Stories for December 9, 2013
Congress voted to renew a ban on plastic firearms that can skirt airport detectors, but Republican lawmakers blocked efforts to tighten the restrictions.
Time was when business-suited Santas would spend December roaming the corridors of Congress, bestowing all sorts of goodies upon their elected friends, prospective friends and staffers: baskets of food, bottles of booze, even high-priced tickets to sports events.
"Doc Martin: Revealed" features behind-the-scenes footage from the newest "Doc Martin" series (Season 6) shot on location in Port Isaac, Cornwall, England. Viewers get inside access to the actors and crew as they film sequences on the balcony at Large's Restaurant and in the nearby pub that doubles for the Crab & Lobster.
If revenge is a dish best served cold, in Washington it can also be served with a heaping side of irony.
The city of San Diego has 425 requests for sidewalk installations throughout the city, which would cost a combined $170 million, but only budgets $1 million annually to pay for them.
That wreath on your front door could contain stolen goods.
Critics of the federal auto bailout will no longer be able to refer derisively to GM as "Government Motors" -- on Monday, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced the U.S. government has sold its remaining shares in the carmaker.
Test cook Julia Collin Davison shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the ultimate New Orleans Bourbon Bread Pudding. Then, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his top picks for sugar shakers. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of grits. And finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster reveals the secrets to making perfect Beignets at home.
The SANDAG report says the median cost of a single-family house in San Diego in November was $469,000, down 1.3 percent from last month but 15 percent higher from October 2012.
Federal prosecutors announced Monday the indictment of 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies on an array of charges stemming from a sweeping investigation into inmate abuse and corruption.
When Diane Shore got a letter that her health policy would be canceled, the small premium increase for the new plan didn't bother her that much.
Comic book lovers have a new paradise. It's not the Batcave or the Fortress of Solitude; it's a new cartoon library and museum, tucked into a nondescript building on the Ohio State University campus.
Relatives of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School have asked people to mark Saturday's anniversary of the mass shooting with "acts of kindness" and say they will light candles in memory of the victims.
If you're looking for good role models for your teenagers, the local cineplex may not be the place to go.
The farm-to-table movement might be facing more of an uphill battle in San Diego since the recent closure of a couple farm-to-table restaurants.
At one time, Area 51 was one of the most famous military installations in the world -- a place widely talked about, yet so secret that the U.S. government refused to confirm its existence.
An annual study on female California business leaders shows that the glass ceiling for women in business is rising, but says there’s lots of work to be done before it shatters.
National City will close its City Hall for two weeks, saving the city an estimated $138,500 in salary costs and an additional $11,910 in energy costs.
CALL THE MIDWIFE follows nurse Jenny Lee and the midwives and nuns from Nonnatus House convent, who visit the expectant mothers of Poplar, providing the poorest women with the best possible care. Chummy, PC Noakes and baby Freddy are back in the East End, Sister Bernadette, now known as Shelagh since leaving the convent, is preparing for her wedding to Dr. Turner and Jenny is facing huge challenges personally and professionally. At Christmas, when an unexploded World War II bomb is found under a warehouse close to Nonnatus House, the nuns and dozens of local families become homeless.
A ruling in the Detroit bankruptcy case is raising questions in California. A Michigan judge has ruled the city does not have to pay pensions in full as it enters bankruptcy.
Advocates for overhauling the corrections system are asking California officials to look at alternatives to incarceration as they consider how best to use bond revenue meant to reduce prison overcrowding.
You know what they say: It's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt.
The meat on your dinner table probably didn't come from a happy little cow that lived a wondrous life out on rolling green hills. It probably also wasn't produced by a robot animal killer hired by an evil cabal of monocle-wearing industrialists.
Their paths repeatedly crossed on the way to the World Series. And now retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox are headed to the same place: the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The Hall's Expansion Era committee announced its selection Monday.
Aside from racial and ethnic slurs, there aren't many words that prompt a more immediate and visceral response than "hipster." Many associate the term with craft beer, smugness and, of course, Brooklyn. Modern-day hipsters have inspired a huge number of Tumblrs, memes and trend pieces in the media.
A water main broke in San Diego's Mountain View neighborhood early Monday, sending water gushing into the street, police said.
U.S. and British intelligence agencies have worked to infiltrate networks of violence-prone individuals who might unite for a common cause. And in some cases, the spies are also targeting networks that aren't regional terrorist cells -- they're online gaming communities, according to the latest revelation from documents given to the media by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
A plastic bottle containing tin foil and a dark liquid was reported Sunday and now Carlsbad police want to know who left it on the home's lawn.
New York's health insurance marketplace has been running relatively smoothly, compared with healthcare.gov, the site the federal government is running for 36 states.
Eric Highfill spent five years in the Navy, fixing airplanes for special-operations forces. His discharge papers show an Iraq campaign medal and an Afghanistan campaign medal, a good conduct medal, and that he's a marksman with a pistol and sharpshooter with a rifle.
Winter won't officially begin for nearly two more weeks, but a winter storm continued to plow across much of the eastern part of the U.S. on Monday, bringing a dangerous mix of snow, ice and freezing rain. The storm knocked out power in some areas, fouled morning commutes and caused more than a thousand flights to be cancelled.
Patients with severe epilepsy are giving scientists the chance to see the human brain in action, a view they could never get with an MRI or other high-tech tools.
With a new White House push to promote the Affordable Care Act well underway, the question is whether an improved HealthCare.gov site and onslaught of positive talking points will be enough to bolster Senate Democrats facing tough races in 2014.