Stories for January 9, 2014
After it was revealed that he used his Baseball Hall of Fame voter ballot to pass along the suggestions of readers of the sports site Deadspin, Dan Le Batard has been stripped of his membership in the Baseball Writers Association of America. He is also banned from all future Hall of Fame votes.
In what's being called one of the largest U.S. anti-corruption settlements on record, Alcoa and an affiliate it controls have agreed to pay millions in fines and criminal and civil penalties. The companies acknowledge paying bribes to royal family members in Bahrain.
A coalition of pastors in southeast San Diego pitched their support behind Coucilman Kevin Faulconer in the mayoral race.
Based on the short stories by G. K. Chesterton, FATHER BROWN follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community. It is a quintessentially English world: drawing rooms in large country houses, miles of countryside, village halls and secret gardens, as well as country fairs, railway stations and rural parish churches. Each episode sees the enigmatic priest investigate a crime in his own particular way, using intuition and psychology. Father Brown discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul – the passions, dark secrets, hidden desires.
It sounds impressive: Major food companies have slashed 6.4 trillion calories from packaged foods they sold in 2012 compared with 2007, a study reported Thursday.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has found the George Washington Bridge in his way on the road to a potential 2016 presidential run. Right now, it's still an open question whether he'll get over it.
California doctors are praising Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget, which eliminates a retroactive Medi-Cal pay cut, but many say they still can’t afford to treat Medi-Cal patients.
The NBC affiliate in downtown San Diego announced Thursday it is planning tp leave its Horton Plaza location for a suburban site by 2016.
Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared his "War on Poverty," President Obama issued his own plan to combat poverty Thursday with the nation's first five "Promise Zones."
Whatever Friday's monthly jobs report says, it won't change the big picture. There are roughly 137 million jobs in this country. About two-thirds of those jobs are in private-sector services; the remaining third are split between goods-producing jobs (mainly manufacturing and construction) and government work (mostly at the state and local level).
In his new memoir, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates made a fairly serious charge against Hillary Clinton that likely will hound her if she decides to run for president in 2016: that she admitted in his presence that there were political considerations in her opposition the U.S. military surge in Iraq.
The new California state budget commits $8 million in funds in order to help manage groundwater better.
One of America's most important -- and controversial -- literary figures has died at the age of 79.
FBI Director Jim Comey says he's "confused" by reports that characterize NSA contractor Edward Snowden as a "whistleblower" or a "hero" because, he says, all three branches of America's government have approved the bulk collection of U.S. phone records, one of the most important revelations in Snowden's cascade of leaks.
Two U.S. Air Force officers with authority to launch nuclear-tipped Minuteman 3 missiles, have reportedly been implicated in an illegal-narcotics investigation.
Georgia is fighting the health care law at every political turn.
Amiri Baraka, the writer who was born LeRoi Jones, has died at age 79. Baraka's career spanned art and activism: He was an influential poet and an award-winning playwright who didn't shy away from social criticism and politics.
The Indian diplomat whose arrest in New York sparked a diplomatic row between India and the U.S. left the country Thursday even as a grand jury indicted Devyani Khobragade on visa fraud and other charges.
Join Martha as she shares her secrets for making three of her all-time favorite breads. First, an Irish soda bread that she serves every St. Patrick’s Day, always a hit. Next: an olive and cheese loaf — a no-knead bread that’s baked in an enameled cast iron pot. Then a simple and delicious bread called Sally Lunn. And finally, a memorable custard-filled cornbread.
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made international news this week with the release of a memoir that serves up a big helping of unvarnished criticism of his former boss, President Obama.
We've been following the coronal mass ejection that headed toward Earth after an intense solar flare was emitted from the sun earlier this week. And now NASA tells us that such events can be heard, in a sense, by tuning in to CRaTER Radio, a "sonification" project that uses data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to generate musical sounds and stream them on the Internet.
Queens of the Stone Age performs rock anthems from its latest LP ... "Like Clockwork." Their set list includes "Millionaire," "No One Knows," "My God is the Sun," "I Sat by the Ocean," "In the Fade," "If I Had a Tail," "Little Sister," "Smooth Sailing," "Go With the Flow," "The Vampyre of Time and Memory" and "A Song for the Dead."
The National Security Agency "would welcome" the creation of a public advocate's position at the court that oversees its electronic surveillance programs, says its outgoing deputy director.
Gov. Jerry Brown has said he will do whatever he can in order to try and alleviate the dry conditions hitting California.
Thanks to epic problems with HealthCare.gov's rollout, the federal government's out-of-date technology processes have received more attention than most of us could have expected. The main doorway for millions of Americans to get health insurance was unusable for two months, but that screw-up is just one in a long line of government IT failures. In the flood of embarrassing government tech anecdotes that have come out since, we've learned a key federal agency still relies on floppy disks.
Same-sex marriage is banned in 32 states, but it is allowed in 18 states and in Washington, D.C. Though just this week, these marriages were stopped in Utah while the state appeals an earlier court decision allowing them.
Three mountain lion kittens born last month in the Santa Monica Mountains were inbred, a wildlife expert said, marking a troubling sign for a population penned in by the urban sprawl of metropolitan Los Angeles.
Federal environmental regulators will start requiring oil and gas operations off the Southern California coast to report chemicals discharged into the ocean from fracking.
Mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug dealers were once viewed as powerful levers in the nation's war against drugs, a way to target traffickers, and punish kingpins and masterminds.
A former NSA general counsel tells NPR's Morning Edition that Edward Snowden advertised his theft of government secrets as an act of civil disobedience and should take responsibility.
Walk through the produce section of your supermarket and you'll see things you'd never have seen years ago -- like fresh raspberries or green beans in the dead of winter.