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Thursday, December 15th, 2011
 
U.S. Justice officials accuse Arpaio's office of racial profiling, discrimination in county jails.
 
After nearly nine years of war, tens of thousands of casualties ?including 4,500 Americans dead?and more than $800 billion spent, the U.S. military formally ended its mission in Iraq.
 
Set aside some time for Timeline. Especially if you have been actively using Facebook for years. This is going to take a while. Fresh off its global debut in New Zealand, Facebook is rolling out its new profile design to all of its more than 800 million users. For the first time, they are getting a look at how their lives are about to appear to all of their friends. Facebook said in a blog post Thursday that users can either wait for a notification to pop up on their screen or go to facebook.com/about/timeline to get Timeline right away. No point in foot dragging: Eventually all profiles will switch to the new look. That means that all of those forgotten memories won't be lining the dust...
 
 
Selected calls to Huntington Beach Police Department, updated regularly.
 
Downtown's biggest vision since 1996 predicts a doubling of downtown population.
 
 
wsj.com - 12/15/2011 11:05am
Social games maker Zynga priced its initial public offering at $10 a share, raising $1 billion in the biggest U.S. Internet debut since Google. It will begin trading Friday.
 
 
Miami-Dade county officials are warning against swimming at several Miami-Dade beaches after samples showed traces of fecal pollution in the water.
 
  Workers on Thursday will began demolishing a bridge on the 60 Freeway that was structurally damaged in a tanker truck explosion, and commuters figured out how to do without the freeway for at least the next several days. The closure was jamming the Thursday morning commute as drivers clogged other freeways and roads into downtown Los Angeles. Officials said the 60 Freeway could remain closed through the weekend. Some commuters were turning to p...
 
 
After years of government dictates, it?s time African women be allowed to take the matter of their bodies into their own hands.
 
The silent film The Artist leads the nominations in this year's Golden Globe Awards with six nods including Best Film Comedy or Musical The Descendants and The Help follow just behind with five nominations each including a Best Actor in a Drama nod for George Clooney's performance in the former...
 
 
American CEOs raked in fat paychecks last year, as head honchos netted a median 27% increase in compensation in fiscal year 2010. Top executives from the S&P 500 scored a median 36.5% bump in realized compensation after two years of pay declines in 2008 and 2009, according to the ninth annual report from research group GMI. It?s sure to irk Occupy protesters, who have railed against the high-flying lifestyles of the 1% while the average American ...
 
wsj.com - 12/15/2011 3:00pm
A drop in new unemployment filings to a three-and-a-half-year low offered the latest indication of an improving labor market, but a drop in U.S. industrial output last month highlighted vulnerability to shocks.
 
 
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Authorities urged protesters to surrender, holding out the promise of reviewing the land deal that angered them while threatening to punish them if the unrest continued.
 
 
A Spanish teacher at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of molesting an underage girl who is a former student, the Orange County Sheriff's Department said Thursday. Ricardo Aldana, 37, a...
 
The tradition of having a child photographed with Santa doesn't always go as planned, but for some parents that's part of its charm.
 
 
As workers Thursday began tearing down a portion of a bridge damaged by a spectacular tanker explosion, officials said the 60 Freeway could be closed for days. The closure made for a miserable morning commute, with the 10, 210 and 5 freeways seeing extra traffic along with major surface streets flowing into downtown L.A. from the east. The 60 Freeway is closed in both directions between the 605 and the 710 freeways through the weekend, said Offi...
 
 
Occupy protesters planned Thursday to pitch tents in front of a downtown Los Angeles federal building to oppose what they say are overly harsh immigration enforcement measures. The Occupy ICE protesters, convened by a coalition of unions and immigrant rights' groups, planned to gather at 11:30 a.m. and march from the main plaza at Olvera Street to the federal building at 300 N. Los Angeles St., which houses Immigration and Customs Enforcement...
 
A man with a knife forced her to drive away. Police say this is a very rare case, and nobody has been arrested.
 
 
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LeBron James, the NBA’s favorite villain in 2011, hopes to shed the black hat for a white one this winter.
 
 
Residents of a northeast Phoenix neighborhood where a small plane crashed and killed a man stared in the direction of the wreckage Thursday wondering, "What if?"
 
SANTA ANA ? All but two of 19 people arrested this spring in a crackdown on illegal gambling machines in Garden Grove have pleaded guilty to misdemeanors that will yield fines and probation but no jail time if the defendants stay out of trouble,...
 
 
What says ?I like you? more than a concrete cupcake? They look sweet and are half-baked in a humorous way. In terms of potential holiday table decor and DIY gifts, these little treats ? one of many in the new book ?Concrete Garden Projects? ? have all the ingredients. Part of the appeal of Malin Nilsson and Camilla Arvidsson?s book is simplicity: Most of the pots, vases, candle holders, stepping stones and decorative figurines in the book were cr...
 
Russell Brand is set to join the crowded late-night field on American television with an unscripted series on FX beginning in the spring The network has ordered an initial run of six episodes of the half-hour show which will feature the British comedian interacting with a live studio audience It's...
 
 
SANTA ANA ? A fugitive from Mexico who had eluded authorities for six years faces more than 150 years in state prison after his convictions Wednesday for attempting to rape a female relative in her Laguna Niguel home as well as a 12-year-old girl....
 
philly.com - 12/15/2011 8:32pm
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For U.S. forces, the withdrawal from Iraq is as much a going-out-of-business sale as it is a military operation.
 
What should the Latino community's agenda for 2012 include? How can Latinos better position themselves to become leaders in their communities? What can Latinos do to become part of the solution toward resolving the challenges our communities and...
 
 
Miami Beach voted to continue to oppose any expansion of gaming Wednesday and amped up plans to fight casino legislation proposed in Tallahassee. But some warn an anti-casino stance may hurt the Beach’s ability to compete for tourism dollars.
 
In the minutes before a gasoline-loaded tanker truck erupted in a massive fireball, other drivers on the 60 Freeway called 911 to report seeing sparks and flames coming from the back of the big rig, authorities said. California Highway Patrol spokeswoman Sgt. Denise Joslin said authorities still don't know what caused the truck to burst into flames. She said faulty brakes still are being considered as a possible factor. Joslin said CHP invest...
 
 
A coalition of unions, Occupy protesters and immigrant rights activists marched from La Placita to the federal building Thursday to protest what they consider overly harsh enforcement measures. The protesters, who dubbed the action Occupy ICE, said they were calling on the Department of Homeland Security to stop deporting "hard-working immigrant families." ICE refers to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. "We stand here arm in arm wit...
 
Janet McTeer talks about being nominated for a Golden Globe award for her supporting role in "Albert Nobbs."
 
 
Howard Stern has signed a deal to join the judging panel of NBC's America's Got Talent in 2012 "I'm going to be Piers [Morgan] on steroids" Stern said in the announcement referring to former lead judge Piers Morgan "I'm going to go there as a serious judge"Stern announced the gig...