December 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - First-time jobless claims surged last week to a two-month high after plunging to near a six-year low the previous week, highlighting the volatility of the data during the holiday season, the Labor Department said Thursday. About 368,000 people filed for initial unemployment benefits in the week ending Saturday, up from a revised 300,000 in the previous week. Economists believed the earlier figure was artificially low because of the Thanksgiving holiday that week.
November 15, 2013 |
Four billion years ago, rivers and lakes dotted the surface of Mars, their waters reflecting puffy clouds drifting in a blue sky, scientists believe. Now, it's a dry, rusty rock that's subject to fierce sandstorms, withering blasts of radiation and freezing temperatures that have frozen carbon dioxide to the planet's poles. What happened? That's the question NASA seeks to answer with the scheduled launch Monday of the MAVEN spacecraft. Planetary scientists believe the answer lies high in the Martian atmosphere.
October 23, 2013 |
Mike Bellotti, former head coach at Oregon, can pick out the defensive coordinator on any Pac-12 Conference football staff. "They have a very high stress rate and a lot of gray hairs," Bellotti said. The reason is clear: In 2004, there were 29 major college teams that averaged 30 or more points per game. Now there are 62. The challenge is especially difficult in the Pac-12, where a smorgasbord of offenses ranges from the tempo-obsessed spreads to the traditional meat-grinder approach.
September 12, 2013 |
Gilles Legrand's harrowing psychological drama "You Will Be My Son," which opened Wednesday, is a study in contrasts. Set in a lush French vineyard estate in Saint-Émilion near Bordeaux, the film captures the beauty and bouquet of the legendary wine region. But behind the walls of the estate lurks a dark ugliness: Paul de Marseul (Niels Arestrup), the passionate, brilliant winemaker with the heart of a monster who treats his mild-mannered grown son Martin (Lorànt Deutsch) like a dog. Though his son has tried all his life to please his widower father, Paul doesn't think Martin has what it takes to take over the family business.
September 10, 2013 |
New York City voters began deciding Tuesday who should become their next mayor after a volatile primary campaign that touched on everything from civil rights to kittens, with no shortage of scandal mixed in thanks to the candidacy of disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner. The big question to be answered in this primary is whether any of the Democrats will win 40% of the vote to avoid a runoff next month before the general election in November. The most recent polls indicate that Bill de Blasio, the city's public advocate, could do just that if he's able to win over Democrats who remain undecided.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - State lawmakers, back from their summer break and starting their final month in session, have a lengthy to-do list that features such politically volatile issues as environmental rules, gun control and immigration. Some 1,100 bills - about 275 a week, or 55 a day - require action before the Legislature adjourns Sept. 13 if they are to become law by the beginning of next year. Among them are proposals to relax California's landmark environmental quality law; place restrictions on the controversial oil extraction method known as fracking; and grant new benefits to those in the country illegally.