Writing and promoting a book was just the latest diversion that has kept our erstwhile Mayor Gavin Newsom from his current day job. And now that he’s ostensibly sitting on the big chair while Gov. Jerry Brown ambles through China, government-watchers have a bit of advice for Newsom: Keep it up.
“The best thing he can do as acting governor is nothing,” Claremont McKenna College political scientist Jack Pitney told The Associated Press. Read More
Are you a “chow and chat” or a “grab and gulp” family? It makes a difference: Your household eating style influences the physical and emotional health of each family member. While 60 to 70 percent of folks, including teens, say they sit down together most nights, the majority of people admit they eat with the TV on (always or sometimes), and 5 percent confess to texting or emailing at the table. And many family meals last 20 minutes or less — not enough time to digest all the good things that can come from eating together. Read More
Q: Ever since my mastectomy I’ve been a wreck — I can’t sleep and I’m distant from my kids and my husband. They say the cancer is gone, but I can’t shake the fear. What can I do? — Lauren J., Montpellier, Vt.
A: You’ve been through a very stressful experience. It’s natural to feel some turmoil. But the emotions you’re describing may be more than the expected ups and downs of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Read More
WASHINGTON (AP) — A tentative deal has been reached between agriculture workers and growers, a key senator said Tuesday, smoothing the way for a landmark immigration bill to be released within a week.Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who's taken the lead on negotiating a resolution to the agriculture issue, didn't provide details, and said growers had yet to sign off on the agreement. The farm workers union has been at odds with the agriculture industry over worker wages and how many visas should be offered in a new program to bring agriculture workers to the U.S. Read More
PYONGYANG, North Korea — Scores of North Koreans of all ages planted trees as part of a forestation campaign — armed with shovels, not guns. In the evening, women in traditional dress danced in the plazas to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the late leader Kim Jong Il's appointment to a key defense post.Despite more warnings from their leaders of impending nuclear war, people in the capital gave no sense of panic.Chu Kang Jin, a Pyongyang resident, said everything is calm in the city. Read More
CYPRESS, Texas (AP) — A 20-year-old student went on a building-to-building stabbing attack at a Texas community college Tuesday, wounding at least 14 people — many in the face and neck — before being subdued and arrested, authorities said Tuesday.The Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that Dylan Quick had been planning the attack at the Lone Star College System's campus in Cypress for some time and had fantasies of stabbing people to death since he was in elementary school. Read More
WASHINGTON — The Senate's top Democrat is setting Congress' first showdown vote for Thursday on President Barack Obama's gun control drive as a small but mounting number of Republicans appear willing to buck a conservative effort to prevent debate from even beginning. Read More
AUSTIN, Texas — Google Inc. picked tech-savvy Austin on Tuesday as the next city where the search giant will wire homes with ultra-fast Internet connections, but did not say how much customers will pay or when the fiber-optic experiment might expand elsewhere in the U.S.
Austin and Kansas City are the only places to get Google Fiber — a broadband service 100 times faster than the competition and an alternative to cable or satellite TV providers. Read More
LONDON — Love her or loathe her, one thing's beyond dispute: Margaret Thatcher transformed Britain.The Iron Lady, who ruled for 11 remarkable years, imposed her will on a fractious, rundown nation — breaking the unions, triumphing in a far-off war, and selling off state industries at a record pace. She left behind a leaner government and more prosperous nation by the time a political mutiny ousted her from No. 10 Downing Street.Thatcher's spokesman, Tim Bell, said the former prime minister died from a stroke Monday morning at the Ritz hotel in London. Read More
LOS ANGELES — Powerful winds raked much of California on Monday, toppling trees, causing scattered power outages, whipping up blinding dust storms, and sending waves crashing ashore as a vigorous spring weather system swept through the state on its way across the West.Rising winds were reported in Arizona, where 34 miles of Interstate 40 near Winslow were closed to traffic. Read More