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January 30, 2013 | By Shan Li
Nearly 44% of American households are one emergency away from financial ruin. That means they don't have enough savings to cover basic living expenses for three months if something unforeseen happens such as losing a job or falling sick, according to a recent study by the Corporation for Enterprise Development. Almost a third of Americans have no savings account at all. "These families have had to prioritize today's expenses over tomorrow's goals," said Andrea Levere, the group's president.  California ranks 38th among all states for the ability of its residents to achieve financial stability, the report says.
August 23, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
The growing Rim fire near the northern side of Yosemite National Park prompted Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday night to extend a state of emergency to include the city and county of San Francisco because of a threat to utilities. The blaze has burned 125,620 acres, threatens thousands of structures and is only 5% contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service's incident information website . The governor on Thursday declared a state of emergency in Tuolumne County, where the blaze is burning.
August 20, 1987 | United Press International
The Peruvian government Wednesday extended for 30 days emergency measures designed to combat left-wing rebels in the capital of Lima and the adjacent port of Callao.
January 3, 1986 | United Press International
Mayor Wilson Goode today lifted the state of emergency he imposed on a racially troubled neighborhood last November and unveiled a plan to avert further race-related problems.
February 13, 2008
Re "ERs fail as the nation's 'safety net,' " Feb. 9 As an emergency physician, I know that the system can be fixed; it is not hopeless. But people must understand that they are in danger. The prompt emergency care you expect and deserve is not available much of the time. Government agencies are satisfied to attack the overwhelmed providers of emergency care when the system fails. The rules must be changed to empower non-emergency patients to demand care somewhere besides emergency rooms.
August 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Gov. Brian Schweitzer declared a state of emergency amid wildfires, including one northeast of Missoula that has crept to within a mile of several homes and destroyed at least one. Higher humidity and clouds were helping firefighters contain that nearly 28-square-mile blaze, which began Friday and rapidly grew, leading to evacuation orders for about 200 homes. A fire spokesman estimated containment at zero percent, "only because there isn't a lower number."
December 28, 1986
At least 14 million children die each year from the "silent emergency" of infection and malnutrition--that is equal to all children in the U.S., ages four and younger! We are making a small dent in this atrocity. We now have in the 1980s the knowledge and the means to defeat infection and undernutrition among the world's children on a massive scale at an affordable cost. Thank you for your attention to this "unsensational tragedy." It takes each and every one of us to make a difference.
May 28, 1989
The intended consequence of the "state of emergency" that San Diego Mayor Maureen O'Connor and the City Council declared last week was to get $34 million from Sacramento to fight drug- and gang-related crime. A worthy goal, but an unlikely one. A more likely outcome, though probably unintended, will be $10 million or more in cuts from such departments as parks and recreation, libraries and planning to put 140 more police officers on the street. By asking the state to grant emergency aid, the city left itself little choice but to take its own emergency action.
December 27, 2005
Re "L.A. Targets Patient Dumping," Dec. 22 As a professional hospital administrator, I cannot say that I don't find it troubling that some hospitals are being accused of "dumping" their indigent patients on skid row after they are discharged. However, it is completely unfair and unreasonable for hospitals that already are responsible for providing care to 48 million people with no health insurance and millions more with grossly inadequate coverage to now be held criminally liable for not placing every homeless and poor person who comes through their doors in a suitable environment at discharge It is an absolute disgrace that the richest nation on the planet and the governments we elect can waste hundreds of billions of dollars on wars and pork-barrel nonsense, yet cannot find the resources to provide all of its citizens with comprehensive health coverage and the neediest among us with the essentials to get back on their feet.
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