pm

The East Bay has its first marijuana-oriented Democratic club. As Brownie Mary Democratic Club, created to advocate for the rights of California marijuana. has been chartered by the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee with members including A…

Golf will benefit from return of Tiger Woods, Jason Dufner

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 21, 2014 2:22 pm

Golf is looking a little healthier.

North Hollywood Lit Crawl returns Wednesday

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 21, 2014 2:15 pm

The North Hollywood-based Lit Crawl returns Wednesday with a packed one-evening schedule. More than 100 L.A.-based novelists, poets, memoirists and other writers will partcipate in dozens of events starting at 7 p.m., capped by a closing party at the…

'Pee-Wee's Playhouse' comes to Blu-Ray; Paul Reubens speaks

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 21, 2014 2:13 pm

Today, Shout Factory releases the Blu-Ray set "Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Complete Series," an astonishingly beautiful work of television art -- I am not kidding -- that has rebuilt the show, originally edited and assembled on videotape, from its origi…

Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans held in North Korea, is released

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 21, 2014 2:12 pm

North Korea has released one of three Americans it was holding, the White House announced Tuesday.

Getty mosaic program teaches conservation in conflict zones and beyond

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 21, 2014 2:11 pm

The scene shows a fair woman with red curls being abducted on a chariot by a determined, bearded figure. It's not a movie or TV show but an ancient mosaic that tells the story of the Greek goddess Persephone, kidnapped by Pluto and dragged against he…

Hollywood, Silicon Valley make $542-million bet on curious Magic Leap

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 21, 2014 2:04 pm

Virtual-reality headsets block out the real world and transport them into a digitally created one. But what if the digital stuff could simply pop into people's normal view of the reality? 

No breakthrough as Hong Kong officials open talks with students

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 21, 2014 2:03 pm

Government officials in Hong Kong opened talks Tuesday with student leaders of pro-democracy protests that have paralyzed parts of the semi-autonomous Chinese city for more than three weeks, but the discussions produced no major breakthrough.

Beyond the airwaves, Prop. 46 backers and opponents use grassroots tactics

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 21, 2014 2:00 pm

The battle over Proposition 46, the medical malpractice and drug testing initiative, has led to a deluge of TV and radio ads, mostly from the opposition.

TV ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' wins night; 'The Voice' drops

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 21, 2014 1:54 pm

"The Big Bang Theory" continues to dominate Monday night TV ratings.

Staples investigates possible data breach

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 21, 2014 1:51 pm

In what could be the latest data breach to strike U.S. retailers, Staples Inc. said it is investigating “a potential issue involving credit card data.”

Jury says Toyota must pay reality TV star $12 million for crash injury

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 21, 2014 1:45 pm

A Monterey County Superior Court jury ordered Toyota Motor Corp. to pay $12.5 million to a former high school dancer turned reality television star after finding that the design of the middle seat belt in the rear row of a Toyota 4Runner was responsi…

Man gets prison for diver's drowning death off Catalina Island

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 21, 2014 1:42 pm

A San Pedro man has been sentenced to four years in prison for endangering a diver who died last year when his breathing equipment got tangled in kelp off Catalina Island.

'The Voice' recap: Battles bring future stars, dragon-slappers

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 21, 2014 1:24 pm

The third night of battle rounds on “The Voice” brought more happiness and heartbreak for this season’s talented batch of singers. There were surprising selections, startling steals and sad so longs. In other words, it was business as usual as …

Criminal probe ordered in Russian crash that killed Total CEO

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 21, 2014 1:23 pm

Russian investigators have opened a criminal probe into the fiery crash that killed Total SA chief executive Christophe de Margerie and the three French crewmen piloting his private jet out of a Moscow airport, officials announced on Tuesday.

Comic book giant Stan Lee lists home in Hollywood Hills West

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 21, 2014 1:22 pm

No doubt Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee would like to see some action of a different sort. He just listed his house in Hollywood Hills West at $3.75 million.

Imprisoned killer sues for right to read book with nude pictures

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 21, 2014 1:13 pm

A Connecticut man serving a 56-year sentence for murder, conspiracy and witness tampering is suing the state over its ban on pornography in prison.

Oscar Pistorius sentence brings quick reaction from sports officials

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 21, 2014 1:12 pm

No matter how Oscar Pistorius ends up serving his five-year sentence for killing Reeva Steenkamp, Paralympic officials say he will remain ineligible to compete for the duration, which rules him out of the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Schools close after Eric Frein sighting intensifies Pennsylvania hunt

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 21, 2014 1:01 pm

A Pennsylvania school district abruptly canceled classes Tuesday morning as police stepped up their efforts to find a survivalist who has been on the lam since a deadly ambush of a state police barracks last month.

USC recruiting update: Trojans offer legacy cornerback

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 21, 2014 1:00 pm

Every Tuesday we will feature a USC recruiting update.

Football: QB Ricky Town is having good season for St. Bonaventure

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 21, 2014 12:49 pm

When you're a quarterback and haven't been intercepted in 196 pass attempts, that's pretty good.

Easy dinner recipes: Three ideas for bacon lovers in 30 minutes or less

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 21, 2014 12:30 pm

Bacon fanatic? You'll love these ideas. And they come together in 30 minutes or less.

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