November 17, 2013 |
SANTIAGO, Chile - Buoyed by personal popularity and her promise to rewrite Chile's Constitution, Michelle Bachelet surged to the top in Sunday's first round of voting to elect a new president, but fell short of enough votes to avoid a runoff. With nearly all ballots counted, Bachelet, a pediatrician and former president, was far ahead of eight other candidates, but, at 47%, was below the simple majority needed for an outright victory. In a distant second place was economist Evelyn Matthei, a former labor minister in President Sebastian Pinera's government.
September 10, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Weary of scandal and swayed by promises of a better future for residents being priced out of the city, voters on Tuesday rejected former Rep. Anthony Weiner's bid for a political comeback and threw their support behind the liberal public advocate Bill de Blasio to be the Democratic candidate for mayor. It was not clear late Tuesday whether De Blasio would capture the 40% of votes needed to avoid a runoff with the second-place finisher, former city Comptroller William Thompson Jr.; De Blasio danced around the necessary figure as returns trickled in showing him easily outdistancing the field.
September 9, 2013 |
MOSCOW - The Moscow Election Commission will review a demand by opposition leader Alexei Navalny for a recount of Sunday's mayoral election vote, its chairman, Valentin Gorbunov, told the Interfax news agency Monday. The official vote count gave acting Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, a Kremlin loyalist, 51.37%, slightly more than the simple majority needed to avoid a runoff in two weeks. Coming in second, with 27.24% of the vote, was Navalny, an anti-corruption crusader and leading critic of President Vladimir Putin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2013 |
California communities spend close to half a billion dollars each year trying to prevent litter from mucking up the sensitive ecosystems of rivers, lakes and coastal waters, according to a report released recently by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Yet urban runoff remains a serious problem for fish, birds, turtles and marine mammals that ingest it: clogged intestines, restricted movement, suffocation, loss of vital nutrients and starvation. Then there is the derelict fishing gear - monofilament line, nets, poles, toxic lead sinkers and plastic lures that can last thousands of years - that can become deadly snares for marine life.
August 2, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Two former government officials will take part in a presidential runoff election in Mali after a first round of voting in which no candidate won an outright majority, according to provisional results announced Friday. The election is an attempt to usher in stability and peace after a military coup and rebellion saw half the country fall into the hands of Al Qaeda-linked militias last year. Former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, 69, will face former Finance Minister Soumaila Cisse, 63, in the Aug. 11 vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2013 |
The outstanding campaign debt racked up by former Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel has climbed past $680,000, according to new reports submitted to the city Ethics Commission. Greuel, who lost to Eric Garcetti in the May 21 mayoral runoff, had reported more than $518,000 in unpaid bills accumulated during the final weeks of the campaign. But she also has more than $162,000 in outstanding debt left over from the March 5 primary campaign, according to the filing from a second Greuel campaign committee.