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Dec 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years behind bars as a political prisoner and later went on to become South Africa's first democratically elected president, has died. He was 95.
A coalition of environmental and business groups says California Governor Jerry Brown must repay a $500-million loan from the state’s cap-and-trade auction proceeds. It says the money should go to programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Sacramento City Council last night voted to skip the normal bidding process for building a new downtown arena for the Sacramento Kings and other entertainment events.
A controversial plan to build a private psychiatric hospital near Cal Expo is moving ahead.
A federal judged ruled that California needs to improve its treatment of mentally ill inmates on death row, but gave state officials flexibility on how to solve the issue.
California lawmakers are urging Gov. Jerry Brown and President Barack Obama to declare a drought emergency declaration in the state.
California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration today released a draft of its action plan on preparations for the impacts of climate change over the next century. The plan addresses the effects of extreme weather, rising sea levels and other issues.
FBI Agents Support Bipartisan Spending Deal
The bureau, which says it's been hard-hit by sequestration cuts, hopes the compromise plan will forestall furloughs and bring it back to full capacity.
Extended Unemployment Benefits On Track To Expire Dec. 28
A congressional vote to renew extended unemployment benefits may have to wait until the new year. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will push for it in January if a last-minute extension fails to come together.
Some Young Athletes May Be More Vulnerable To Hits To The Head
Student athletes know they need to avoid concussions. But hits that don't cause concussion symptoms can affect the brain, too. Researchers are now trying to figure out who is most at risk from those smaller hits, and if they can be warned in advance.
The Things We Did And Said In 2013, According To Facebook
After a few moments of review, the top life events people reported in 2013 can read like a 10-sentence short story — perhaps a fable, or a coming-of-age tale. In the U.S., hot topics included the Super Bowl, Pope Francis, and the Harlem Shake.
Staph Germs Hide Out In The Hidden Recesses Of Your Nose
People who have surgery or are hospitalized for serious illnesses sometimes develop dangerous staph infections. The culprits can be bacteria that were living on people all along. Scientists say the germs thrive in remote parts of the nose that aren't typically tested. Other benign microbes might help keep the bad ones at bay.
Florida Man Airs Grievances With Festivus Pole In Capitol
On Wednesday, Chaz Stevens' beer can-covered pole joined a number of other displays in the state Capitol in Tallahassee. There is also a religious nativity scene and an atheist display. Stevens says he's protesting what he sees as a flagrant disregard for the separation of church and state.
Drug Companies Accept FDA Plan To Phase Out Some Animal Antibiotic Uses
The Food and Drug Administration Wednesday advised companies to change the labels on their drugs to make it illegal for livestock producers to use drugs for "growth promotion" or "feed efficiency." The announcement is the latest step in a long-running effort by the FDA to reduce the use of antibiotics in agriculture.
After Fight Over Colo. Gun Laws, Two Sides As Dug In As Ever
Colorado enacted several tough gun-control measures after the shooting in Newtown, Conn. — and then voters ousted two lawmakers who backed those laws. One former senator says he has no regrets, while the man who helped remove him is now focused on other gun-rights supporters.
A Midwestern Meatpacking Town Welcomes Immigrants
Starting in the 1980s, leaders in Garden City, Kan., decided that they were going to treat the immigrant influx as a blessing, not a curse. Working conditions are tough, but the jobs offer decent wages, and a good support system provides a brighter future.
Big Batteries Needed To Make Fickle Wind And Solar Power Work
California plans to get 33 percent of its electricity from wind and solar power by 2020. But that will only work if the state can economically store some of the energy for release on cloudy, windless days.
U.S. Suspends Aid To Some Syrian Rebels
The United States has suspended shipments of non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels across the Turkish border. The move came after Islamist militants seized a warehouse full of supplied equipment and other aid supplied by the U.S. that had been under the control of the secular Supreme Military Council. Islamist groups have gained considerable ground in northern Syria in recent months in clashes with secular rebels and Kurdish militiamen.
Sebelius Faced More Grilling From House, Despite HealthCare.gov Fixes
The White House released some upbeat enrollment numbers for the troubled health care law Wednesday, just as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius headed back to Capitol Hill to face skeptical lawmakers.
Supreme Court Restores Death Sentence For Kansas Man
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the Kansas supreme court should not have overturned the murder conviction and death sentence of a man who said he was high on crystal meth when he killed a sheriff near Wichita.
Best when viewed in full-screen modeJazz great, Northern California native and Pacific alum Dave Brubeck died one year ago today, one day short of turning 92. Among his enormous list of achievements, Brubeck was immensely proud of the Brubeck Institute which he and his wife Iola established at University of the Pacific in the early 2000's. Hearing members of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet perform always brought a smile to Dave's face.
We’ll debrief what the Sacramento City Council did – and didn’t do – with some critical agenda items including a controversial psychiatric hospital project. Then we'll talk the gift of wine with Rick Kushman and music by 18-year-old Parie Wood.
Intense politics for two area cities: Sacramento counts signatures for an arena initiative and Stockton watches Detroit on bankruptcy and public pensions. Plus, Lauren McCullough, blogger and cancer patient talks about her 21st birthday.
The holiday season shows are taking over local stages, but audiences still have a two weeks to see a provocative new play, imagining a conversation in the afterlife between two famous figures at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876.
A plan to house the Sacramento Ballet and several other arts groups at a shuttered elementary school faces a critical vote tonight.