After vacation, Obama facing many challanges

After vacation, Obama facing many challanges

While in office, former President George H. W. Bush once plaintively asked, “What is it about August?” Indeed, this sultry month usually associated with the doldrums of summer has burdened modern presidents with personal, domestic or international crises. And for President Barack Obama, who returned to Washington Sunday from a two-week Martha’s Vineyard vacation, what […]

6.0 earthquake rattles California’s Bay area

6.0 earthquake rattles California’s Bay area

A large earthquake rolled through California’s northern Bay Area early Sunday, damaging some buildings, knocking out power to thousands and sending residents running out of their homes in the darkness. The extent of the damage wasn’t immediately clear. Two major injuries have been reported, and hospitals have been very busy with moderate injuries, Napa Division […]

Brief flareup in a mostly peaceful night in Ferguson

Brief flareup in a mostly peaceful night in Ferguson

Tensions briefly flared then subsided late Saturday night and early Sunday in Ferguson as nightly protests continued two weeks after a white city police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old. Police reported only a handful of arrests, and traffic flowed freely along the West Florissant Avenue commercial corridor near the suburban St. Louis apartment […]

Beware retailers: Hackers are lurking

Beware retailers: Hackers are lurking

More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday. The government urged businesses of all sizes to scan their point-of-sale systems for software known as “Backoff,” discovered last October. It previously explained in detail […]