Stories for May 9, 2013
Janelle Shaffer doesn't get her diploma from the psychology department at San Diego State University until next week. But on Wednesday, she walked across a stage, hugged her family and said a preliminary "goodbye" to the university's LGBTQIA community at this year's Lavender Graduation.
Enjoy a new production of Verdi’s classic drama of political intrigue and thwarted romance, staged by acclaimed opera director David Alden and led by Met principal conductor Fabio Luisi. Leading Met stars take on the central roles in the opera’s love triangle: Marcelo Álvarez as the ill-fated King Gustavo III; Dmitri Hvorostovsky as his best friend and eventual rival, Count Anckarström; and Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia, Anckarström’s wife and the object of the king’s secret passion.
Things got a little out of hand at the Missouri state Capitol late Wednesday. An unusual evening session of the House featured a representative wearing a tinfoil hat, a toy black helicopter flying around the chamber and some heated words between legislators.
One of Mayor Bob Filner's first priorities when he took office, he said, was to separate the city's planning department and the development services department, which had been operating with a single director since a shakeup orchestrated under Filner's predecessor.
The Department of Justice has reached an agreement with the University of Montana to resolve an investigation into the school's response to accusations of sexual harassment since 2009. The federal inquiry will continue to examine how Missoula city officials have handled such cases.
Southern California Edison says if nuclear regulators turn down its request to restart one reactor, Edison may decide to shut the plant permanently. But that's just one of the issues surrounding San Onofre, as we head into another summer without power from the plant.
Eight people in New York have been charged as part of what prosecutors say was a global ring of cyber-criminals who stole $45 million by hacking into prepaid credit card accounts and then using the data to get cash from thousands of ATMs around the world.
Minutes ago, just as we were reading a Forbes story headlined "3D-Printed Gun's Blueprints Downloaded 100,000 Times In Two Days," this message appeared on the Twitter page of the group that has made those plans available to the world:
Google has released a stunning cache of satellite images that show how the globe has changed in recent decades. Thursday's announcement came from the search giant's official blog:
The co-founder of now-closed Aristotle University in Carlsbad has sued a state agency and others for $21 million, alleging a "comedy of errors" that led to "tarred reputations, lost political elections, hospitalizations, death and complete economic ruin."
Colorado is set to become the first U.S. state to regulate and tax sales of recreational marijuana, after lawmakers approved several bills that set business standards and rules. Legislators expect enforcement of the rules to be paid for by two taxes on marijuana -- a 15 percent excise tax, and a 10 percent sales tax.
New PBS and PBS Kids Channels on Roku Offer Hundreds of Videos On-Demand, including NOVA, MASTERPIECE, FRONTLINE, SUPER WHY!, CURIOUS GEORGE and local favorites such as KPBS EVENING EDITION and KEN KRAMER’S ABOUT SAN DIEGO.
Given that this kind of thing's been faked before, there's good reason to be very suspicious. The Los Angeles Times' Houston Mitchell is one of many who are sure it was staged.
A new report shows California home “foreclosure starts” – or the number of homes just entering the foreclosure process – were up for the third straight month in April.
Less than two weeks after launching its Alert Energy Caffeine Gum, the Wrigley Company decided that maybe the world wasn't ready for amped-up chewing gum after all.
Faced with lingering safety concerns over the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge's new eastern span, California transportation officials say it will take more work -- and up to $10 million -- to get the bridge ready for its planned grand opening on Labor Day.
The body of Boston Marathon bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev "is now entombed," the Worcester, Mass., police department announced Thursday morning.
President Obama in recent weeks has twice threatened to veto legislation before Congress. Don't hold your breath that it will happen.
Authorities issued an ocean-pollution warning for the Silver Strand due to an influx of storm-driven sewage out of the Tijuana River.
Russian investigators have questioned a distant cousin of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev about meetings the two of them had in Dagestan during 2012, Time magazine reports.
As states gear up for the Affordable Care Act, they're trying to figure out if there will be enough providers of health care to meet demand from the newly insured.
YouTube is expected to announce in the coming days that it will launch paid subscription channels, a first for the online video platform that's been around since 2005. But, with the growing number of subscription services available for entertainment, shopping and news, some consumers say they're reaching digital subscription overload.
Anne-Marie Slaughter had been the director of policy planning for the State Department for two years -- commuting from Princeton, N.J., where her family lived, to Washington, D.C., where the job was -- when she realized something had to give.