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Vacation payout for county supervisor becomes issue in fight over ouster of attorney

In November 2014, Los Angeles County Counsel Mark Saladino signed off on a memo giving the go-ahead for Supervisor Don Knabe to collect more than $100,000 in vacation pay when he retires at the end of this year. Seven months later, the other supervisors consulted a second attorney who concluded that...

L.A.'s port pilots are awash in overtime pay

The small corps of mariners who guide ships in and out of the Port of Los Angeles are by far the best-paid city employees, averaging nearly $450,000 in salary and bonuses last year. But unlike pilots in other major West Coast ports, the pilots in Los Angeles have a union contract that boosts their...

Vietnam gets loans from World Bank to aid competitiveness, green growth

HANOI (Reuters) - The World Bank and Vietnam on Monday signed agreements under which the country will get $371 million in loans and grants to support its economic competitiveness, green growth and water management.

In political turnabout, Democrats play soft-on-Russia card by linking Trump to Putin

For decades, Republicans were the fiercest of Cold Warriors, fighting the spread of communism and, not incidentally, winning elections by painting Democrats as the party of the frail and feckless. Even with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the GOP and its defense and foreign policy leaders warned...

Teacher protests rock Mexico with roadblocks, sit-ins and strikes; 8 have died in clashes with police

With its towering cathedral, stately trees and many cafes, the central plaza here usually exudes a sense of peace and elegance — a place to dine, reflect or listen to the marimba bands that perform on the ornate, wrought-iron bandstand. But sit-ins, roadblocks and violence linked to Mexico's roiling...

A father's tough love mixed with a son's talent puts boxer Carlos Balderas in the Olympics

The boxer dances across an empty ring, moving to a beat only he can hear. His punches snap with a grace honed by years of hard work. All the times he rose early as a boy, running cold streets while classmates watched from a passing school bus, made him quick. All the times he trudged across town,...

California Inc.: Tesla set to open its new 'gigafactory'

Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business Section. I'm Business columnist David Lazarus, and here's a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week. It’s a whole new day in TV World. Last week, Fox News’ big dog, Roger Ailes, resigned only...

Why have upscale retailer Nordstrom and other apparel giants lost their luster?

In mid-August of last year, warning signs at the Seattle headquarters of Nordstrom Inc. first became apparent. Up to that point, the upscale apparel retailer, with $14 billion in annual sales, had enjoyed several years of steady sales growth and expansion. Its stock had climbed to a record high...

Sanders delegates' quandary: Take a stand at the convention or work with Clinton Democrats

When Bernie Sanders takes the stage on Monday night at the Democratic National Convention, the Vermont senator will face nearly 2,000 delegates who have heeded his call for a political revolution but remain divided over how to achieve it. Some are eager to make a final stand on the convention floor to...

'Nothing normal' about the Sand fire in the Santa Clarita Valley, officials say

Before the flames of the Sand fire ripped through the Santa Clarita Valley this weekend, destroying homes and charring hillsides, officials had been on high alert. They had every reason to be worried. The National Weather Service had issued a red flag warning across Southern California, advising...

There will probably be far fewer superdelegates at the next Democratic convention

Democratic National Convention live updates July 25, 2016, 3:30 a.m. The 2016 Democratic National Convention starts today in Philadelphia. Here's what to look for:• The response to the resignation of Democratic chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who had been scheduled to speak.• So far, most...

Another California Republican running for Congress struggles with questions about Donald Trump

Updates on California politics: Podcast preview of state Democrats in Philadelphia, Sanchez takes aim at Obama's Senate endorsement July 25, 2016, 3 a.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching: California Democrats have...

At Comic-Con, creators, fans contemplate a closer-than-ever relationship

A fan at Comic-Con International here had a message for Joss Whedon, creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and director of two “Avengers” movies: We want you back. In this hyper-connected, social media-driven age, Whedon has been missing in action since spring 2015. That’s when he pulled the plug...

Greece's Chios island in state of emergency as wildfire rages

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece has declared a state of emergency on the Aegean island of Chios, engulfed by a wildfire raging out of control, authorities said on Monday.

Your Essential Politics guide to Day 1 at the Democratic National Convention

I’m Christina Bellantoni, here with your Essential Politics guide to the Democratic National Convention. Tonight’s theme is United Together, and like last week’s Republican confab, there are clear indications unity is still a lofty goal for some. As Hillary Clinton heads into her four-day coronation,...

Clinton has staked out many liberal positions, but will it quell unrest among progressives?

Though Hillary Clinton’s choice of running mate renewed charges from the left over the weekend that she is a centrist – even a “corporatist” – who posed as progressive to get through a hard-fought Democratic primary, her actions on the campaign trail are hardly those of a candidate racing back...

Clinton’s VP pick gets decent reviews from both enviros and fossil fuel industry

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine appears to have an uncanny ability to appeal to people across the spectrum.

Britain to have cooler than usual Aug-Oct : The Weather Company

LONDON (Reuters) - Below-normal temperatures are expected in Britain and parts of Norway, France and Germany from August to October, with higher than average temperatures across the rest of Europe, The Weather Company said on Monday...

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