A state senator from Torrance is blaming powerful lobbyists for the hospital industry for the defeat of proposed consumer legislation aimed at hospital billing practices.
Former Sen. Chris Dodd was named head of the Motion Picture Association of America.
Voters in Los Angeles County have re-elected a state senator who died last month, setting up a special election to fill the vacant seat.
A public funeral will be held for state Sen. Jenny Oropeza, who died last week at age 53.
Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history who lost his seat after a corruption conviction that was later dismissed, was killed Tuesday in a small plane crash in Alaska. He was 86.