CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2013 |
Los Angeles County flood control officials presented several options for removing built-up debris and mud from a basin above Devil's Gate Dam in northern Pasadena in a draft environmental impact report released Thursday. The basin became choked by mud and debris after the 2009 Station fire and storms that followed. Flood control officials have warned for years that the buildup compromises the dam's ability to contain debris and floodwater in another major storm. Officials say locations downstream from the dam along the Arroyo Seco that could be in danger of flooding include the Rose Bowl, 110 Freeway, neighborhoods in Pasadena and South Pasadena, and the northeastern Los Angeles communities of Highland Park, Hermon, Montecito Heights, Mount Washington and Cypress Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 |
The health information of 729,000 patients was compromised when thieves stole two laptops from an administration building of a San Gabriel Valley-based hospital group, officials said Monday. The laptops were stolen Oct. 12 and contain data from patients treated at AHMC hospitals: Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park, Monterey Park Hospital, Greater El Monte Community Hospital in South El Monte, Whittier Hospital Medical Center, San Gabriel Valley Medical Center and Anaheim Regional Medical Center.
October 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Congress gave final approval late Wednesday to a budget compromise, ending a 16-day government shutdown and averting the possibility of a default on the nation's bills, as a bitter partisan stalemate concluded with Republicans conceding defeat. "We fought the good fight," House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a Cincinnati radio interview hours before the final vote. "We just didn't win. " President Obama quickly signed the measure. Republicans had sought the confrontation in hopes that a shutdown and the threat of default would give them leverage to extract concessions from Obama on his signature healthcare law. In the end, the compromise negotiated by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
October 15, 2013 |
Negotiations over a Senate plan to end the government shutdown and extend the debt limit have been placed on hold while the House tries to cobble together its second plan of the day. After Democrats and conservative House Republicans critiqued a deal floated by House GOP leadership, Speaker John A. Boehner returned to the drawing board, prompting the Senate to temporarily place its own plan -- which has been received warmly by the House Democrats...
October 15, 2013 |
Two different narratives have been at play in Washington lately to explain what caused the government shutdown. In the first, House Republicans are to blame for trying to hold Democrats and the president hostage over a law that was duly passed by Congress. In the other, Democrats are to blame for their rigid refusal to compromise on Obamacare. But there's a part of the story that seemingly has been lost in history: Democrats have already compromised on healthcare reform by adopting Obama/RomneyCare in the first place.
October 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Senators edged closer to a budget deal Monday as the top four congressional leaders were called to an afternoon meeting at the White House. “We're getting closer. We're working on it,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said after leaving a nearly half-hour meeting with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). With the government expected to hit its borrowing limit on Thursday, President Obama invited Reid, McConnell, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio)
October 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - For the first time since a political impasse shut down the government, the Senate's top Republican and Democrat have started negotiations to try to resolve the stalemate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) met with key allies in Reid's office for an hour Saturday morning to consider a new negotiating path to reopen the government and end the threat of a possible default next week. Though the two had spoken on the phone and on the Senate floor, it was the first time they sat down together since the government shutdown began 12 days ago. The get-together follows a move by McConnell to begin seeking a resolution, with House Republicans unable to enter into substantive negotiations with the White House.
October 9, 2013 |
As the government shutdown continues into its ninth day, the debate over furloughed workers, closed parks and shuttered agencies has shifted to maneuvering over the looming debt limit. Republicans and Democrats have voiced ample concern over the risk of a U.S. default, but so far, neither side has indicated a willingness to acquiesce. Democrats, led by President Obama, still want the government funded and the debt limit raised before any compromises are worked out. The GOP, led by House Republicans, wants the opposite -- for Obama to come to the negotiating table and hammer out a deal on spending in exchange for a reopened government and a higher debt ceiling.
October 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) waded into the thick of the debt-limit debate, calling for a swift compromise between House Republicans and President Obama. But his proposals have already sparked conservative ire. Ryan, in an opinion piece published online by the Wall Street Journal Tuesday night, called for the two sides to “find common ground.” “We need to open the federal government. We need to pay our bills today - and make sure we can pay our bills tomorrow,” he wrote, ending his public silence on the issue.