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Art Man of Alcatraz

New York Times - California News - September 20, 2014 - 9:00pm
The Chinese activist is mounting an exhibit at the infamous Alcatraz prison featuring 176 Lego portraits of prisoners of conscience and political exiles.

Man Is Arrested as Northern California Wildfire Rages, Threatening Thousands of Homes

The wildfire in Placerville, east of Sacramento, burned through 71,000 acres and threatened over 2,000 homes, and was only 5 percent contained.

Al Qaeda in Syria Threatens West

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 59 min 45 sec ago
The U.S. is tracking multiple terror plots based out of Syria that target the West—threats that current and former intelligence officials say have been traced to al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and not to Islamic State.

Affordable Homes Drive Rebound in Exurbia

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 1 hour 14 min ago
The exurbs are starting to make a comeback, signaling that the housing market's recovery is slowly spreading beyond major cities and their suburbs.

Home Depot Breach Bigger Than Target's

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 1 hour 18 min ago
Home Depot said 56 million cards may have been compromised in a five-month attack on its payment terminals, making the breach much bigger than the holiday attack at Target.

Customs and Border Protection Authorized to Review Misconduct

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 1 hour 33 min ago
The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees U.S. Customs and Border Protection, delegated authority to the agency to conduct internal investigations of alleged criminal misconduct.

Household Wealth Hits Record

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 1 hour 40 min ago
Americans' wealth hit the highest level ever in the second quarter amid a rise in stock and home prices, prompting consumers to ramp up their borrowing—a development that could boost the economic recovery.

A Chance to Go From Hard Lives to Healing

New York Times - California News - 1 hour 48 min ago
A program in the Oakland area is training troubled young men to become emergency medical workers in their own communities.

Ukraine to Get More U.S. Aid, but Not Weapons

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 2 hours 52 min ago
President Obama stuck to his refusal to provide weapons or other lethal military gear to Ukraine, despite a passionate appeal in Congress for help fighting pro-Russia rebels by Ukraine's president.

Kansas Court Rules Democrat Can Withdraw From Senate Ballot

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 3 hours 24 min ago
The Kansas Supreme Court on Thursday ruled Democratic Senate candidate Chad Taylor can withdraw from the ballot, leaving incumbent Republican Pat Roberts and Independent Greg Orman as the main candidates.

Books of The Times: ‘Daring: My Passages,’ by Gail Sheehy

NY Times Books - 3 hours 38 min ago
Gail Sheehy’s memoir, “Daring: My Passages,” is effusive, fulsome and detailed but surprisingly unrevealing.

California Confirms Four Cases of Enterovirus D68

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 4 hours 4 min ago
California state officials have confirmed four cases of enterovirus D68 in southern parts of the state. They are the first confirmed cases of EV-D68 in the state this year.

Keystone Pipeline Cost Expected to Double

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 5 hours 26 min ago
TransCanada's CEO said the cost to build the Keystone XL pipeline, currently estimated at $5.4 billion, is expected to double by the time the U.S. government completes its review of the largest part of the project.

Senate Expected to Back Arming Syrian Rebels

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 5 hours 30 min ago
The Senate is expected to pass a measure authorizing President Obama to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State extremists, despite concerns on both sides of the aisle.

Obama Plans to Tightly Control Strikes on Syria

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 8 hours 28 min ago
President Obama insisted he won't authorize a U.S. ground war in the fight against Islamic State.

U.S. Housing Starts Fall, but Broader Trends Look Solid

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 8 hours 45 min ago
U.S. home builders ramped up construction this summer as more families entered the market, but a tumble in August and other obstacles are clouding the sector's outlook.

Fed Plots Cautious Course on Rate Hikes

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 10 hours 33 min ago
The Federal Reserve took two steps toward winding down the historic easy-money policies that have defined its response to the financial crisis but stopped short of the move markets are awaiting most: signaling when interest rates will start to rise.

Calif. Fires Prompt Emergency Decree

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 10 hours 34 min ago
Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency as an out-of-control wildfire in the northern part of the state threatened more than 2,000 homes and consumed huge swaths of timberland.

Jobless Claims at Second-Lowest Level in 14 Years

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 11 hours 21 min ago
The number of new applications for unemployment benefits dropped last week to near postrecession lows, the latest indication layoffs are trending sharply lower amid generally improving economic conditions.

John Lahr: By the Book

NY Times Books - 11 hours 48 min ago
The author of “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh” is not a fan of science fiction. “Life on earth is mysterious and terrifying enough.”

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