February 25, 2014 |
A new report shows that as many as 125,000 young California immigrants may qualify for an expansion of Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program. The Affordable Care Act bars insurance subsidies and enrollment in the Medicaid expansion for undocumented immigrants, but a wrinkle in California rules does offer coverage for those with "deferred action status. " The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was created by President Obama in 2012 to grant immigrants who came to the country illegally as children -- sometimes called Dreamers -- legal status and work authorization for two-year periods.
January 31, 2014 |
The Angels avoided arbitration with new third baseman David Freese and returning reliever Kevin Jepsen on Friday, signing Freese for $5.05 million and Jepsen for $1.46 million. Both players settled at the midpoints of salary figures they exchanged with the team in mid-January. Freese, acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in the Peter Bourjos trade, was expected to go to a hearing because the sides were $1.9 million apart, a considerable gap. Freese, the 2011 National League Championship Series and World Series most valuable player for the Cardinals, hit .262 with a .340 on-base percentage, .381 slugging percentage, nine home runs and 60 runs batted in last season.
January 30, 2014 |
Taking a big step to try to boost its sagging popularity, NASCAR on Thursday dramatically changed its 10-race Chase for the Cup title playoff. The new format puts more emphasis on drivers' winning races all season, rather than simply collecting championship points. It also features elimination rounds during the Chase so that by the season-ending race only four remaining Chase drivers will have a chance to win the title. "It's going to be the first of four drivers to cross the finish line, and that will define the NASCAR Sprint Cup champion," NASCAR Chairman Brian France told a news conference in Charlotte, N.C. "That's as simple as it gets.
January 29, 2014 |
What happened with Mike Moser in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas. What happened was, after a freshman season spent languishing near the end of UCLA's basketball bench, Moser transferred to Nevada Las Vegas and had a breakout first season. The forward averaged 14.0 points and 10.5 rebounds for the Runnin' Rebels as a sophomore in 2011-12, and even though he was slowed by elbow and hip injuries last season, he was a productive reserve, averaging 7.1 points and 6.1 rebounds. But then he decided to move again - this time closer to his family in Portland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - A union effort to increase salaries for workers caring for the country's elderly and disabled threatens to backfire in California, where Gov. Jerry Brown wants to limit their hours. A change in federal rules set for next year entitles nearly 2 million home aides nationwide to overtime pay. But Brown, in an effort to keep a lid on costs, has proposed a cap on the time they work in the state's taxpayer-funded home care program for low-income Californians. The proposal, part of the governor's latest budget plan, could particularly affect disabled people who receive more than 40 hours of assistance a week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 |
Francisco Morataya drives a vanload of empty bottles and cans to Victar Recycling Center in Echo Park every week or so to supplement his wages as an office janitor. The 61-year-old Eagle Rock resident had been making $200 per load, enough to pay his daughter's cellphone bill. But that was before a new state law tightened the redemption rules, making it harder for people at the economic fringes to scrape by. Now his take is only $50 to $60, Morataya said. "It's really bad," he said this week, flinging plastic bottles into a garbage bin. "I can't help my daughter.