November 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The American job market showed a burst of life in October as employers added a healthy 204,000 jobs over the month, far exceeding analysts' expectations that had been lowered in part by the partial federal government shutdown. The Labor Department said Friday, however, that the unemployment rate last month edged up to 7.3% from a five-year low of 7.2% in September. Officials said there was an unusually large drop in the so-called labor force, those working or actively looking for jobs.
November 6, 2013 |
In the latest example of the profound change in Americans' attitudes toward homosexuality, the Senate is moving toward a vote on a bill that would outlaw job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. But whether the Employment Non-Discrimination Act becomes law could depend on whether the Republican leadership in the House decides to alienate the very voters it will need to attract to remain competitive on a national level. Initial indications are that the Republicans, who sullied their brand with last month's disastrous shutdown of the federal government, may sabotage both the bill known as ENDA and their own prospects.
November 5, 2013 |
One NFL coach falls ill on the golf course, and is undergoing open-heart surgery two days later. Another drops to his knees walking to the locker room at halftime of a nationally televised game, suffering what is later diagnosed as a mini-stroke. In a league that reports on the health of players on a daily basis, the health of coaches largely has been an afterthought. But after a weekend in which Denver's John Fox and Houston's Gary Kubiak suffered disturbing health scares, the intense pressure of their jobs has come under sharper scrutiny.
October 31, 2013 |
In what might be regarded as having the fox guard the henhouse, a leading Russian website has hired fugitive secrets-leaker Edward Snowden to oversee its data protection. Snowden's lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, told Russian news service RIA Novosti that the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor starts his new job Friday . Kucherena declined to identify the social media site where Snowden will be working, citing "security reasons. " Snowden's Russian guardians have often expressed fears that U.S. intelligence operatives might snatch Snowden from his Russian refuge, if they can find him, and spirit him back to the United States to face espionage charges.
October 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Business hiring slowed this month with the private sector adding just 130,000 net new jobs as the partial government shutdown hit an already weakening labor market, payroll processor ADP said Wednesday. The figure was below the 150,000 average monthly job growth in the sector over the previous year as the hiring in the service sector fell off in October, said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, which assists ADP in the monthly report. "The government shutdown and debt limit brinkmanship hurt the already softening job market in October," Zandi said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2013 |
In the 1960s, California college campuses were hotbeds of civil rights and free speech activity, where student protests resulted in the nation's first ethnic studies programs at San Francisco State and UC Berkeley, among others. Ethnic studies became a sought-after major and a safe setting in which to examine the influence of the state's diverse population of Latinos, African Americans, whites and Asians, among others. In recent years, however, some of those programs have been cut back, particularly in the California State University system.
October 29, 2013 |
Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach is having a busy off-season. Wallach is scheduled to interview Thursday with the Seattle Mariners for their managerial vacancy, according to a person who isn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke only on condition of anonymity. The Mariners job became open when Eric Wedge told the club he would not return next season. The interview will be Wallach's second in as many weeks; he interviewed with the Detroit Tigers last week.
October 29, 2013 |
While other kids were out getting their driver licenses when they were 16, Lisa Kudrow did something else "life-altering": She got a nose job. The "Web Therapy" star recently turned 50 and opened up about childhood and young adult events that affected her. The nose job "was life-altering," Kudrow told Lawrence Grobel in the Saturday Evening Post. "I went from, in my mind, hideous, to not hideous. I did it the summer before going to a new high school. So there were plenty of people who wouldn't know how hideous I looked before.
October 28, 2013 |
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis will be offering his analysis throughout the World Series. Ellis, 32, recently completed his second full season as a starter for the Dodgers by batting .333 in a National League division series against the Atlanta Braves and .316 in the NL Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ellis is familiar with the Boston Red Sox, a team the Dodgers faced during the regular season. The group of men who are on your television screen and involved on every pitch of the most important series of the year, only have one goal - to not be noticed.
October 28, 2013 |
Nine out of 10 workers ages 50 and older say they're happy in their jobs, a proportion much higher than younger adult workers, according to a recent survey. Of that share, 65% said they were "very satisfied" with their jobs, according to a recent Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll. The remaining 26% reported just being "satisfied" with work. The reasons vary but workers polled said that by the time they hit 50, many have already climbed the career ladder, increased their salaries and have better job security. "Overall, we found that workers were satisfied with their jobs," said Jennifer Benz, a senior research scientist at the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.