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February 5, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - News flash for Democratic state lawmakers: Not all Republican ideas are kooky. Some make sense. A few GOP bills might even help struggling workers - the very people Democrats are supposed to be fighting for in the state Capitol. One such idea is to expand the opportunity for flextime, the ability of wage earners to schedule their work hours to fit personal and family needs. I'm thinking especially of low-income, single parents - moms or dads. Some may prefer to work, say, four 10-hour days rather than five eight-hour shifts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - Two days after a jury found him guilty on eight felony counts of voter fraud and perjury, state Sen. Roderick Wright introduced a bill that would allow some nonviolent felony convictions to be converted to misdemeanors. The Democrat, who represents an Inglewood-area district, was convicted Tuesday of lying about where he lived when he ran for his Senate seat and voted in several elections. On Thursday, he introduced the bill. On Friday, a spokesman for Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
January 31, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Chief executives from 21 companies gathered at the White House on Friday, bringing with them a pledge not to unfairly weed out the long-term unemployed in their hiring process. About 300 businesses - including Apple Inc., EBay Inc., Gap Inc., Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., 21st Century Fox Inc., Walt Disney Co. and Magic Johnson Enterprises - signed the document, which promises not to discriminate against job applicants solely because they have been out of work for extended stretches.
January 28, 2014 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Heart and Jason Mraz will appear together on March 4 as the annual All For the Hall benefit concert returns to Los Angeles to raise funds for Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Actress Rita Wilson will host this year. This marks the 10th year of the event which brings together country, rock and pop musicians to raise money to help sustain the hall of fame and museum's operations.
January 26, 2014 |
The nation's airline industry has undergone so many mergers in the last decade that only four airlines and their regional carriers control more than 80% of all domestic air traffic. Despite warnings from consumer advocates, the merger mania is having a positive effect on the industry and is partly responsible for keeping fares low, according to a new study by PwC, the auditing and consulting firm formerly known as PricewaterhouseCoopers. The latest major airline merger was approved last month when American Airlines agreed to unite with US Airways to create the world's largest carrier.
January 24, 2014 |
In this hyper-fast, crazy-overscheduled, stress-inducing, 24/7 plugged-in reality, baths seem indulgent, even quaint, conjuring images of 19th century paintings of women with their hair swirled high atop their heads in old-timey tubs pouring pails of heated water about them. But a bath may be just what the doctor ordered. "America is a fast-moving society. We have fewer holidays and vacation time than, for example, Europe, and because of technology we're always on the clock," says Ole Henriksen, owner of the eponymous skin care line and West Hollywood spa where he incorporates Japanese bathing rituals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 |
State education officials pushed forward sweeping changes to public school funding Thursday, approving rules to give more money to needy students and more power to local educators to decide how to use the dollars. At a daylong state Board of Education meeting, more than 300 speakers underscored tensions over the need to balance newfound flexible spending authority with assurances that the money will be used to improve services for students who are from low-income homes, learning English or in foster care.
January 14, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - A $1-trillion spending bill was headed for swift approval in the House by Wednesday, but legislation to extend unemployment insurance stalled in the Senate amid partisan bickering, dashing hopes for a quick deal to resume jobless benefits. Though negotiations continue, it appears increasingly unlikely that a compromise will be reached quickly to help the more than 1.4 million Americans who have been cut off from their unemployment benefits. An additional 72,000 Americans lose their insurance every week.
January 12, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- A growing number of Republican and some Democratic leaders said Sunday that, for now, they are accepting at face value New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's word that he knew nothing about the George Washington Bridge traffic-jam scheme that has rocked his political career. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he found it “pretty darn credible” that Christie was unaware that his aides shut down lanes to the bridge in September in what was apparently an act of political retribution.
January 10, 2014 |
With the Kings halfway through a stretch of four games in seven days, Friday's morning skate was optional for most of the regulars. "Busy schedule," Coach Darryl Sutter explained. Among those who didn't suit up was center Jeff Carter, whose fatigue was understandable. The night before, in the Kings' 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins, Carter skated more than 20 minutes, took a game-high 10 shots and scored a goal, his team-best 16th of the season. So it fell to teammate Drew Doughty - who grew up around the corner from Carter in London, Ontario - to put Carter's recent hot play in perspective.