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U.S. Considers Threat of a Radical State

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 30, 2014 - 2:39am
U.S. officials assessing the Islamic State have begun considering the implications posed by a breakaway extremist state in the Middle East.

Federal Judge Approves California Plan to Reduce Isolation of Mentally Ill Inmates

New York Times - California News - August 29, 2014 - 9:00pm
The state, adhering to a court order, is proposing to stop keeping most mentally ill prisoners in their windowless cells for 23 hours a day.

After Napa Jolt, Quake-Proofing Your Homeowner’s Insurance

New York Times - California News - August 29, 2014 - 9:00pm
Homeowner’s policies generally do not include protection against damage caused by earthquakes, and the risk extends well beyond California.

Atlantic City's Big Bet on Gambling Sours

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 29, 2014 - 8:46pm
The sudden closing of Atlantic City's two-year-old Revel casino hotel, plus two other casinos shutting their doors in the next few weeks, marks the end of the New Jersey city's decades-long reliance on gambling to stay afloat.

For GOP, Strong Midterm Gains a Challenge

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 29, 2014 - 8:01pm
Small number of competitive House races and low voter interest during primaries suggests Republicans may not repeat big advance seen in 2010.

Global Unrest Forces Colleges to Rethink Overseas Programs

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 29, 2014 - 6:26pm
Amid conflict and tumult around the world, U.S. higher-education institutions are facing difficult choices about where—and whether—to send their students abroad this fall and some schools have canceled multiple programs.

Trial Ends; Jury Set To Deliberate McDonnell Case

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 29, 2014 - 5:27pm
Prosecutors in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife told jurors in closing arguments Friday that what matters most is that businessman Jonnie Williams Sr. wanted state support for his business and the McDonnells were willing to provide it.

U.S. Adds New Sanctions Against Iran

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 29, 2014 - 5:17pm
The U.S. imposed a range of sanctions designed to exert new pressure against Iran and deter international business leaders from circumventing Washington's existing punitive measures as talks continue over the country's nuclear program

Grand Canyon to Charge Runners a Fee

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 29, 2014 - 5:02pm
So many runners and hikers are attempting the "rim to rim" challenge, that the National Park Service announced this week that it will now require permits for groups making the trip starting Sept. 15.

U.S. Utilities Push Electric Cars

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 29, 2014 - 4:10pm
Companies that sell electricity are desperately trying to find new ways to sell more kilowatts. Enticing Americans to adopt electric cars would give utilities' profits a jolt.

Maryland's Spotlight on War of 1812

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 29, 2014 - 2:49pm
Maryland officials are on a campaign to elevate the profile of the War of 1812, a historically unpopular conflict that ended in a draw with Britain and has long been overshadowed by the Revolutionary and Civil wars.

Pre-Labor Day Food News

New York Times - California News - August 29, 2014 - 2:33pm
Some good reads for the holiday weekend.

Françoise Mouly’s Toon Graphics Takes Comics to Classrooms

NY Times Books - August 29, 2014 - 2:09pm
Toon Graphics is producing comic books it hopes will be studied as serious textbooks in the fourth grade and beyond.






U.S. Sees No 'Specific, Credible' Threats From Islamic State

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 29, 2014 - 1:56pm
The U.S. said it doesn't know of any "specific, credible" threats to America related to developments in Iraq and Syria, but top U.S. officials have been in close contact with the U.K. government, which raised its threat level Friday.

Spy-Ring Leader John Walker Dies

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 29, 2014 - 1:35pm
A former U.S. sailor convicted of leading a family spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison hospital in North Carolina, officials said Friday.

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Culture and Madness

NY Times Books - August 29, 2014 - 1:09pm
Gary Greenberg discusses “Suspicious Minds,” David Carr talks about “Hack Attack” and more.






California Lawmakers Pass 'Affirmative Consent' Sex-Policy Bill

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 29, 2014 - 10:35am
The California legislature has passed a bill requiring colleges and universities receiving state funds to adopt policies on sexual assault, including a mandate requiring "affirmative consent."

Treasury Secretary to Speak on Tax Reform, Inversions

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 29, 2014 - 10:22am
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is planning a Sept. 8 speech about a controversial corporate strategy known as tax inversions, suggesting that the White House could be progressing in its effort to upend the practices.

U.S. Consumer Spending Declines

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 29, 2014 - 9:56am
Household spending fell in July, a sign that cautious consumers could hold back economic growth in the second half of the year.

Obama Does Not Plan Escalation Against Islamic State

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 29, 2014 - 9:37am
President Barack Obama signaled the U.S. has no immediate plans to escalate military operations against Islamic State extremists in Iraq or Syria.
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