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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 new study reveals some possible negative fallout from California’s two-year-old realignment policy.
With a mix of joyful, mournful and soulful music tens of thousands of South Africans and dozens of world leaders gathered in a huge soccer stadium to celebrate the country's emancipator - Nelson Mandela. Follow the NPR coverage.
The proposal to build two tunnels to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to central and southern California has reached a significant milestone. The state has released the Bay Delta Conservation Plan for formal public review.
An annual report that assesses the status of women as business leaders in California shows only slight improvement in the number of female corporate executives.
New real estate data show the Sacramento area had more than 4,433 active and available listings in November.
It was about ten degrees colder than normal this morning in the Sacramento area, and that contributed to icy roads and school delays.
Conservative Firebrand Challenges Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn
The number two Republican in the Senate is the latest GOP incumbent to receive a challenge from the right. In a surprise move, Rep. Steve Stockman, a conservative firebrand with a knack for stirring controversy, entered the 2014 Senate race Monday just before the state's filing deadline.
Snow Follows On Heels Of Ice Storm In The East
The eastern U.S. is getting a second dose of winter Tuesday, as forecasters call for 2-7 inches of snow in areas from southwest Virginia to the coast of New England.
Don't Count On Insurance To Pay For Genetic Tests
After Angelina Jolie announced she has a genetic variant that raises her risk of breast cancer, many women asked their doctors for the test. Insurers will pay for tests only if there's a clear indication that it would help shape medical care. That's often not the case.
Fresh Research Finds Organic Milk Packs In Omega-3s
Organic milk contains about 62 percent more omega-3s than milk from cows on conventional dairy farms, a new U.S.-based study finds. To get the full boost of these healthful fatty acids, you'll need to drink whole milk.
GM Says Its First Female CEO Will Take Over Next Month
Mary Barra will become the new leader of General Motors in January, the company announced Tuesday. The company veteran's tenure as CEO will begin after current leader Dan Akerson retires on Jan. 15.
To Get Kids Exercising, Schools Are Becoming Creative
An NPR poll finds that most elementary school kids have physical education classes just one or two days a week. In response, parents and educators are getting kids to squeeze in walks, jogs and jumping jacks before, after and even during school.
Volcker Rule Aims To Rein In Banks' Risky Trades
American bank regulators unveiled the final version of the so-called Volcker Rule, which prohibits banks from trading stocks, bonds and derivatives for their own accounts. For more, Steve Inskeep speaks to NPR's Jim Zarroli.
For Veterans, 'Bad Paper' Is A Catch-22 For Treatment
Reed Holway served in Iraq, where he developed PTSD. His symptoms worsened back in the U.S. He got in trouble and ultimately received a bad-conduct discharge. Now Holway is stuck: He can't get medical care from the VA for the disorder that he says caused him to get kicked out of the Army in the first place.
Surveillance Revelations Give Creative Writers Pause
A recent survey by the PEN American Center, a nonprofit writers group, suggests that recent revelations about government surveillance are affecting creative expression. David Greene talks about the survey with David Simon, the writer and producer who created the HBO series The Wire, among other hits, and Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran.
High Stakes For Banks As Volcker Rule Is Finalized
Federal regulators on Tuesday unveil and vote on a final version of the so-called Volcker Rule. It's part of the Dodd-Frank regulatory overhaul and prohibits banks from trading stocks, bonds and derivatives for their own accounts. Defining what the rule covers has taken years of work.
Leaked Documents Show Government Spying On Fantasy Games
A new leak from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden reveals that intelligence agencies spied on popular online fantasy games, like Second Life and World of Warcraft.
LA Sheriff's Deputies Face Charges Of Inmate Abuse
Eighteen current and former Los Angeles sheriff's deputies are facing federal charges, accused of civil rights violations and obstruction of justice. The indictments are part of an ongoing FBI probe into allegations of widespread abuse against inmates at county jails.
Treasury Department Sells Its Stake In GM
The U.S. Department of Treasury has gotten out of the auto business. The government completed its sales of stock in General Motors on Monday.
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.
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.
Insight: Political Junkie Goes West / Mandela's Influence on Davis / "Rails, Tales and Trails" / Young SopranoMonday, December 9, 2013
Ken Rudin joins us once again to give California politics a national perspective. Then, the City of Davis was one of first to divest from South Africa due to apartheid. Plus, a train enthusiast releases a new book and a seven-year-old tackles opera.
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.