Stories for November 19, 2013
Justice Sonia Sotomayor's dissent in a case this week involving the death penalty in Alabama was not aimed at public opinion, but it could be Exhibit A for why the nation's judiciary is falling in the public's estimation.
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block abortion restrictions that are included in a new Texas law that was enacted after vigorous debate this year. The law is the subject of an ongoing legal battle.
Florida Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel is being charged with cocaine possession and faces arraignment on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
Hold onto your owls, Harry Potter fans. The U.S. Postal Service is hoping you'll send your letters with one of 20 new Potter-themed stamps it unveiled Tuesday.
"Phoenix Mars Mission: Onto The Ice" takes a behind-the-scenes look at the first successful landing on the Mars polar region and the ongoing search for signs of life on Earth's neighboring planets. The film documents the 422-million-mile journey through space exclusively through the eyes of principal investigator Peter H. Smith and the Phoenix Lander Team.
After extinguishing the flames, fire fighters discovered a cannabis-cultivation setup powered by an illicit power connection to a nearby utility pole.
For the past nine months, Princeton University in New Jersey has been trying to halt an outbreak of bacterial meningitis in its students without success. So it's going to offer students a vaccine that's not yet approved for broader use in the US.
For many of us, Thanksgiving is just not the same without turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. In other words, tradition tends to trump trendy.
In this program, scientists around the world follow a once-in-a-lifetime event, the path of the sun-grazing comet ISON. The comet, somewhere between one and 10 kilometers in diameter, is currently just beyond the orbit of Jupiter. As it races past Earth toward the sun, it will likely develop a tail to light up the night skies. Then ISON will slingshot around the back of the sun, to emerge perhaps brighter than ever. But there’s jeopardy, too; ISON could evaporate completely, or the sun’s gravity could tear it apart.
Six schoolchildren in San Diego County were reported this week to have whooping cough, and all but one were up-to-date on their immunizations, according to county officials.
FBI agents served a search warrant at the offices of Balboa Ambulance in El Cajon this morning. A court order prohibits the government from publicly disclosing details about the case.
In an agreement settling many U.S. claims over its sale of troubled mortgages, JP Morgan Chase will pay a record $13 billion, in a deal announced by the Justice Department Tuesday.
It pays to be unique when you're going for the title of best restroom in the land. Design details are crucial, and so is the choice of materials. It also doesn't hurt if you serve drinks in a commodious chamber. Those are the strengths of the Varsity Theater, a concert hall in Minneapolis that has won America's Best Restroom Contest for 2013.
Emergency aid workers are rushing this week to get food aid to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines -- just the latest reminder of how vulnerable the food supply can be when disaster hits.
This is a story of contrast between two popular methods of software development. One is called "waterfall," the other, "agile."
Homicide detectives Tuesday investigated the death of a 16-year-old boy who apparently drank a lethal amount of methamphetamine-laced liquid while attempting to cross into the country at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.
Eastbound state Route 52 from Convoy Street to Kearny Villa Road is scheduled to close Tuesday and Wednesday night for paving and striping.
Along with the stories of incredible destruction and heart-breaking losses, Tuesday's reports about the aftereffects of Sunday's tornadoes in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and other parts of the Midwest make this ominous point:
Creigh Deeds, a Democratic state senator in Virginia who was his party's 2009 gubernatorial nominee, "is in critical condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center after he was stabbed in his home Tuesday morning," Richmond's WRIC-TV reports.
The dropping pump prices are the result of lower wholesale prices and the Nov. 1 switch to winter blend gasoline, which costs less to produce.
Reporters on the national security beat are sifting through about 1,000 pages of newly declassified documents that the National Security Agency released late Monday.
On this 150 anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, his words -- not ours -- are important.
One hundred fifty year ago, President Abraham Lincoln stood on a battlefield in Gettysburg, Penn., and declared "a new birth of freedom" for the nation.
In Colorado, farmers are scrambling to recover from September's historic floods -- floods that decimated miles of roadways, cut off entire towns and sent rivers and creeks into areas they'd never been before.
Imagine your city council telling the police department how many people it had to keep in jail each night.
For two years, Neville Amaria carpooled to his office in Los Angeles. That puts him in the same category as about 10 percent of American workers, who drive or ride to work in a car with two or more passengers.
The controversy over the National Security Agency's surveillance programs has exposed a problem in the oversight of those programs: The development of the relevant technology has outpaced the laws and policies that govern its use.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is one of 25 Republican governors who are rejecting the health law's expansion of Medicaid. But Wisconsin's own Medicaid program, known as BadgerCare, was more generous than that of many states, and now Walker wants to transfer many of those people to the insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act.