Weeks away from an election that offers the GOP the real prospects of regaining the majority in Congress, House Republicans have written an agenda calling for tax cuts, a reduction in government spending and a repeal of the new health care law, among other initiatives they say would help jump-start the economy.
Republicans have named their agenda "A Pledge To America," a title reminiscent of the "Contract With America" drafted by the GOP before it won control of Congress in 1994. Read More
Need a plumber to fix a sink at your rental property? Get ready to deal with the Internal Revenue Service.
A small-business bill poised to become law includes new tax reporting requirements for rental property owners and a second provision calling for steep increases in fines for any person or business who fails to furnish correct information to the IRS, such as 1099 forms for services and purchases. Read More
Lindsay Lohan is finally getting her life back on track — and could her romance with Samantha Ronson be back on track too? A new report claims that now that the starlet has cleaned up her act via jail time and rehab, her former lover is ready to give her another chance.
“Lindsay and Sam started speaking as soon as Lindsay got out of rehab. They text constantly,” a pal of the “Machete” star told Life&Style magazine. “It turned into something more, and they’ve secretly hooked up.” Read More
Mayor Adrian Fenty, who appeared to have it all when he swept into office four years ago -- the support of every precinct in the city and at 36, a seemingly bright political future ahead of him -- lost it all early Wednesday when he came up short against challenger D.C. Council Chairman Vince Gray.With 90 percent of precincts counted, Gray led Fenty 59,285 votes to 50,850. There are also still about 12,000 provisional ballots to be verified and tallied. Read More
The Tea Party pulled off a stunning upset in the Delaware Republican Senate primary Tuesday night as marketing consultant Christine O'Donnell defeated establishment favorite and nine-term Rep. Mike Castle, bolstering the GOP's far-right faction but stripping the party of the advantage it held in the general election matchup.
A Tea Party underdog was also poised to win the GOP Senate race in New Hampshire, putting another November GOP victory in doubt. Read More
Blood Centers of the Pacific issued a statement Friday saying there has been “an overwhelming response” from people wanting to give blood for those injured by the San Bruno fire, but asked donors to hold off until next week or later.
The center said that steady supplies of blood are being provided to local hospitals.
“It is essential that the blood currently being used be replenished in the coming weeks,” the center said. Read More
Reports of an explosion under manhole covers in San Francisco may have been overblown, perhaps by witnesses made more sensitive by Thursday’s actual explosion in San Bruno, but a PG&E representative did confirm that there was smoke escaping a manhole cover. Read More
The deadly fire in San Bruno is fully contained, though the search for victims in continuing Friday afternoon.
Firefighters on the scene were continuing to fight hot spots on Friday, according to fire officials. The fire was fully contained earlier in the day.
About 75 percent of the damaged area had been searched for victims as of noon Friday, but the rest of the area was still too hot to be combed through, according to fire officials. Read More
Pacific Gas and Electric has committed to paying for housing and food for the victims of the fatal San Bruno conflagration on Thursday night, according to state officials.
Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, who is acting governor, said Friday afternoon that the company will be paying for the services for those displaced by the fire. Read More
Three burn victims from the San Bruno inferno that are being treated at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco are in life-threatening condition.
The hospital is treating four victims who arrived at the center after a natural gas line exploded on Thursday evening, burning a city block and killing several people.
Three of the people had burns on 50 percent of their bodies, according to Francisco surgeon Dr Michael Kulick. Those burns, which are from the waist up, are considered life-threatening. Read More