July 12, 2013 |
Ford Motor Co. will knock $4,000 off the price of its 2014 Focus electric cars, slated to hit dealers' lots in a few weeks. With destination charge included, the base model will now cost $35,995. In a statement Thursday, a company spokeswoman said the lowered price of the “fully-contented” cars “keeps us competitive in the marketplace and is an important part of our commitment to provide customers with a range of electrified vehicles to choose from.” The electric Focus has lagged far behind other battery-powered competitors, selling just 177 of the 2013 model cars in June.
June 19, 2013 |
A Senate bill meant to offer a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people in the U.S. who entered illegally or stayed on expired visas could trim the deficit by about $175 billion over the next 10 years, according to a federal report. The report from the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation also found federal budget deficits would decrease by about $700 billion from 2024 to 2033. “However, the net impact of the bill on federal deficits would depend on future actions by lawmakers, who could choose to appropriate more or less than the amounts estimated by CBO,” the report said.
June 14, 2013 |
Climate change is likely to wipe a lot of the white from those postcard winter scenes of Los Angeles ringed by snow-capped mountains, according to new research. A UCLA study released Friday projects a significant decline in snowfall on the ranges that provide a dramatic backdrop to urban Southern California. By mid-century, the amount of snow draping the mountains could decrease 30% to 40%, researchers say. If greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, the ranges could lose two-thirds of their snow by century's end. That means fewer and fewer days in coming decades will reflect the classic images of sun and snow that have idealized life in Southern California since 1920s citrus-crate labels beckoned to Easterners.
May 24, 2013 |
To hear Republicans - and some Democrats - in Congress talk, you'd think food-stamp dollars just disappear into a black hole. The prevailing debate in the Senate and House versions of the farm bill, which contains funding for food stamps (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP), is over how much to cut. But when more than 15% of Americans remain impoverished, slashing food assistance for the poor makes no sense in humanitarian, economic or public health terms. The House bill, which is gaining steam after passage by the Agriculture Committee last week, is the more draconian of the two. It would chop $20 billion over 10 years from SNAP, and its changes to food-stamp eligibility rules would cut off vital sustenance for about 2 million low-income people, including seniors and families with children.
May 22, 2013 |
LONDON - As bystanders watched in horror, a man was hacked to death in broad daylight on a London street Wednesday and two suspects were shot and wounded by police, who are investigating the incident as a likely terrorist attack. The two assailants, who reportedly shouted "God is great!" in Arabic as they mounted their assault, set upon a young man near a military barracks in the southeast London neighborhood of Woolwich, police said. The attackers slashed their victim to death with knives or machete-like weapons, then advanced menacingly on officers, who shot them, according to witness accounts.
May 17, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Want help from the state getting unemployment benefits? Don't call after noon. Because of federal budget cuts, the California Employment Development Department has told its call center workers not to answer its benefits hotline after lunch. Starting Monday, the thinning band of staffers will be reassigned to other duties from noon to 5 p.m., such as processing claims for benefits and responding to online inquiries. Limiting call center hours was the best of a number of bad choices, department spokeswoman Loree Levy said.
April 13, 2013 |
Image makeover Kevin Durant is not nice? The marketing slogan may have a sliver of truth to it after the Oklahoma City Thunder star's questionable gesture and explanation Thursday against Golden State. Durant collected the ball off a Russell Westbrook block and drove for a vicious dunk. If only he had stopped there. The player who is so polite that he routinely exchanges pleasantries with out-of-town reporters in the hallways of Chesapeake Energy Arena then pretended to slash his throat before crossing his hands in prayer.
April 12, 2013 |
Kevin Durant is one of the NBA's most beloved stars, but that wasn't enough to keep him from a $25,000 fine for pretending to cut his throat after a dunk against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. Durant's score and what the NBA deemed a “menacing gesture,” came off a Russell Westbrook block on the defensive end of the floor during the second quarter of Oklahoma City's 116-97 win over Golden State. Westbrook, guarding Stephen Curry, chased down the smaller point guard and swatted away his layup, sending the ball into Durant's hands.
April 10, 2013 |
HOUSTON -- A Texas man being held in connection with a Tuesday stabbing that injured 14 at a Houston-area community college told investigators he had been fantasizing about such an attack since he was 8 years old, officials said. Dylan Quick, 20, was being held without bond Wednesday and cooperating with investigators, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said during a briefing with Lone Star College officials at a detention facility near downtown Houston. Garcia said Quick, who was a student at the Lone Star CyFair campus about 30 miles northwest of Houston, had been "matter of fact" in describing the attack, "very forthcoming" and cooperative in responding to questions.
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April 10, 2013 |
A series of tire slashings on luxury cars and SUVs early Saturday in northwest Glendale was a "random act" of vandalism, according to police. In some cases, all four tires were slashed on the high-end cars, most of which were parked in home driveways and on the dimly lighted streets of Vista Drive, West Mountain Street, Grandview and Winchester avenues, and Cumberland and Kenneth roads, according to Glendale police. One of the cars, a Cadillac CTS, belonged to City Manager Scott Ochoa and had all of its tires slashed.