Doctors treating wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords provided an optimistic update Sunday about her chances for survival, saying they are "very, very encouraged" by her ability to respond to simple commands along with their success in controlling her bleeding.Surgeons said a bullet went through Giffords' head on the left side of the brain, but she is still able to respond to commands such as squeezing a hand or showing two fingers. They credited several reasons for her survival, including good luck and the fact that paramedics got her to surgeons quickly — in under 40 minutes. Read More
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head Saturday when an assailant opened fire outside a grocery store during a meeting with constituents, killing at least five people and wounding several others in a rampage that rattled the nation.
Giffords was among at least 10 people wounded, and the hospital said her outlook was "optimistic" and that she was responding to commands from doctors despite having a bullet go through her head. The hospital said a 9-year-old child was among the dead, and a U.S. Marshal said a federal judge was also fatally shot in the attack. Read More
A federal appeals court in San Francisco today sent a key question in a challenge to Proposition 8 to the California Supreme Court.A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asked the state high court to decide whether California law gives the sponsors of the measure the legal standing, or right, to appeal a lower federal court decision that struck down the measure. Read More
A trio of Democratic Bay Area politicians is assuming the reins of the leadership of California.Oakland's Jerry Brown was inaugurated as governor late this morning and San Francisco's Kamala Harris assumed the post of attorney general this afternoon.Brown, 72, a former California governor from 1975 to 1983, Oakland mayor from 1999 to 2007, and who was most recently California attorney general, was sworn into office in Sacramento at 11:20 a.m. Read More
The deadly explosion of a PG&E natural-gas pipeline in San Bruno is causing a ripple effect for utility companies across the nation.
The federal team investigating the explosion, which killed eight people, has issued six urgent recommendations for policy changes for state and federal regulators, in addition to PG&E, urging a first step to ensure that the San Bruno incident is not repeated elsewhere. Read More
The California Supreme Court ruled in San Francisco on Monday that police are entitled to search text messages on the cell phones of arrestees without obtaining a warrant.The court, ruling in a Ventura County case, said by a 5-2 vote that warrantless searches of text messages are permitted under precedents set by the U.S. Supreme Court.The panel upheld the drug conviction of Gregory Diaz, who was arrested for aiding in selling Ecstasy to a police informant during an undercover sting operation. Read More
New York City officials are asking residents to dig out their garbage so trash collection can resume Monday, a week after the big post-Christmas blizzard.
Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty asked Saturday that residents also clear a path through remaining snow banks so collectors can get to the trash.
Residents can also put out their discarded Christmas trees.
Trash collection was suspended in the city all week while sanitation crews struggled to plow streets. New York has enough road to stretch to Los Angeles and back. Read More
Tornadoes fueled by unusually warm air pummeled the U.S. South and Midwest on Friday and early Saturday, killing at least six people and injuring dozens.
Three people died in the northwestern Arkansas hamlet of Cincinnati when a tornado touched down just before sunrise Friday, and three others died when a storm spawned by the same weather system ripped up the Missouri countryside near Rolla. Read More
Planes began landing again Monday at two of the nation's busiest airports after a blizzard that clobbered the Northeast with more than 2 feet of snow grounded flights in the New York metropolitan area, stranding thousands of travelers trying to get home after the holidays.
A Royal Jordanian flight was the first to arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport, shortly before 7 p.m., said Steve Coleman, of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airports. Read More
Every year, Cindy Ehnes makes it a point to buy clothing her daughters will not like for Christmas.
That way, Ehnes said, she can spend the following day with the two of them in San Francisco exchanging the unwanted items for something more to their liking.
“It’s a lot of work,” Ehnes, a Sacramento resident, said of her strategy. “It’s all a matter of taste.”
Lacey Castellano, Ehnes’ daughter, said that taste included ruffles.
“A lot of ruffles,” Castellano said. “This way we get what we like. It’s a sort of heavy gift card.” Read More