October 17, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Five years and millions of U.S.-supplied dollars later, Mexican authorities are acknowledging they are still a long way from purging and improving local and federal police forces, among the most corrupt institutions in the country. The deadline for certifying hundreds of thousands of police nationwide -- already blown once -- is Oct. 29. This week, the government said the process will not be completed by that date and suggested there should not be a deadline at all. “We will never reach 100%; it's impossible,” Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, the nation's top security official, said at a forum on public safety.
October 16, 2013 |
It's lights out for "South Park" episode 1704, "Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers. " South Park Studios lost power on Tuesday night, and with their computers down for hours the team could not animate, render, edit or work on sound. As a result they couldn't finish Wednesday night's scheduled episode, which is a first in "South Park" history. "Scott Tenorman Must Die" will air in its place, and the South Park team will be live-tweeting the show. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments "South Park" already tweeted the news to its fans, writing: "Last night, # SouthPark lost power.
October 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Despite the partial government shutdown, the tax man still cometh. The Internal Revenue Service said that even though most of the agency's employees have been furloughed, Tuesday remained the filing deadline for millions of people who received a six-month extension to complete their 2012 tax returns. "The current lapse in federal appropriations does not affect the federal tax law, and all taxpayers should continue to meet their tax obligations as normal," the IRS said last week in reminding late filers of the upcoming deadline.
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October 13, 2013 |
Facing a midnight strike deadline, two unions and officials for the Bay Area Rapid Transit system resumed contract talks Sunday as nervous commuters looked for other ways of getting to work. Members of the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 pledged to walk off the job Monday morning if a new labor agreement was not reached by midnight Sunday. The unions, which represent 2,375 mechanics, custodians, station agents, clerical workers and train operators are seeking a raise of almost 12% over three years.
October 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John A. Boehner on Thursday proposed a six-week extension of the federal debt limit -- no conditions attached -- but it was unclear if a majority of his fellow Republicans would support it. Even some GOP leaders on Boehner's team balked at the proposal because it failed to include any of the party's demands for cutting spending or blocking President Obama's healthcare law. But in a brief news conference Thursday morning,...
October 4, 2013 |
With the federal government shutdown in its third day, both sides of the dispute that started with a Republican drive to end Obamacare shifted their focus Thursday to the next fiscal deadline: the need to raise the debt limit by mid-October to avoid a default. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has made it clear he cannot muster enough votes from his Republican majority to reopen government with a no-strings-attached funding bill, as President Obama wants, or to raise the nation's debt ceiling to continue paying the nation's bills beyond Oct. 17. Rather than buck the tea party flank and reach across the aisle for Democratic votes to pass both measures, House Republicans have decided to change their focus to the debt limit deadline in hopes of reaching a compromise with Democrats on rolling back the size and scope of the federal government.
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September 29, 2013 |
The push to transform downtown's Grand Avenue into a Champs-Elysees for Los Angeles has faced years of delays and obstacles. The ambitious plan to create a tony cultural destination around the landmark Walt Disney Concert Hall has already been scaled back because of the recession. Now, with a key deadline set for Monday, the centerpiece of the Grand Avenue project - two towers offering luxury condos, a hotel, and high-end shops and restaurants - is facing another critical test. In a little-noticed meeting last week, county Supervisor Gloria Molina and other officials unanimously rejected the conceptual plan for the $650-million project, with Molina criticizing the design and saying developer Related Cos. had failed to create an enticing public space that went beyond expensive shops and restaurants.
September 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Legislation to fund the government cleared the Senate on Friday but moved to the House, where infighting among the Republican majority left little time for Congress to act before a midnight Monday deadline to avert a shutdown of many government programs. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) left the Capitol after a midmorning meeting with his leadership team failed to reach consensus on an approach. He plans to assemble Republicans again at noon Saturday. The Democrats who control the Senate easily beat back a GOP strategy led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
September 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The nation's debt limit must be raised by Oct. 17 to avoid a potential default, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew told congressional leaders Wednesday in setting a firmer deadline for lawmakers to break a stalemate. He urged Congress to "act immediately" to raise the $16.7-trillion borrowing limit or risk "catastrophic" results. Setting a specific date could help force action by lawmakers, who often wait until the last minute on highly controversial legislation. Last month, Lew gave a vague mid-October date for when the Treasury would run out of the so-called extraordinary measures it has been using to juggle the nation's finances and continue borrowing after the debt limit technically was reached in May. By the middle of October, the Treasury would have about $50 billion on hand to pay incoming bills on any given day, Lew told Congress on Aug. 26. QUIZ: Test your knowledge about the debt limit But in a letter Wednesday, Lew said more information about revenues allowed him to project that the Treasury would run out of borrowing authority no later than Oct. 17. And at that point, Lew estimated, the Treasury would have just $30 billion in cash.
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September 25, 2013 |
BAKERSFIELD - Federal judges Tuesday gave Gov. Jerry Brown an extra month to meet their order to relieve prison crowding, directing his administration to negotiate with inmates' lawyers in the meantime for long-term solutions to the problem. Saying confidential talks between the state and the inmates' representatives must begin immediately, the judges pushed their Dec. 31 deadline to Jan. 27 and ordered the two sides to report back to them by Oct. 21. Their directive says the discussions should focus on “how this Court can ensure a durable solution to the prison crowding problem.” The governor had asked for a three-year delay of a three-judge panel's edict that about 9,600 prisoners be removed from California's lockups.