Executive pay at Blue Shield of California shot up $24 million, audit reveals

Nonprofit insurer Blue Shield of California boosted executive compensation by $24 million in 2012 -- a 64% jump over the previous year -- according to a confidential state audit reviewed by the Los Angeles Times.  
The U.S. Olympic Committee on Tuesday named Los Angeles as its candidate for the 2024 Games, replacing Boston's soured bid and marking a comeback for LA's dream of becoming a three-time host of the global sports competition  
 
Federal judge finds that case against Uber over employee status of drivers can proceed as a class action, raising stakes in legal battle that threatens ride-sharing business model.  
 
The authors abandoned the original bill in July after it stalled in the Assembly Health Committee over growing personal and religious concerns from a group of mostly Southern California Democrats.  
 
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California agrees to settle lawsuit challenging use of solitary confinement in state's prisons, ending case prompted by hunger strikes by inmates protesting being kept in isolation for a decade or longer  
 
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Taste-Off: The best beef jerky -- and the nastiest

Done well, beef jerky is a protein and flavor-laden snack. Done poorly, the stuff's shoe leather. Here's the scoop on the best of the bunch -- and the nastiest.