November 28, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Syrian government forces have recaptured the western border town of Deir Attiyeh, less than a week after rebel forces had seized it in a counteroffensive, according to Syrian state television. Deir Attiyeh, with about 10,000 residents and a significant Christian minority, is viewed as a vital link on the main highway between Damascus, the seat of power of President Bashar Assad, and the city of Homs in the center of the country. It is also part of a strategic supply corridor for rebel forces.
November 21, 2013 |
The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 16,000 for the first time, a testament to investors' hope that the plodding economy can gain momentum in the coming year. The index, a gauge of 30 of the largest American companies, jumped more than 109 points to close at 16,009.99. Thursday's advance was propelled by a better-than-expected drop in jobless claims and a Senate panel's vote supporting Janet Yellen's bid to lead the Federal Reserve. The stock market is caught up in its most furious rally in a decade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Rep. David Valadao on Wednesday became the second California Republican to join Democrats on a broad immigration bill, increasing pressure on GOP leadership to schedule a vote on a measure that would provide a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are in the country illegally. "Immigration reform in the House cannot wait," the freshman lawmaker said in a statement. Valadao, of Hanford, follows Rep. Jeff Denham of Turlock, another Central Valley Republican with a heavily Latino district that relies on immigrants to pick crops, in signing on to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act. The measure is similar to a Senate bill passed in June.
October 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A top Federal Reserve policymaker said the central bank was unlikely to start reducing a key stimulus program for "a few months" because the partial government shutdown has muddied the economic picture. Charles Evans, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, said Monday that he would need to see strong jobs reports and signs that the nation's economic output, or gross domestic product, was on the upswing before he would support tapering the monthly $85-billion bond-buying program.
October 20, 2013
Bike to the top Rent your bike at either South Maui Bicycles, 1993 S. Kihei Road, No. 5, Kihei, (808) 874-0068, or Crater Cycles, 358 Papa Place, Suite F1, Kahului, (808) 893-2020. And be sure to rent a convertible so you can easily transport it. Train a lot! Biking up Haleakala is not a ride you can just do, unless you're a triathlete or experienced cyclist. Try Dawson Saddle (near Azusa), which will get you up to 7,900 feet, and Mt. Baldy, a steep 4,600-foot climb. Bring more food and water than you think you'll need, plus cold-weather and rain gear.
October 13, 2013
If you go Ft. Ord National Monument; (831) 394-8314, http://www.blm.gov/ca/hollister. (Currently closed due to the government shutdown.) Ft. Ord Dunes State Park, Beach Range Road, Marina, Calif.; (831) 649-2836, http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=580 , The town of Marina just north of Ft. Ord has a number of chain motels (www.seemonterey.com/hotels/) as well as the luxurious Sanctuary Beach Resort, 3295 Dunes Drive; (877) 944-3863, http://www.thesanctuarybeachresort.com . Junior suites from $219 midweek.