October 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - As the U.S. presses for a deal to limit Iran's nuclear program, it is getting help from an unlikely ally: Russia. Relations between the two countries have tumbled to a low point this year because of a dispute over Moscow's decision to grant temporary asylum to former National Security Agency contractor and leaker Edward Snowden and long-standing friction between President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Analysts say neither side views repairing the overall relationship as a top priority.
October 20, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - It's a wrap for Gov. Jerry Brown, Sacramento's leading man. He closed out the 2013 legislative session by addressing the last of 901 bills sent him by lawmakers: signing 805 and vetoing 96 others. With a sometimes bill-a-minute voting frenzy behind them, legislators now want to slow down and think about a range of problems that dog California. Assembly and Senate committees are holding "interim hearings" around the state. Among the more engaging topics: "Human Rights, Diversity and Race Relations," "Threats to the Pacific Ocean," "Military Sexual Trauma" and "Defense and Aerospace Industry's ability to remain competitive in California.
October 17, 2013 |
A look at two of the top high school football games Friday. Dorsey (3-3, 1-0) at Crenshaw (2-4, 1-0), 6 p.m. (Time Warner Cable, delayed, midnight): The Coliseum League title will be decided in this neighborhood battle. Dorsey has been making strides, with quarterback Noah Whitney getting the ball to top receivers David Williams and Jermel Jefferson. Crenshaw relies on quarterback Ajene Harris and running back Jacob Knight. This game is crucial to City Section Division I playoff seedings.
October 14, 2013 |
Jon Jay was the last Cardinals player out of the shower Monday, which is understandable because there were a lot of things he needed to wash away. Like the memories of Mark Ellis' fourth-inning fly ball that he let drop for a double, setting up a two-run Dodgers rally. Or the fifth-inning drive by A.J. Ellis that went off his glove for a triple. "It's something that I'm probably going to think about a little bit," Jay said softly. His teammates, too. Because Jay's two miscues and mental lapses by right fielder Carlos Beltran and second baseman Kolten Wong led to all the runs in the Dodgers' 3-0 victory in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, swinging the momentum back to the Dodgers in the best-of-seven matchup.
October 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama will nominate Janet L. Yellen to be the next head of the Federal Reserve, the White House said Tuesday. If confirmed, the former UC Berkeley economist would become the first woman to lead the world's most powerful central bank in its 100-year history. Yellen, the Fed's vice chair, would replace Ben S. Bernanke, whose second four-year term as chairman expires Jan. 31. She would take over at a crucial time as the central bank prepares to reduce its unprecedented support for the economy while trying to avoid damaging the still-fragile recovery.
October 2, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - The Roman Catholic Church in El Salvador has abruptly closed its important human rights and legal aid office, which for years, and sometimes at great risk, denounced and investigated the most egregious atrocities surrounding that country's civil war. The surprise decision became known Tuesday, when employees showed up for work at the Tutela Legal office in the Central American nation's capital, San Salvador, and found padlocks on...