Call it Apple’s county fair.About 26,000 Apple fanboys and girls are expected to gather at the Moscone Center today through Saturday for Macworld Expo 2011. The 27-year-old annual convention no longer includes any formal connection to the Cupertino company, but 270 vendors of Apple products will be there to show off their latest wares and apps for the popular electronics. Read More
Redevelopment is crucial to creating jobs in California to fight the plague of 12.5 percent unemployment, the mayors of the state’s nine largest cities insisted in a meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday.
That theme was echoed by every mayor in attendance. Each spoke positively about the meeting and the governor’s promise to work with them on a compromise. Read More
The nation faces a crushing burden of debt and is on course for an economic disaster without dramatic action to wrestle the budget deficit under control, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said Tuesday in the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.
And such spending cuts must start immediately as the price of getting GOP conservatives to cast a painful vote to increase the government's ability to borrow to pay its bills this spring, Ryan said. Read More
A gunman opened fire inside a Detroit police precinct on Sunday, wounding four officers including a commander before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said.The gunman walked in through the precinct's revolving door shortly after 4 p.m. and opened fire indescriminantly at officers, police said. The officers fired back, killing the gunman."Utter chaos and pandemonium took place," Police Chief Ralph Godbee said at a news conference. "We have a number of officers who are shaken up." Read More
Gabrielle Giffords on Thursday felt the sunshine on her face for the first time since the shooting, as doctors prepared her to leave behind the Arizona hospital where she dazzled them with her rapid recovery.Her next stop will be a Houston rehab center, where she will face an even more arduous task: Getting life back to normal.Her husband said he's hoping she'll make a full recovery, calling her "a fighter like nobody else that I know."The doctors who will help her offered a more sober outlook. Read More
House Republicans on Wednesday took the first step to keep their pledge to undo the nation¹s health care reform law, passing a bill to repeal the measure even as they gear up to create a replacement.The GOP¹s new House majority assured easy passage of their repeal measure on 245-189 vote Wednesday that split largely along party lines. But the long-term prospects of actually undoing the new law are far less certain.With the Democrat-led Senate unlikely to act on the bill, a complete repeal is unlikely. Read More
Major gunbattles erupted outside the palace of Tunisia's deposed president, in the center of the capital, in front of the main opposition party headquarters and elsewhere on Sunday as authorities struggled to restore order and the world waited to see if the North African nation would continue its first steps away from autocratic rule.Police arrested dozens of people, including the top presidential security chief, as tensions appeared to mount between Tunisians buoyant over Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's departure and loyalists in danger of losing major perks. Read More
In yet another sign of significant recovery during a remarkable week, the gravely wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was upgraded from critical to serious condition Sunday after a procedure to remove her from a ventilator was successful.Doctors have been positive, and at time almost giddy, in describing her progress since she was shot point blank in the head Jan. 8. Read More
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will be sworn in Monday afternoon in Sacramento as the 49th lieutenant governor of California.Newsom, 43, a Democrat, served seven years as mayor of San Francisco. He is known for implementing the Care Not Cash program on homelessness and allowing same-sex marriages in The City during a brief period in 2004.A political moderate, Newsom was sometimes criticized by progressives for his ties to The City’s business community and developers. Read More
An IranAir passenger plane crashed Sunday night in the country's northwest, and around half of the 95 people on board survived with light injuries, Iranian media reported.The Boeing-727 operated by Iran's national airline crashed shortly before it was to land in the city of Orumiyeh, 460 miles (700 kilometers) northwest of the capital, Tehran, said Abbas Mosayebi, spokesman of the Iranian civil aviation organization, state TV reported. Read More