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University tuition increases adopted in Calif.

Ventura County Star Top Stories - November 20, 2014 - 11:52am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California voted Thursday to approve a tuition increase of as much as 5 percent in each of the next five years unless the state devotes more money to the 10-campus system.

The Board of Regents adopted the increase proposed by UC President Janet Napolitano with a 14-7 vote. They had to shout their votes over students chanting "Hey, hey, ho, tuition hikes have got to go."

Demonstrators said they were angry not only about the tuition hikes but also because the outcome seemed certain even before the proposal could be debated.

"Seeing you all come in laughing and smiling and talking about stuff made me sick to my stomach," UC Davis student Amelia Itnyre, 23, told the board through tears before the vote. "Students, we aren't just angry, we are sad. You should be crying, you should be praying, you should be figuring out what you are going to do to fix this."

The increase was opposed by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders who decide how much funding the university gets each year.

Napolitano says the amount the governor has budged is inadequate to maintain the quality of the nation's largest public university. Brown says UC needs to come up with a more frugal way of doing business.

Tuition rates have been frozen for three years.

Napolitano and other UC officials say the pending hikes could be reduced or eliminated if the governor and Legislature boost the university's budget beyond what is now planned.

In anticipation of the vote, dozens of students slept inside a classroom building at the University of California, Berkeley. The vote came a day after students tried to stop a meeting where a board committee gave preliminary approval to the proposal.

Tuition has risen more rapidly at other public universities in the nation in recent years, and even with the increases, the cost of an education in the California system will still be cheaper than many others in the nation.

On Wednesday, students formed human chains to block committee members from entering the conference center at the University of California, Mission Bay. Pushing and shoving occurred as protesters surrounded the board members and police tried to clear a path.

Student Regent Sadia Saifuddin, who voted against the increases, told the board that while the demonstrators' tactics might be "unsavory to you all," the anger and fear students are feeling should not be disregarded.

"This is not just $612 more a year. This is rent. This is another job they need to get. This is food they cannot buy," Saifuddin said. "Let's get real about the situation. Students have always had to pay the price for financial mismanagement by the board and the state."

Napolitano, former U.S. Homeland Security secretary and governor of Arizona, clashed with Brown on Wednesday when she insisted the system is underfunded and bristled at her fellow Democrat's suggestion that the university needs to come up with a more frugal way of doing business.

Before the vote, the governor said he wants to create a task force to look into ways to make the UC budget go further by educating more students in less time, such as offering more online classes and making it easier for community college students who transfer to a UC campus to complete their degrees.

"I don't think you considered all the alternatives," he said.

Napolitano shot back that the money Brown has budgeted for the campuses next year still leaves it $460 million below 2008 funding levels.

"This is the budget we think we need so we can get off this year-to-year, feast-or-famine budget process for the university," Napolitano said. "We don't have time to wait for another commission. We can have it and maybe we will get some really nifty ideas out of it, but the budget process moves along."

Under the plan, the average annual cost of a UC education for a California resident would rise $612 to $12,804 next fall and to $15,564 by fall 2019. Tuition rates have been frozen for three years.

UC Executive Vice President Nathan Brostrom, who oversees the system's budget, told the committee that only students with annual family incomes above $175,000 would pay the entire increase, and more than half of all UC students would continue paying no tuition thanks to financial aid.

The regents committee voted 7-2, with the minority including Brown and Saifuddin, who, like other members, had to shout over the chants of angry collegians to make their votes heard.
 

Obesity costs the world $2 trillion

Ventura County Star Top Stories - November 20, 2014 - 11:46am

It's easy to get lost in the sea of statistics surrounding the obesity epidemic, but this most recent number jumps out at you — $2 trillion. 

That's the impact a study says the obesity epidemic has on the global economy, putting it just behind war and terrorism, and smoking. (Video via ABC)

Analysis from the McKinsey Global Institute cites the number of obese people in the world — some 2 billion — and argues an intervention is needed because current trends would leave close to half of the world's population obese by 2030.

In the United States the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's current numbers show close to 40 percent of adults are obese, with 17 percent of children obese as well — numbers that are projected to rise. (Video via George Washington University)

Child obesity in particular goes a long way toward hiking up healthcare costs — a study earlier this year found child obesity could increase the cost of care by close to $20,000 over a lifetime. (Video via CBS)

But obesity rates aren't rising in the U.S. alone — the developing world has also seen a spike in the number of obese people. 

Steve Wiggins of the Overseas Development Institute told The Guardian"The statistics are quite sensational: it's a tripling of the number of people who are considered overweight and obese in the developing world since 1980"

As The Atlantic reports, analysts chalk up the increase in obesity in developing countries to rising incomes, urbanization and television. 

McKinsey advises a number of specific measures, such as reducing portion sizes, but says to make a real dent in obesity rates, change has to come from all sectors of society. 

Official says FSU gunman was alumnus

Ventura County Star Top Stories - November 20, 2014 - 11:34am

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  —  The gunman who shot three people at Florida State University's library early Thursday before being killed by police was a lawyer who graduated from the school, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

The official said the shooter was Myron May, who graduated from Florida State before attending Texas Tech University's law school. The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to release the name.

May was fatally shot early Thursday after he shot three people at the Florida State library. Two are hospitalized and one has been released.

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Abigail Taunton, who runs a foster home in the Florida Panhandle, told the AP that May had recently been staying at a guest house she owns. She said police interviewed her husband, David, after the shooting.

“Our prayers are with the families and loved ones of everyone touched by this tragedy," Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement Thursday. "While our hearts are broken for the injuries and the loss of life that occurred here last night, I have every confidence that FSU will become an even stronger campus as they come together and heal from this tragedy."

Classes were canceled Thursday. FSU President John Thrasher said they are scheduled to resume Friday.

"When a tragedy like this happens, we all reach out to grab hold of each other," he said. "We know we will move on from this incredible tragedy, but at the same time we've got to take care of the families who were impacted by this."

Officers received a call about an armed subject around 12:30 a.m., and received word while they were responding that one person had been shot, according to Tallahassee police.

As officers arrived at the Strozier Library, near the center of campus, they confronted the gunman near the entrance and ordered him to drop his weapon. He fired one shot at them and they unleashed a volley of shots, killing him, Tallahassee Police spokesman Dave Northway said.

The three victims of the shooting have been identified as FSU students. FSView, the university’s independent student newspaper, reports that two of the student victims remain in the hospital, one in critical condition and one in good condition. The third was treated at the scene and released.

Police have not ID’d the shooter or released a possible motive.

“If there is any positive news we can take from this occurrence, it’s that the victim count was not greater,” Tallahassee Mayor-elect Andrew Gillum said Thursday at a press conference.

“Today, we are all FSU,” added Gillum, a Gainesville native who attended Florida A&M University and was its student-body president. “We unite in collective prayer … It’s one thing to read about these incidences in the newspaper or (see them) on the national news; it’s another thing to experience it right here in your very own community.”

Taylor Evans, a 21-year-old finance major, was studying in library's lower level as the shots were fired one floor above her.

"People were screaming, they were running down stairs yelling shot, shot, shot," said Evans, as she walked to get the belongings she left when fleeing the library. "We just started running.”

She had been studying with a group of friends, including Caroline Tesch, 21, when the shots rang out.

"Everyone just started screaming and running, it was crazy," Tesch said.

The girls exited through a side maintenance door to escape the building.

Cell phone video from the library posted on Twitter shows students gathered in the stacks as a voice gives instructions over a loud speaker.

"There has been a shooting in the library," the voice says. "Stay where you are. We'll be coming to each floor to clear it and taking care of anybody. If anybody has been ... shot, call 911 on your cell phone. If you have not been shot or do not know of somebody who was armed, do not call 911. If you know of somebody who has a gun or you know of somebody who has been shot, call 911."

Northway said authorities did not believe there were any other threats related to the shooting. Shortly after 4 a.m., a loud tone sounded across the campus followed by an announcement that the campus was "all clear."

At the same time, authorities allowed hundreds of students who had been shepherded in a classroom building next to Strozier Library, a multistory building in the center of the Tallahassee campus, to return to their homes.

Hours after the shooting, detectives could be seen inspecting the body of the suspected gunman, who was lying face down at the top of an access ramp just outside the library. A gray baseball cap lay near his head.

Students who had been in the library described a chaotic scene where they heard shots, followed by students either barricading themselves in parts of the library or taking cover.

John Ehab, a sophomore from Tampa, said he was on the library's third floor when he heard multiple gunshots.

"Everyone heard them," he said. People took cover in the book aisles to hide from the gunman in case he came onto the floor, Ehab said.

Allison Kope, a freshman from Cocoa Beach, said she was on the library's first floor when said she heard a loud noise and then there was a lot of commotion. She said people were screaming about a gunman and chairs started flipping over.

"You never think something like this is going to happen to you until you have to react in that situation when someone is screaming there is a gun in the building. I ran for my life," she said. "I ran right out the backdoor. My laptop and everything is still in there. It was shock. It was just instinct. You don't think about anything else, you just go."

Daniel Morales, 19, a freshman from Fort Pierce, said that when he first heard someone say "somebody's got a gun. I thought he was joking." But after realizing there was a gunman in the library, Morales and others raced to a back room on the second floor where they barricaded a door with desks.

Freshman Nikolai Hernandez said he was in his dorm room across from the library when he heard five or six rapid gunshots.

"It was a consecutive bop, bop, bop, bop, bop," Hernandez said. "It makes me definitely a little bit nervous. I was supposed to be in the library. I had a paper to do and I got a little bit lazy and decided not to do it."

Thrasher, who took office earlier this month, said by phone that he was in New York City and had no first-hand information. He said he was making arrangements to hurry back to Tallahassee.

State University System Chancellor Marshall Criser III said in a prepared statement that the top priority is the safety and well-being of the system’s students, staff and university community.

"We are proud of our students and Florida State University staff who responded quickly and appropriately to a frightening and dangerous situation," Criser said. "We also commend the officers whose prompt response secured the safety of the campus and prevented the incident from escalating further."

As a result if the shooting, a total of five officers from the Tallahassee Police Department and Florida State University Police Department have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice when there is a police-involved shooting, according to a Tallahassee Police Department news release.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Takata Learned Early of Air-Bag Woes

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - November 20, 2014 - 10:38am
The quality chief of the Japanese auto-parts supplier at the center of a massive auto recall said it first learned of problems with its air bags in May 2005 but didn’t start its investigation or warn car makers until two years later. 

Oxnard reports parvo outbreak among dogs

Ventura County Star - Local News - November 20, 2014 - 10:36am

The city of Oxnard is reporting a “serious outbreak” of canine parvovirus.

While humans cannot catch parvo, it is highly contagious and potentially fatal for dogs.

Oxnard animal safety officers have picked up several infected dogs over the past few weeks, city officials said Thursday.

Symptoms include lack of appetite, weight loss, stomach pain, lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea. Dogs with such symptoms should get immediate veterinary care, officials said.

Puppies and young dogs are especially susceptible, but routine vaccinations will prevent it. Oxnard officials urged owners to make sure dogs are current on vaccines. They also recommended young dogs be kept out of public areas until fully vaccinated.

Anyone finding a stray dog in Oxnard that seems sick should isolate it from other pets and call Oxnard Animal Safety at 385-7786. In other areas, call Ventura County Animal Services at 388-4341.

Oxnard reports parvo outbreak among dogs

Ventura County Star Top Stories - November 20, 2014 - 10:36am

The city of Oxnard is reporting a “serious outbreak” of canine parvovirus.

While humans cannot catch parvo, it is highly contagious and potentially fatal for dogs.

Oxnard animal safety officers have picked up several infected dogs over the past few weeks, city officials said Thursday.

Symptoms include lack of appetite, weight loss, stomach pain, lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea. Dogs with such symptoms should get immediate veterinary care, officials said.

Puppies and young dogs are especially susceptible, but routine vaccinations will prevent it. Oxnard officials urged owners to make sure dogs are current on vaccines. They also recommended young dogs be kept out of public areas until fully vaccinated.

Anyone finding a stray dog in Oxnard that seems sick should isolate it from other pets and call Oxnard Animal Safety at 385-7786. In other areas, call Ventura County Animal Services at 388-4341.

Memorial set up for family of homicide victim

Ventura County Star - Local News - November 20, 2014 - 10:04am

A memorial fund has been set up for the family of a 55-year-old man killed in Oxnard last week.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Labh Nigah memorial can make a deposit at any Rabobank, or mail a check to Rabobank County Center Branch, 1171 South Victoria Ave. Suite 2A, Ventura, Calif., 93003.

Nigah's body was found stabbed to death the morning of Nov. 13 in Sierra Linda Park after he had dropped off his child at nearby Sierra Linda Elementary School, authorities said.

Oxnard police are asking for the public's help in solving the case. Officials said a person was seen running from the scene of the crime westbound onto Holly Street. The suspect may have suffered injuries during the attack and possibly sought treatment for an unknown type of injury. Police said they believe people in the park may have seen the suspect earlier that morning or in the days leading up to the attack.

Oxnard offers a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect in homicide cases. Anyone with information on the incident can contact Detective Miguel Serrato at Miguel.serrato@oxnardpd.org or 385-7688 or Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Memorial set up for family of homicide victim

Ventura County Star Top Stories - November 20, 2014 - 10:04am

A memorial fund has been set up for the family of a 55-year-old man killed in Oxnard last week.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Labh Nigah memorial can make a deposit at any Rabobank, or mail a check to Rabobank County Center Branch, 1171 South Victoria Ave. Suite 2A, Ventura, Calif., 93003.

Nigah's body was found stabbed to death the morning of Nov. 13 in Sierra Linda Park after he had dropped off his child at nearby Sierra Linda Elementary School, authorities said.

Oxnard police are asking for the public's help in solving the case. Officials said a person was seen running from the scene of the crime westbound onto Holly Street. The suspect may have suffered injuries during the attack and possibly sought treatment for an unknown type of injury. Police said they believe people in the park may have seen the suspect earlier that morning or in the days leading up to the attack.

Oxnard offers a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect in homicide cases. Anyone with information on the incident can contact Detective Miguel Serrato at Miguel.serrato@oxnardpd.org or 385-7688 or Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Companies will get brief visit to explosion site

Ventura County Star - Local News - November 20, 2014 - 10:03am

Representatives of businesses affected by a chemical explosion near Santa Paula this week will be allowed Thursday to collect tools and other necessary items from their companies, officials said.

A half-mile evacuation zone is still in place as the area continues to pose safety concerns for residents and businesses, Ventura County Fire Department Capt. Mike Lindbery said Thursday morning.

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“We are preparing for the reintegration of business owners in the area. We realize the economic impact of the situation and we’re allowing them to get into the site today so they can pick up stuff they may need,” Lindbery said.

He said the representatives will be escorted in and out fairly quickly to avoid potential harm.

Numerous agencies, including a regional hazardous materials team and the Environmental Protection Agency, continue trying to better identify the volatile substance that caused a truck to explode Tuesday at Santa Clara Waste Water Co., 815 Mission Rock Road.

A Santa Clara Waste official has said the company does not accept hazardous waste and speculated that two inert chemicals mistakenly mixed in the truck, creating an organic peroxide substance.

Investigators from various agencies, including the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, returned to the site Wednesday to gather evidence. The district attorney will decide whether to file criminal charges over the incident, officials said.

Two people were injured in the initial explosion, and at least 44 others were treated at area hospitals for possible exposure to the substance.

Officials on Thursday were still devising a cleanup plan that includes how best to neutralize the substance and avoid another explosion.

“We still haven’t identified how we’re going to take care of this material,” Lindbery said, adding that Patriot Environmental Services will be helping with the clean up.

Lindbery said increased moisture Wednesday reduced conductivity of the substance, but it became reactive again once it dried up. He said officials are working with the National Weather Service to monitor forecasts, including rain expected Thursday and Friday.

Heavy rain could cause the substance to flow into nearby gutters, which would be a concern, Lindbery said, but light rain wouldn’t be too much of an issue.

Companies will get brief visit to explosion site

Ventura County Star Top Stories - November 20, 2014 - 10:03am

Representatives of businesses affected by a chemical explosion near Santa Paula this week will be allowed Thursday to collect tools and other necessary items from their companies, officials said.

A half-mile evacuation zone is still in place as the area continues to pose safety concerns for residents and businesses, Ventura County Fire Department Capt. Mike Lindbery said Thursday morning.

Click here for photo gallery

“We are preparing for the reintegration of business owners in the area. We realize the economic impact of the situation and we’re allowing them to get into the site today so they can pick up stuff they may need,” Lindbery said.

He said the representatives will be escorted in and out fairly quickly to avoid potential harm.

Numerous agencies, including a regional hazardous materials team and the Environmental Protection Agency, continue trying to better identify the volatile substance that caused a truck to explode Tuesday at Santa Clara Waste Water Co., 815 Mission Rock Road.

A Santa Clara Waste official has said the company does not accept hazardous waste and speculated that two inert chemicals mistakenly mixed in the truck, creating an organic peroxide substance.

Investigators from various agencies, including the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, returned to the site Wednesday to gather evidence. The district attorney will decide whether to file criminal charges over the incident, officials said.

Two people were injured in the initial explosion, and at least 44 others were treated at area hospitals for possible exposure to the substance.

Officials on Thursday were still devising a cleanup plan that includes how best to neutralize the substance and avoid another explosion.

“We still haven’t identified how we’re going to take care of this material,” Lindbery said, adding that Patriot Environmental Services will be helping with the clean up.

Lindbery said increased moisture Wednesday reduced conductivity of the substance, but it became reactive again once it dried up. He said officials are working with the National Weather Service to monitor forecasts, including rain expected Thursday and Friday.

Heavy rain could cause the substance to flow into nearby gutters, which would be a concern, Lindbery said, but light rain wouldn’t be too much of an issue.

The Elder Statesman Opens Its First Retail Outpost in L.A.

New York Times - California News - November 20, 2014 - 10:00am
Greg Chait’s CFDA-award-winning knitwear line has set up shop in a converted bungalow off Melrose Avenue.

Books of The Times: A Memoir by Viv Albertine, Punk Rocker

NY Times Books - November 20, 2014 - 9:43am
In “Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys,” Viv Albertine, the former guitarist and songwriter with the Slits, recalls being a groundbreaking woman in the world of punk rock.






The best Christmas gifts for gamers

Ventura County Star Top Stories - November 20, 2014 - 9:35am

No matter when you decide to take care of your holiday shopping, chances are you’ll be buying for at least one gamer.

According to a 2013 report by Spil Games, more than 1.2 billion people play video games worldwide and the discerning gamers on your list will likely know the difference between a quality game and a terrible one.

The global information trackers at Nielsen recently released its list of the ‘Most Coveted Games for Holiday 2014,’ promising to make you a hero when the gifts are unwrapped. According to Nielsen, the list was compiled from a survey of nearly 5,000 gamers of all ages and only includes titles after Aug. 1, or are expected to hit stores by the end of 2014.

The rest of the Top 10 for each system included “Far Cry 4” and “NBA 2K15” for PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One, as well as “Hyrule Warriors” and “Skylanders Trap Team” for Wii U. Click here to see the full list.

Clint Davis is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.

Holiday dinner hacks: Put it together and go

Ventura County Star Top Stories - November 20, 2014 - 9:32am

The age-old holiday dilemma: Forgetting you’ve been asked to bring a dish until the hour before piling the family into the car.

Here are four quick, foolproof, sure-to-please dishes that will be a welcome addition to any holiday meal.

Have a quick, easy favorite holiday recipe? Share in the comments below.

Garlic and Herb Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 1 24-ounce package refrigerated mashed potatoes or 3 cups prepared instant mashed potatoes
  • 1 5.2-ounce container semi-soft cheese with garlic and herbs (such as Boursin brand)
  • 3 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley


Directions:

  1. Heat refrigerated potatoes according to package directions. Transfer warm potatoes to a serving bowl.
  2. Stir in cheese and parsley. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Recipe courtesy Better Homes and Gardens.

Green Bean Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 dash black pepper
  • 4 cups cooked cut green beans
  • 1 1/3 cups French Fried Onions

Directions:

  1. Stir soup, milk, soy sauce, black pepper, beans and 2/3 cup onions in a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish.
  2. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes or until the bean mixture is hot and bubbling.  Stir the bean mixture.  Sprinkle with the remaining onions.
  3. Bake for 5 minutes or until the onions are golden brown.

Recipe courtesy Campbell’s.

Quick Turkey Gravy
En route to Grandma’s house with nothing to offer? Call ahead and volunteer to make the gravy. A short stop at the store for chicken broth and flour is all that’s necessary.

Ingredients:

  • Reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • Pan drippings from roasted turkey
  • Melted butter (optional)
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Stir 1 cup of the chicken broth into pan drippings from roasted turkey in roasting pan, scraping up any browned bits from bottom of pan. Pour drippings into a 2-cup glass measure. Skim and reserve fat from drippings. If necessary, add enough melted butter to the reserved fat to make 1/4 cup. Add enough broth to the drippings in the measuring cup to make 2 cups total liquid.
  2. Pour the 1/4 cup fat into a medium saucepan (discard any remaining fat). Stir in flour.
  3. Add broth mixture all at once to flour mixture in saucepan, stirring until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. To serve, strain gravy into a serving bowl.

Recipe courtesy Better Homes and Gardens.

10-minute Caramel Sauce
Bring this along with a gallon of vanilla ice cream and a store-bought pie, or with fruit for dipping-- either way, “I made it myself” bragging rights are in store.

Ingredients:

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, sugar, salt and cream. Melt over low heat while stirring slowly and gently. Once all ingredients are melted, increase the heat to medium and bring the mixture to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes without stirring. Watch the heat closely, if it seems as though the mixture might be burning on the bottom (which can often happen if you are using a pan that isn't heavy-bottomed), reduce the heat as needed.
  2. Remove the caramel sauce from the heat and carefully stir in the vanilla (stirring vigorously at this point and/or scraping down the sides can cause the caramel sauce to develop a grainy texture). Use immediately or let the sauce cool a bit before pouring into a container to refrigerate. The sauce can be refrigerated for several weeks. (Makes 2 ½- 3 cups of sauce)

Recipe courtesy Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

Senate Report: Banks Had Unfair Commodity-Market Advantages

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - November 20, 2014 - 9:15am
A two-year Senate investigation of commodity-market activities at big Wall Street banks like Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan Chase found the firms compromised market integrity.

Globe sets 5th hottest-month record of 2014

Ventura County Star Top Stories - November 20, 2014 - 9:00am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. meteorologists say the world in October continued to set heat records. They say despite a bitter U.S. cold snap, the globe is rushing toward its warmest year on record.   The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that last month was the hottest October on record. The 58.43 degrees Fahrenheit (14.74 Celsius) beat out October 2003.   Five of the last six months have set monthly global heat records. July is the only exception. NASA and Japan's weather agency also called it the hottest October on record.   NOAA says with only two months left in the year, 2014 has now surged ahead as the warmest year so far, beating 2010 and 1998. So far this year the world is averaging 58.62 degrees (14.78 degrees Celsius).

Poll Finds Americans Want Parties to Work Together

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - November 20, 2014 - 8:39am
Americans are largely pleased with the outcome of this month’s midterm elections but have little faith that Republican gains in the House and Senate will prompt the two parties to work more closely to solve the nation’s problems, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.

GOP Split on How to Respond to Obama's Immigration Move

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - November 20, 2014 - 7:14am
Congressional Republicans were divided Wednesday over how to respond to President Barack Obama’s plan to unilaterally change the immigration system.

Gabrielle Hamilton: By the Book

NY Times Books - November 20, 2014 - 7:00am
The chef and author of “Prune” and “Blood, Bones and Butter”: “The perfectness of reading is when a book hits you and you hit it and . . . you are completed in a way you have never been before.”






Obama's Immigration Plan Takes Shape

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - November 20, 2014 - 6:25am
President Obama is set to lay out sweeping changes to the immigration system in an executive action that will likely spark a bitter fight with the GOP.
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