December 4, 2013 |
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has outlined a broad plan to combat salmonella. But some food safety advocates say it doesn't do enough to combat a pathogen responsible for 1.3 million illnesses in the U.S. each year. The push has taken on new urgency this year after a salmonella outbreak tied to Foster Farms poultry from plants in central California sickened at least 389 people nationwide. The outbreak exhibited an especially virulent strain of salmonella that showed signs of resistance to antibiotics.
December 2, 2013 |
NEW YORK - A speeding passenger train barreled into a sharp curve about 82 mph when it should have been traveling 30 mph, and there was no attempt to slow down until "very late in the game," investigators said Monday. Four passengers were killed in Sunday's derailment, the worst in the 30-year history of the Metro-North Railroad, and more than 60 people were injured. All the wounded were expected to survive. About two dozen remained hospitalized Monday as the first details of the National Transportation Safety Board's inquiry brought calls for stricter safety standards.
December 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Two months after its disastrous debut, the federal website for enrolling Americans in health insurance under President Obama's healthcare law has improved markedly, and many consumers are now likely to be able to use it to select insurance plans. Enrollment in health plans - the most important measure - has been accelerating. But the performance of the troubled HealthCare.gov website, which consumers in 36 states are supposed to be able to use to sign up for health coverage, still falls well short of basic standards for Internet-based commerce.
November 30, 2013 |
Ohio Gov. John Kasich enouraged Ohio State fans to boycott the use of the letter "M" as a way of showing support for Saturday's classic college football showdown against Michigan. "We do hereby recognize Saturday, November 30, 2013 as 'Scarlet Letter Saturday' throughout Ohio," the Kasich's resolution said. "[We] encourage all Ohioans to avoid using the letter 'M' when possible. " So far, though, Ohio State is boycotting the letter "D" (as in defense) against Michigan. Ohio and Michigan were tied 21-21 at the half.
November 29, 2013 |
Halfway through your story today I got a sick feeling and tossed the sports section into the couch. What exactly would a "big name" coach do for SC that Ed Orgeron can't do, recruit? Paul Hovsepian Hope you're feeling better and thanks, really, for making it halfway through one of my stories. Some readers can't make it past the byline. I've also had stories tossed into waste baskets, toilets and landfills. I even had one tossed into a salad, but never into a couch.
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November 26, 2013 |
The city of Los Angeles has spent $375,000 so far to fix up Getty House in the months leading up to Mayor Eric Garcetti's arrival, officials said Tuesday. Garcetti spokeswoman Vicki Curry said the General Services Department, which handles upkeep of city-owned properties, used the change in mayors this year to address "a significant backlog" of deferred maintenance on the Windsor Square property. "We had not made a decision until a couple of weeks ago about moving there," Garcetti said during a news conference Thursday.
November 25, 2013 |
First came the Dow. Then the S&P 500. And now the Nasdaq is reaching a milestone. The technology-laden Nasdaq composite index briefly jumped above 4,000 on Monday, the first time it has hit that mark since the collapse of the dot-com bubble 13 years ago. The once-obscure index initially crossed that level for the first time at the end of 1999. It became a symbol of the tech boom that some thought would parallel the Industrial Revolution. Instead, the Nasdaq tumbled below 4,000 four months later as investors' infatuation with unprofitable companies such as Pets.com and EToys burned itself out. The index remains far below its all-time close of 5,048.62 in March 2000.
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November 24, 2013 |
Aleta Browne fell hard for Fred Nixon. She was both a sister and wife of Los Angeles cops, and worked as a clerk for Police Chief Daryl Gates. Nixon was one of the LAPD's rising stars, on his way to taking over a coveted position as the chief's official spokesman. Their affair began on a spring day in 1985 when they checked into a Holiday Inn. Browne left her husband a few weeks later. For three years they met regularly, often at her house during the day. At night, he'd go home to his wife in Pasadena.
November 23, 2013 |
They were four players everybody wanted, and then almost nobody did. Jordan Hill was considered one of the mightiest power forwards in his draft … only to be nudged to the back of the big-man class in New York and Houston. Xavier Henry was a brainy, knockdown shooter … who quickly figured he didn't have much of a future in Memphis or New Orleans. Wesley Johnson was celebrated for his 7-foot-1 wingspan and 37-inch vertical leap … which produced underwhelming numbers in Minnesota and Phoenix.
November 17, 2013 |
SANTIAGO, Chile - Buoyed by personal popularity and her promise to rewrite Chile's Constitution, Michelle Bachelet surged to the top in Sunday's first round of voting to elect a new president, but fell short of enough votes to avoid a runoff. With nearly all ballots counted, Bachelet, a pediatrician and former president, was far ahead of eight other candidates, but, at 47%, was below the simple majority needed for an outright victory. In a distant second place was economist Evelyn Matthei, a former labor minister in President Sebastian Pinera's government.