CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 2013 |
Stan Sheldon places his blowtorch between two spinning glass tubes. He blows into a mouthpiece that looks like a cigarette perched on his bottom lip. Air enters one end of a tube and puffs up through smoldering, wilting glass. As the tubes appear near collapse, they fuse and bursts of light explode inside - tiny fireworks of blue, red and orange trying to escape. Sheldon is the last remaining glass blower at UC Riverside, where he designs and creates glassware strictly for scientific research on campus.
November 21, 2013 |
A new study indicates that adults who live through economic recessions during certain periods of adulthood may be at higher risk for cognitive decline later in life, according to results published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The research, based on a survey of 12,000 people in 11 European countries, found that men who experienced one or more recessions from age 45 to 49 had lower cognitive scores between the ages of...
November 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The share of Americans moving to a new home fell this year, underscoring the lingering effects of the Great Recession and a drag on the housing market. The main factor was an unexpectedly large drop in the mobility of young adults, who account for the largest moves among age groups and the bulk of starter-home purchases. The Census Bureau reported Monday that the annual domestic migration rate - the share of the nation's population that moved - declined to 11.7% after rising to 12% last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2013 |
Eddie Reyes was just a 12-year-old in the school lunch line when Daniel Diaz shook his hand, introduced himself and asked Reyes about God. Twenty years after the pair first met, Diaz was still reaching out to young people. His ability to connect with youths took the longtime friends to the corner of Park and Mayfair avenues in Pomona on Nov. 11, where police say Diaz was shot to death by a lone gunman on foot. Diaz's killing - just hours after about 200 people gathered for an anti-violence rally at Ganesha High School in Pomona - was the latest in what police and community leaders are calling the worst year of violence in the city's recent history.
November 15, 2013 |
McDonald's Corp. is trying to put the fast back in fast food. Amid slowing sales and service, the world's largest burger chain is banking on a third drive-through window to speed things up. Currently, patrons in cars pull up to one window to pay for their order, then pick up their meal at another window. But starting next year in new and rebuilt restaurants, McDonald's will implement what it calls a Fast Forward Drive-Thru. The arrangement will allow customers whose orders aren't ready to bypass the second window and pull up to a third window to wait.
November 12, 2013 |
Southern California home prices appear to have hit a wall, with the median home price flat for the fourth consecutive month in October. The median sale price was $383,750 last month, 21.8% higher than last year - but virtually unchanged from June, research firm DataQuick said Tuesday. Home prices rose rapidly earlier this year as investors and families battled over a shortage of homes for sale, but buyers have pulled back, unwilling to stretch their budgets any further. Beyond affordability, several factors have helped ease price pressure, including rising mortgage rates, a pull-back by investors and an expanding supply of homes for sale.