CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2012 |
When is Edgar likely to return to his Palmdale home to live out the remaining 25 or so years of his life? Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore. " At least that's what state and federal wildlife officials have told Debby Porter about the future of the black raven named after poet Edgar Allan Poe that she raised by hand at her Antelope Valley home. Wildlife officials say Porter violated the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 by keeping Edgar and 20 other blind or injured crows and ravens in elaborate aviaries inside and behind her house.
December 14, 2012 |
Sharp divisions over the future of the Internet were laid bare Friday as the United States and many of its allies spurned a United Nations telecommunications treaty over fears of government meddling with the Web. Getting involved with the Internet would mark a shift for the International Telecommunication Union, a U.N. agency first created to smooth the sending of telegraph messages from one country to another. With information already flowing freely over the Internet, Western countries and companies have questioned why the international agency should get involved.
December 6, 2012 |
Paranoia strikes deep. That's the bottom-line explanation for the failure of the U.S. Senate to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. But it was more than a generic fear of black helicopters (or black wheelchairs) that impelled 38 Republican senators to disrespect Bob Dole and oppose the treaty, depriving it of the required two-thirds majority. To hear the opponents, the devil in this demonic instrument of world government was in the details. Such as the treay's imaginary attack on home schooling, an obsession for some social conservatives second only to their right to spank their children.
December 4, 2012 |
The Senate rejected a United Nations treaty aimed at banning discrimination against individuals with disabilities Tuesday, falling five votes short of the two-thirds needed in a 61-38 vote. The U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities calls on participating countries to work to attain equality in access to education, healthcare and more, and was based largely on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. It was negotiated by President George W. Bush's administration in 2006 and has since been signed by President Obama.
November 20, 2012 |
CAIRO - The Gaza conflict has pressured Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on many fronts: Each rocket Hamas fired into Israel has been a test of Morsi's loyalty. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also been gauging how much damage he can inflict on Hamas before Morsi responds with more than public statements and diplomacy. And the United States and the West, the source of billions of dollars in aid and possible investment that Egypt desperately needs, are watching to see whether the Egyptian president emerges as a formidable and trusted regional voice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2012 |
Barry Commoner, a scientist-activist whose ability to identify and explain complex ecological crises and advocate radical solutions made him a pillar of the environmental movement, died of natural causes Sunday in New York City. He was 95. His death was confirmed by his wife, Lisa Feiner. Commoner was a biologist and author whose seminal 1971 book, "The Closing Circle: Man, Nature and Technology," argued for the connectedness of humans and the natural world. It said environmental problems were related to technological advances and had a role in social and economic injustice.
September 18, 2012 |
One of America's most wanted men, here in Britain anyway, is a slightly awkward computer geek who still drops by his mom's house on weekends to enjoy a home-cooked meal, the kind he doesn't get sharing an apartment with other college students. But Richard O'Dwyer will be eating prison grub soon if authorities in Washington have their way. O'Dwyer, 24, is due to be shipped across the Atlantic to face criminal charges in a country he's never set foot in. His offense: creating a website that featured links to pirated movies and TV shows.
August 6, 2012 |
A historic quill and lap desk used to sign the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo will be auctioned Sept. 7 in Nebraska. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed Feb. 2, 1848, and brought an end to the Mexican-American war. California as we know it would not exist without it. The treaty handed over 525,000 square miles of land to the U.S. It encompassed all of what are now the states of California, Utah and Nevada and parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming. It was America's second-largest land acquisition, after the Louisiana Purchase.
June 29, 2012 |
CAIRO - Egypt's foreign policy under its first Islamist president is likely to change in tenor but not substance, at least in the short term, as the new government can ill afford to strain relations with the U.S. or risk international furor by abandoning Egypt's 1979 peace treaty with Israel. President Mohamed Morsi faces domestic social and financial crises that are expected to eclipse foreign affairs in coming months. Rhetoric against Jerusalem and Washington may sharpen, but Morsi, who ran as the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, is desperate for Western and regional investment to ease the economic turmoil that has overwhelmed the Arab world's most populous state.
June 27, 2012 |
The union representing Hollywood's actors hailed a landmark international treaty that officials said would provide important "economical and moral rights" for actors and other performers around the world. SAG-AFTRA, which has more than 160,000 members, said actors would benefit from a treaty signed by 46 countries Tuesday at a conference in Beijing held by the World Intellectual Property Organization, a United Nations agency in Geneva. If ratified, the treaty would require member countries to set up systems guaranteeing that actors and other performers would be compensated for the reuse of their work.