January 13, 2014 |
Iran and six world powers have agreed on a plan to launch the first phase of their nuclear deal, U.S. and Iranian officials announced Sunday, a sign the fragile international effort to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions remains on track. The agreement, worked out in a month of talks between technical experts and diplomats, goes into effect Jan. 20, after which Iran will begin to get access to some of its frozen assets -- and will have to open more of its facilities to the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency.
January 2, 2014 |
When the White House and its allies sought to regain control of the healthcare debate as Obamacare rolled into effect Wednesday, the face of that effort was not President Obama, but Mary-Therese - a Floridian who said she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and then lost her coverage. "I've been waiting a long time for Jan. 1, 2014," she says in a Web ad from Organizing for Action, the advocacy group born out of the president's campaign operation. But the story about the healthcare law being publicized in a new video from the campaign of Monica Wehby , a Republican making a long-shot bid against Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley in Oregon, was very different.
December 30, 2013
Even by the standards of this extraordinary year for gay rights -- during which more than half of the 18 states that now recognize same-sex marriages were added to the list and the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act -- the last couple of weeks have been remarkable. Within a few days, courts made gay marriage legal in New Mexico and Utah, and a ruling in Ohio forced some state recognition of such marriages. But those recent court decisions have also fed the long-standing perception among conservatives that gay marriage has been pushed through by "activist judges" forcing their personal beliefs on an unwilling populace.
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December 17, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday delayed a decision on how to fill the seat of former member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who died earlier this month. Three members wanted to postpone the discussion until after LaMotte's funeral, while three others supported taking up the issue immediately. But four votes were required for action, so the board never debated the central question: whether to appoint a replacement or call a special election. "Not taking an action is an action," said Monica Garcia, who wanted the board to discuss its options.
November 5, 2013 |
Kat Dennings is having a moment -- it's just not the moment she might have predicted. On Monday night -- just as her television show "2 Broke Girls" was airing on CBS -- the actress walked the red carpet to promote her new movie "Thor: The Dark World. " A few hours later, it was announced that she and her sitcom costar Beth Behrs will host the upcoming People's Choice Awards, that big barometer of the American mainstream. That Dennings, 27, has become a go-to girl in all kinds of broad entertainment is more than a little unexpected.
October 23, 2013 |
Inhalers containing chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, will be phased out by the end of the year to comply with international treaties intended to protect the the ozone layer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration made the announcement , which is part of an ongoing phase-out of the inhaler products. Only two remain on the market: Combivent Inhalation Aerosol and Maxair Autohaler. The FDA advises patients using these products to see their doctors for alternative treatment. Inhalers are critical to the health of the 25 million Americans who suffer from asthma and the 15 million Americans diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.