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Budget-deal vote brings rare truce in fiscal wars PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by TOM RAUM, Associated Press   
Friday, 17 January 2014 06:56

WASHINGTON (AP) — After last fall's tumultuous, bitterly partisan debt ceiling and government shutdown battles, a sense of fiscal fatigue seems to be setting in among many Washington policymakers as President Barack Obama prepares for his fifth State of the Union address later this month.

A declining U.S. budget deficit, still-accommodative Federal Reserve and a small-bore budget deal negotiated last month — given final approval Thursday in Congress — are helping to temper partisan rhetoric in the short term as attention in Washington shifts to the approaching midterm elections.

The recovery from the deep recession of 2007-2009 has been one of the slowest in history and still has a ways to go, especially in terms of regaining lost jobs. That was driven home by a Labor Department report last Friday that U.S. employers added just 74,000 jobs last month, far fewer than had been forecast and the smallest monthly gain in three years.

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Three held for starting Southern California wildfire PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by RAQUEL MARIA DILLON, Associated Press   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 15:35

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say up to 2,000 people have been evacuated due to a wildfire that burned two homes and threatened neighborhoods in dangerously dry foothills of Southern California's San Gabriel Mountains wildfire.

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby says one resident suffered minor burn injuries in the fire being fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds that spit embers into the city below.

At least 2 ½ square miles of dry brush were charred in the wilderness area about 25 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Police say the fire was started by three people throwing paper in a campfire. They were booked on charges of recklessly starting a fire.

The area, which has been historically dry, has been buffeted by the winds which have raised temperatures into the 80s.


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Buildings vulnerable 20 years after L.A. earthquake PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 15:29

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The earth lurched without warning before dawn, jolting Los Angeles from its sleep. In a flash, freeway overpasses collapsed. Buildings were leveled or ruined. Fires spread.

Two decades after a magnitude-6.7 earthquake shattered Los Angeles and surrounding communities, buildings around the region remain vulnerable. While there has been progress to rebuild and shore up freeways and hospitals, there has been less attention paid to concrete buildings and housing with ground-floor parking.

"That remains a significant problem. We really have not come very far," said Jonathan Stewart, an earthquake engineer at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Structures burning in Southern California wildfire PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by RAQUEL MARIA DILLON, Associated Press   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 14:14

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) — Homes burned in a wildfire threatening neighborhoods in dangerously dry foothills of Southern California's San Gabriel Mountains on Thursday, fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds that spit embers into the city below. Residents who awakened in the pre-dawn darkness to see flames approaching were ordered to evacuate.

Television images showed several structures engulfed in flames in a neighborhood abutting Angeles National Forest, just north of the San Gabriel Valley community of Glendora. Homes are nestled in canyons and among rugged ridges that made an accurate assessment difficult.

At least 125 acres of dry brush was charred in the wilderness area about 25 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Police said they questioned three persons of interest detained near Colby Trail, where the fire was believed to have started. Sheriff's Sgt. Raymond Roth stressed that they were not suspects.

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(Updated) Police: N.Y. teacher takes rifle student had in school PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 16 January 2014 10:45

PHILADELPHIA, N.Y. (AP) — As a 25-year veteran teacher and coach, Bob Kuba is always ready for the unexpected. Police and school administrators say his cool demeanor likely prevented a tragedy.

On Wednesday afternoon, a 15-year-old student brought a very large object covered in a blanket into Kuba's earth science class at Indian River High School in northern New York and said he wanted to show them a science experiment. When the class was coming to a close, the student removed the blanket, revealing a gun case with a rifle inside.

Kuba reacted in a flash.

"When he opened the case, I grabbed the rifle before he could," Kuba told The Associated Press on Thursday. "He offered no resistance at all. I had the gun in one hand and him in the other."

The school went into lockdown.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 14:15
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