NEW YORK (AP) - J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson seems unfazed that the department store chain's mounting losses and sales declines have led to growing criticism of his plan to change the way we shop. Perhaps that's because this isn't the first time during Johnson's 30-year career that he's attempted what seemed impossible.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - The demand of dozens of citizens has been denied in the Ecuadorean city of Guayaquil: There will be no jackass running for the legislature.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three low-rated new TV series are getting the ax. ABC is saying goodbye to freshman dramas "Last Resort" and "666 Park Avenue" after 13 episodes each. "Last Resort" stars Andre Braugher and Scott Speedman as officers of a U.S. nuclear sub targeted by the government. It airs at 8 p.m. EST Thursday. The other canceled ABC drama, "666 Park Avenue," is a supernatural tale set starring Terry O'Quinn and Vanessa Williams. ...
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional leaders from both parties voiced fresh optimism Friday after meeting with newly re-elected President Barack Obama about avoiding year-end "fiscal cliff" tax increases and spending cuts that would hammer the middle class and risk plunging the economy into recession.
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - A revolutionary Israeli rocket-defense system knocked down an incoming rocket fired by Gaza militants over the skies of this bustling metropolis on Saturday, eliciting cheers from relieved residents huddled in fear.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Four people were taken into custody during an intense overnight search following a shooting that wounded a sheriff's deputy in south Los Angeles.
DECLO, Idaho (AP) - A fourth-grade teacher in southern Idaho is being criticized after having her students use permanent markers to draw on the faces of classmates who failed to meet reading goals.
DENVER (AP) - A mediator handling the distribution of about $5.3 million in donations to victims of the Colorado theater shootings said Friday that disbursement amounts have been finalized.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A judge denied a request Friday from Central Valley farmers who sought to halt work on California's ambitious high-speed rail project, allowing work on the $68 billion project to continue at an aggressive pace.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A doctor's assistant in San Bernardino County has pleaded guilty to writing and selling prescriptions for addictive painkillers to people he did not examine.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a Southern California man was arrested at Oakland International Airport after security officers found materials they say could be used to make a bomb.
The Brittany Foundation, a nonprofit humane organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of homeless dogs, has several dogs for adoption. Please consider any of these special sweethearts when looking for a pet.
Fall planting is in full swing. As you nestle tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocuses into the soil, don't neglect to also plant some minor bulbs - "minor" only because they aren't well known, not because they lack quality.
Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger was born in Bamburg, Germany, in 1958. The son of a highly decorated Nazi officer spoke about his life of family, secrets, curiosity and eventual conversion to Judaism to attendees of the Ghosts of the Third Reich lecture at Chabad of SCV on Oct. 21.
In response to Richard Myers' letter of Nov. 11, I agree that the Letters to the Editor section is not the correct place for "paid" political endorsements. My letter from Nov. 2 was mentioned as an example, being dubbed a "paid candidate endorsement" letter.
On Feb. 12, the president delivers his State of the Union address, and he is followed almost immediately by a GOP spokesman who says, "Oh, no, that's not the way it is.
Get the cars that have expired tags 30-180 days late. Get the drivers driving with headlights off when it is getting dark. Get those driving while talking on cell phones.
Valentine's heart-y walk
People new to gardening ask the darndest questions: about how seeds work, about growing the perfect tomato, about waging war with insects (many of them beneficial).
Q: I need to replace some cracked and chipped tile in the bathroom. Some of it was shaped to fit around the base of the toilet. Is it difficult to shape replacement tiles in the same way? - Sarah S., Fort Worth, Texas
Two years ago, West Ranch boys basketball was eliminated from the postseason by eventual CIF division champion Ventura.