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Vote to decide if Golden Gate Bridge gets suicide nets

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Bay Area officials will vote today on a $76 million plan to install suicide prevention nets on the Golden Gate Bridge. The agency that operates the bridge has previously rejected the idea of raising the railings to prevent suicides – arguing that it would drastically change the character of the 77-year-old landmark. But the suicides continue to add up. A record 46 people jumped …

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Dov Charney is stripped of role at American Apparel

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Controversial American Apparel CEO Dov Charney has been ousted by the Board of Directors from the clothing company he founded amid an investigation into alleged misconduct. Charney has become a prominent voice in the business community, both for immigration reform and for paying apparel workers a livable wage. But he’s also been accused of sexual harassment by former employees and has clashed with board …

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Port Hueneme opening its doors to child detainees

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A temporary shelter on a military base in Southern California could fill up next week as authorities contend with a flood of children trying to cross into the U.S. illegally from Mexico and Central America. The shelter at Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme can hold up to 575 children. Bunk beds and extra dining tables have been brought in, and dirt soccer …

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L.A. moves to impose $15 wage for hotel workers

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Activists have cleared a major hurdle in their effort to boost the wages of non-unionized L.A. hotel workers. Despite warnings from business groups that the move could cost jobs, a City Council committee signed off on a plan to increase hotel worker pay to more than $15 an hour, nearly twice the state’s $8-an-hour minimum wage. Labor groups say L.A. hotels have been raking …

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Clipper ball bounces to billionaire Ballmer’s court

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The sale of the L.A. Clippers to billionaire Steve Ballmer for $2 billion is a done deal…unless it’s not. Shelly Sterling and the former Microsoft executive insist they’ve reached an agreement., but so far there’s no word from Donald. The reported $2 billion price tag is nearly four times higher than the previous record sale of an NBA franchise. The Dodgers – at $2.1 …

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Gamesmanship: Sports franchises seek raffle rights

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Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack…and a raffle ticket? The L.A. Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are among a group of pro sports franchises pushing lawmakers to allow high-stakes raffles at games. State law limits raffle winners to 10 percent of the take, with the rest going to charity. The teams are backing a bill that would allow them to …

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Dodgers kick off home season amid off-field turmoil

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The Dodgers have high hopes of reaching the World Series this year, but as they get set for their home opener today at Chavez Ravine all is not well off the field. In spite of a roster stocked with high-priced talent, most of the local chatter about the team early on has revolved around lack of access to SportsNet L.A., the club’s new cable …

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Yee is third Senate Democrat to face charges this year

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State Senator Leland Yee has been released from federal custody after posting $500,000 bail. But the troubles are just beginning for the Bay Area lawmaker. Yee was arrested yesterday and charged with public corruption and conspiring to traffic in firearms. The accusations throw into doubt Lee’s campaign for Secretary of State, his legislative career, and his freedom. They also further hamper Democrats’ efforts to …

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Dodgers prep for Aussie debut, but few fans will see it

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The Dodgers open up a new baseball season tomorrow – and they’ll be doing it in Sydney, Australia. It’s part of an ongoing drive to plant the seeds of baseball fandom Down Under and around the world. The Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks will play two games at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The Dodgers will carry the games live on their new cable station …

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Cyber criminals have California in their crosshairs

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Attorney General Kamala Harris says international criminals are increasingly following the money – straight to California. In a new report, the state’s top law enforcement official says California is a prime target of cybercrime because of the state’s wealth and technological innovation. Harris says California leads all states in the number of computers hacked or infected by malware, has the most victims of cyber …

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Many Dodger fans facing ‘blue-out’ as games begin

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The Dodgers new Time Warner cable TV station has debuted just in time for the team’s first spring training game today against the Arizona Diamondbacks. For fans who can’t get enough the boys in blue, it’s a 24-hour network. But as of now, most denizens of Dodger nation are blacked out. That’s because Time Warner has yet to reach deals with many of the …

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Split Six: Plan to carve California moving forward

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Backers have been given the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures for a ballot measure to split California into six states. It should make for good water cooler talk, if nothing else. Venture Capitalist Tim Draper is pushing the measure. He says California is too big and diverse to be governable. But even if voters agree, Congress would have to approve the plan, and give …

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Officers faulted for shooting during Dorner manhunt

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More than half a dozen LAPD officers who mistakenly shot at two women delivering newspapers during the manhunt for Christopher Dorner are facing discipline that could range from a slap on the wrist to dismissal. The department’s oversight panel says the officers violated LAPD policy when they collectively fired their weapons more than 100 times. One of the women was shot twice in the …

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Brown’s budget reflects improving California economy

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Governor Jerry Brown is unveiling a budget proposal this morning that reflects California’s improving fiscal picture, with more money targeted for schools healthcare and social services. The governor also wants to increase the pace of paying down the state’s debt and stash money away in a rainy day fund. Brown’s $155 billion blueprint would increase general fund spending by eight percent, repay $11 billion …

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Camp Pendleton investigates deaths of four Marines

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What went wrong at Camp Pendleton? Officials aren’t saying much about an accident that killed four Marines yesterday. They were doing a routine sweep to make a range safe for future training exercises. There was apparently no live firing on the range at the time. The base says the cause of the accident is under investigation, and that more information will be released as …

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California looking for places to put inmates

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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a deal to house about 2,000 inmates at a private prison in Kern County. The deal was announced just as the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider California’s appeal of a lower court order that requires the state to reduce prison overcrowding by late January. California will have to find room for about 9,600 inmates elsewhere, or release some …

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Who’s planting dry ice bombs at LAX?

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Another dry ice bomb has exploded at LAX, and authorities found two more of the devices that didn’t go off. The latest explosion – the second in as many days – happened around 8 p.m. last night when a dry ice bomb detonated outside the Tom Bradley Terminal. No one was injured and the blast had only a minimal effect on airport operations. Police …

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Foster care children face daunting achievement gap

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Foster Care children in California do worse in school than their peers, dropout twice as often and are more likely to be enrolled in failing schools. That’s the takeaway from a new study that will be released today. It finds that thousands of California students in foster care have suffered greater levels of emotional trauma than their peers, which is a significant impediment to …

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LAUSD President Vladovic denies harassment claims

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L.A. School Board President Richard Vladovic is denying charges that he sexually harassed a district employee a decade ago. That accusation and others were revealed in documents obtained by the L.A. Times through a public records request. One accuser says Vladovic made off-color jokes, used slurs about an employees’ sexual orientation and once handed her a swingers magazine to look at. Through an aide, …

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Californians still debating ouster of Gov. Gray Davis

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It’s been exactly one decade since California voters tossed Gray Davis out of office and elected Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor. It was the first time a sitting governor was recalled in California and only the second time in U.S. history. Schwarzenegger disappointed many supporters and failed to accomplish much of what he set out do to. But his victory did usher in some political …

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