CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO -- A new poll released Thursday shows the Legislature's approval rating has taken a hit in the wake of the corruption scandal involving Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco). According to the Field Poll, 46% of voters approved of the Legislature's job performance and 40% disapproved in mid-March. But after news broke of the federal corruption and arms trafficking charges against Yee, the Legislature's approval rating dropped to 43% and disapproval ticked up to 46%. In all, voter opinion of the Legislature moved negatively a net nine percentage points after the arrest of Yee, one of three state senators in recent months to be convicted or charged with a crime.
March 4, 2014 |
We tasted three new gluten-free chips that make a pretty basket together, as well as versatile dippers: beet with goat cheese, chipotle with guacamole and lentil with a hot salsa. Two of them come from the L.A. company the Better Chip - in beet and chipotle flavors. The company makes its chips with no more than five ingredients. For the beet, that's corn, chopped beets, oil and sea salt. They have 140 calories per serving, which is about 10 chips. The chipotle chips contain corn, smoked jalapeno peppers, oil and salt.
February 28, 2014 |
The subtitle of legal pundit Lisa Bloom's new book, "Suspicion Nation," is a bit misleading when it claims to be "the inside story" of the killing of Trayvon Martin and the trial that followed. There are few, if any, behind-the-scenes revelations in "Suspicion Nation. " Anyone who followed the 2013 trial of shooter George Zimmerman will be familiar with Bloom's account of the case. And in a divided United States, millions followed the story obsessively, joining competing pro-Trayvon and pro-Zimmerman Greek choruses on social media.
February 25, 2014 |
Consumer confidence retreated in February as fewer Americans expressed optimism about near-term economic conditions, the Conference Board reported Tuesday. The consumer confidence index fell to 78.1, down from 79.4 in January. The drop was primarily in its expectations index -- which measures consumers' expectations of economic activity in the next six months. The survey found that consumers had "concern over the short-term outlook for business conditions, jobs and earnings,” said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators.
February 20, 2014 |
Hewlett-Packard reported first-quarter earnings Thursday that beat analysts' expectations even as the company reported another decline in revenue. HP said revenue for the first quarter ending in January was $28.2 billion, down from $28.4 billion, or about 1%. That topped the $27.2 billion Wall Street expected, according to Thomson Financial. Revenue at the company has been declining for a couple of years now. However, the 1% decline is less than the 4% decline Wall Street expected, and it's less than the 6% decline HP reported a year ago. "HP is in a stronger position today than we've been in quite some time," said Meg Whitman, HP's president and chief executive officer, in a statement released with the earnings.
February 19, 2014 |
A special Tuesday episode of "American Idol" was the only real competition for the Olympics, and the singing contest continued to feel some of the pressure. Tuesday's "Idol," which kicked off the series' first-ever so-called Rush Week, averaged 9.65 million viewers overall, down 3% from last Thursday's episode, according to early numbers from Nielsen. Among advertiser-desired 18-to-49-year- olds , the show fell 7% to a rating of 2.7. NBC's prime-time coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics has achieved generally lower ratings than the Vancouver Games four years ago, but it is still easily beating its competitors.