August 14, 2013
Re "Trial showcases military jury system," Aug. 11 Readers may be left with the impression that trying Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan by a court-martial board of senior officers is somehow unfair. By signing up and obtaining a rank of captain because of his psychiatry degree, Hasan chose to be subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Jury members must be senior in rank to the accused so no one can claim that the accused compelled the jury to acquit him. They are educated, engaged and focused on the case and are on full pay for the duration.
August 12, 2013 |
CAIRO - When the military didn't come, the protesters went to sleep. The supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi stayed up all night, expecting - based on rumors and media reports - that security forces would finally act on the interim government's vow to clear out their encampment in Nahda Square by Cairo University. Some sang songs throughout the night to pass the time, others played pingpong. But when morning came uneventfully, the protesters finally lay down to rest.
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August 10, 2013 |
Fire crews made significant headway Saturday containing the Silver fire, which has blackened 19,000 acres and destroyed 26 homes in the San Gorgonio Pass in Riverside County. By evening the wildfire was 70% contained and the 2,106 firefighters on the scene had succeeded in keeping the blaze out of the San Bernardino National Forest. "Things are looking real good," said Robbie Richard, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Evacuation orders had been lifted for several areas, although they remained in place for the communities of Vista Grande, Twin Pines and Silent Valley.
August 9, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The stock market's longest weekly winning streak in a year came to an end as summer doldrums set in on Wall Street. Major U.S. indexes closed moderately lower Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average sagging 72.81 points, or nearly 0.5%, to 15,425.51. For the week, the Dow and other indexes finished down about 1%, ending a string of six straight weekly gains. Some analysts saw the pullback as a temporary lull amid minimal economic data. Trading volume was especially light as money managers started their annual August getaways.
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August 9, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking a judge's help to prevent a potentially crippling Bay Area transit strike as negotiators continue working to end an acrimonious, months-long contract dispute. If the Bay Area Rapid Transit system and its biggest unions do not reach a deal by Sunday morning, Brown will ask a San Francisco judge to order a 60-day "cooling-off period" in which workers would be prevented from walking off the job. A strike would "significantly disrupt public transportation services in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and endanger the public health, safety and welfare," according to a petition filed Friday by Brown and California Atty.
August 9, 2013 |
CLEVELAND - The Angels have been awful against left-handed pitchers, beginning Friday with a .239 average against them. They lead the American League with 85 errors. Their bullpen has been horrible, with a 1-7 record, five blown saves and a 7.68 earned-run average in 13 games before Friday. So Friday night's 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians in Progressive Field, which ended a four-game losing streak, was a little different. The Angels scored all their runs in the first inning off Indians left-hander Scott Kazmir.
August 7, 2013
Feeling more like a mid-season episode of some television detective serial than a self-contained film all its own, "Blood" is a dour British crime drama that lacks much of a beating heart. Directed by Nick Murphy from a screenplay by Bill Gallagher, the story is set amid a small coastal town near an island that is cut off when the tides roll in, creating a place where locals often try to store their secrets. That includes a brother detective duo (Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham) who learned their trade from their father (Brian Cox)
August 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon will furlough 650,000 civilian employees without pay for six days this year after months of warnings that mandatory budget cuts might idle defense workers for far longer, officials said Tuesday. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who has vowed to help furloughed defense workers since he took over the Pentagon in February, said fewer furlough days became possible after officials found savings elsewhere in the military budget. In addition, Hagel said the ongoing U.S. withdrawal of combat troops and equipment from Afghanistan was proving less costly than anticipated, and money was shifted from Pentagon weapons acquisition accounts to help pay for personnel.
August 5, 2013 |
Three people were killed and four others were wounded when a man involved in a long-running dispute with local officials fired shots into a crowded meeting room Monday night in Pennsylvania, police said. A Ross Township official halted the rampage by overpowering the gunman and shooting him with his own weapon, a witness said. State police identified the suspect as Rockne Warren Newell, 59. Police said Newell began firing a rifle through the windows of the Ross Township municipal building about 7:23 p.m., where 15 to 18 people had gathered for a township supervisors meeting.
August 4, 2013
GRAND CANYON Workshop Experts will discuss hiking the rim-to-rim trails and reveal hidden treasures of this iconic destination. When, where: 7 p.m. Thursday at the REI store in Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave. Admission, info: Free. (714) 379-1938. HIKING Documentary "Mile … Mile & a Half" tells the journey of five friends on the John Muir Trail, hiking 219 miles in 25 days. When, where: 6:30 Friday at the Adventure 16 store, 11161 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles Admission, info: $15 suggested donation.