OAKLAND, Calif. — In recent months, journalists covering crime and other stories here have themselves become victims of crime, robbed of expensive cameras, sometimes at gunpoint. In less than a year, every major television news station in the Bay Area has been a victim, some more than once. One experienced newspaper photographer has lost five cameras. In the most brazen episode, a group of men punched a KPIX-TV cameraman last November while he was filming at midday in front of an Oakland high school. The robbers fled with his camera while it was still recording.
London — Online note-taking service Evernote Corp. says it has been hacked and is resetting all its 50 million users´ passwords as a precaution. The Redwood City, California-based company said in a post published late Saturday that an attacker had been able to access sensitive customer information and that every user would have their account reset "in an abundance of caution." Evernote says the attacker was able to access an unspecified number of customers´ encrypted passwords. Decoding such passwords can be difficult but is far from impossible. The company says it has seen
“Unconstitutional? Absolutely. It’s like dropping a Ford Pinto engine into a totaled Ferrari body, patching it up and then selling it to some unsuspecting dupe as a “brand new Ferrari.” “But Republican governors are folding like cheap lawn chairs,” you say. “And political eunuchs in the GOP establishment are bowing to Obama like he bows to foreign dictators. Any hope of repeal is long dead, and besides, Chief Justice John Roberts put the final nail in the judicial coffin last summer, didn’t he? Any chance of killing the Obamacare zombie is gone, right?” Wrong.
MEXICO CITY — Mexico´s ruling party changed its platform on Sunday to allow for private investment in the oil industry, paving the way for a possible overhaul of a state-owned company that is seen as a pillar of the nation. Nearly 5,000 members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, also known as the PRI, voted unanimously at their national convention to remove language in the party´s platform that for years had opposed injecting private money in the sector. Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, is the only company that can carry out oil refining
Congress returns to work this week with no plan to reverse across-the-board spending cuts that took effect Friday, but with hope on both sides of the aisle of averting an end-of-the-month showdown that could result in a government shutdown. The House plans to vote Thursday on a spending measure that would keep the government running after its current funding mechanism elapses March 27. It would provide funding through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, allowing new flexibility to the Pentagon to manage the $40 billion hit the military took Friday but otherwise locking in the sequester’s
One hundred seventeen days later, Mitt Romney still isn’t over it. Making his first public comments since losing last November’s presidential election, Romney appeared mystified still that the country didn’t see things his way. He went on the attack against President Obama during a wide-ranging interview on “Fox News Sunday,” as if the Republican hadn’t lost a beat since giving his last stump speech. Explaining the defeat, Romney and his wife spread around the blame — Mitt to Obama winning over so many blacks and Hispanics by enacting universal health care, Ann to a news media she
“Some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.” — The Joker in “The Dark Knight” No one can continue to assert that President Obama is simply incompetent. Yes, he is indeed that. Into his fifth year as president, America is worse under his command: Millions are still out of work — unemployment stands exactly where it was the day he took office; millions more are on food stamps; and despite his claim otherwise, the U.S. is less respected
Chris Matthews asked a question Sunday that should truly offend people on both sides of the aisle. During the syndicated program bearing his name, Matthews asked his panel, "Has President Obama put himself at political risk if the big cuts do not wreak havoc?" (video follows with transcript and commentary): CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: When we come back, the big question of the week: has President Obama put himself at political risk if the big cuts do not wreak havoc? After a commercial break: MATTHEWS: Welcome back. This week´s big question: Has President Obama played
At the commemoration of the historic Selma to Montgomery civil rights march, Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday expressed guilt for not joining the Alabama demonstration nearly half a century ago. The vice president also used the opportunity to lament the dozens of voting restrictions proposed by states in the last couple of years and argued against a challenge to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that´s now being heard in the Supreme Court.In his speech, Biden said he watched the first bloody march as a senior in college. The scene, he said, gave him heavy convictions.
A large majority of Swiss voted Sunday to rein in executive pay and force business leaders to give up golden parachutes, according to final results of the popular vote. A full 67.9 percent of those who voted came out in favour of the initiative, which passed in every single one of Switzerland´s 26 cantons, the federal chancellory said, adding that 46 percent of eligible voters had cast their ballots. The man behind the so-called Minder Initiative, businessman and senator Thomas Minder, said he was not surprised it passed. "The people have decided to send a strong signal
On the broiling shores of Lake Victoria, a man in Islamic garb is making a politician’s sales pitch to a group of baffled villagers and the resident witch doctor--a wild-eyed character with green and pink parrot feathers in his hair. He is pontificating on an oddly familiar theme: a time for change. Yet the man on the election stump in this remote part of Africa perhaps has more right than most to appropriate the message that helped Barack Obama become America’s first black president. For the tall, paunchy figure trying to win over the villagers is 55-year-old Roy Abong’o Malik
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC - A Korean War vet has had his dying wish fulfilled by walking the decks of the destroyer he served on during the war 60 years ago. Gerald Bowman of Elkins, Ark., returned Friday to visit the USS Laffey at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant. The 82-year-old Bowman has been diagnosed with advanced heart disease and has been told he has less than a year to live. Bowman and his daughter learned the Laffey was at the museum when they saw television coverage of its return after undergoing repairs last year.
WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama raised anew the issue of cutting entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security as a way out of damaging budget cuts, a White House official said on Sunday, as both sides in Washington tried to limit a fiscal crisis that may soon hit millions of Americans. Signaling he might be ready to explore a compromise to end automatic spending cuts that began late Friday, Obama mentioned reforming these entitlement programs in calls with lawmakers from both parties on Saturday afternoon. "He´s reaching out to Democrats who understand
When Bob Woodward, one of Washington’s most distinguished journalists, accuses the White House of rewriting history, even liberals should take note. And when the White House responds by threatening him, you’d think the story would become a national scandal. (Snip) Woodward’s complaint is not only that the White House is trying to place sole responsibility for coming up with the idea of the automatic cuts on Republicans, but also that it has now demanded that Republicans accept tax hikes as a part of any deal, which was explicitly rejected when the deal was cut.
You will have a chance to buy the items Jesse Jackson Junior and his wife Sandi illegally purchased with campaign contributions, but you´ll have to be patient. The list of items is extensive and includes flat screen TVs, fur coats, a fedora worn by Michael Jackson, a $43,000 gold-plated Rolex watch and more, reports CBS affiliate WBBM in Chicago.Once the Jacksons are sentenced, all those items, including the stuffed elk heads and the celebrity memorabilia , become the responsibility of assistant U.S. Marshal Belkis Sandoval in Chicago. "We notify the public of which items
In the waning days of the 1992 presidential campaign, President George H.W. Bush trailed Bill Clinton in the polls. The conventional wisdom was that Mr. Bush seemed too aloof from voters struggling economically. At a rally in New Hampshire, the exhausted president started what was probably the fourth campaign speech of the day by reading aloud what may have been handed to him as a stage direction: "Message: I care." How little things have changed for Republicans in 20 years. There is only one statistic needed to explain the outcome of the 2012 presidential election. An April YouGov.com
The death toll from a suspected suicide bombing in Pakistan´s commercial capital Karachi on Sunday has risen to 45, a senior city official said. Hashim Raza also said 149 people were wounded in the attack outside a Shi´ite mosque, the latest signal that Sunni groups are escalating sectarian bombings against the minority.[Snip]I saw children lying in pools of their own blood and women running around shouting for their children and loved ones.´ Another witness, Ali Reza, said: ´The explosion was so massive it jolted the entire area. Two flats and nearby shops caught fire after the explosion and
Lauren Silberman´s NFL tryout has lasted all of two kicks, neither of which travelled 20 yards. Silberman is the first woman to compete at an NFL regional scouting combine. She is 28 years old and played club soccer at Wisconsin. She left the New York Jets´ practice field after injuring her quadriceps. She tried two kickoffs, the first going 19 yards and the second about 13 yards. She then asked to see a trainer. As more than two dozen media, including E! Entertainment network, watched her every move, Silberman was examined by a trainer. About 30 minutes later,
Nearly two years after the killing of Osama bin Laden, the death in Mali of Algerian commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar, if confirmed, would be a serious blow to al Qaeda´s efforts to recover its cohesion as a force for global jihad. Official sources question how far al Qaeda´s leadership is able to influence its branches in far-flung North Africa, arguing that an intensive U.S. drone campaign on its presumed haven in Pakistan´s tribal areas bordering Afghanistan has severely damaged its ability to exercise command and control. But Belmokhtar - whom Chad said its forces had killed in northern Mali on
Germany will prevent Bulgaria and Romania from entering the passport-free Schengen zone when European ministers meet to discuss the issue on Thursday, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said in a magazine interview. "If Romania and Bulgaria insist on a vote, the attempt will fail due to a German veto," Friedrich was quoted as saying in Der Spiegel on Sunday. "Even the idea of a partial approval i.e. for entry by air or seaports is off the table," he added. He said Bulgaria and Romania, which joined the EU in 2007, needed to tackle corruption more decisively
Every American is still trying to figure out how the $85 million of federal budget cuts that President Obama signed on Friday will really affect them. So a hilarious skit from the Saturday Night Live team depicted Obama explaining what the sequester means, including less media appearances by the First Lady, removing glass from astronauts´ helmets and firing monkeys from the zoo. The president, played by Jay Pharoah, admitted he would have to outline the cuts in ´human terms´ rather than financial ones as ´I really have no idea how money works or how budgets work.´ SNL´s Obama said
San Francisco — In the latest James Bond movie, the hero is given a gun that recognizes the palm of his hand. Later, when a bad guy snatches the pistol away in a tussle, it won´t fire, and Agent 007 lives to die another day. It may have felt like Hollywood fantasy, but the basic premise is very real - and very dear - to some lawmakers and gun control advocates. They believe that in the age of smartphones and the aftermath of December´s elementary school massacre in Connecticut, the time has come for a marriage of firearms - which have changed little for decades - and modern technology
Iran´s atomic chief said on Sunday that Tehran planned to install 3,000 new generation centrifuges at one of its nuclear plants, confirming what the UN nuclear watchdog reported in February. "The production line of these centrifuges has been completed," Fereydoon Abbasi Davani was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency. (Snip) The IAEA report on the new generation machines drew condemnation from the world powers which suspect Tehran seeks to acquire a nuclear weapon. Installing new generation centrifuges would help the Islamic republic´s atomic scientists enrich
San Francisco is months away from launching a program that would allow residents to purchase their energy from renewable sources - at a premium. The hard-fought program, which has been debated for decades, was approved last year, but some worry that before the greener energy grid can even start, it will be derailed. Later this month, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission may adopt rates for the program, which is called CleanPowerSF. One scenario would have those customers paying twice as much as those who remain with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. The PUC also expects this month to get
An unidentified participant in militant website discussions said in a message posted on several forums that Belmoktar was "alive and well and leading the battles himself", the US-based SITE service reported. The message said Belmokhtar, the presumed mastermind behind a hostage-taking at an Algerian gas plant in January, would soon issue a message confirming the news, SITE reported. The death of Belmokhtar, nicknamed ´the uncatchable´, has been reported several times in the past. On Saturday, Chad said its forces had killed him in the same part of Mali that they had killed