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Feb 11, 2011

Judge mulls allowing evidence in Barry Bonds case

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Friday considered whether to throw out government evidence in the perjury case of Barry Bonds, a day after prosecutors dropped more than half the charges against the home run king.

The government in a new indictment charged Bonds with four counts of lying to a grand jury about his use of performance-enhancing drugs and one count of obstruction of justice. It dropped six other perjury charges based on the same testimony.

Feb 4, 2011

Analysis: Texas vs California: A tale of two budget deficits

AUSTIN, Texas/SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry treated guests at his inauguration to a barbecue lunch paid for by a wealthy businessman. California’s Jerry Brown served taxpayer-funded hot dogs.

The stark contrast in inaugural menus last month highlights the different approaches the two most populous U.S. states are taking to deal with massive budget deficits.

Feb 1, 2011

California’s Brown says voters need voice on budget

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Governor Jerry Brown pressed California lawmakers in his state-of-the-state address on Monday to let voters decide on his budget plan, saying any attempt to block a special election on the issue would be irresponsible.

California, the most populous U.S. state, faces a more than $25 billion deficit caused by the combined effects of recession, high unemployment and turmoil in financial and housing markets.

Jan 28, 2011

Analysis: Obama green job vision faces challenge from abroad

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – CEO Bill Watkins wants to build a $100 million next-generation LED light factory near his Silicon Valley-area headquarters, but China wants the 2,000 jobs he hopes to create.

The head of Livermore-based Bridgelux loves California, USA, but other nations are offering cash and guaranteed markets, tempting the executive who prefers a “Made in America” sticker on his bulbs.

Jan 21, 2011

Athletes allowed to testify in Barry Bonds trial

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Athletes, including former baseball all-star Jason Giambi, will be allowed to testify about getting steroids from Barry Bonds’ trainer when the perjury trial of Major League Baseball’s home run king begins in March, a federal judge said on Friday.

But U.S. District Judge Susan Illston dashed prosecutors’ hopes of introducing calendars and coded drug tests they say link Bonds, 46, to steroid use. She had previously thrown out the evidence as hearsay and a new government argument for its inclusion failed to convince her.

Jan 14, 2011

Analysis: A stingy Brown may win over Californians on taxes

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Jerry Brown is turning off California state workers’ cell phones, a largely symbolic gesture that won’t even dent the state’s $25 billion budget hole but could move the new governor toward his end game — getting voters to trust him enough to back tax hikes in June.

When Brown, 72, was first governor three decades ago, he reportedly slept on a mattress on the floor of an apartment in the state capital Sacramento.

Jan 11, 2011

Arizona trauma surgeon unfazed by shooting

TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters) – The head of the trauma team that fought to save the lives of Arizona shooting victims on Saturday may lack swagger, but not confidence.

When word came that a gunman had opened fire at a Tucson shopping mall and that victims including the local Congresswoman were on the way to his hospital, University Medical Center Trauma Unit chief Peter Rhee’s reaction was understated.

Jan 10, 2011

Cracks in Arizona suspect seen before mass shooting

TUCSON (Reuters) – Classmate Lynda Sorenson thought accused Tucson mass murderer Jared Lee Loughner looked like a crazy shooter from the first day of class, wondering if he would arrive one day with an automatic weapon.

Community College Professor Debbie Scheidemantel called police to toss Loughner out of class after he would not calm down, ranting about his rights under the U.S. Constitution to get full credit for an assignment.

Jan 10, 2011

Suspect in Arizona shootings to appear in court

, Jan 10 (Reuters) – A 22-year-old man charged
with trying assassinate U.S. congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords by
shooting her in the head during a bloody rampage that killed six
people and wounded 14 is due to appear in court on Monday on
charges of murder and attempted murder.

Doctors are optimistic that Giffords will recover after
undergoing emergency brain surgery, but she remained in critical
condition in a Tucson hospital.

Jan 10, 2011

U.S. charges “troubled” man with Arizona shootings

By Tim Gaynor and Peter Henderson

TUCSON, Ariz. (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Sunday charged a 22-year-old man with attempted assassination in the Arizona shooting rampage and doctors expressed optimism that congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head, would recover.

The shooting of Giffords and 19 other people — six of whom were killed — in Tucson on Saturday fueled debate about extreme political rhetoric in the United States after an acrimonious campaign for congressional elections in November.

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