June 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Conservative Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte announced her support Sunday for the Senate's bipartisan immigration overhaul, lending momentum to the comprehensive measure. "Our immigration system is completely broken," the New Hampshire lawmaker said on CBS' "Face the Nation. " "This is a thoughtful, bipartisan solution to a tough problem. " Ayotte, who was elected in 2010, is the first Republican to endorse the measure apart from the four in the Senate's so-called Gang of Eight who crafted the bill: Sens.
June 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Sen. Charles E. Schumer, awakened from a nap in his office, bounded to the Senate floor, staff in tow. It was approaching 2 a.m. The New Yorker joined fellow Democratic Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, who was presiding wearily over an almost empty chamber. The two senators and six others, Republicans and Democrats, had finished writing the most comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws in a generation. Now the bill was ready to be introduced. "I would like to thank everybody ... who worked so hard on this great legislation whose voyage begins now," Schumer said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2013 |
Authorities on Thursday significantly increased the number of homes destroyed by the Powerhouse fire to 24, more than double the previous estimate. Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Anthony Akins attributed the rise in damage to a survey by ground crews that were able to explore the burn area more fully mid-week. All 24 of the destroyed homes were in or around Lake Hughes. Atkins said the newly discovered destruction was in a nearby canyon. The fire also claimed 29 outbuildings when erratic winds drove the flames toward the hamlets of Lake Hughes and Elizabeth Lake and surrounding areas overnight Saturday.
June 2, 2013 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The new Palestinian Authority prime minister is a British-educated academic with no political experience who will be charged with forming the fifth Palestinian government since 2006. But the tenure of Rami Hamdallah, 54, who has served since 1998 as president of An Najah National University in Nablus, may be short-lived because Palestinian leaders say they hope to form yet another new government in as few as three months. On Sunday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas named Hamdallah to replace Salam Fayyad, who had served in the post since 2007 before resigning in frustration in April.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2013 |
The White fire that burned nearly 2,000 acres in Santa Barbara County this week was started accidentally, officials said Friday. The blaze was sparked by embers that escaped from an approved fire-use site at the White Rock Day Use Area in the Santa Barbara Ranger District's Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area, a joint investigation by Los Padres National Forest officials and the district attorney's Arson Task Force found. Preliminary estimates put the cost of the fire at $3 million.
May 30, 2013 |
Switzerland has proposed a bill that it says paves the way for the country's banks, including Credit Suisse Group and Julius Baer Group, to resolve a tax-evasion dispute with the U.S. The bill authorizes Swiss banks to cooperate with U.S. authorities and transfer information while safeguarding the banks' interests, the government said in a statement Wednesday. The Swiss Parliament will consider the bill as soon as next week and it could take effect July 1. "The sense of urgency is because preparations were being made for more banks to be made responsible," Swiss Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf told reporters in Bern, Switzerland.