April 12, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry hinted at the possibility of dialogue with North Korea on the first leg of a sprint through East Asia that has been shadowed by threats from Pyongyang. At a Friday news conference in Seoul with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, Kerry reiterated the U.S. commitment to the alliance forged during the 1950-1953 Korean War. "The real goal should not be reinforcing the fact that we will defend our allies, which we will, but it should be emphasizing for everybody the possibilities of peace, the possibilities of reunification, the possibilities of a very different future for the people of the Republic of Korea and ultimately North Korea," Kerry said.
April 8, 2013 |
Second of two parts Phil Richards used to like his job driving a forklift in a produce and meat warehouse. He took pride in steering a case of beef with precision. Now, he says, he has to speed through the warehouse to meet quotas, tracked by bosses each step of the way. Through a headset, a voice tells him what to do and how much time he has to do it. It makes the Unified Grocers warehouse in Santa Fe Springs operate smoothly with fewer employees, but it also makes Richards' work stressful.
April 6, 2013 |
Former track and field Olympic champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee is no stranger to the benefits of daily workouts and a healthful lifestyle. As a six-time medal winner, she lived her life always in her own best shape. But many kids and families today face challenges involving time, money and lack of education about how to stay fit. That's why Joyner-Kersee became involved in the Triple Play Fit Family Challenge with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (Joyner-Kersee is a former member of the club)
March 30, 2013
For a child who may experience discomfort on takeoff or landing in air travel, take along a small plastic bag of Cheerios, trail mix, raisins, and or small nuts or candies (depending on allergies, age of the child and health issues, of course). Feed them one at a time to your child. This tricks them into swallowing frequently, which clears their ears. It works like magic and they don't arrive cranky and scared of air travel. Harry and Jean Pope Long Beach Besides carrying a flashlight (keep it on the nightstand)
March 15, 2013 |
Two of the world's biggest trading firms - Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. - must submit new capital plans to regulators to address weaknesses in their planning processes found by the Federal Reserve. The Fed approved 14 other banks' proposals, the agency said in a statement. Capital plans submitted by Ally Financial Inc. and BB&T Corp. were rejected. The problems found at Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan related to projections of losses and revenue, according to a Fed official.
March 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Leaders of a new advocacy group formed to back President Obama's second-term agenda sought Wednesday to cast the group as a vehicle for average Americans to engage with their government, seeking to dispel criticism that the nonprofit provides special interests access to the administration. Kicking off a two-day “founders summit” to inaugurate Organizing for Action, longtime Obama political strategist David Plouffe noted that top aides to the president only formed the group after a survey of the campaign's volunteers showed that more supporters wanted a way to stay involved than even after Obama's first win in 2008.
March 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The nation's largest banks as a group could withstand a severe recession and are much better positioned for blunting economic shocks than before the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve said Thursday in releasing the latest round of stress test results. Of the 18 banks tested, only Ally Financial Inc. would be at risk of failure under the Fed's scenario, underscoring the improving financial condition of the banking industry. Fed officials emphasized that banks could not pass or fail this set of stress tests because they did not take into account some important factors.
March 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - All but one of the nation's largest banks could withstand a severe recession, and the industry's biggest players are much better positioned to blunt economic shocks than before the financial crisis, according to results of the latest Federal Reserve stress tests. Ally Financial Inc. in Detroit, the only large bank still majority-owned by the government after the recession-era industry bailouts, would be at risk of failure under the Fed's scenario. But none of the 17 other major banking firms would be near collapse if the economy tanked, according to the results released Thursday.
March 6, 2013 |
A little stress can be a good thing -- but if you're a tadpole, more stress might be even better. Tadpoles exposed to stress hormones over several days grew bigger tails -- all the better for fleeing predators, according to a study released Tuesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Experiments show that stress hormones can actually cause a change in body shape in developing animals, according to the researchers at the University of...
March 5, 2013 |
— Andrew Romine was raised by his father, Kevin , a former Boston Red Sox outfielder, to be a switch-hitter. The thinking was that it would improve his chances of reaching the big leagues. But as Andrew rose through the Angels' system, reaching triple A in 2011, the ability to switch-hit felt more like an albatross than an asset. So he gave it up last season at Salt Lake and began hitting only from the left side, a move Romine, 27, believes will enhance his chances of winning a utility infield job this spring.