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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Yes, that is the commander in chief shaking hands with a person wearing a horse mask in Denver.

That was a little bit before someone in the crowd offered the president marijuana -- legal in Colorado -- which he declined, smiling. read more


"Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin disclosed Wednesday that he will refuse to pay nearly $4 million the city owes two controversial nonprofits affiliated with the Department of Water and Power, saying he can't write the checks in "good conscience" because the groups have refused to show what they've done with more than $40 million in previous payments.

"As the City Controller, I have a duty to protect the public's money and to ensure that City funds are spent appropriately," Galperin wrote in an email to The Times. The city charter requires him to withhold a payment "if there is any question that they may be improper." read more


A 26-year-old New York Yankees fan who snoozed through a portion of a game in April is suing the team, Major League Baseball, ESPN and two TV announcers, accusing them of defaming him during the broadcast and afterward online. As a result of announcers John Kruk and Dan Shulman's alleged "avalanche of disparaging words" and statements published on MLB.com, Andrew Rector seeks $10 million in damages, alleging defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. read more


Monday, July 07, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry told U.S. House committee members meeting in the border town of McAllen, Texas, that the surge of undocumented immigrant children, more than 52,000 this fiscal year alone, was "manufactured to some degree by the drug cartels." "Some may think that allowing them to stay is a more humane option. I assure you, it is not," the Republican told the House Homeland Security Committee. One of the Democratic Congress members in attendance, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, said the surge of children was being portrayed as a darker portent than it actually was. "This is not a national security crisis," she said. "This is a humanitarian crisis." read more


Sunday, July 06, 2014

"The American high school student who was beaten and arrested during a clash with Israeli police last week is a good student who belongs to a large Palestinian family with strong ties to the U.S., relatives said Sunday.

Tariq Abukhdeir, 15, was born in Baltimore, lives in Tampa, Fla., and has family spread across the U.S., relatives said.

He is a cousin of Mohammed Abu Khudeir, the 16-year-old Palestinian who was kidnapped and burned alive last week, allegedly by Israeli ultra-nationalists." read more


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