Stories for January 15, 2014
A $1.1 trillion spending bill for operating the government until just before next fall's election steamed through the battle-weary House on Wednesday over tepid protests from tea party conservatives.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging pregnant women who live in the areas of West Virginia where a toxic chemical leaked into the water supply last week to drink bottled water, even in places where the no-use ban has been lifted. The move comes "out of an abundance of caution," the CDC and the state's Bureau of Public Health say.
Frank Reich's lack of experience as a coordinator isn't a concern as he prepares to take over running the San Diego Chargers' offense, general manager Tom Telesco said Wednesday.
American Airlines and US Airways will drop year-round, daily nonstop flights from Washington's Reagan National Airport to San Diego and 16 other cities because of the deal they made to win government approval of their merger.
Verdicts were reached Wednesday in the trial of two Mexican drug trafficking gang leaders accused of participating in kidnappings, murders and other crimes in San Diego County between 2004 to 2007.
A Florida vacation got off to an odd start for Judith Fleissig, 58, of Rochester, N.Y., when she and her daughter realized the car they'd rented had an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. More oddness followed: The gun was left there by the wife of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, police say.
Flames began spreading off Browns and Oaks Owl roads in the Alpine area just before noon, and firefighters had the blaze under control within about 15 minutes.
With less than three months to go in this year's open-enrollment for Covered California, exchange officials are trying to boost signups among young people.
Thedocumentary Blackfish made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival when it premiered last January, and got more attention when it was released in theaters over the summer. But it didn't reach its largest audience until October, when millions watched it on CNN.
A rare and intimate glimpse into the dynamic process of creating and launching new plays, "Playwright: From Page To Stage" follows two outstanding young playwrights through the writing, development, staging, rehearsal, and public performance of their plays. Over the course of three years, the dramatic parallel journeys of Rajiv Joseph and Tarell Alvin McCraney unfold, from the time their work receives development funding until the riveting climax, when one of the productions makes it to Broadway with Robin Williams in a leading role.
The mood at the Seattle union hall was quiet, almost funereal on the night Boeing workers narrowly approved an offer tobuild the company's new airliner, the 777X.
Thirty-four nuclear missile launch officers have been implicated in a cheating scandal and have been stripped of their certification in what the Air Force believes is the largest such breach of integrity in the nuclear force.
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music. Musical styles range from contemporary and traditional pop to rock, country, blues, bluegrass, Latin, folk, roots and more. In this episode, ACL presents modern roots rock with Jason Isbell and Neko Case. Isbell performs tunes from his acclaimed LP "Southeastern," while Case sings songs from her latest album.
Those machines in drugstores and supermarkets that let people check their blood pressure also may be selling people's contact information to insurance companies trolling for new customers.
Most American mosques do a poor job of including women, according to a recent study co-sponsored by the Islamic Society of North America. Sometimes that means subpar women's prayer spaces, a lack of leadership roles or little programming relevant to women.
"QPrize" contest is open to entrepreneurs in China, Europe, India, Israel, Korea, Latin America and North America -- all regions where the San Diego-based firm employs ventures-program investment managers.
The House on Wednesday passed a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill -- a compromise that appeared to get past the bitter partisan showdowns that have caused an unpopular federal government shutdown and nearly tipped the U.S. into default.
Six people died of influenza-related causes in the San Diego region last week, bringing the total for "flu season" to seven. Last season, 65 flu-related deaths were reported in San Diego County.
Deposed San Diego Padres public address announcer Frank Anthony says it's "hurtful" that he was pushed aside so the team can hold open tryouts.
While the federal government is divided and gridlocked, some states have become political monopolies where one party controls both the state legislature and the governor's office.
U.S. officials have reportedly received the first "proof-of-life" video in three years of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured in Afghanistan in 2009 and is believed held by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network.
Despite a $7 billion effort to eradicate opium production in Afghanistan, poppy cultivation there is at its highest level since the U.S. invasion more than a decade ago, sparking corruption, criminal gangs and providing the insurgency with hard cash, says John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.
The biggest problem the United States faces is not unemployment or the economy - it's the country's government, according to a plurality of Americans cited in a recent Gallup poll. Among Republicans, Democrats, and independents, dissatisfaction with the U.S.'s political leadership topped all other issues.
This day shouldn't pass without a mention of the "miracle on the Hudson."
Benedict Cumberbach ("The Fifth Estate") and Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit") return as the modern crime-solving duo, Sherlock and Dr. Watson. Called “grandly entertaining” by USA Today and “wonderfully weird” by The Wall Street Journal, the series picks up two years after Sherlock’s death plunge at the end of the previous episode—which he survived! Co-starring are Amanda Abbington ("Mr. Selfridge"), Rupert Graves ("The Forsyte Saga"), Mark Gatiss ("Game of Thrones"), and Una Stubbs ("Till Death Us Do Part").
Finally today, I'd like to end the program where we started: talking about poverty. We, like a lot of other people in the news business have been talking about poverty a lot this week and last.
Newly revealed videos show that some emergency personnel did know there was a victim lying on the ground near the burning wreckage of an Asiana Airlines passenger jet last July in San Francisco and that they warned other first responders at the scene.
For the first time in years, the House of Representatives is expected to approve a massive new spending bill Wednesday that keeps federal agencies operating until a new fiscal year starts in October.
Two recent sporting disappointments underscore the state of interest in women in sports. The first: Lindsey Vonn, sadly acknowledging that her injuries were too serious, announced that she would not be able to compete in the Olympics next month. The second: The owners of the Los Angeles Sparks, acknowledging that they were overwhelmed by debt, just gave up the franchise.
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case testing the constitutionality of buffer zones at abortion clinics.