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Lawmakers to weigh about 400 bills in session's last week

Los Angeles Times ( By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason) — The most controversial issue to be considered will be the governor's $315-million plan to relieve prison crowding. But gun control and oil fracking measures are also on the agenda. SACRAMENTO — The fate of tighter gun control measures and restrictions on oil fracking could hang on a mad dash of political maneuvering and deal-cutting in the Legislature this week, when lawmakers have just...
  • 227 days ago
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Long-term inmates — and prison culture — move into county jails

Los Angeles Times ( By Paige St. John ) — Gov. Brown's plan to ease overcrowding has brought more violence and hard-core offenders into a system that was designed for short sentences. Smaller jurisdictions also face funding challenges. SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown's plan approved two years ago to ease crowding in state prisons has left county jails struggling with hard-core felons sentenced to spend years, even decades, in...
  • 228 days ago
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Grocery stores adding tech features to stay competitive

Los Angeles Times ( By Andrea Chang and Tiffany Hsu ) — Grocery stores are adding high-tech systems to cut lines, ease paying at the register and even lead customers to the products they are seeking. Like many grocery shoppers, Michele Ricketts dreads long checkout lines.
  • 228 days ago
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Pentagon adjusts plans for more intense attacks on Syria

Los Angeles Times ( By David S. Cloud ) — U.S. war planners are preparing for three days of attacks on Syria, a longer bombardment than originally envisioned. WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is preparing for a longer bombardment of Syria than it originally had planned, with a heavy barrage of missile strikes followed soon after by more attacks on targets that the opening salvos missed or failed to destroy, officials said.
  • 229 days ago
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Immigration bill backers keep pressure on Congress during recess

Los Angeles Times ( By Lisa Mascaro ) — Advocates of an immigration bill put pressure on many members of Congress at home during the August recess, but with only modest success. WASHINGTON — With an immigration overhaul stalled in the Republican-controlled House, advocates fanned out across the states during the August recess to appeal to wavering lawmakers, easily overwhelming opponents who mustered few supporters at town...
  • 229 days ago
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Aussie Labor lawmaker says party has lost election

Los Angeles Times ( Associated Press ) — CANBERRA, Australia — A senior lawmaker in Australia's ruling Labor Party said her party had lost the national election Saturday, backing analysts and exit polls, and signaling a sweeping victory for the conservative opposition was all but certain.
  • 229 days ago
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U.S. opens civil rights probe of L.A. County Sheriff's Department

Los Angeles Times ( By Robert Faturechi and Jack Leonard) — Federal officials will look at whether deputies have engaged in a pattern of abuse of inmates. The department is already the subject of an FBI criminal investigation. Federal authorities have opened a civil rights probe into whether Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have engaged in a pattern of abuse of inmates, according to a letter sent to county officials this week.
  • 229 days ago
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L.A. County Board of Supervisors: 5 jobs politicians especially covet

Los Angeles Times ( By Seema Mehta ) — Los Angeles County's supervisors enjoy an unusual level of power, with little oversight. But new term limits could change things. A prominent Latina fresh from President Obama's Cabinet wants one. A member of the Kennedy clan is eyeing another, as is the woman who made her political mark this year behind a multimillion-dollar media blitz to become Los Angeles' first female mayor.
  • 230 days ago
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Death sentence in 49th Street Massacre won't heal grief

Los Angeles Times ( By Jack Leonard ) — Relatives of victims of brazen 2006 shooting in L.A. that killed three tell of lingering fear and children afraid to play. They came to court on Friday hoping to put the "49th Street Massacre" behind them but knowing they never will.
  • 230 days ago
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U.S. saw yearlong rise in chemical weapons use by Syria

Los Angeles Times ( By Ken Dilanian and David S. Cloud) — Officials cite a far bigger stream of intelligence than was reported. Some question the delay; others say a case had to be built. WASHINGTON — In July 2012, senior U.S. intelligence officials drove to the Capitol to secretly brief top lawmakers on the first indications that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against its own people.
  • 230 days ago
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A piece of L.A. history awaits a return to its neon glamour

Los Angeles Times ( By Nita Lelyveld ) — A 1958 Grauman's dragon was used for decades, then lost and eventually found — trashed. The Museum of Neon Art is looking for money to restore it to its former glory. A bit of lost Los Angeles lives for now in a Pomona warehouse.
  • 230 days ago
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As healthcare law rolls out, its effects will depend on your state

Los Angeles Times ( By Noam N. Levey ) — People living in states that back the Affordable Care Act will get substantial help unavailable to those in states that are fighting it. The law kicks in next month. WASHINGTON — Colorado residents shopping for health insurance next year will be able to compare health plans using a star system that ranks insurance companies on quality.
  • 230 days ago
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U.S. economy adds 169,000 jobs in August

Los Angeles Times ( Associated Press ) — The nation's unemployment rate drops to 7.3%, but that's mainly because more Americans stopped looking for work. WASHINGTON  — U.S. employers added 169,000 jobs in August and much fewer in July than previously thought. The slowdown in hiring could complicate the Federal Reserve's decision later this month on whether to slow its bond purchases.
  • 230 days ago
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Obama, world leaders debate Syria at G-20 dinner

Los Angeles Times ( By Kathleen Hennessey ) — ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA -- A late-night dinner of world leaders became a forum for global debate over the bloody war in Syria on Thursday night, as President Obama used an economic summit here to try to build support for punishing the Syrian regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons.
  • 230 days ago
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Syria strike may hinge on Nancy Pelosi

Los Angeles Times ( By Richard Simon ) — The House Democratic leader, a critic of the war in Iraq, must persuade her colleagues that Syria is a different situation. WASHINGTON — President Obama's hopes of winning congressional approval for a U.S. military strike on Syria could come down to the persuasion skills of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, a San Francisco liberal who was a leading critic of the war in Iraq.
  • 230 days ago
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