Monthly Archives: December 2013

PG&E projects 2.8 percent increase in residential gas/electric bills

By mglover@sacbee.com (Mark Glover) Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is projecting an increase of 2.8 percent, or $3.38, in the combined natural gas and electric bills of typical residential customers to start the new year. ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee

    

Hundley breaks loose as UCLA downs Hokies in Sun Bowl

El Paso, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Brett Hundley's 86-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter highlighted the 17th-ranked UCLA Bruins' 42-12 victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Sun Bowl.Hundley carried the ball 10 times for 161 yards and two scores for the ...read more

Source: Fox News

    

Rocky Mountain high: First retail pot shops in U.S. ready to open

After years of politicking and planning, Colorado will make history Wednesday when it opens the first retail marijuana stores in the United States, allowing state residents to buy up to an ounce of the drug.

Jars containing various strands of medical marijuana sit behind a display case ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee

    

Judge upholds search of passengers’ laptops

By Ellen Nakashima A federal judge in New York on Tuesday upheld a government policy that permits officers at U.S. borders to inspect and copy the contents of travelers' laptops and other devices without reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Marvel debuts photo from cosmic adventure

Concept art for "Guardians of the Galaxy." (Marvel Studios)http://herocomplex.latimes.com/movies/guardians-of-the-galaxy-marvel-reveals-glenn-closes-role/attachment/guardiansconceptart/1Link
Michael Rooker and Zoe Saldana onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)http://herocomplex.latimes.com/movies/guardians-of-the-galaxy-marvel-reveals-glenn-closes-role/attachment/the-marvel-studios-thor-the-dark-world-and-captain-america-the-winter-soldier-comic-con-international-2013-11/2Link
Dave Bautista walks onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Kevin Winter / Getty ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times

    

U.S. works on outline for Israel-Palestinian peace deal ahead of April deadline

By Anne Gearan, and William Booth The United States will begin this week to present potential solutions to disagreements between Israel and the Palestinians as an April deadline for a peace deal approaches, a senior State Department official close to negotiations said Tuesday. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

Security beefed up for New Year's Day Rose Parade

Police plan to beef up security measures for the 125th Rose Parade in the wake of bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Worker put the final touches on decorating the Singpoli Group's Inaugural Rose Parade Float in Pasadena on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. The 125th edition of the Rose Parade is scheduled ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee

    

Sebelius: No more ObamaCare delays

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, on the eve of the ObamaCare launch, tells Fox News she doesn't anticipate any more delays for the health care law, despite a series of holdups and exemptions announced throughout 2013.'Rate Shock'? ObamaCare launch brings renewed concern over insurance taxFOX NEWS FIRST: Countdown ...read more

Source: Fox News

    

'SIGNIFICANT DROP' Cops killed by guns in 2013 lowest since Wild West

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com Passengers, crew stuck on ship trapped in Antarctic ice bring in 2014Revelers begin ringing in 2014 with fireworksFOX NEWS POLL: Majority give 2013 thumbs-up, feel economic optimismOPINION: Choose to make 2014 a New Year of love and trustOPINION: Could 2014 bring a course correction for Team Obama? ...read more

Source: Fox News

    

‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ swings into Times Square on New Year’s Eve

Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone film an action scene on location for the film "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" on June 4, 2013 in New York City. (Aby Baker/Getty Images)http://herocomplex.latimes.com/movies/amazing-spider-man-gets-more-sequels-third-and-fourth-movies-set/attachment/amazingspider-man/1Link
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone filming "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" on April 17, 2013 in New York City. (Aby Baker/Getty Images)http://herocomplex.latimes.com/movies/amazing-spider-man-gets-more-sequels-third-and-fourth-movies-set/attachment/celebrity-sightings-in-new-york-city-april-17-2013/2Link
Jamie Foxx ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times

    

Murder-suicide possible in 4 deaths at Calif. home

The investigation into the deaths of two children, a woman and a man in a home indicates a possible murder-suicide, a police spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Fontana police crime scene investigators arrive at a home on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, where a family of four were found shot to death just before ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee

    

California marks 2013 as historically dry year

A swath of California closed out 2013 as the driest year on record, marked by above-normal temperatures and thirsty reservoirs.

File-This Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 downtown Los Angeles is seen in the distance through dry brush at Griffith park on Monday, Dec 16, 2013. Many cities in California closed out 2013 ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee

    

Apple says never worked with NSA on iPhone backdoors

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has never worked with the U.S. National Security Agency and is unaware of efforts to target its smartphones, the company said in response to reports that the spy agency had developed a system to hack into and monitor iPhones.

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Source: Reuters

    

World Leaders Rally Behind Russia After Volgograd Attacks

By By Anna Dolgov <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> World leaders have offered support and condolences over the deadly bombings in Volgograd while the Russian Foreign Ministry called for joint efforts to fight terror attacks that follow "the same template" around the world. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times

    

Putin travels east, comments on terror attacks

By Kathy Lally MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin made a surprise New Year's Eve visit to Khabarovsk, about 3,800 miles east of Moscow, diverting attention from the misery of suicide bombings in Russia's heartland and casting himself as the leader of a resilient country capable of overcoming all misfortune. The Winter Olympics were ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

Jacksonville Jaguars will allow MJD to test free agency

By Patra, Kevin Maurice Jones-Drew will hit the free-agent market this offseason. Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said the team won't re-sign the running back before he tests the market. ...read more

Source: The NFL.com

    

Science Needs Vigilantes

Lately, there have been increasing numbers of online, unofficial - what might be called vigilante - investigations into published scientific work.

The blog Retraction Watch and its comment section are a good example of this. Commenters, often anonymous, will get onto the trail of a certain researcher (generally following a retraction) ...read more

Source: Discover Magazine

    

WASP fliers get Rose Bowl honors

As a young woman growing up just miles from O'Hare Airport outside of Chicago, Lorraine Rodgers was fascinated with aviation. She's now one of the WWII-era Women Airforce Service Pilots who will be celebrated with a float in the 125th Tournament of Roses parade.

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Source: CNN Top Stories

    

Pistachio Crème Brule

"This is a very easy dish & it's always a favorite for my friends. Although this dish may have a lot of steps; I PROMISE YOU IT IS WORTH THE WAIT!!! 🙂 “(Depending on how many people you're serving; you may have leftovers). And if you can't find pistachio paste, ...read more

Source: Food.com

    

Cohen's SAC Capital hedge fund gains 20.10 percent for year: source

BOSTON (Reuters) - Billionaire investor Steven A. Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors returned 20.10 percent this year, delivering some of the industry's best returns, even as his hedge fund pleaded guilty to insider trading charges and prepared to return outside capital.

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Source: Reuters

    

Bourbon Chicken

This is exactly the same as Recipe #45809. That recipe uses the information for chicken: boneless WITH skin. This one uses the information for boneless skinless which significantly lowers the fat and calorie contentBourbon ChickenRating: 0Created: Dec 31, 2013 5:22:02 PM ...read more

Source: Food.com

    

My Tetrazzini

Read the recipes & did it my way. Must have sherry & Worcestershire to make it tetrazzini. Should not have any green veggies, & the cheese should be white cheese. I poached chicken breast in chicken stock & used the liquid as the broth in the ...read more

Source: Food.com

    

Pint-sized Resolve: New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

By Children's Health Team This is the time of year when many adults will start putting together a list of resolutions for the New Year, but is it cool for kids to set some goals for 2014, too?
Kate Eshelman, PsyD, a child psychologist at Cleveland Clinic Children's Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health, says it ...read more

Source: The Cleveland Clinic

    

Vanderbilt and Houston duke it out in BBVA Compass Bowl

Birmingham, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - The eighth annual BBVA Compass Bowl is set for Saturday afternoon at Legion Field, as the Vanderbilt Commodores take on the Houston Cougars.Vanderbilt's season started off rather modestly, getting out to just a 3-3 record in the ...read more

Source: Fox News

    

New studies give strong boost to binary-star formation theory

(Phys.org) —Using the new capabilities of the upgraded Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), scientists have discovered previously-unseen binary companions to a pair of very young protostars. The discovery gives strong support for one of the competing explanations for how double-star systems form. ...read more

Source: phy.org

    

You've been barfied! Kabul celebrates first snowfall of winter

By Fazul Rahim, Producer, NBC News Courtesy Jala Mahmoodi Kabul resident Jala Mahmoodi 42, celebrates the first snowfall with his children on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.By Fazul Rahim, Producer, NBC NewsKABUL - Afghanistan's capital got its first snowfall of the winter this week, and along with it came the traditional bout of snowball fights, hijinks and ...read more

Source: NBC

    

You've been Barfied! Kabul celebrates first snowfall of year

By Fazul Rahim, Producer, NBC News Courtesy Jala Mahmoodi Kabul resident Jala Mahmoodi 42, celebrates the first snowfall with his children on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.By Fazul Rahim, Producer, NBC NewsKABUL - Afghanistan's capital got its first snowfall of the year this week, and along with it came the traditional bout of snowball fights, hijinks and ...read more

Source: NBC

    

Wade acknowledges having child while separated from fiancee

Dwyane Wade acknowledged on Monday that he fathered a son while separated last year from fiancee and actress Gabrielle Union.

FILE - In this July 17, 2013, Actress Gabrielle Union, left, and Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade arrive at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. Wade and Union are engaged. The Miami ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee

    

Wonkblog: Six million people get Obamacare on Wednesday. Are doctors ready?

By Sarah Kliff View Photo Gallery — One doctor's path to a career as a primary care physician. Wednesday is a big day for Obamacare. Because it's the day that at least 6 million Americans gain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

New rebel attacks in South Sudan as both sides prepare for cease-fire negotiations

By Sudarsan Raghavan NAIROBI — Rebel forces attacked the pivotal South Sudanese town of Bor on Tuesday and engaged in heavy clashes with government troops, a development that could complicate chances for a cease-fire that U.S. and African mediators had hoped to negotiate before the New Year. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post