Stories for October 21, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown endorsed ex-Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher for San Diego mayor.
An archaeological report prepared by the High-Speed Rail Authority indicates crews could find decades-old artifacts on several properties in Fresno.
“Nightmare bacteria.” That’s how the CDC describes a frightening new threat spreading quickly in hospitals, communities and across the globe. FRONTLINE reporter David Hoffman investigates the alarming rise of untreatable infections: from a young girl thrust onto life support in an Arizona hospital, to a young American infected in India who comes home to Seattle, and an uncontrollable outbreak at the nation’s most prestigious hospital, where 18 patients were mysteriously infected and six died, despite frantic efforts to contain the killer bacteria.
E-cigarettes are a booming business among smokers who want to light up indoors, smokers who want to quit and, as the CDC reported last month, among children.
On January 16, 2013, al-Qaeda terrorists took control of a giant gas facility in Algeria in a siege that lasted four days and led to the deaths of 37 expatriate workers. This program tells in forensic detail and, for the first time, the story of the siege and investigates the circumstances of the attack: who were the people behind it, why did they attack and how were they able to pull it off? The film also examines the controversial Algerian response that contributed to the 37 fatalities, exploring the human tragedies and consequences of the attack.
The limits of workplace theft are being tested in Pennsylvania, where a man called police this month to complain that his Jell-O had been stolen. The flavor was strawberry, he said. And it wasn't the first instance of fridge-theft.
But if federal officials can't get the new online insurance marketplace running smoothly by mid-November, the problems plaguing the three-week-old website could become a far bigger threat to the success of the health law, hampering enrollment and fueling opponents' calls to delay implementation, analysts say.
Direct Employers, an association of nearly 700 companies, is working to improve the job hunt for military veterans.
The launch of a rocket carrying a record-breaking 29 satellites -- originally set for early next month -- will be delayed by a few weeks after the partial government shutdown halted preparations.
When it comes to union organizing at an auto plant, the tension is typically between the workers and the management. But not at Volkswagen in Tennessee. There, the United Auto Workers is attempting to finally unionize the automaker's first foreign-owned plant in the South. And so far, Republican officials are the ones trying to stand in the way.
Tara Carpenter points to a wall map to show where she'll soon spend 18 months proselytizing.
A "tech surge" is underway to help clean up the code of the error-plagued healthcare.gov site. The Obama administration says this surge is made up of engineers from inside and outside government, but beyond saying that Presidential Innovation Fellows are involved, officials haven't specified who's making up those teams and what exactly they're doing to fix the systemic issues with the site.
A former UBS bank executive who has been a fugitive since being indicted on federal charges in 2008 has been arrested in Italy. Swiss citizen Raoul Weil, the former head of UBS Global Wealth Management International, is accused of defrauding the U.S. government by helping clients evade taxes.
This six-hour series chronicles the full sweep of African-American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through more than four centuries of remarkable historic events up to the present. Presented and written by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the series draws on some of America’s top historians and heretofore untapped primary sources, guiding viewers on an engaging journey across two continents to shed new light on the experience of being African American. Among those interviewed are Kathleen Cleaver, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Congressman John Lewis, civil rights activist Diane Nash and more.
If you've flown across Nebraska, Kansas or western Texas on a clear day, you've seen them: geometrically arranged circles of green and brown on the landscape, typically half a mile in diameter. They're the result of pivot irrigation, in which long pipes-on-wheels rotate slowly around a central point, spreading water across corn fields.
A food named for its size sets a certain expectation. When you order a McDonald's Quarter Pounder, or Taco Bell's Acre of Beans, you expect volume and satisfaction.
The California Department and Fish and Wildlife is holding meetings to get input on its State Wildlife Action Plan. It’s the first update in 10 years and could have far-reaching implications for fish, wildlife, conservation and agriculture.
Smoke from a controlled burn in the Jamul area will be visible over the East County today.
Two people are dead and two others are in critical condition after a shooting Monday morning at a middle school in Nevada.
The website that's meant to allow Americans to shop and sign up for new medical plans under the Affordable Care Act isn't working as well as it should, President Obama says. But he promised that the problems will be fixed -- and he said the Affordable Care Act is bringing many benefits that aren't tied to those problems.
Several prank bombs caused paranoia at Los Angeles International Airport last week. One -- packed in a 20-ounce soda bottle -- exploded in a restroom, one on the tarmac and a third was found just fizzling.
The standard by which a person is judged to be mentally competent enough to face execution for a crime will be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court, which agreed Monday to hear a Florida case revolving around that issue.
Over the last 20 years, the number of sheep in the U.S. has plummeted by half. The sheep industry has actually been declining since the late 1940s, when it hit its peak.
Three of the leading mayoral candidates will answer environmentally focused questions Monday night during a forum hosted by the Sierra Club.
Happy Tech-Surge-To-Fix-Healthcare.gov Day in your nation's capital.
Among the newsworthy moments in Dr. Sanjay Gupta's interview of former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday's 60 Minutes is a discussion about how Cheney came to be the 2000 Republican vice presidential nominee even though he had already suffered three heart attacks by that time.
The way Ronna Simmons of Philadelphia describes it, every two weeks a timer goes off.
The Obama administration's hopes ran high that millions would flock to enroll for health insurance on state and federal exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act.