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February 6, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Paul Richter
JERUSALEM - Emerging from a black limousine, the tall man in the bushy gray wig lectures a small crowd of Israelis on how their holy city of Jerusalem belongs to followers of all religions - "Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Klingons and Hobbits. " He asks a young passerby, "Do you think I deserve a Nobel Prize?" The two-minute spoof video, released on YouTube this week by ultranationalist Israelis, is the latest sign of how critics of a possible Mideast peace deal have focused their ire on the effort's chief champion, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry.
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NATIONAL
February 5, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration will set up 10 centers around the country to help farmers and ranchers adjust to the increasing frequency of severe weather and other risks associated with climate change. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the sites Wednesday, saying the goal was to help the agriculture industry adjust to new conditions, including extended fire seasons, invasive pests, flooding and drought. "It's a reflection of the changing weather patterns that will indeed impact and affect crop production, livestock production," Vilsack told reporters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Paul Pringle and Abby Sewell
The FBI spoke with former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis about her role in a 2012 fundraiser for President Obama, but the candidate for Los Angeles County supervisor believes she did nothing wrong and doesn't know if the inquiry is continuing, her campaign consultant said Monday. Steve Barkan, the campaign advisor, said in a statement that Solis had a "cordial" meeting with the FBI in November 2012 - about eight months after the fundraiser at the La Fonda supper club in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl have a considerable fundraising jump over their rivals for two open seats on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, new campaign reports show. Solis raised $518,000 and reported $433,000 cash on hand at the end of December in a filing covering the second half of 2013. She announced last year that she was running to replace outgoing Supervisor Gloria Molina in the 1st District, which covers downtown, East Los Angeles and portions of eastern L.A. County.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Cars of the future will know when they're about to get hit - and how to speak up about it. U.S. auto safety regulators on Monday took the first steps toward mandating that automakers build cars that talk to one another. They would speak in short-range radio signals, trading messages that would prevent accidents on a broad scale, according to the Transportation Department. The most advanced cars today can already spot trouble ahead. They use sensors to detect cars or fixed objects ahead, and alert drivers - or, in some cases, even slam on the brakes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Dan Schnur may represent a new trend and the embodiment of California political reform. Then again, he may be just another wannabe officeholder living in fantasy land. Schnur, 50, a former Republican strategist and spokesman - hack and flack - is running for California secretary of state, or chief elections officer. What makes this noteworthy is that Schnur - most recently a reformer and educator - is trying to become the first nonpartisan to win a partisan statewide office.
NATIONAL
January 30, 2014 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - Nearly half of the officers responsible for maintaining and operating nuclear-armed missiles at a Montana base have been implicated in a widening cheating investigation, a sign of deep cultural and command problems in the nuclear force, the leader of the Air Force said Thursday. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said at a Pentagon news conference that 92 of 190 launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base had been suspended because of the investigation into the sharing of answers on a proficiency test last year.
NATIONAL
January 22, 2014 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, #{text}
Texas executed a Mexican citizen late Wednesday despite objections from Mexico, a former Texas governor and U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry. Edgar Tamayo Arias, 46, was put to death at 9:32 p.m. Central time for killing a Houston police officer in 1994, according to Jason Clark, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Tamayo made no last statement, Clark said. Tamayo's attorneys fought until the last minute to save his life, appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay of execution.
OPINION
January 16, 2014 | By Andrew Gawthorpe
In his memoir, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates reveals how unhappy he was to be leading the Pentagon in the Bush and Obama administrations. He was mad at Congress, furious with the White House and outraged by Pentagon bureaucrats. In fact, some days he was so angry he wasn't sure he could take it anymore. "All too often during my 4 1/2 years as secretary of Defense, when I found myself sitting yet again at that witness table at yet another congressional hearing, I was tempted to stand up, slam the briefing book shut and quit on the spot," Gates writes in one of the excerpts from his book that was made public before the book's release.
OPINION
January 12, 2014 | By Sarah Chayes
In a dozen years of war, Americans have grown used to improvised explosive devices. The detonations have rocked the streets of Kabul and Baghdad - and also of Washington. Only, in Washington, the bombshells appear in print. The latest domestic blast, a diatribe called "Duty" by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, seems to have startled even the dean of White House correspondents. "It is rare for a former Cabinet member," wrote Bob Woodward in the Washington Post, "let alone a Defense secretary ... to publish such an antagonistic portrait of a sitting president.
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