CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Obamacare is supplying fresh ammunition for one of the oldest turf wars in Sacramento. It pits doctors - represented by the politically powerful California Medical Assn. - defending their turf against other medical providers. They're nurse practitioners, optometrists and pharmacists. In political speak, it's about "scope of practice" - the type of medical care non-doctors are allowed to provide. The war has been waged for many decades, at times also involving chiropractors, podiatrists and any number of medical professions trying to encroach on the docs' terrain.
March 21, 2013 |
BEIRUT - A jailed Kurdish militant leader called Thursday on guerrilla fighters battling Turkey's government to lay down their arms as part of a cease-fire, a development that could mark the beginning of the end of decades of bloody conflict that have cost some 40,000 lives. “Let guns be silent and politics dominate,” Abdullah Ocalan, imprisoned head of the outlawed PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party), said in a message read at a massive rally in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, Reuters reported. “The state has been reached where our armed forces should withdraw beyond the borders.
March 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration reacted with new sanctions and blunt warnings Monday to a North Korean declaration that it had "completely scrapped" the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War. Sharpening the tensions on the peninsula, the North Korean regime declared in the party newspaper Rodong Sinmun that the 60-year-old truce was over and "the time for final showdown has arrived. " It severed a hotline that has been used to prevent an unintended confrontation between North and South Korea and angrily condemned a 13,000-troop U.S.-South Korean military exercise that began Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2013 |
MAMMOTH - For a High Sierra stream whose name evokes mountain serenity, Pine Creek is nobody's idea of harmony with nature. On many mornings over the last decade, residents from the eastern Sierra enclave of 40 Acres cut a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power chain so they could open a gate and redirect the creek's water their way. On many afternoons, DWP workers closed the gate to send the water cascading into the Los Angeles Aqueduct system...
November 23, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - Soon after the cease-fire took effect this week between Israel and Hamas, another truce ended: The agreement among candidates in Israel's upcoming elections not to campaign during the crisis. Analysts said it probably was too much to ask for the political cease-fire to last much longer. "The War has Started," said a front page headline in Friday's leading Yediot Aharonot newspaper, referring to the barely couched maneuvering for advantage. Some question whether there was ever a break in the politicking.
November 22, 2012 |
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - As the truce between Israel and Hamas appeared to be enduring through its first 24 hours, Gazans spent Thursday sweeping up, digging out and looking forward. Hamas declared a public holiday, but most shops and many businesses opened their doors. Israeli warships were replaced on the horizon with Palestinian fishing boats for the first time in a week. Having endured many conflicts, it's a day-after drill Gazans know well. Residents who sought shelter in United Nations schools went home.