September 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The nation's poverty rate held at a near-generation-high of 15% last year, while the typical income of American households flattened, according to the Census Bureau. The bureau's annual report on income, poverty and health insurance suggests that the economic wounds from the Great Recession are patched up but the economy still is struggling to return to full health. In one respect, the data released Tuesday could be seen as positive because things seemed to stabilize after the devastating recession.
September 16, 2013 |
If California is serious about reducing its prison population, one crucial component will have to be reducing recidivism. Currently, a lot of the state's inmates are men and women who've been in prison more than once. They get out, they have little training or education, they can't get jobs and, in many cases, they return to lives of crime and find themselves back behind bars. But a major new study of correctional education in U.S. state prisons suggests there are things California could do to slow that revolving door.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- A deal reached Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders to reduce the state's prison population was greeted warily by lawyers representing inmates who have sued California over conditions behind bars. “The governor hasn't built up a lot of trust here,” said Michael Bien, who is handling a lawsuit over mental healthcare. The lawyers for inmates were not involved in negotiations over the weekend, and Brown said they had no role in reaching a deal. A panel of three federal judges has ordered the state to reduce its prison population by 9,600 inmates by the end of the year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 |
It's little wonder that Democrats have set their sights on GOP Rep. Gary Miller, widely viewed as one of the most vulnerable House members in next year's elections, mainly because he holds a seat that the opposite party had been expected to win last year. Spurred by redrawn political maps, the conservative Republican congressman moved into an Inland Empire district increasingly favorable to Democrats. Under the state's new "top-two" primary system, Miller defeated a fellow Republican last November after four Democrats split their party's vote and failed to survive the primary.
August 20, 2013 |
Almost 1 in 3 American adults is believed to have high blood pressure, which increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, dementia and such non-life-threatening problems such as erectile dysfunction. In principle, the condition is easy to diagnose, and physicians have a highly effective and growing arsenal of medications available to drive blood pressure down. But hypertensive patients still go undiagnosed. And even when they are diagnosed, physicians often struggle to get patients to do what they must to control their high blood pressure.
August 6, 2013 |
"More Than Honey" is an extraordinarily shot but meandering survey of the world's bee population: how they work (and boy, do they ever), why they're critical to the survival of many ecosystems, and the possible reasons they've been dwindling in alarming numbers. Producer-director Markus Imhoof tackles a hugely vital subject, but the film's loose structure and lack of a specific through-line don't make for the clearest intake of its, well, swarm of information. The Swiss-born Imhoof, whose canner grandfather's fruit gardens and orchards were sustained by honeybees (and whose daughter and son-in-law, seen here, are bee researchers)
July 29, 2013 |
The number of tigers living in the wild in Nepal has leapt. A new survey shows Royal Bengal tigers now number 198 -- that's 63% more than four years ago. The country's efforts are part of a global program to pull tigers back from the brink of extinction. The government survey from Nepal was released Monday, on World Tiger Day, at a meeting of conservationists and wildlife experts in the nation's capital, Katmandu, according to the French news agency, Agence France-Presse . Experts chalked up the gains in Nepal to a crackdown on poaching and better management of the tigers' habitat.
July 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In a gilded but often lonely life, Cordelia Scaife May, heiress to one of America's most storied fortunes, had a few cherished passions. Protecting birds was one. Keeping immigrants out was another. An ardent environmentalist more comfortable with books and birds than with high-society galas, May believed nature was under siege from runaway population growth. Before her death in 2005, she devoted much of her wealth to rolling back the tide - backing birth control and curbing immigration, both legal and illegal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2013 |
Unemployment among recent veterans has fallen sharply and now is the same as for the rest of the U.S. population, hovering just above 7%, new federal statistics show. The figures suggest that a vexing and stubborn trend of higher joblessness among veterans who left the military after September 2001 has been reversed. It now appears that veterans are being hired at a faster rate than non-veterans. Advocates credited a variety of public and private efforts, including major U.S. corporations beginning to make good on pledges to hire hundreds of thousands of veterans, federal tax incentives for employers and allowances for veterans to receive professional licenses based on their military training.
July 15, 2013 |
The kids at his elementary school played a game that involved tossing a tennis ball across the yard. Whenever it was Chris Capuano's turn, everyone backed up a few steps. That's when he realized he was different. "I threw a little bit harder, a little bit farther," he says. "I had a stronger arm. " Capuano eventually grew up to be one of the lucky few, a pitcher in the major leagues. The 34-year-old left-hander belongs to a tiny percentage of the human population that possesses the ability to stand on a mound and throw with enough velocity and movement to earn a living at baseball.