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December 28, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
As aid workers from around the world descended on the Philippines to help the people hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan last month, Springer Browne headed toward the devastation for a different reason: the animals. The 31-year-old Newport Beach native made the trip as a volunteer for World Vets, a sort of veterinary equivalent of the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, which provides urgent medical care worldwide. World Vets sends veterinarians to work with animals around the world through various projects based on an area's needs.
December 27, 2013 | By Anh Do
Organizers of the largest Tet Festival in the U.S. - an event long linked with Garden Grove - are not only moving the event, but also undertaking a robust marketing campaign in hopes of luring more immigrants and vendors to the festival's new home at the Orange County fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. For weeks, a team led by Nina Tran, president of the Union of Vietnamese Students Assns., which organizes the festival, scoured neighboring cities for a replacement venue after Garden Grove officials demanded more money to help host the event.
December 25, 2013 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- In a sharp escalation of the confrontation between Egypt's military-backed administration and the Muslim Brotherhood, the interim government on Wednesday declared the Islamist movement a terrorist organization. The step gives Egyptian authorities even broader authority to move against the Brotherhood, which already has been the target of a harsh and sustained campaign by security forces and the judicial system. It has been nearly six months since Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was booted out of office by the Egyptian army, following massive nationwide demonstrations demanding his removal.
December 19, 2013 | By Dan Glickman and Kathleen Merrigan
Many Americans would like to know more about what they eat, including whether the food they purchase contains genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. That desire has sparked ballot initiatives and bitter fights in states across the country. But what a lot of concerned consumers don't realize is that there is already a way to ensure that the foods they purchase are free of GMOs. During the Clinton administration, we were responsible for implementing the Organic Foods Production Act. One of the implementation decisions that had to be made about the law after its passage was whether GMOs could be used in organic food.
December 18, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - A man with dual U.S. and Syrian citizenship was added to the FBI's most-wanted terrorists list Wednesday after eluding arrest for four years on charges of making at least three trips to Pakistan and Yemen to undergo jihad training to kill U.S. troops overseas. Ahmad Abousamra, who grew up in the Boston area and is believed to be hiding in Syria's largest city, Aleppo, has been sought since November 2009 on a federal arrest warrant issued in Boston. He is accused of conspiring to kill in a foreign country and providing material support to a terrorist organization.
December 15, 2013 | By Tanjil Rashid
Like many revolutionary manifestoes, "The Solution Revolution" seeks the overthrow of government as we know it. But for authors William Eggers and Paul Macmillan - who work in public-sector practice at Deloitte - this is a revolution very much in the interests of business, not against it. The book, "The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government and Social Enterprises Are Teaming Up to Solve Society's Toughest Problems," is a compendium of...
December 13, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Californians' view of organized labor has soured over the past two and a half years: 45% of those surveyed in a poll released Friday said unions do more harm than good, up from 35% in a March 2011 reading.  The results of the independent Field Poll showed a stark shift in public opinion in California, long a labor union stronghold. Even those who identify as Democrats or have union affiliations reported their views on labor unions taking a turn for the worse.  The poll of 1,002 registered voters was conducted between Nov. 14 and Dec. 5 and also found that recent public transit worker strikes in the Bay Area, which disrupted commuters' workdays, affected the public's opinion.  Statewide, 47% of voters said public transit workers should be allowed to strike versus 44% who said they should not.  "Voters in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area...
December 10, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Scientists who looked at hundreds of samples found that organic whole milk offered more of the fatty acids good for the heart than conventional milk. “We were quite surprised to see the magnitude of difference in milk from organic farms,” said Charles Benbrook, lead author of the study and a program leader at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University. Organic food advocates argue that grass and pasture is healthiest feed for cows.
December 7, 2013 | By Anh Do
A tribute to "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker scheduled for Sunday in Valencia is expected to draw thousands of auto enthusiasts and fans who will participate in a memorial rally and car cruise. Organizers are using Facebook to promote the gathering, which is expected to begin about 1 p.m.. They expect about 6,000 people to attend the rally at the site of the fiery car crash that took the life of Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas. Officials from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are preparing for a large crowd, moving items placed at an informal memorial at the scene of the accident.
December 4, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Ongoing excavation of a collapsed rock shelter that was used by Neanderthals suggests that our extinct human relatives organized their living spaces according to tasks, researchers say. In a paper published recently in the Canadian Journal of Archeology, researchers examined artifacts recovered at Riparo Bombrini, in northwest Italy, and concluded that their dwelling was organized around such activities as butchering animals, shaping tools and...
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