Stories for December 5, 2013
By most accounts, California's death penalty process takes too long and costs too much, but public safety groups in San Diego County believe there might be a way to fix the state's broken death penalty process.
While only 9 percent of parents reported having heard a lot about California's new funding system, about 75 percent said they would be willing to helping direct spending plans once it was explained to them.
Vice President Biden hasn't announced his 2016 presidential plans. It's far too early for that; we haven't even hit the first anniversary of President Obama's second inaugural, after all.
Around 3,000 seats remain for Sunday afternoon's contest against the New York Giants, and the NFL has given the San Diego Chargers an extra 24 hours to sell them to avoid a broadcast blackout.
The 99-year-old Botanical Building is planning to get a facelift in time for Balboa Park's 100th anniversary celebration in 2015.
The board that oversees California's embattled high-speed rail project is responding to recent legal and administrative setbacks and says it will file a new motion seeking blanket authority to sell $8.6 billion in state bonds.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law a sweeping overhaul in the state's underfunded pension system that's aimed at closing a $100 billion shortfall.
The vacancy on the El Cajon City Council drew 27 applicants, who will be interviewed beginning next week, city officials announced Thursday
The White House has acknowledged that as a student at Harvard Law School in the 1980s, the president briefly lived with his Kenyan-born uncle, after it first denied the two had ever met.
Wildlife officials in southwest Florida who are struggling to save dozens of beached pilot whales say there's hope that at least some of the animals might escape after they spotted at least 20 of them swimming in deeper water.
If you love cats and adore Christmas, do we ever have the website for you. A project that takes the concept of "reality TV" in new directions -- eight solid hours a day of streaming video.
We see a lot of police interrogation on TV, but how closely do those high-adrenaline scenes resemble the real thing? According to Douglas Starr, not much. In his new New Yorker article, "The Interview: Do Police Interrogation Techniques Produce False Confessions?", Starr examines the Reid technique, the style of interrogation most widely used by police forces in the U.S.
When you're making eight bucks an hour, which is pretty typical in the fast-food industry, it's tough to make ends meet.
A container of radioactive waste stolen at gunpoint in Mexico was found Wednesday afternoon.
A new report shows California's economic recovery has been a mixed bag with coastal regions seeing healthy job growth while inlands areas continue to struggle.
Chuck Hagel is now the third Secretary of Defense to consider whether fallen San Diego Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta deserves the Medal of Honor. Rep. Duncan Hunter sent Hagel a letter in October asking him to reconsider the evidence of Peralta's bravery, and a Hunter spokesman says the secretary is "looking at it seriously."
President Obama is ordering federal agencies to use more renewable energy, in a memorandum issued Thursday. Under the new plan, each agency would have until 2020 to get 20 percent of its power from renewable sources.
Ford unveiled its new Mustang on Thursday, in a splashy event that was undermined a bit by leaked photos that showed the new model's design. And the Mustang will be sold around the globe for the first time since the car was introduced nearly 50 years ago.
A training exercise planned at Camp Pendleton Thursday is expected to cause loud booms and be heard up to 50 miles away.
An early morning crash involving eight vehicles and a motorcycle sent three people to the hospital and caused a backup on westbound I-8 Thursday.
Gov. Jerry Brown's approval rating has reached a new high as he considers seeking re-election next year.
The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.6 percent in the third quarter, according to data released Thursday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. That's a rise from the second quarter, when the real gross domestic product tallied a 2.5 percent gain.
An Arizona employee safety agency has fined the state's forestry division $559,000 for its failures in handling the Yarnell Hill wildfire, which killed 19 elite firefighters from the city of Prescott this summer.
Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is more than a little aggravated with the Senate Conservatives Fund, and who can blame him.
It's Day 4 of the White House's new messaging push for the Affordable Care Act. Today the goal is to tell the stories of people with pre-existing conditions who are now entitled to coverage under the new health care law.
One thing that's clear about the relaunch of the troubled HealthCare.gov website is that it can accommodate more people.