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March 19, 2013 |
Orange County officials are considering slashing funding to a Santa Ana nonprofit that has become a community model for its public health outreach efforts in the county's poorest neighborhoods. The head of Latino Health Access said she believes questions over the group's funding have their roots in a dispute two years ago when county supervisors questioned why the nonprofit had to use the word "Latino" in its name and referred to its outreach workers as "promotores. " On Tuesday, supporters of the Santa Ana-based nonprofit made an impassioned plea to supervisors to work with the county's healthcare agency to leave funding intact when the group's grant comes up for review later this year.
March 18, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - On the home front, the reviews for the World Baseball Classic have not been kind. The United States team was knocked out by Puerto Rico. The brightest American stars wanted no part of the tournament and, as a result, neither did the casual fan. None of this really bothers Bud Selig. If it bothers you, the commissioner said, you are missing the point. "Focusing on the United States team, frankly, is almost irrelevant," Selig said Monday. A tournament that started with 28 countries is down to two. The Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico - neighbors in the Caribbean - will play for the WBC championship Tuesday.
March 14, 2013 |
Bernie Morse, 65, of Century City retired last year from the aerospace industry and joined the ranks of Medicare beneficiaries. The nearly $8,000 he used to spend annually on drugs for a liver condition now will be cut almost in half. Were a private insurer to take over his Medicare coverage, Morse believes, his drug bill would once again skyrocket - only he wouldn't have his aerospace income to pay the tab. "I'd be really scared about what could happen," he said. And he has reason to be afraid.
March 6, 2013 |
You've heard the old joke about the stockbroker showing a friend all the luxuries he's bought with the commissions paid by his customers -- big house, big car, big yacht. And the friend asks, "But where are the customers' yachts?" The joke needs updating. With the Dow Jones industrial average hitting a record, as it did Tuesday, the question is "Where's the workers' payoff?" The Dow's record, in and of itself, doesn't mean much. It's a narrow measure of the stock market's health, viewed through the prism of a basket of 30 stocks.
February 27, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- Joyce Rhone didn't see the attack coming -- and certainly not at a blackjack table at the vaunted Bellagio Hotel and Casino, her attorney said. But in a scene that shocked onlookers, fellow Bellagio employee Brenda Stokes is accused of attempted murder in a box-cutter attack on Rhone. Stokes allegedly used two razors and repeatedly slashed the victim's face with cuts so deep to her cheek that they revealed Rhone's teeth. Now a lawyer representing Rhone in the December attack has filed a civil lawsuit against the Bellagio, claiming that the casino's security force failed to ensure "that its property was reasonably safe and to render aid to" Rhone.
February 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Two weeks before deep budget cuts are due to slice across the federal government, Senate Democrats proposed an alternative Thursday that would swap some reductions for a tax on people who make more than $1 million a year. The proposal has little chance of Republican support, even though neither party wants the automatic cuts. But Republicans are increasingly willing to stomach the reductions in defense and domestic spending rather than accept President Obama's call for a "balanced" approach that matches cuts with new revenue.
January 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration plans to slash U.S. forces in Afghanistan by more than half during the next 16 months, a faster withdrawal than top commanders once considered prudent, officials said. Gen. John R. Allen, who commands the international forces in Afghanistan, had wanted to keep the bulk of the 66,000 U.S. troops in place through the summer, traditionally the heaviest months of fighting against Taliban insurgents. But in recent weeks Allen's advisors and top Obama administration officials have developed a timetable for steady reductions that would reduce troop levels to fewer than 66,000 this summer and to 25,000-30,000 in spring 2014, with further withdrawals later that year, the officials said.
December 14, 2012 |
BEIJING -- A man with a knife slashed 22 children and one adult outside an elementary school in Henan province Friday morning, China's worst such incident in more than a year. The attack was reminiscent of a spate of knife attacks on schoolchildren that took place across China in 2010. In most cases, the attackers were unemployed middle-aged men, leading to speculation that the assaults stemmed from economic and social discontent. Friday's attack occurred at about 7:40 a.m. as children were arriving outside the gate of Chenpeng Village's Wanquan Elementary School.
December 12, 2012 |
SolarCity Corp. expanded the size of its highly anticipated initial public offering but knocked down the share price in what analysts said was a bid to boost investor demand. The San Mateo company said in a Wednesday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it plans to sell 11.4 million shares at $8 apiece. That values the company, which is one of the country's largest providers and installers of residential and commercial solar power generating systems, at about $584.6 million.