July 18, 2013 |
Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed the nation's toughest set of abortion restrictions into law Thursday, declaring a major victory for abortion opponents after weeks of divisive political debate. The bill passed over the strong protests of Democrats and abortion-rights supporters. Abortion-rights activists and clinic operators say the measure will force the closure of all but five of the state's 42 abortion providers. In a signing ceremony at the state Capitol in Austin attended by more than 100 Republican lawmakers, the Republican governor praised the measure as a landmark in protecting unborn children and women's health.
July 11, 2013 |
A Michigan-based charity organization known as the Law Enforcement Education Program has spent a shockingly small amount of its money on programming over the last three years - 2.7% to be exact - and a shockingly large amount on fundraising and management. California's Shiloh International Ministries did not do much better, spending only 3.2% on programs. The same can be said for the American Medical Research Organization in Florida, which spent just 4.2%. Statistics like these, compiled by the Oregon Department of Justice, were the impetus for a new law making Oregon the first state to eliminate tax exemptions for charities that spend more than 70% on non-programming costs.
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July 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The National Park Service said it needs five more months to finish a plan to "protect and enhance" the Merced River, which runs for 81 miles inside Yosemite National Park The park service is facing criticism for proposing to eliminate some popular tourist amenities in Yosemite, including bike and raft rentals, swimming pools, a snack stand, an ice-skating rink and some hiking trails Kathleen Morse, the park's chief of planning, said...
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July 10, 2013 |
For generations of children, it is the pleasing sound of summer: the tinny, high-pitched rendering of "La Cucaracha" and "It's a Small World" coming from ice cream trucks trudging through their neighborhood. The music sparks Pavlovian desires for Popsicles, Bomb Pops, 50/50 bars and ice cream sandwiches. For some residents of Long Beach, though, the repetitive - and sometimes competitive - warbling has become an annoying nuisance, more like nails on a blackboard. The City Council this week took a step toward reining it in, drafting an ordinance that would require ice cream truck drivers to turn off the music when they are serving customers.
July 3, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Political assassinations, kidnappings and threats have cast a pall over upcoming regional elections in which the ruling party is stressing its efforts to control violence as it seeks to consolidate power. Authorities reported that a mayoral candidate in Durango state was shot to death Monday by unknown assailants, his body dumped on a roadside, after he had been kidnapped at a funeral. Over the weekend, gunmen pumped more than 25 rounds into a car carrying Rosalia Palma, a candidate for state legislature in Oaxaca.
June 26, 2013 |
The U.S. immigration system is broken and in need of comprehensive reform. But the border surge amendment proposed last week by Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and agreed to Monday - which would double the size of the Border Patrol and mandate an additional 700 miles of border fencing - is misguided and would be a great waste of taxpayer dollars. Congress is right to be concerned about avoiding the mistakes of the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, which provided legal status to several million people but did virtually nothing to reduce illegal migration.
June 25, 2013 |
President Obama laid out an ambitious campaign to address climate change Tuesday, mapping a course that would bypass Congress to cut emissions from hundreds of coal-fired electric power plants and setting the stage for a possible rejection of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. The effort could shape Obama's presidential legacy and fulfill a key promise of his 2008 campaign. It also could plunge him into a bruising and potentially costly political battle. His plan, which relies heavily on actions the executive branch can take on its own, would put the U.S. on track to significantly cut its greenhouse gas output by the end of the decade.
June 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama plans to call for curtailing emissions of carbon dioxide from existing power plants, the country's single largest source of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, in a speech to outline sweeping new initiatives to address climate change, sources with knowledge of the proposal said Saturday. The White House announced that Obama would make a speech on climate change on Tuesday afternoon at Georgetown University in Washington. Under the president's plan, the Environmental Protection Agency would be asked to develop rules setting emissions standards for existing power plants.
June 20, 2013 |
The White House unveiled new antipiracy initiatives and is calling for more cooperation in the fight against intellectual property theft from search engines, data storage services and domain name registrars. The initiatives are an expansion of the Obama administration's 3-year-old program aimed at curbing piracy of movies, TV shows, music and other copyright materials. The White House will also seek greater cooperation from other countries where piracy is rampant. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement coordinator Victoria Espinel said the administration needs to be more "thoughtful and forceful" when it comes to cracking down on piracy.
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June 17, 2013 |
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" actor and comedian Jeff Garlin was arrested over the weekend in the alleged smashing of another motorist's windows during a fight over a parking space, LAPD officials said. The 51-year-old actor was booked on suspicion of felony vandalism Saturday afternoon after the parking-space spat allegedly turned violent in Studio City. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department records show Garlin is out on $20,000 bail. He has an initial court appearance scheduled for July 11. Garlin plays the manager of "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David on the successful HBO show.