CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - A high school's decision to prevent students from wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco De Mayo forced a federal appeals court Thursday to consider the friction between free speech and pupil safety. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, meeting here for arguments, appeared inclined to accept that school officials in a Northern California district had reason to be concerned about racial tensions when several boys showed up in U.S. flag shirts on a day set aside to celebrate Mexican heritage.
October 13, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Timothy Bradley's conquest of Juan Manuel Marquez inspired the unbeaten world welterweight champion from Palm Springs to chase even greater glory. "If a Floyd Mayweather fight could materialize, I'd love it," Bradley (31-0) said late Saturday after beating Marquez by split decision at the Thomas & Mack Center. Given the business relationships and years of hard feelings that exist, however, that's a wish that seems unlikely. Bradley's promoter, Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum, and Mayweather split on bitter terms last decade and haven't worked together since.
October 10, 2013 |
Twitter is great for spoiling TV shows and criticizing Miley Cyrus' latest performance, but researchers at Brigham Young University say the social network may also be an effective way of identifying users at risk of suicide. A study that will be released Friday says researchers at BYU studied Twitter for three months, looking for tweets that directly discussed suicide as well as keywords and phrases related to risk factors and warning signs for suicide. They found nearly 38,000 "troubling tweets" from more than 28,000 users.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2013 |
A year after a citizens' commission handed down an extensive set of recommendations for preventing the abuse of jail inmates, Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to pay for many of the reforms. The board unanimously voted to authorize $29.3 million for the first year of a three-year plan that includes hiring more managers to oversee deputies, expanding training and installing more video cameras in the jails. The changes are expected to cost $89.8 million over three years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2013 |
Gabe Garcia and John Miller stood the other day at the rim of Cucamonga Canyon, dwarfed by the spires of peaks with names that evoke old, wild California - Timber, Telegraph, Bighorn. They were supposed to be alone. They were not. "Red shorts! White shirt!" Garcia, a San Bernardino National Forest district ranger, barked the description to Miller, his Forest Service colleague, who yanked a pair of binoculars to his eyes. The hikers were there, sure enough, but far away, deep in the folds of the canyon.
September 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Legislation to fund the government cleared the Senate on Friday but moved to the House, where infighting among the Republican majority left little time for Congress to act before a midnight Monday deadline to avert a shutdown of many government programs. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) left the Capitol after a midmorning meeting with his leadership team failed to reach consensus on an approach. He plans to assemble Republicans again at noon Saturday. The Democrats who control the Senate easily beat back a GOP strategy led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
September 27, 2013 |
Subarus, Cadillacs and Volvos earned top marks in a first-of-its-kind crash test of models equipped with systems to help drivers avoid rear-end collisions. The tests, conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, rate so-called active safety systems that warn drivers of impending impact and, in some models, automatically hit the brakes. The systems rely on radar, cameras and lasers to measure the distance from other vehicles or fixed objects, and they're considered an early step toward self-driving vehicles.
September 23, 2013 |
Women with a higher-than-usual risk for developing breast cancer should consider taking one of two medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration to reduce that risk, a federal panel has concluded. But the medications, which can raise a woman's risk of developing blood clots, are not for everyone and should not be taken for breast cancer reduction by most women, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said. Taken daily by women who are more likely than most to develop breast cancer, the chemotherapy drug tamoxifen or the osteoporosis drug raloxifene have been shown to drive down that risk.
September 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - For years, federal and state governments have struggled to build a background check system that can keep guns out of the hands of mentally troubled people. Monday's mass shooting at the Navy Yard shows that goal remains elusive. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, run by the FBI, is supposed to prevent gun sales to people with serious mental illness, as well as to convicted criminals, fugitives and domestic violence offenders. (Despite the system's name, not all the people it flags have been accused of wrongdoing.)
September 18, 2013 |
The global economic crisis that has come to be known as the Great Recession appears to have fueled an increase in suicides, including an estimated 5,000 additional deaths in 2009, a new study says. Although previous research has linked the recession to higher suicide rates in various countries, no studies have tried to measure these effects on a global scale. So researchers at the University of Hong Kong and other institutions examined suicide trends in 54 countries around the world, using data on unemployment, gross domestic product and suicide deaths from the World Health Organization, the International Monetary Fund and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.