August 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Republicans in the House of Representatives passed another symbolic rebuke of President Obama's healthcare law, ahead of a possible showdown over funding for the measure that threatens to shut down the government this fall. Friday's vote on what was called the “Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act” was the House's final vote before breaking for a five-week summer recess. The measure, which would strip the Internal Revenue Service of its power to enforce its individual mandate, passed mostly along party lines, 232-185, with just four Democrats breaking to support it. It is not expected to be taken up in the Senate.
July 29, 2013 |
It has been reported that former Ohio State president Gordon Gee has agreed to a $5.8-million retirement package. Gee, it seemed, spent more time pulling his foot out his mouth in recent years than contributing anything significant to the university. Gee, 69, retired on July 1 not long after disparaging remarks about Catholics and, maybe worse, the Southeastern Conference. This is the same Gee who once took a pot shot at "The Little Sisters of the Poor" and claimed there would be a playoff in college football over his dead body (the playoff begins in 2014)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2013 |
A commuter nightmare was developing Friday in the Bay Area as authorities closed both directions of the Bay Bridge to check a suspicious device. [Updated: The bridge was reopened by the CHP. ] According to the California Highway Patrol, authorities were examining the a device found near the Treasure Island exit. Photos showed traffic backed up both on the San Francisco and Oakland side of the bridge. There was no word on when the bridge would reopen. Here is an image aggregated from social media: BREAKING PHOTO: Traffic nightmare as Bay Bridge in San Francisco CLOSED due to a suspicious package - @abc7newsbayarea pic.twitter.com/t7PdN7odMm - NewsBreaker (@NewsBreaker)
July 22, 2013 |
Help wanted: At least 130 veteran military aviators for nine-year commitment to fly fighter jets. Salary: $34,500 to $97,400. Plus good benefits and a $225,000 signing bonus - guaranteed. Contact: U.S. Air Force by Sept. 30. That's the offer from the Pentagon, which is so short of Air Force fighter pilots that it's boosting its salary package to make the job more enticing. It may be hard to imagine that life as a high-flying fighter jock has lost its swagger, but the Air Force revealed it has a shortage of 200 fighter pilots this year.
July 15, 2013 |
To the parade of familiar products that are remaking themselves to lure foodies, add this unlikely entrant: the Hot Pocket. The brand wants to ditch its decades-long reputation as a thawed-out brick of dough with machine-cut blocks of lunch meat. Instead, it wants the microwaveable turnovers to be taken seriously as a sandwich with street cred among gastronomes. Hot Pockets, owned by Nestle USA in Glendale, is approaching its 30th anniversary by revamping ingredients, packaging and promotion in what Marketing Director Daniel Jhung calls "the biggest relaunch in the history of the brand.
July 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A plan to check fingerprints of foreigners leaving the U.S. is popular in Congress - but not at the Homeland Security Department, where officials say the technology would do little to halt illegal immigration. But thanks in part to lobbying by security contractors, the Senate immigration bill that goes to the Republican-led House this week includes a computerized "biometric" exit system that could cost more than $7 billion. The plan is part of the bill's $46-billion border "surge" of security measures, a 10-year spending gusher that would produce a financial bonanza for some of America's largest aerospace, technology and security companies, as well as some border states.
July 5, 2013 |
Backed by children's health advocates, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is challenging the state's health insurance exchange over the way it wants to provide children's dental benefits. At issue is whether pediatric dental care should be part of the basic health insurance package sold through the exchange or sold separately. The exchange has proposed selling it on a stand-alone basis to parents. Jones says the exchange, called Covered California, is running afoul of federal and state laws and increasing costs for consumers by going that route.
July 3, 2013 |
Yadier Molina was on his way to the dugout by the time his throw reached second base. He knew. Angels baserunner J.B. Shuck, who dared try to steal, was tagged out easily at the bag, the ball waiting for him in the glove of St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter. It hadn't taken the Angels long to test the arm of Molina, the veteran catcher. Shuck's thwarted steal ended the first inning of the series-opening game Tuesday night. But challenging Molina, 30, has always been a risky strategy.
June 27, 2013 |
As the Statue of Liberty prepares to reopen to visitors on July 4, one Manhattan hotel brand is ready with a Lady Liberty package. The Hotel @ Times Square and Broadway @ Times Square are offering rooms starting at $225 a night that include reimbursement to guests holding sightseeing tickets to the statue's crown. The deal: The offer favors travelers who already have tickets to visit the statue's crown . (I had a hard time finding times and dates available in late July and early August)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Police need a warrant to open a package in the mail that reeks of marijuana, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday, rejecting a prosecutor's arguments that a search was warranted under a novel “plain smell” test. In a ruling written by Justice Goodwin Liu, the state high court dismissed arguments by Santa Barbara County prosecutors that contraband could be searched under a theory that would extend the “plain sight” test to “plain smell.” Police are generally entitled to seize evidence that is in plain sight.