More California Failed State Articles

  • Building coalition for Syria action no easy matter

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition. The president is meeting with his top advisers and consulting members of Congress to...

  • Police restraint cited in death of drugged NY man

    NEW YORK (AP) — The death of a drugged, emotionally disturbed man restrained by police near St. Patrick's Cathedral has been ruled a homicide. The medical examiner's office cited "physical restrain by police" Friday as a factor in Ronald Singleton's July 13 death. The medical examiner says the...

  • Political ethics bills to end legislative session

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A legislative session marked by the arrest of two state senators on federal corruption charges is expected to end shortly after midnight with votes on a pair of ethics bills that would update campaign finance rules. Political transparency, gift-giving, and cozy...

  • Woman, 4 children found safe on Backbone Mountain

    OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — The Garrett County Sheriff's Office says a woman and her four children were found safe after getting lost on Backbone Mountain. Deputies say 43-year-old Julie Jo Quick and her children left their vacation home in Preston County, West Virginia, on Thursday to hike to...

  • Ingleside middle school teacher wanted for assault

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago grade school teacher is wanted on allegations he sexually assaulted a girl. An arrest warrant was issued Friday by the Lake County Sheriff's Department for Michael R. Vucic, an 18-year teacher at Gavin South Middle School in Ingleside. Vucic is charged...

  • California lifts part of quarantine on grape pest

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State and federal agricultural officials are partially lifting a quarantine imposed for a moth that's eating grapes in Northern California's wine country. California Agriculture Secretary Karen Moss said Friday that authorities had lifted the quarantine for the...

  • McDonald's: Vive la France!

    I have never eaten at a McDonald’s in France. But evidently a lot of French men and women do. Business Insider reports that France is McDonald’s most profitable country after the United States. So much for all the French cuisine snobs who lament the presence of McDonald’s in la belle France,...

  • Members of Jewish sect leave Guatemala village

    GUATEMALA (AP) — Members of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group were forced out of a village in western Guatemala after disputes with indigenous residents over cultural and religious differences. Misael Santos of the Lev Tahor community says the Jewish group started leaving San Juan La Laguna on...

  • Washington judge upholds small city's pot shop ban

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A state judge said Friday that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses, in a case with big implications for Washington's experiment in legal pot. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper issued the ruling after extensive arguments...

  • State agency issues long-awaited fracking rules

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Stricter requirements for disclosing the use of chemicals are part of new proposed rules issued by the state Friday as part of the process of regulating fracking, the high-volume oil and gas drilling method that proponents hope will bring a surge of jobs to Illinois....

  • Nancy Pelosi wants Congress to debate next military moves on ISIS

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Congress should debate additional U.S. military action against ISIS, stopping short of calling for a vote to permit President Obama to authorize airstrikes or other action.

  • Joe Biden to New Hampshire --- again

    The White House announced late Friday that Vice President Joe Biden, often the distant runner-up to Hillary Clinton in 2016 Democratic primary polls, is heading to New Hampshire, home to the first and sometimes deciding primary.

  • Stock market closes at record high

    The Standard & Poor's 500 is ending the week at a record high after a day of quiet trading. Chip maker Avago Technologies jumped nearly 8 percent after reporting earnings that beat analysts' estimates. The latest reports on the U.S. economy were mixed. Consumer sentiment improved in August,...

  • Strategy irony: Obama declares 'National Preparedness Month,' 'PrepareAthon'

    President Obama declared September "National Preparedness Month," a time when he wants the nation to set their own strategy for dealing with a killer crisis -- like climate change.

  • California mentally ill inmates get special units

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State corrections officials have agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into specialized housing units instead of placing them in isolation, a decision that marks a major shift in how the system deals with such prisoners. The agreement filed Friday in U.S. District Court...



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