Stories for October 11, 2013
A $7,500 fine was levied against a political group that funded gay-baiting automated calls during last year's mayoral campaign between Carl DeMaio and Bob Filner.
As the partial government shutdown drew to the end of its 11th day, Friday found Democrats and Republicans continuing to talk. But there was no breakthrough to reopen the government and keep the United States from defaulting on its debt obligations.
The Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista will close at the end of the month if it does not raise $200,000.
You've no doubt heard of Senior Meals on Wheels preparing hot meals delivered to the elderly. But there's a different meal program that's been put on hold because of the partial government shutdown. It's the USDA's Commodity Supplemental Food Program.
The most open and transparent administration in history? That's not how some veteran members of the press see it.
If you haven't already signed up for health insurance on Covered California, don't worry. Consumers have until Feb. 15 to enroll in a plan.
Alzheimer's disease can be tough to diagnose, especially early on. Doctors can order brain scans and assay spinal fluids. But existing tests are imperfect and some can be invasive.
The Sea World and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund awarded more than $1.2 million in grants to 93 wildlife research, habitat protection, animal rescue and conservation education projects, it was announced Friday.
When you invite guests over, you probably straighten up the house to make a good impression.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that will make California the first state to ban lead bullets for all types of hunting.
The San Diego International Airport won a World Routes award for its air service development efforts last year, the airport's first award in a global competition, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority announced Friday.
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Friday that would have banned future sales of most semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines, part of a firearms package approved by state lawmakers in response to mass shootings in other states.
A video of a McDonald's worker confronting the president of the fast-food behemoth has gone viral this week, with the help of a fast-food workers' campaign aimed at raising hourly wages to $15.
In the Lone Star State capital, the GENEALOGY ROADSHOW team finds secrets involving some of Texas’ favorite subjects: football, politics and home-state pride. In the historic Driskill Hotel, an African-American Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Hall of Famer uncovers a surprising family history of land ownership, an uncommon occurrence for Blacks in 1920s Texas. A family tie to two Texas governors – 140 years apart – surprises one guest, while a Latino-American woman celebrates newfound bonds to her faith and state.
Chicken nuggets: Call 'em tasty, call 'em crunchy, call 'em quick and convenient. But maybe you shouldn't call them "chicken."
The Air Force two-star general in charge of the country's land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles has been relieved of his command for what's being described as questionable behavior during a temporary duty assignment.
The partial government shutdown was part of the buzz this week at an international gathering of mayors, city planners and urban experts in New York City.
Elizabeth Smart dominated headlines back in 2002. She was just 14 years old when she was kidnapped at knifepoint from her Salt Lake City home by Brian David Mitchell and his wife Wanda Barzee. Smart was held captive for nine months. Mitchell forced her to act as his second wife, raped her nearly every day, and told her that the ordeal was ordained by God.
It's Friday, which means we're rounding up the tech headlines and our NPR coverage of technology and culture this week.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped to its lowest amount since Jan. 31 today, falling six-tenths of a cent to $3.832.
Most Americans say they aren't directly affected by the shutdown. But some pockets of society, beyond furloughed federal workers and their families, are being severely hit.
-- Chemical Weapons Watchdog Gets Nobel Peace Prize
Happy Friday, fellow political junkies. It's the 11th day of the partial federal government shutdown, 2013 edition.
Thursday saw much sound and fury about resolving, at least for the short term, the political gridlock over the debt ceiling and the partial government shutdown. But it's not clear what, if anything, it all signifies.
Grand Canyon National Park is closed for the government shutdown, but tourists determined to see it can take in views from reservation land. The Hualapai Tribe owns Grand Canyon West, where visitors can venture onto a Plexiglas horseshoe walkway that stretches out over the chasm below.