Retired probation officer's course gives troubled kids a second chance

OC Register - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 18:36
“I don’t believe that there should be ‘throw-away kids,’” explained Ron Laursen, CEO of Kids “N” Crime. Laursen, a retired Orange County probation officer, founded Kids “N” Crime in 2002, when he saw a need to help teens who found...
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Board of Supervisors seeks to untangle problems with holiday lights

OC Register - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 18:35
If you and your neighbors plan on stringing lights across streets this holiday season or refuse to spend taxpayer money on such decorations, you’d better keep an eye on the Board of Supervisors meeting Sept. 9. Orange County officials are trying to...
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OC Register - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 18:35
NAIROBI, Kenya – Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren, who visited Rwanda earlier this month, said he hopes to expand his ministry to East Africa. “I could take you to 10 million villages in the world, and the only thing in them is a church,”...
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Jainists nourish their spirituality as fast ends

OC Register - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 18:30
BUENA PARK – Before Saturday, Ashok Savla had not had a thing to eat for 45 days. Not one crumb. Only water from sunup to sundown, he said. Nothing at night. “I feel great,” Savla said, sitting at an oblong table in an auditorium at the Jain...
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Kochs’ Network Wrestles With Expectations for Presidential Primaries

New York Times - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 18:22
Some activists involved in the political network overseen by Charles and David Koch are urging it to consider a more active role in the 2016 primaries.

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Surfer hospitalized after Newport rescue

OC Register - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 17:54
NEWPORT BEACH – A surfer is in critical condition at a local hospital after being rescued Saturday morning, police said. The male surfer, whose name was not released, was spotted in distress by a lifeguard about 10:30 a.m. in the water near 61st...
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At Risk in Senate, Democrats Seek to Rally Blacks

New York Times - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 17:46
With their Senate majority imperiled, Democrats are trying to mobilize African-Americans outraged by the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., to help them retain control of at least one chamber of Congress.
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U.S.'s first statewide plastic-bag ban goes to Brown

OC Register - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 17:31
SACRAMENTO – California lawmakers have approved a measure that would make the state the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. SB270 cleared the Senate on a 22-15 vote Friday and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown. It was approved by the...
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Let down by summer movies? Here's what happened

OC Register - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 17:27
NEW YORK – The movie of the summer might have been Marvel’s irreverent hit “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the top domestic film at the box office. Or it could have been Michael Bay’s sequel-reboot hybrid “Transformers: Age of Extinction,”...
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Coverage for End-of-Life Talks Gaining Ground

New York Times - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 16:30
Medicare may cover advance care planning that was once decried as “death panels,” and some private insurers are not waiting for the political process.
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As Scots Weigh Independence, Wales Takes Note

New York Times - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 16:24
Welsh nationalists have made the Scottish independence bid their own in the hope that it will stir passions at home — if not for full independence, at least for more self-government.
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Rams Cut Michael Sam, First Openly Gay N.F.L. Draft Pick

New York Times - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 15:09
The St. Louis Rams released defensive lineman Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an N.F.L. team.

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Fight brewing over Newport Beach land-use measure

OC Register - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 15:01
NEWPORT BEACH – Aiming to sway voters, forces on opposite sides of a divisive land-use measure have formed two new political action committees to shape future development in the city. One PAC describes itself as grass roots. The other, headed by...
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DealBook: Top Bitcoin Proponent to Plead Guilty to Federal Charge

New York Times - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 14:40
Charles Shrem, a leading backer of Bitcoin, is to plead to one federal count of aiding and abetting an unlicensed money transmitting business.
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Iranian President Is Hemmed In by Hard-Liners and New Western Sanctions

New York Times - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 14:24
In the second year of Hassan Rouhani’s presidency, many in Iran say that, like presidents before him, he is being blocked from carrying out his polices, particularly on the domestic front.

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Pakistani Opposition Clashes With the Police

New York Times - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 14:23
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Saturday that he would not resign and called the demands to do so by his opponents “unacceptable” and “unconstitutional.”
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At Ferguson March, Call for Labor Day Highway Protest

New York Times - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 14:18
In the ongoing protests over the killing of a black teenager by a white police officer, protesters were encouraged to tie up traffic on the Labor Day holiday.
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‘Preachers of L.A.’ Puts New Spin on Reality-TV Formula

New York Times - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 14:00
“Preachers of L.A.,” one of last year’s most invigorating and surprising reality television debuts, is now in its second season on Oxygen.
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Massachusetts May Shut Down Casinos Before Even One Opens

New York Times - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 13:59
Massachusetts approved legislation in 2011 to allow three casinos and a slots parlor, and voters will decide in November whether to repeal the law before a single casino has been built.
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In Nod to Eastern Europe, E.U. Names Poland Premier to Key Post

New York Times - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 13:58
The selection is the latest sign that Poland is emerging as a larger player in European affairs, particularly on issues involving the bloc’s eastern front.

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