Stories for January 30, 2013
There are some people who viewed the news that the economy shrank toward the end of the year as a bracing wake-up call, a gloomy foreshadowing of what could happen if even bigger automatic reductions start March 1. But don't count on it changing the dynamics of the current debate over the so-called sequester.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW visits the Boston Public Library to explore sketches from the beloved children’s book "Make Way for Ducklings," which inspired the creation of Boston’s famous duckling sculptures. Boston guests sure can carry a tune, bringing in a 1950 Selmer alto saxophone, an impressive George Gershwin collection and 1970s Beatles memorabilia valued at $60,000.
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two teenage boys who kidnapped and sexually assaulted two girls in a Rancho Penasquitos park were sentenced today to 58- and 50-year-to-life prison terms.
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Mayor Bob Filner and police Chief William Lansdowne are scheduled to announce tomorrow whether they will maintain the city of San Diego's red light camera program.
LA JOLLA (CNS) - An Internet webcam installed atop the condemned lifeguard tower at the Children's Pool in La Jolla has been added to the mayor's website and will be streamed on CityTV, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner announced today.
Man on the Street John “Doc” Willoughby ventures to New York City to learn about vegetarian cooking from Amanda Cohen at Dirt Candy. Back in the test kitchen, test cook Becky Hays shows host Christopher Kimball how to make a great Mushroom and Leek Galette with Gorgonzola at home. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews his favorite vegetable cleavers in the Equipment Corner. And finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster uncovers the secrets to the ultimate Farmhouse Vegetable and Barley Soup.
If you're the economic pillar for both your kids and your parents, you're not alone.
The halting testimony of former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, gravely injured in a mass shooting two years ago, may have provided the most gripping moments of the Senate's first gun control hearing this session.
In Charlottesville, Va., residents are buzzing about a gun incident -- but it wasn't a shooting. Sunday evening, a man walked into a supermarket with a loaded rifle. Shoppers called 911 and authorities rushed to the store, but police said they could not make an arrest: The man carrying the gun had not broken the law.
On Monday, we pointed to how the bipartisan Gang of Eight senators mostly avoided the term "illegal immigrant" in the language of their immigration reform plan.
Quite a few families with expensive job-based health insurance may be ineligible for federal subsidies to help them buy cheaper coverage through new online insurance markets, under final rules released Wednesday by the Internal Revenue Service.
Three people suffered burns today in a possible drug-lab explosion and resulting fire at a Midway-area hotel, authorities reported.
When a ferry crashed in lower Manhattan earlier this month, ambulances took dozens of people to hospitals around the island.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's memoir is riding high, topping the New York Times best seller list in its first week of sales.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Sales of million-dollar homes in California hit a five-year high in 2012, with sales of multimillion-dollar homes showing even bigger gains, a research firm said Wednesday.
The Boy Scouts of America as early as next week may drop its ban against openly gay members and leaders, just a dozen years after it successfully took its fight to maintain the policy all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
As Boy Scouts of America mull over whether to allow gay members to openly join, their approach might mirror the leave-it-to-the-locals tack the organization once took in deciding how to tackle the issue of desegregating its Scout troops.
Apple. Intel. Genentech. Cisco. ATARI. "Something Ventured" explores the creation of an industry that went on to become the single greatest engine of innovation and economic growth in the 20th century. The story is told by the venture capitalists who dared to make it happen, and includes interviews with a number of the country’s finest entrepreneurs, who share how they worked with these risk takers to grow some of the world’s most successful companies.
ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) -- A two-day Southern California task force sweep has led to the rescue of two underage girls forced into prostitution.
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An annual event that matches up San Diego's homeless with social and health services served 1,150 people today, about 43 percent more than two years ago.
EL CAJON (CNS) - A man accused of setting fire to a Greek Orthodox church in Rancho San Diego pleaded not guilty today to charges of arson, vandalism of a church and burglary.
Can Mark Sanford make a comeback? Right now, it appears quite possible.
California snow surveyors reported Tuesday that water content in the state’s mountain snowpack is below average for the date.
There’s a push in the California legislature to provide tax relief for struggling homeowners who are forced into short sales. The new legislation has bipartisan support.
The national debate over gun laws that has taken on added urgency since last year's mass shootings at an elementary school in Connecticut and a movie theater in Colorado takes center stage on Capitol Hill today.
CHULA VISTA (CNS) - A February 2014 trial date was set today for 15 current and former South County school officials accused of accepting gifts in exchange for votes on construction contracts.
Eds.: The county's Jose A. Alvarez can be reached at (619) 515-6635.
In his inaugural address, President Obama talked about a country where even "a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else." But in reality, that's not always the case. A new report finds that one of the biggest obstacles for many Americans is that they don't have the savings or assets they need to help them get ahead.
When Secretariat won what was certified to be his last race, I went down onto the track at Woodbine, and gauging where he had crossed the finish line, snatched up the last grass that perhaps the greatest thoroughbred ever had laid hooves to in his career.
For a half-century, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been in the beach business, dredging up new sand as shorelines wash away. Federal disaster aid for Superstorm Sandy could provide billions more for beach rebuilding, and that has revived an old debate: Is this an effective way to protect against storms, or a counterproductive waste of tax dollars?
You've heard the dieting advice to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper? Well, there's mounting evidence that there's some truth to it.
The Gallup Organization made its name with landmark public opinion polls. The company surveyed everything from presidential elections to religious preferences, branding itself as the most trusted name in polling.