Stories for December 16, 2013
A wildfire burning Monday in the Big Sur area of California destroyed at least 15 homes and forced about 100 people to evacuate as it chewed through dry vegetation on its way toward the ocean.
For the past 75 years, Wallis Simpson has been cast as the scarlet woman of 20th century British history – the siren who seduced Edward VIII and caused him to give up his throne. But a trove of secret letters in "Wallis Simpson: Secret Letters," suggest that the story of their infamous marriage may not be entirely factual.
At the moment, Washington fiscal policy is a good news, bad news story.
The email arrived with the kind of snarky tone reserved for a moment when the author is sure he -- and it's usually a he -- thinks he's hoisted you with your own petard.
The City Council on Tuesday will consider scheduling a Feb. 11 runoff election for San Diego mayor, which pits two of its members against each other.
A Methodist minister in Pennsylvania who was suspended after defying church authorities by presiding over his gay son's wedding has vowed to continue his work as a clergyman even if he is defrocked.
Learn to create the finest desserts and goodies in your own home. In the series MARTHA BAKES, Martha Stewart shares the best baking tips and techniques, giving you the confidence to create delectable baked goods — from scratch — in your own kitchen. Custard has never been so tempting as with Martha’s many variations. Join Martha as she shares her recipes for a classic crème brûlée, a cherry clafouti, crème caramel — and to top things off, mocha custards.
The report found that 18 San Diego County school districts purchase local, regional or California-grown products and 11 districts purchase directly from a grower.
Every sight and sound of the magical Christmas train in the 2004 film The Polar Express is based on a real-life steam locomotive. The Pere Marquette 1225 has its own Christmas story to tell -- and it involves a very close call with the scrapyard.
A lot of big tech names have agreed to visit the White House for a chat tomorrow.
In hospitals, people are bathed with soaps containing the antibacterial triclosan to reduce the risk of serious infections in surgery. But that doesn't necessarily mean we should be using triclosan soap in the kitchen and the bathroom, the Food and Drug Administration says.
When Dr. Tim Ihrig crosses the threshold of the Avelleyras home in Fort Dodge, Iowa, he steps over a doormat that says, "One nice person and one old grouch live here."
In tropical South Florida, it's growing season. Temperatures are in the 80s, there's lots of sun and good rain, and normally, Hermine Ricketts' plants would already be in the ground.
There's no such thing as too much practice when it comes to brain surgery.
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music. In this episode, AUSTIN CITY LIMITS presents the best in Latin music with Juanes and Jesse & Joy. Colombian superstar Juanes performs a high-energy set of his best, while Mexico City’s sibling duo Jesse & Joy sing a selection of their greatest hits.
A look into the slippery slope of coordination between campaigns and the super PAC’s that support them in the San Diego mayor's race.
A man found guilty of masterminding a $100 million fraud involving a Navy veterans charity has been sentenced to 28 years in prison and slapped with a $6 million fine.
According to Southwest, the airline will offer initial fares of $89 one-way to Portland and Seattle, and $149 one-way to New Orleans and Orlando.
While the holidays can be a joyous time for many, it can also be stressful, especially if you have overcommitted yourself with tasks or perhaps are dealing with the loss of a loved one.
LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER rings in the new year with a special broadcast of the New York Philharmonic’s opening gala concert featuring music director Alan Gilbert and special guest cello soloist Yo-Yo Ma. The concert, taped on September 25 at Avery Fisher Hall, will feature dance-inspired orchestral works, including "Azul" by Osvaldo Golijov, a cello concerto written for Ma; the world premiere of an arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s "La serie del Ángel" by Octavio Brunetti, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic; and two classics by Maurice Ravel, "Alborada del gracioso" and "Boléro."
Looks like Edward Snowden won't get amnesty after all.
Four buildings on Harvard University's campus near Boston were evacuated Monday after the school's police department received an unconfirmed report that explosives may have been placed inside.
The U.S. Navy plans to increase sonar testing over the next five years, even as research it funded reveals worrying signs that the loud underwater noise could disturb whales and dolphins.
San Diego State University police said they are on the lookout for a young man who snatched a student's cell phone from her hand Sunday and fled with the device.
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has given UC San Diego yet another multimillion-dollar grant for stem cell research.
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