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More Californians Sign Up for Health Plans, Survey Says, but Holdouts May Be Hard to Get

New York Times - California News - July 29, 2014 - 9:00pm
A survey from the Kaiser Foundation said many previously uninsured Californians had been able to get coverage, through either Medicaid or private insurers.

One Arena, Two Directions for Teams in Los Angeles

New York Times - California News - July 29, 2014 - 9:00pm
The Clippers can look to brighter times ahead now that Donald Sterling finally appears to be gone, while the Lakers look back on their glory days.

Crowded Prisons in California

New York Times - California News - July 29, 2014 - 9:00pm
Two proponents of prison reform say Gov. Jerry Brown has been resisting a court order.

Senate Passes Measure to Replenish Highway, Bridge Fund

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 29, 2014 - 7:49pm
The Senate on Tuesday passed an $8.1 billion measure to replenish the fund that pays for highway and bridge repairs, creating last-minute trouble to prevent the fund from becoming depleted.

Leahy's Bill Would Curb U.S. Surveillance

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 29, 2014 - 7:03pm
A bill introduced by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy to revamp U.S. government surveillance programs represents the best chance for changes this year, congressional officials say, but many hurdles remain.

Old Attempt to Sell Real Estate Website Trulia Rewards Ex-Adviser Qatalyst Now

New York Times - California News - July 29, 2014 - 6:24pm
JPMorgan advised Trulia on its sale to Zillow and did all the work, but Qatalyst will get part of its roughly $50 million fee.

Ex-Im Bank Chairman Defends Probes

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 29, 2014 - 6:05pm
U.S. Export-Import Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg said the agency has dismissed three employees in recent months and placed a fourth on administrative leave amid investigations into fraud.

Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Campus

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 29, 2014 - 5:56pm
A broken water main near the UCLA campus spewed water some 30 feet in the air Tuesday, stranding cars and people in underground parking structures and covering parts of campus in ankle-deep water.

Consumer Confidence Rises in U.S.

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 29, 2014 - 5:08pm
Consumers turned more upbeat about the economy this month, according to a consumer confidence report. Better sentiment about job availability supports expectations for a good increase in July payrolls.

Transit Agencies Get Creative

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 29, 2014 - 3:24pm
Transit authorities in the U.S. looking to expand rail lines are getting into the real-estate-development business to raise revenue.

House GOP Releases Border Bill

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 29, 2014 - 2:17pm
House Republicans released a bill providing $659 million to help deal with the influx of Central American children and families crossing the border.

Senate Confirms McDonald as VA Chief

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 29, 2014 - 1:36pm
The Senate confirmed Robert McDonald as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, one day after congressional leaders cobbled together a $17 billion funding bill to help reform the agency and expand care.

Books of The Times: ‘Selected Poems,’ by Mark Ford, Covers a Career

NY Times Books - July 29, 2014 - 1:09pm
“Selected Poems” gathers decades of works by the British poet Mark Ford.






Energy Regulators Say EPA's Climate Rule Poses Grid Challenges

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 29, 2014 - 12:01pm
President Barack Obama's proposed carbon-emissions rule for the nation's power plants will create new cost and reliability challenges for the U.S. electricity system, federal energy regulators said Tuesday.

Why Tensions Are Rising Between U.S., Israel

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 29, 2014 - 11:44am
Capital Journal: Washington Bureau Chief Gerald F. Seib looks at increasingly fraught U.S.-Israeli relations and finds mutual mistrust stemming from a broken peace process and ongoing talks over the fate of Iran's nuclear program.

ArtsBeat: A Crowdsourced Sonnet for a Summer’s Day in the Office

NY Times Books - July 29, 2014 - 11:39am
The poem, assembled by The American Scholar online begins, “How like a prison is my cubicle.”






Medicare, Social Security Disability Fund Headed in Different Directions

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 29, 2014 - 11:14am
Two of the nation's biggest entitlement programs are on very different paths, government trustees said Monday—with Medicare's trust fund rebounding strongly, but Social Security's disability fund on the brink of exhaustion.

Lawmakers Unveil $17 Billion Fix for VA

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 29, 2014 - 10:59am
House and Senate negotiators unveiled a $17 billion package to begin addressing long wait times and mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs, a down payment on a broader reassessment of how the agency provides care to veterans.

Home-Price Growth Slows

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 29, 2014 - 9:16am
Home prices across the U.S. slowed sharply to a single-digit pace in May on a year-over-year basis, the slowest rate since February 2013, according to a home-price report.

A Paris Designer Sets up a Creative Commune in the Hollywood Hills

New York Times - California News - July 29, 2014 - 8:30am
Bernhard Willhelm — known for his zany prints and creative cuts — recently relocated his home and studio to Los Angeles, bringing his entourage (and their wild ways) along for the party.
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