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Jan 29, 2013

US gay marriage foes suffer from fundraising shortfall

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Foes of same-sex marriage
are laboring to pay the tab for an epic legal case now before
the U.S. Supreme Court, as the movement suffers from fundraising
shortfalls that could sap its strength in future battles.

ProtectMarriage.com, the advocacy group defending a
California gay marriage ban now under review by the high court,
showed a $2 million deficit in its legal fund at the end of 2011
- the third year in a row that expenses exceeded donations,
federal tax records show.

Jan 21, 2013

Dreamliner probe widens after excess battery voltage ruled out

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – U.S. safety investigators on
Sunday ruled out excess voltage as the cause of a battery fire
this month on a Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner jet operated by
Japan Airlines Co (JAL) and said they were expanding
the probe to look at the battery’s charger and the jet’s
auxiliary power unit.

Last week, governments across the world grounded the
Dreamliner while Boeing halted deliveries after a problem with a
lithium-ion battery on a second 787 plane, flown by All Nippon
Airways Co (ANA), forced the aircraft to make an
emergency landing in western Japan.

Jan 20, 2013

NTSB rules out excess battery voltage in 787 incident

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. safety inspectors on Sunday ruled out excess voltage as the cause of a battery fire last month on a Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner jet operated by Japan Airlines Co (JAL) and widened its efforts to include the battery’s charger and the jet’s auxiliary power unit.

Last week, governments across the world grounded the Dreamliner while Boeing halted deliveries after a problem with a lithium-ion battery on a second 787 plane, flown by All Nippon Airways Co (ANA), forced the aircraft to make an emergency landing in western Japan.

Jan 20, 2013

What’s missing in U.S. gun control scramble? Bullets

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – In tracking down illegal weapons, the smoking gun may not be a gun at all.

Bullets are one thing Sacramento Police Detective Greg Halstead can count on to root out weapons that otherwise would be impossible to find. They are also largely missing from the gun control debate in Washington.

Jan 10, 2013

California 2013-14 budget is balanced: governor

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California’s budget deficit is gone after years of financial troubles, Governor Jerry Brown said on Thursday, proposing a plan that raises spending on education and healthcare, boosts expenditures by 5 percent but vows to maintain fiscal discipline.

“I am determined to avoid the fiscal mess that the last few governors had to deal with,” Brown told reporters as he introduced the budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year beginning in July.

Jan 10, 2013

California 2013-14 budget is balanced, governor says

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 10 (Reuters) – California’s budget
deficit is gone after years of financial troubles, Governor
Jerry Brown said on Thursday, proposing a plan that raises
spending on education and healthcare, boosts expenditures by 5
percent but vows to maintain fiscal discipline.

“I am determined to avoid the fiscal mess that the last few
governors had to deal with,” Brown told reporters as he
introduced the budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year beginning in
July.

Jan 10, 2013

Scientists urge end to limits on US gun safety research

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Research restrictions
pushed by the National Rifle Association have stopped the United
States from finding solutions to firearms violence, more than a
hundred scientists from virtually every major U.S. university
told Vice President Joe Biden’s task force on gun violence in a
letter on Thursday.

In the wake of the December school massacre in Newtown,
Connecticut, and other mass homicides, the group of economists,
health researchers, educators, doctors and criminologists said
funding should be restored to a range of study areas, from gun
safety to tracking illegal guns.

Jan 8, 2013

California budget seen as first test for triumphant Democrats

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat fresh off a triumphant election in which voters approved higher taxes, will face a new challenge as he presents his proposed budget this week: fending off demands for more spending from his own emboldened party.

The election also gave Democrats a super majority in the state legislature, while the California economy is on the mend and the projected budget deficit is just $2 billion – compared with a $25 billion shortfall two years ago.

Dec 18, 2012

Calpers pits state court vs federal in San Bernardino bankruptcy

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 18 (Reuters) – The biggest U.S. pension
fund argued in a court filing that its status as a state agency
gave it sweeping powers in the San Bernardino, California
bankruptcy case and that the federal jurisdiction that applies
in bankruptcy should be overridden by the state’s rights.

San Bernardino is emerging as a precedent-setting case in
determining how creditors, including Wall Street bondholders and
retirees, are treated in a municipal bankruptcy.

Dec 10, 2012

Venture capital group’s chief eyes IPO pop in 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A little stability would go a long way in reviving the pace of initial public offerings, the head of the National Venture Capital Association trade group said on Monday, predicting a good 2013 for U.S. start-up companies and their investors.

The U.S. presidential election, and concerns about tax hikes and other issues known as the fiscal cliff have depressed venture capital recently, NVCA President Mark Heesen said in an interview.

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