Monthly Archives: March 2014

Actress Sara Gilbert and musician Linda Perry wed

Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry are married.

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2013 file photo, actress Sara Gilbert, left, and recording artist Linda Perry arrive at the Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. A spokeswoman for Gilbert says the actress and musician were wed over the weekend. Melissa more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Falcone says suppressing Ergen's debt is key to LightSquared restructuring

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investor Phil Falcone, whose Harbinger Capital Partners owns bankrupt wireless company LightSquared, on Monday said he always intended to cut the debt claims of LightSquared's largest creditor, Dish Network Corp Chairman Charlie Ergen. more

Source: Reuters


Eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduces your risk of death by 42 percent

Eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduces your risk of death at any point in time by 42 percent compared to eating less than one portion, reports a new study. This is the first study to link fruit and vegetable consumption with all-cause, cancer and more

Source: Science Daily


Cruz's homer difference as O's slip Red Sox

By Associated Press Nelson Cruz celebrated his Orioles debut by hitting a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning and Baltimore beat Jon Lester and the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox 2-1 Monday before an appreciative sellout crowd on Opening Day. more

Source: ESPN


CIA misled on interrogation program, Senate report says

By Greg Miller, Adam Goldman, Ellen Nakashima A report by the Senate Intelligence Committee concludes that the CIA misled the government and the public about aspects of its brutal interrogation program for years — concealing details about the severity of its methods, overstating the significance of plots and prisoners, and taking credit for critical pieces of intelligence more

Source: The Washington Post


Caterpillar skirted $2.4 billion in taxes, Senate report says

By Danielle Douglas Industrial manufacturer Caterpillar shifted billions of dollars in profits from the United States to Switzerland over a decade to avoid paying $2.4 billion in U.S. taxes, according to a Senate report due out Tuesday. Read full article >> more

Source: The Washington Post


Ump's call overturned, 1st time by expanded replay

An umpire's call was overturned Monday for the first time under Major League Baseball's expanded replay system, with Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun ruled out instead of safe.

Umpire Ted Barrett (65) listens to the central replay booth in New York in the sixth inning of an opening day baseball game more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


An exceptionally facile method to produce layered double hydroxides on a conducting substrate and their application for solar water splitting without external bias

By Seungho Cho Energy Environ. Sci., 2014, Accepted ManuscriptDOI: 10.1039/C3EE43965H, PaperSeungho Cho, Ji-Wook Jang, Jae Young Kim, Jin Hyun Kim, Minsu Seol, Kijung Yong, Kun-Hong Lee, Jae Sung LeeAn exceptionally facile process is presented for in-situ formation of zinc chromium layered double hydroxide (ZnCr:LDH) nanosheets on a conducting substrate. Thus, ZnCr:LDH nanosheets were more

Source: RSC


Drug Company Seeks to Be Repaid Legal Fees in SAC Capital Inquiry

By By MATTHEW GOLDSTEIN Elan Pharmaceuticals has asked a judge to consider it a victim in the SAC Capital case and reimburse it for the more than $1.5 million in legal fees it paid to comply with document requests from the federal government. more

Source: The New York Times


Milbank: Conservatives to women: Lean back

By Dana Milbank The conservative minds of the Heritage Foundation have found a way for Republicans to shrink the gender gap: They need to persuade more women to get their MRS degrees. The advocacy group held a gathering of women of the right Monday afternoon to mark the final day of Women's History more

Source: The Washington Post


Hybrid vehicles more fuel efficient in India, China than in US

What makes cities in India and China so frustrating to drive in—heavy traffic, aggressive driving style, few freeways—makes them ideal for saving fuel with hybrid vehicles, according to new research by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). In a pair of studies using more



Researchers developing cheap, better-performing lithium-ion batteries

Researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have improved the performance and capacity of lithium batteries by developing better-performing, cheaper materials for use in anodes and cathodes (negative and positive electrodes, respectively). more



Warming climate may spread drying to a third of Earth, says study

Increasing heat is expected to extend dry conditions to far more farmland and cities by the end of the century than changes in rainfall alone, says a new study. Much of the concern about future drought under global warming has focused on rainfall projections, but higher evaporation rates may also more



Mixed reaction for Bonds in Pittsburgh homecoming

Barry Bonds spent a portion of Monday morning driving around Pittsburgh, marveling at the changes he's seen in the city since baseball's career home run king bolted for San Francisco more than two decades ago.

Former Pittsburgh Pirates Dick Groat, left, Barry Bonds, second from left, Jack Wilson, center, present awards more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Safarova, Keys win; Kirilenko exits Charleston

Charleston, SC ( - Former runner-up Lucie Safarova and 15th- seeded American Madison Keys were a pair of opening-round winners, while 10th- seeded Russian Maria Kirilenko was sent packing Monday at the Family Circle Cup tennis event.The ninth-seeded Safarova doused Swede more

Source: Fox News


Capitol Alert: California health insurance enrollment spikes as deadline nears

By (Christopher Cadelago) Meanwhile, Medi-Cal has enrolled approximately 1.5 million new members though mid-March.

Karla Sanchez, 31, of North Highlands holds her son, Luis Marcial, 4, who naps in her arms while she makes her choice for insurance coverage at the SEIU union hall on Monday. more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Methane-producing microbes may be responsible for the largest mass extinction in Earth's history

Evidence left at the crime scene is abundant and global: Fossil remains show that sometime around 252 million years ago, about 90 percent of all species on Earth were suddenly wiped out—by far the largest of this planet's five known mass extinctions. But pinpointing the culprit has been difficult, and more



Computer maps 21 distinct emotional expressions—even 'happily disgusted'

Researchers at The Ohio State University have found a way for computers to recognize 21 distinct facial expressions—even expressions for complex or seemingly contradictory emotions such as "happily disgusted" or "sadly angry." more



Asiana Airlines Says Secondary Cause of San Francisco Crash Was Bad Software

By By MATTHEW L. WALD The Korean carrier has filed with the National Transportation Safety Board that inconsistencies with the aircraft's automation logic were also to blame for the crash. more

Source: The New York Times


Deadline dash: Health care sign-ups amid glitches

A flood of last-minute applicants rushed to sign up for health insurance on Monday, deadline day for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more than 125,000 people at a time using the fragile system despite a new spate of intermittent ills.

A screen shows the countdown for the deadline to more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Police find man’s body in search for 8-year-old Relisha Rudd

By Peter Hermann Searchers combing an expansive Northeast Washington park for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd on Monday discovered an adult body, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said at a Monday press conference. Lanier said the unidentified person appeared to have committed suicide and investigators are exploring whether it might be more

Source: The Washington Post


Poll: Why are fewer California state workers retiring?

By (Jon Ortiz) As we reported last week, the number of California state employees who took their pensions fell dramatically in the first quarter of this year. March also marked the 10th consecutive month that fewer workers retired when compared to the year before. What's going on here?

Read The State Worker blog. more

Source: The Sacramento Bee stumbles twice on deadline day

By Amy Goldstein The online federal health insurance marketplace,, was closed to new customers for two different periods of time on Monday, as Americans around the country race to sign up for health plans before a midnight deadline. Officials blamed a midday shutdown primarily on capacity issues, while an early morning delay more

Source: The Washington Post


New debris sightings but no confirmed signs of missing Malaysian airliner

By Jia Lynn Yang KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia —The largest contingent yet of search planes and ships hunting for a missing Malaysian airliner ended work Monday without success. Ten ships and 10 planes from seven countries scoured a section of the Indian Ocean larger than the state of California during the day, hoping to find more

Source: The Washington Post