Stories for December 10, 2012
By the year 2030, for the first time in history, a majority of the world's population will be out of poverty. Middle classes will be the most important social and economic sector. Asia will enjoy the global power status it last had in the Middle Ages, while the 350-year rise of the West will be largely reversed. Global leadership may be shared, and the world is likely to be democratizing.
Update at 7 a.m. ET, Dec. 11. Settlement Announced:
TheWall Street Journal and The New York Times are reporting that federal and state authorities will announce a record $1.9 billion settlement with British banking firm HSBC on Tuesday.
The women's shoe department at Nordstrom's flagship store in Seattle is bustling. Shoppers are trying on everything from stilettos to rain boots -- and when they're ready to buy, they can pay up right where they are.
The first installment of 2012-13 property taxes are due today for San Diego County landowners.
Cats were everywhere. Fifty or so of them. In the house. On the lawn. Sunning themselves on the wall surrounding the property.
Smartphone users have a wide range of apps to choose from if they're looking to dine ethically. There are apps that advise which supermarkets have good environmental records and apps that keep tabs on restaurants and markets offering sustainable seafood.
Eugenio Velazquez is not a typical courier busted for smuggling drugs on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Cold, wet weather and mountain snow could be possible when a storm from the Gulf of Alaska reaches San Diego County Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
The San Diego Unified School District will swear in its new and re-elected trustees at a special meeting today.
Details are starting to come out about President Obama's second inauguration next month. The co-chairmen include some leaders of the Democratic Party and the business world as well as actress Eva Longoria. A record crowd came to the nation's capital in 2009 to witness the country's first black president take the oath of office, but this one is expected to be less flashy.
The Orange Country Register in suburban Los Angeles is expanding its newsroom. Not only that -- the owners are emphasizing print, not digital.
Big-hearted Americans always rush to give money after a disaster. Just how much and how fast is often determined by technology. After the earthquake in Haiti, texting small donations, for example, became a new standard practice.