Monthly Archives: February 2014

U.S. officials confirm influx of Russian troops into Crimea

By Karen DeYoung U.S. officials said Friday that Russian troops had entered Crimea, as President Obama warned that there “will be costs for any military intervention” and vowed to stand by the Ukrainian people. Obama said he was “deeply concerned by reports of military movements,” that “would represent a profound interference in matters more

Source: The Washington Post


Bumgarner pitches scoreless innings as Giants' split squad beat Brewers 4-3

San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner allowed one hit in two scoreless innings in his first spring training outing as he prepares for a his first opening-day start, and a San Francisco Giants' split squad defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 Friday. more

Source: Fox News


Spike Lee missed the point

There was an important kernel of truth buried in director Spike Lee's recent tirade against gentrification. New York City, like other big cities, has experienced a decades-long economic squeeze in which the cost of housing has soared while wage levels dropped, leaving middle-class families feeling pinched, punished and pushed out. more

Source: CNN Top Stories


Deadly 'Snowboob' Envelopes Southern Ontario

Check out this incredible photo of the snow squall just north of Toronto taken from the CTV Toronto chopper

— CTV Toronto (@CTVToronto) February 27, 2014
I was planning to pack it up early today until I saw this amazing Twitpic on Mashable.

Perhaps you've heard of haboobs, intense dust and sand more

Source: Discover Magazine


FTC says considering lawmaker's concerns about Herbalife

BOSTON (Reuters) - The Federal Trade Commission on Friday refused to tip its hand on how it may be react to allegations that Herbalife is a fraud, but said it is taking a lawmaker's concerns about the company seriously and underscored its record of shutting down pyramid schemes. more

Source: Reuters


Flood advisory issued in anticipation of heavy afternoon rainfall

By (Cathy Locke) The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for the Sacramento region and foothill areas, warning that storms moving through the area this afternoon could produce about a half inch of rainfall in an hour.

Sandbags protect the front porch of Lorenzo Tatones's home on a street considered especially at more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Obama warns Russia on Ukraine

By Scott Wilson President Obama warned Russia Friday to avoid a military intervention in Ukraine, saying there would be consequences for such actions. Speaking in the White House Briefing Room, Obama said he is "deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian federation inside of Ukraine." He was apparently referring more

Source: The Washington Post


Cal Expo approves plan to build new soccer stadium

By (Ryan Lillis) The Cal Expo board of governors voted unanimously today to approve a development agreement to build a privately-financed stadium for Sacramento's new professional soccer franchise.

The Cal Expo board on Friday approved a deal to build a soccer stadium for Sacramento Republic FC. The facility includes a fan zone and seating more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


SEC investigating Goldman, Citi on bonds: WSJ

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has launched a probe into how Wall Street banks, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Citigroup Inc, allocate and trade corporate bonds, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. more

Source: Reuters


Ukraine says Russian troops take over airports in Crimea

By William Booth, Kathy Lally SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Several hundred troops in green camouflage, without insignia and carrying military-style automatic rifles, entered and secured areas of the civilian airport in Crimea's regional capital of Simferopol early Friday and deployed elsewhere, drawing protests from the new Ukrainian government against what it called a Russian invasion. Read more

Source: The Washington Post


Capitol Alert video: Filing for re-election, Brown says, 'I like this kind of work'

By (David Siders) Forty years after he first ran for governor, Jerry Brown, now 75 and with a lifetime of politics behind him, strode into a dimly lit elections office Friday and filed paperwork one more time.

Gov. Jerry Brown files paperwork for re-election in Oakland on Feb. 28, 2014. more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Ultra-fast laser spectroscopy lights way to understanding new materials

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory are revealing the mysteries of new materials using ultra-fast laser spectroscopy, similar to high-speed photography where many quick images reveal subtle movements and changes inside the materials. Seeing these dynamics is one emerging strategy to better understanding how new materials work, more



NJOY, E-Cigarette Maker, Receives Funding Valuing It at $1 Billion

By By ALEXANDRA STEVENSON The electronic cigarette maker NJOY received a $70 million capital injection from a group of investors including Brookside Capital and Morgan Stanley Investment, in the latest vote of confidence for a fast-growing industry. more

Source: The New York Times


Rift between terror groups in Syria: What does it mean?

Flash Points: CBS News Homeland Security Correspondent Bob Orr talks with CBS News Senior National Security Analyst Juan Zarate about terrorism in Syria and Nigeria, along with a high-profile arrest of a former Guantanamo detainee in Britain. more

Source: CBS News


Forest Service seeks public comment on bear-proof locker order at Tahoe campgrounds

The U.S. Forest Service's Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is seeking input on its proposal to require proper food and refuse storage at developed recreation sites on national forest lands at the lake. more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Kings adjust the lineup with DeMarcus Cousins

By (Jason Jones) The Kings plan to matchup with the Lakers and play a smaller lineup tonight at Staples center with DeMarcus Cousins suspended for the game.

Kings coach Michael Malone has to adjust his starting lineup tonight at the Los Angeles Lakers because of DeMarcus Cousins' one-game suspension. more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


$2.5 million in financing for Sacramento’s SynGen Inc.

By (Mark Glover) Bethesda, Md.-based GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services says it has provided a $2.5 million senior secured credit facility to SynGen Inc., the Sacramento medical device company specializing in cord blood-processing products. more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Robotic-assisted prostate surgery offers better cancer control

An observational study has found that prostate cancer patients who undergo robotic-assisted prostate surgery have fewer instances of cancer cells at the edge of their surgical specimen and less need for additional cancer treatments like hormone or radiation therapy than patients who have traditional "open" surgery. While the robotic surgery more

Source: Science Daily


Poor sleep quality linked to reduced brain gray matter in Gulf War vets

A new study of Gulf War veterans found an association between poor sleep quality and reduced gray matter volume in the brain's frontal lobe, which helps control important processes such as working memory and executive function. "This study emphasizes the importance of seeking medical help if you are troubled by more

Source: Science Daily


Great freeze over Great Lakes, as seen from satellite

The true-color image above, from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA's Aqua satellite, shows the mostly frozen state of the Great Lakes on Feb. 19. On that date, ice spanned 80.3 percent of the lakes. The ice reached an even greater extent on Feb. 13, when it covered about more

Source: Science Daily


Hoffman cause of death released

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead February 2 on the bathroom floor of his New York apartment with a syringe in his left arm, died of acute mixed drug intoxication, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine, the New York medical examiner's office said Friday. more

Source: CNN Top Stories


Ex-NFL safety Sharper surrenders in Los Angeles

Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper surrendered to Los Angeles police after being named in a warrant involving a rape case in New Orleans.

In this Feb. 14, 2014, photo, former NFL safety Darren Sharper leaves a courthouse in Los Angeles. An arrest warrant has been issued for Sharper and another more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


American Air flight attendants reach pact on union representation

(Reuters) - Flight attendants at US Airways, which merged with AMR Corp late last year to form American Airlines Group , on Friday approved an agreement under which the union representing workers at the former AMR will become their bargaining agent. more

Source: Reuters


Swirling Cyclone Bears Down on California

As I write this, California is being lashed by rain and wind from a storm bringing much needed moisture — but which also threatens to cause some havoc in the form of mudslides and flooding.

Here's how the National Weather Service in Los Angeles described it in their forecast discussion this more

Source: Discover Magazine


Kelly says Golson returns to Notre Dame a stronger player with better understanding of offense

Quarterback Everett Golson is back at Notre Dame stronger, sturdier and with a much better understanding of offensive concepts than when he led the Fighting Irish to the national championship game more than a year ago, coach Brian Kelly said Friday. more

Source: Fox News


Grand juries indict 6 current, former officers

Four San Francisco police officers pleaded not guilty Friday after being indicted by federal grand juries.

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr speaks during a news conference at the Hall of Justice in San Francisco, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Federal grand juries have indicted five San Francisco police officers, with two more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Capitol Alert video: Jerry Brown expanding plan for high-speed rail

By (David Siders) Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday defended his plan to use carbon-reduction funds for years ahead to prop up California's high-speed rail project, saying uncertainty about the project's long-term financing is "one of the greatest questions of the critics" and that fees paid by carbon producers are an appropriate source of more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Why the Bank Leverage Ratio Is Important

By By MAYRA RODRíGUEZ VALLADARES The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has proposed the ratio at 5 percent for bank holding companies and 6 percent for insured bank depositories. The time has come to put this into effect, writes Mayra Rodríguez Valladares. more

Source: The New York Times


Follow A’s, Giants spring training coverage here

By (Matt Kawahara) The Bee begins its coverage of A's and Giants spring training from Arizona on Monday.

Giants pinch hitter Buster Posey singles in the bottom of the tenth inning at a game between the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies at AT&T Park in San Francisco, May 8, 2013. more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


The most interesting tidbits from the Clinton document dump

By Aaron Blake We're still combing through the thousands of pages of previously withheld documents released Friday by the Clinton Library. Below are some of the most interesting things we have found. It will continue to be updated. Read full article >> more

Source: The Washington Post


Poll: How important are minimum qualifications?

By (Jon Ortiz) We're getting a lot of reaction from state employees and retirees about our column on departments looking more closely at the minimum qualifications for employees transferring between similar jobs. If you missed the column, read it here and then take our poll, embedded below (and available here for mobile users): more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


‘Ant-Man’: Patrick Wilson set for Edgar Wright’s Marvel film

Patrick Wilson photographed in 2008. (Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times)
Actor Patrick Wilson is set to join the cast of “Ant-Man,” the upcoming Marvel superhero film from fan-favorite director Edgar Wright.
It's unclear what role Wilson might take in the planned 2015 release, which will see Michael Douglas play the more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Mendocino prosecutor pleads guilty in gun case

By (Andy Furillo) A Mendocino County prosecutor has pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon in Sacramento and has been sentenced to three years of probation and 30 days in the sheriff's work project. more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Legal test central to U.S. union challenge of VW plant vote

(Reuters) - A bid by the United Auto Workers union to invalidate the results of an election it lost at a Tennessee Volkswagen plant may hinge on the novel application of a legal test used by U.S. labor regulators to assess third-party interference. more

Source: Reuters


How New Nutrition Label Will Help You Eat Wisely

By Wellness Team A new Nutrition Facts label is coming to a store near you. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced proposed revisions aimed at simplifying the familiar panel, which appears on nearly 700,000 packaged foods and beverages.
The FDA updated the label just once since its release 20 years ago.
The makeover more

Source: The Cleveland Clinic


Library releases documents from Clinton years

The National Archives has released about 4,000 pages of previously confidential documents involving former President Bill Clinton's administration.

Democratic Senate challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes left, speaks with former Presidet Bill Clinton as they are introduced at a fundraiser at the Galt House Hotel, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. more

Source: The Sacramento Bee