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December 30, 2013 |
OAKLAND - As the clock ticks toward a 5 p.m. deadline for Children's Hospital Oakland to remove a 13-year-old girl deemed brain-dead from a ventilator, experts in medical and legal ethics say there are no “gray areas” in the case and it should never have gotten this far. Furthermore, they warn, if the family of Jahi McMath were to find a facility to accept her, the hospital would set a troubling precedent if physicians there were to surgically insert...
December 17, 2013 |
Led by positive data on sales of new single-family housing, home-builder confidence ticked up in December, reaching its highest reading in four months. The gauge of the National Assn. of Homebuilders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index reached 58 last month. Figures above 50 signal that builders are optimistic. “This is definitely an encouraging sign as we move into 2014,” said Rick Judson, NAHB's chairman and a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “This indicates that an increasing number of builders have a positive view on where the industry is going.” The housing market has recently cooled, a trend that begin this summer.
November 7, 2013 |
There is a subculture in America you may know little about. Its members are haunted by a slender, twisting, tick-borne germ known as Borrelia burgdorferi , the microbe responsible for Lyme disease, and they are trying desperately to warn us that we are all at risk of contracting a debilitating, chronic illness characterized by joint pain, fatigue, mood disorders and a long list of other symptoms. Arrayed against these true believers are most of the mainstream scientists who study B. burgdorferi . Although they acknowledge that Lyme disease is a genuine illness that humans can get from being bitten by infected ticks, and that those who are not treated promptly can develop worse symptoms, they don't believe that infection leads to a chronic condition.
October 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The job market weakened in September amid a slowdown in key growth engines such as healthcare and leisure - a worrisome sign given that the employment picture probably worsened this month with the partial federal government shutdown. Employers last month added a modest 148,000 net new jobs, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That was down from an upwardly revised job growth of 193,000 in August, and well below analysts' forecasts for about 180,000 new jobs in September.
October 13, 2013 |
Southern California's office market has moved ever so slightly in favor of landlords. In the just-finished third quarter of 2013, the overall vacancy rate fell a tiny bit, and average monthly rents ticked up a few cents. The slight upward shift was typical of the last several quarters. The region's office rental market stabilized after the recession, but has not picked up steam the way it did during previous economic recoveries. "This is uncharted territory," said research analyst Petra Durnin of property brokerage Cushman & Wakefield.
September 20, 2013 |
California employers added 29,100 payroll jobs in August, posting one of the largest job gains in the nation but the unemployment rate still ticked up to 8.9% from 8.7% the month before, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Job gains were broad in the Golden State last month, with seven sectors adding new positions. The construction sector led the job growth in August, expanding by 7,700 jobs. The white-collar sector of professional and business services, which includes well-paying jobs such as lawyers, accountants and architects, added 6,300 jobs last month.