February 15, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Eric H. Holder Jr. sounds like a man who suddenly found a second wind. During his first four years as America's top law enforcement officer, Holder's tenure at the Justice Department seemed so unfocused and controversy-prone that even Democrats began to question what the nation's first African American attorney general had accomplished, and whether he had the passion to stick it out. But since President Obama's reelection, the...
February 12, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Germany has won eight medals at these Games but six of them have been gold, the most of any country. One of those on Wednesday was in the obscure sport of nordic combined, a mix of ski jumping and cross-country skiing. This time the jumping competition was off the normal hill and the cross-country covered 10 kilometers. Eric Frenzel, the easy World Cup leader, won the competition by four seconds over Akito Watabe of Japan. Magnus Krog of Norway overcame a bad performance on the hill to win the bronze.
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February 6, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - Citing skyrocketing thefts of smartphones and tablets, officials proposed Thursday that California become the first state to require the devices to be sold with "kill switches" that render them inoperable when stolen. State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and other lawmakers said they plan to introduce such legislation with the support of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck. L.A. had a 12% increase in mobile-device thefts in 2012, the most recent figures available.
February 5, 2014 |
Despite persistent polarization in Washington, a bipartisan consensus is emerging around the proposition that too many Americans are incarcerated for too long. Democrats tend to emphasize the injustice of excessive sentences that disproportionately affect racial minorities. Republicans are more likely to stress the cost of over-incarceration. But the common ground is real and significant. Last week, by a vote of 13 to 5, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Smarter Sentencing Act, sponsored by Sens.
February 4, 2014 |
New York and Los Angeles have a lot in common. Each city suffers from income polarization, a shrinking middle class and a vast low-wage service sector. Each is heavily Democratic and is home to an effective labor-liberal political alliance. Each elected a progressive Democrat as its mayor. So why are the agendas of the two cities' mayors shaping up so differently? Part of the reason is the elections that brought them to power. The issues that loomed largest in the two cities' mayoral contests could scarcely have been more different.
January 29, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department said Wednesday that it has launched a criminal investigation into the recent cybertheft of more than 110 million Target customers' data, including the credit card numbers of 40 million Americans. "We are committed to working to find not only the perpetrators of these sorts of data breaches, but also any individuals and groups who exploit that data via credit card fraud," Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.