Stories for February 25, 2013
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- California water officials say a combination of dry winter conditions and restrictions on pumping is leading to an outlook of a low water supply for some farmers in 2013.
Investments by the San Diego City Employees Retirement System earned a 13.9 percent return in the 2012 calendar year, a SDCERS official confirmed today.
When the nation's governors gathered in Washington, D.C., this weekend for their annual winter meeting, the meeting's official theme was about efforts to hire people with disabilities.
For Darden Restaurants, the company behind Olive Garden and Red Lobster, its earnings projections out last week were not pretty. Sales will fall, it said, and company CEO Clarence Otis called higher payroll taxes a "headwind."
Women have been told for years that if they don't take calcium supplements religiously, they're putting themselves at risk of crippling hip fractures in old age.
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a challenge to the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The law's future is to be decided on a case from Alabama, the very place the statute was born.
It's been nearly two years since Oprah ended her daily show, and Chicago's been adjusting to the loss of the day-time talk queen. Although she left a huge void, there's no need to write an obituary for the TV talk genre in Chicago.
If Congress fails to make a deal on government spending before Friday, California will lose roughly $88 million in K-12 funding; $2.5 million to help the state respond to public health threats; $54 million for military bases; $5.4 million for programs like Meals On Wheels; and $400 million in civilian Defense Department cuts, resulting in 64,000 employees being furloughed.
Texas state troopers are no longer permitted to shoot from helicopters at fleeing suspects, the result of a high-speed chase that happening in the Rio Grande Valley four months ago.
To understand what's happening with federal judge vacancies, consider this: The Senate votes Monday night on the nomination of Robert Bacharach to sit on the federal appeals court based in Denver.
The Census Bureau announced Monday that it would drop the word "Negro" from its forms, after some described it as offensive. According to the Associated Press, the term will be replaced next year by black or African-American. From the AP:
In its bid to reshape itself for the future, Yahoo is returning to a workplace culture of the tech industry's past. The Internet giant has reportedly notified its employees they'll no longer be allowed to work from home. According to an internal memo leaked to tech site All Things D, employees who previously enjoyed teleworking will have to start showing up at an office by June.
One year ago Tuesday, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla., -- a death that would reignite the national debate about race relations and raise questions about the "stand your ground" laws on the books in Florida and 29 other states.
There is speculation about a last minute settlement. But if that doesn't happen, a federal judge in New Orleans will today begin hearing arguments about BP's liability for the 2010 oil rig explosion and spill in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 men and led to one of the biggest environmental disasters in the nation's history.
Two months after the massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut, letters, cards and gifts continue to arrive in Newtown each day, but the town is not sure what to do with it all.