Justices Demand Answers on End of DACA Protections

Hundreds of protesters set up rainy camp Tuesday in front of the Supreme Court as the justices dived into President Donald Trump’s abrupt abandonment of a program that protects qualifying young immigrants from deportation.


Public Access Brings TVs to Impeachment Hearings

Wednesday marks the start of televised testimony as lawmakers work to impeach President Donald Trump, ramping up public scrutiny on an administration that has seen its share of closely watched hearings in Congress.


US Jailed 69,500 Immigrant Children So Far This Year

After being forcibly separated at the border by government officials, sexually abused in U.S. foster care and deported, a once bright and beaming 3-year-old girl arrived back in Honduras withdrawn, anxious and angry, convinced her father abandoned her.


Impeachment & Related Matters

Witness: Roger Stone Told Trump About WikiLeaks Email Releases

A former campaign aide testified Tuesday that Roger Stone told then-candidate Donald Trump in July 2016 that WikiLeaks would release documents hacked by Russians in the months leading up to the election.

Roger Stone, a longtime Republican provocateur and former confidant of President Donald Trump, waits in line at the federal court in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Ex-Aide Blames National Security for Impeachment Probe No-Show

The former deputy to ex-national security adviser John Bolton told House impeachment investigators Friday through court papers that national security concerns prevented him from complying with a subpoena.


Mulvaney Won't Sue Over Impeachment, Declines to Cooperate

White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney says he won’t sue over the House impeachment proceedings after all.


Trump Discloses 2nd Zelensky Chat as Mulvaney Bucks Subpoena

New transcripts released Friday from impeachment investigators allege that Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, signed off on making a White House visit for Ukraine’s president conditional on the country opening investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden, his son and the 2016 presidential election.


Officials Cite More Contradictions in Trump’s Claims on Ukraine


California News

Public v. Private: How a State Takeover of PG&E Might Look in California

Widespread power blackouts and years of destructive wildfires have brought California to a place where it has never been: Lawmakers are looking at replacing the nation’s largest utility with a public entity.


Study: Most Independent Contractors Will Benefit From New California Law

In a study of a landmark California labor law detested by business groups and gig economy titans, researchers concluded Tuesday that the union-backed bill will cover a majority of independent contractors and affect more than just Uber and Lyft drivers.


Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting Victims Sue Over Inadequate Security

Victims of the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting this past summer sued event organizers Tuesday, claiming inadequate security allowed the mass shooting to occur.


R Kelly to Plead the Fifth in Civil Sex Assault Case

Singer R. Kelly will invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in a civil lawsuit filed against him in Illinois, while also facing criminal sexual-abuse charges in three different states.


European Commission Moved to Fill Vacancies Amid Delay

Already delayed by a month, President-elect Ursula von der Leyen’s European Commission took a step forward Tuesday with the initial approval of three commissioners.


Buttigieg Jumps to First Place in Latest Iowa Poll

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg surged to the head of the pack among likely Iowa voters, according to a new poll from Monmouth University.


Cheerleader Defends Speech Rights in Appeal


A lawyer for a cheerleader kicked off of her high school squad over a scurrilous Snap post urged the Third Circuit on Tuesday to affirm their courtroom victory.


Justices Consider Suit Over Cross-Border Killing

Attorney Cristobal Galindo, second from left, speaks accompanied by Jesus Hernandez, left, and Maria Guereca, and attorney Marion Reilly in front of the Supreme Court, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in Washington, after oral arguments. The case involves U.S. border patrol agent Jesus Mesa, Jr., who fired at least two shots across the Mexican border, killing Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca, 15, who'd been playing in the concrete culvert between El Paso and Cuidad Juarez. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Supreme Court’s left-leaning justices on Tuesday appeared willing to allow a lawsuit filed by the parents of a Mexican teenager shot over the border by an American agent, but the case will depend on whether they can persuade a conservative colleague to join them.



Dealing With Bullies


I’m a pretty lucky guy because I rarely get bullied. This is mainly because I spend most of my time in my shorts and a T-shirt sitting alone at a computer. (Notice that I didn’t say I work in pajamas — I do have a tiny amount of dignity.)

White House Defends Pulling Defense Funds for Border Wall

Fighting to overturn a stayed injunction barring the use of $2.5 billion from military accounts for a border wall, a Trump administration lawyer told a Ninth Circuit panel Tuesday that Congress never expressly forbade using military funds for the project.


Gunmaker Denied Supreme Court Detour on Sandy Hook Suit

The Supreme Court refused Tuesday to intervene in a lawsuit against Remington Arms by a survivor of the Sandy Hook Elementary School and several relatives of some of the 26 people killed with the gunmaker’s rifle.


Mississippi Dem Espy Launches 2020 Senate Bid

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2018 file photo, Mississippi Democrat Mike Espy stands with family members as he talks to supporters in a crowded auditorium at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Miss., after losing the runoff election. On Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, Espy announced another run for U.S. Senate, setting up a 2020 rematch with Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith.  (AP Photo/Charles A. Smith, File)

Democrat Mike Espy on Tuesday announced his run for the Mississippi Senate seat he sought in a tight special election last year, setting up a potential 2020 rematch with a Republican dogged by controversy for expressing a willingness to attend a public hanging.


Republican Mark Sanford Drops Bid to Challenge Trump

FILE - In this July 21, 2018, file photo, Republican politician Mark Sanford speaks at OZY Fest in Central Park in New York. Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, has decided to launch a longshot Republican challenge to President Donald Trump. “I am here to tell you now that I am going to get in,’’ Sanford said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday,’’ Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019.    (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Longshot presidential candidate Mark Sanford dropped his bid Tuesday to challenge President Donald Trump for the Republican party’s 2020 presidential nomination.


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World News

Judge Says Netherlands Must Accept Children of ISIS Fighters, but Not Mothers

A Dutch judge ruled Monday that the Dutch government must make all possible efforts to repatriate Dutch children from detention camps holding relatives of Islamic State fighters in Syria, but it does not have the same obligation to their mothers.


Spain: 4 Elections in 4 Years, and Another Hung Parliament

Weary Spanish voters went to the polls Sunday for the fourth time in four years and delivered an even more fractured Parliament than they did in April elections, with neither left- nor right-wing parties winning enough votes to form a government.


Evo Morales Flees Bolivia for Asylum in Mexico

Bolivia faced its worst unrest in decades amid a political vacuum Tuesday, while Evo Morales, who transformed the Andean nation as its first indigenous president, fled the country to Mexico after weeks of violent protests.


Thai Cuisine Restaurants Get Two Michelin Stars for First Time at Home

Two restaurants in Bangkok have each earned a pair of coveted Michelin stars, the first time the leading guide has awarded the accolade to local establishments offering Thai cuisine.


Gay Veterans Denied Benefits Get Some Relief in NY


Just after Veterans Day, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law Tuesday a bill that makes state benefits possible for gay servicemembers whose sexual orientation led to a dishonorable discharge.


San Francisco DA's Win Stokes Tension With Police

Newly elected San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin. ( via Flickr)

San Francisco’s new district attorney is the latest in a string of big-city chief prosecutors to win the office by promising sweeping reforms and a shift away from the traditional law and order punitive approach to criminal justice issues.

In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, a man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette in Portland, Maine. Oregon's public health physician said Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, that a person who contracted a severe respiratory illness and died after using an e-cigarette had purchased a vaping device containing marijuana oil at a state-legal dispensary. The death is the second linked by public health officials nationwide to vaping and the first linked to an e-cigarette purchased at a dispensary. (AP photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Investigators Discover Common Link in Vaping Deaths

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said they’ve found a smoking gun in the search for what is causing death and illness from vaping THC products in the United States.


Reproductive Rights Group Sues State to Expand Access to Medication Abortion

An abortion rights group sued Oklahoma Friday, seeking to block two laws that restrict access to medication abortions.

Anastasia Gonzalez, of Burleson, Texas, leaves a flowers on the front sidewalk of Atatiana Jefferson's home on E. Allen Ave in Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Jefferson, a black woman, was shot by a white police officer early Saturday, Oct. 12. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Fort Worth Panel to Investigate Police Shooting of Woman in Her Own Home

A panel of eight experts on the use of force and racial profiling will investigate Fort Worth’s embattled police department in the wake of the fatal shooting of a woman in her own home last month.


High Court Says EU Nations Must Label Israeli Settlement Products

The European Union’s top court ruled Tuesday that EU countries must oblige retailers to identify products made in Israeli settlements with special labels, a ruling sure to spark anger in Israel.

In this April 5, 2019, file photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle sits near the wall as President Donald Trump visits a new section of the border wall with Mexico in Calexico. Under pressure to show they have solutions, Democrats are honing proposals to address the surge of families entering the U.S. at the southern border, a problem they say Trump's restrictive immigration policies are enflaming. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Judge Mulls Whether Asylum Seekers Have Right to Counsel

A federal judge asked for clarification Friday about how the government’s “Migrant Protection Protocols” are being employed by immigration agents at the border as he considers whether asylum seekers have a right to counsel when being interviewed about their fear of returning to Mexico.


Texas Fined $50,000 Per Day for Foster Care Failures

Starting Friday, Texas must pay daily fines of $50,000 for not abiding by a court order requiring caretakers to maintain 24-hour supervision of children in group foster homes, a federal judge ruled, adding to the more than $10 million the state has spent fighting reforms in court.


Ill Vaper Undergoes Double Lung Transplant

Doctors at a Detroit hospital have performed what could be the first double lung transplant on a man whose lungs were damaged from vaping.

This September 2019 photo provided by KTUL-TV shows Mannford Police Chief Lucky Miller. A small-town Oklahoma policeman was charged Monday, Nov. 11, with killing his chief, Miller, after what authorities described as an alcohol-fueled brawl in a Florida Panhandle hotel room. (KTUL-TV via AP)

Officer Accused of Killing His Police Chief

A small-town Oklahoma policeman was charged with killing his chief after what authorities described as an alcohol-fueled brawl in a Florida Panhandle hotel room.


Lawsuit Over Permits for Guest-Worker Spouses Revived

The D.C. Circuit on Friday reinstated tech workers’ challenge to a Homeland Security rule allowing the spouses of guest workers to apply for jobs, finding they face increased competition due to the rule.


Taliban Prisoners to Be Swapped for American & Australian

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Tuesday that his government has released three prominent Taliban figures in an effort to get the insurgents to free an American and an Australian professor they abducted in 2016 and have held captive for more than three years.

A seagull flies off the water in a flooded St.Mark Square, in Venice, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. The high tide reached a peak of 127cm (4.1ft) at 10:35am while an even higher level of 140cm(4.6ft) was predicted for later Tuesday evening. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

High Tides Inundate Venice; Worse Expected

Tourists and Venetians have donned high boots and taken to raised walkways to slosh through the high water that has hit the lagoon city, with even higher tides expected.

Shoppers visit a Huawei store in Beijing on May 20, 2019. Chinese tech giant Huawei has filed a motion in U.S. court challenging the constitutionality of a law that limits its sales of telecom equipment. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Huawei Gives Employees Bonus for Coping With US Sanctions

Huawei is paying its employees bonuses totaling more than $285 million as thanks for helping the Chinese tech giant cope with U.S. sanctions that threaten its smartphone and other businesses.


In Brief


Walt Girdner was born in central Iowa in 1922, one of five children. His father took a job as a Christian minister in Alameda after the family moved to California in 1925. Growing up during the Great Depression, Walt worked double shifts at a cannery to make money for college. He attended Stanford where he put together a string of letters and wins, running the quarter and half-mile. An invitation to join the U.S. Olympic team was negated by World War II and cancellation of the games. During the war, he disembarked in Normandy, fought in the infantry and marched into Germany .

As a young man, he developed an interest in imagery, first through drawing then through the developing technology of photography. Although he left the church where his mother and father were pastors, he kept a lifelong faith in the power and mystery of the natural environment, seeing in its beauty an overriding and everlasting spiritual force. His subjects focused on people and their settings. Farmers, flower sellers, youth were recurring themes.

He traveled in large part to find new images and capture them, in France at first, then the rest of Europe and later Africa and Mexico. Towards the end of his life, Walt focused on images in nature, including letters and numbers that emerged through abalone shells, beach tableaus and patterns in the sand.  He had faith that imagery was a powerful way to communicate and believed young people were much better at interpreting the language of imagery, gifted with imaginations more agile and unencumbered.

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