Stories for October 4, 2013
San Bernardino County health officials say a person has died after being infected with the West Nile virus.
A new study shows that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have ignored orders to only target people living here illegally who pose a public risk. It's a policy that ICE has faced criticism for before and announced it would put a stop to.
As the federal government shutdown approached its first weekend, there was plenty of heat, though no light at the end of the tunnel.
The City Attorney's office announced Friday it would appeal a recent decision by an administrative law judge to award unemployment benefits to a former San Diego police sergeant whom the city contends had voluntarily retired.
To encourage people to take a closer look at the impact of these businesses this week was deemed Manufacturing Week by the City of San Diego.
CSUSM political science professor Steve Nichols tells KPBS that the apparent toxic political environment at the Capitol is linked directly to the government shutdown.
Bay Area drama unfolds at San Francisco’s Old Mint as the GENEALOGY ROADSHOW team reveals stories tying citizens to the 1906 earthquake, notorious gangsters, war heroes and two brutal murders. A woman who suspects family ties to the Gold Rush learns that a 19th-century workplace murder claimed the life of an ancestor. An Irish-American woman discovers how a devastating earthquake brought her grandparents together. A Chinese-American woman finds out the truth about her family’s ties to Chinatown gangster “Big Jim” Chin, and family heirlooms connect a man to the sole survivor of the 1860 Wiyot Massacre.
Forget the government shutdown for second, it's National Taco Day!
There's no end in sight to the partial shutdown of the federal government, which has now gone on for four days.
The U.K.'s Oxford Internet Institute has put together an interesting illustration of the most popular websites around the world. Not surprising, Google and Facebook dominate the globe.
Your ability to "read" the thoughts and feelings of others could be affected by the kind of fiction you read.
Snake handlers dwell at the edge of the spiritual frontier -- a community of people who are willing to die for their faith three times a week in church. Members of the Pentecostal Holiness Church take up venomous serpents to prove their faith in God. The practice is still widespread in Appalachia, though mostly hidden.
Back in 2002, a research study blew apart the widely held belief that hormone replacement therapy protected women from heart disease and other chronic ills.
Before President Obama canceled his Asia trip, some of us wondered how he could possibly leave the U.S., especially for the exotic resort island of Bali, during the federal government shutdown.
Until recently, if you wanted to find out the rules for raising goats in Hollywood, bees in Bel Air or squash in a community garden in South Central Los Angeles, it would have been pretty tough -- like standing in various lines at the DMV.
A San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer that deployed with the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz to the Western Pacific and Middle East is scheduled to return home on Monday, the Navy announced today.
James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, told Congress this week that the partial federal government shutdown has forced the furlough of some 70 percent of employees throughout the intelligence community.
A Victorian-era department store is the setting for love, intrigue, and a revolution in retailing, with Joanna Vanderham ("What Maisie Knew") as a beautiful salesgirl and Emun Elliott (“Game of Thrones”) as the ruthless, enigmatic store owner. Adapted from Emile Zola’s classic novel, the glittering shopping spectacle also stars Patrick Malahide, Elaine Cassidy, and Sarah Lancashire.
The debate over immigration reform may have slowed down in Washington, but across the country advocates are pushing to keep the momentum alive.
A weakened Tropical Storm Karen, the first named system this year to threaten the U.S., still has her sights set on the Louisiana coast, but the National Hurricane Center has shifted the system's path a bit.
Vo Nguyen Giap, the Vietnamese general who masterminded the defeat of French colonial forces at Dien Bien Phu and the Tet Offensive that turned many Americans against the Vietnam War, has died at 102.
"This isn't some damn game!" House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, just declared, his voice rising, as he told reporters on Capitol Hill that he believes it's the Obama administration that's to blame for the four-day-old partial shutdown of the federal government.
Last year Halloween sales reached a record-setting $8 billion, making it the second-largest commercial holiday, topped only by Christmas. This also means opportunities for seasonal jobs. I'll take you out to one business for an afternoon of job interviews. I highly recommend listening to this piece.
On South Carolina's steamy Johns Island is a fern-draped, centuries-old live oak that has withstood hurricanes, the creation of the United States and every government shutdown to date.
Happy Friday, fellow political junkies. Of course, it's hard to be happy if you're one of the more than two million federal workers either furloughed or working without pay, or one of the millions of other Americans whose lives are disrupted by official Washington's dysfunction. It's Day Four of the federal government shutdown, 2013 edition. And an end to the disagreement still doesn't seem in the offing.
With the partial shutdown of the federal government now into its fourth day, here are four stories to help bring us all up to speed:
The woman killed by police Thursday after a wild chase from the White House to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol has been identified by law enforcement authorities to The Associated Press, NPR and other news outlets as 34-year-old Miriam Carey of Stamford, Conn.
The government shutdown grinds on with no immediate relief in sight.
President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have had five years of fights and negotiations to learn how to work together.
The top federal prosecutor in San Diego said prosecutions of immigrant and drug smuggling offenses would be fully restored Friday, three days after they were curtailed in response to the federal government shutdown.
Authorities say high winds are pushing smoke from a small wildfire in Northern California into San Francisco and surrounding areas.