Stories for January 16, 2014
The latest project from Google X is a smart contact lens, a tiny flexible computer capable of monitoring glucose levels in tears. Researchers at Google are hopeful that one day this technology might be used to help diabetes patients better control their disease.
San Diego-based Scripps Health and Qualcomm make Fortune magazine's list of top 100 best companies to work for.
Cecilia Abadie, the motorist who was cited for allegedly speeding -- and driving while wearing Google Glass -- has won her day in court, after a San Diego traffic commissioner ruled there was no proof Abadie had the device's screen on while she drove.
The National Weather Service has extended the red flag warning for San Diego's inland valleys and mountains through 6 p.m. Friday due to low humidity and strong, gusty winds in the forecast.
San Diego State has been singled out for its success in improving graduation rates.
Two leaders of a Mexican drug trafficking gang were convicted Thursday of several murders and kidnappings in San Diego County between 2004 to 2007.
A massive $1.1 trillion spending bill has gained Senate approval, allowing Congress to send a wide-ranging bill to President Obama for his signature. The massive bill will prevent any gaps in government funding as well as take some of the sting out of automatic spending cuts.
Megan Yurko is small, but she's a big name in barrel racing. And the 16-year-old is on track to be crowned the world's top cowgirl barrel racer at the upcoming International Professional Rodeo Association's finals in Oklahoma City.
Russell Johnson, the actor whose job it was to be the voice of reason and calm on an island of shipwrecked ninnies, has died at age 89, according to reports. Johnson's role as the Professor on the 1960s comedy Gilligan's Island endeared him to audiences who watched him build radios and generators from things like coconuts and palm branches.
Republican hopes of picking up the six seats needed to capture the U.S. Senate include a suddenly interesting race in Virginia.
New research from UC San Diego finds there’s no safe combination of drinking and driving.
Starting at 2 p.m., the San Diego Police is going to offer a "tweet-along" to allow the community a social media overview of law enforcement.
In desperation to save the rare northern spotted owl, biologists are doing something that goes against their core -- shooting another owl that's rapidly taking over spotted owl territory across the northwest.
As recently as 2011, the National Security Agency was collecting almost 200 million text messages each day, according to a new story by The Guardian that cites documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The texts were used to develop financial and location data, the newspaper says.
UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla was among more than 100 university leaders who took part in an education summit Thursday at the White House, where President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama announced an initiative to expand college opportunities.
For President Obama and Senate Democrats, who gathered in a White House meeting Wednesday, it's all about mutual aid at this point.
Tracy Barnes just secured a spot on the U.S. Olympic team heading to Sochi -- but almost immediately, she decided to give it up.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Colleene Fesko at the Boise Art Museum to learn about the works of outsider artist James Castle. Highlights include an 1822 letter from Thomas Jefferson that documents his reading suggestions for furthering one’s education; a rare Babe Ruth Candy Club membership card, ca. 1926, that details tips from the Babe himself; and a ruby and diamond necklace, ca. 1920, that was originally mailed to the guest’s mother and sat on her front porch unnoticed for several days, valued $80,000 to $100,000.
Authorities have arrested three men on charges of recklessly starting a fire that has swept through more than 1,700 acres in Southern California's San Gabriel Mountains, about 25 miles northeast of Los Angeles. It is currently 30 percent contained. Authorities say they have ordered people evacuated from 1,000 homes.
Obamacare enrollment surged in December, and the administration's report on the numbers made headlines early this week.
The 2 percent increase outpaced inflation, which stood at 1.5 percent for the year, and represents the fourth consecutive year fliers have faced price hikes.
Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado ended his campaign for governor Thursday at a news conference in his home town of Santa Maria.
The state of Ohio on Thursday conducted its first execution since running out of the lethal injection drug pentobarbital.
On Jan. 17, 1961, President Eisenhower used his farewell address to warn Americans that:
The U.S. Marine Corps "is attempting to determine the authenticity of photos published by TMZ.com that the entertainment website says show Marines appearing to burn bodies of dead Iraqi insurgents in Fallujah in 2004," The Associated Press reports.
The Vatican came in for tough public scrutiny over its handling of the clergy sex abuse scandal at a United Nations hearing Thursday in Geneva.
Bryn Mawr College is located just outside of Philadelphia, but every year the school goes looking for students in Boston.
Already reeling from reports about alleged drug use by some officers in its nuclear missile corps and the alleged "drunken and inappropriate behavior" of that command's top general, the Air Force now has another scandal on its hands.
Hal Faulkner, a gay man whose last wish came true earlier this month when his discharge from the U.S. Marines was changed from "undesirable" to "honorable," has died.
With website names like Eat With, Side Tour, VoulezVousDiner and Feastly, a new food trend that is sweeping New York and other cities allows diners to enjoy fine meals inside someone else's home. Think of it as Airbnb for hungry people.
When you meet bobsled driver Steve Holcomb, he doesn't talk about his Olympic gold medal -- the one he won with the four-man team at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. Instead, he talks about the one that got away.