Stories for December 6, 2013
Local law enforcement say gangs have gotten worse in the last five years. Officers say it's due to prison realignment. Researchers say San Diego is behind the gang deterrence curve.
San Diego's economy will continue to improve next year, economist says.
Forty-one states and the District of Columbia have laws that make it illegal to text while driving. Six others forbid new drivers from texting behind the wheel.
President Obama threw the switch on the National Christmas Tree on Friday amid a constant rain that soaked many of the estimated 17,000 attendees.
Six people are admitted to a hospital in central Mexico with potential radiation poisoning days after a truck containing a highly radioactive load of cobolt-60 was hijacked at a gas station.
A San Diego television station and car dealership promised to buy enough tickets to Sunday's NFL game between the San Diego Chargers and the New York Giants to avoid a TV broadcast blackout.
“Holiday” celebrates some of our most important traditions. Nordic folk woodcarver Harley Refsal brings to life the rich history of winter solstice. Clay artist Susan Garson creates fanciful Chanukah menorahs. George Vanderbilt’s opulent turn-of-the-century Christmas is recreated at the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina. Daring chefs make lavish gingerbread houses for the competition at Grove Park Inn. Navidad is celebrated in San Antonio with religious processions, tamales and Kathleen Trenchard’s sparkling luminarias. Garcia Art Glass makes colorful ornaments, and Veronica Castillo creates a traditional Mexican Tree of Life.
A man whose brother is believed to be a prolific cartel hit man was sentenced to more than 21 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted murder in what authorities said was a plot to kill a mother and son in Southern California who owed a drug debt.
Get ready for a bruising GOP primary battle in Mississippi.
The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation announced that multiple Grammy award-winning superstar Mariah Carey will be performing at the 91st annual National Christmas Tree Lighting. Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch will host the ceremony, which also includes holiday performances by The Avett Brothers, Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, acclaimed soprano and musical ambassador Renée Fleming, multicultural operatic trio Forte, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, singer/songwriter Janelle Monáe, Latin music superstar Prince Royce, jazz legend Arturo Sandoval, the multiplatinum, Grammy-winning band Train, and Nolan Williams, Jr. and Voices of Inspiration.
Here's something you haven't heard in years: The U.S. economy had a great week.
Dental care is a luxury many San Diegans can't afford. But this weekend people can get it for free.
The final draw of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil was announced Friday. The U.S. team will face Germany, Portugal and Ghana in Group G; host Brazil will face world No. 16 Croatia in Group A. Only the top two teams of each group advance to the next round.
HIV has reappeared in the blood of two Boston patients who scientists had hoped had been cured of their infections.
Some Californians whose policies have been canceled are finding relief in a surprising place: from insurance companies that aren't offering plans on the new Covered California marketplace.
"There's our ship!" says Officer Lisa Sacco.
The U.S. unemployment rate now stands at 7 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday, coming down from 7.3 percent in October to hit its lowest mark in five years. Employers added 203,000 jobs to payrolls in November, the agency says.
A large tract of America can expect "a major icing event," the National Weather Service says, predicting snow and ice in an area that includes at least eight states from Texas to the Ohio Valley. The winter storm has already hit Western towns; some will endure lows far below zero this weekend, forecasters say.
It was 1966, and a ship called the Daniel J. Morrell was making its last run of the season, hauling steel across Lake Huron. The crew was eager to head home for Christmas. But one night, caught in a severe storm, the ship broke apart and sank.