Kamala Harris Jumps Into Presidential Race


Kamala Harris, a first-term senator and former California attorney general known for her rigorous questioning of President Donald Trump’s nominees, entered the Democratic presidential race on Monday. Vowing to “bring our voices together,” Harris would be the first woman to hold the presidency and the second African-American if she succeeds.

House Democrats Turn Scrutiny to Betsy DeVos


Wielding control of the House and its investigative powers, Democrats are preparing to bring Education Secretary Betsy DeVos under the sharpest scrutiny she has seen since taking office.

Supreme Court Asked to Back Off Deposition Spat in Census Case


After a federal judge nixed a new citizenship question on the 2020 census, attorneys for the Trump administration and its challengers told the Supreme Court late Thursday to cancel its upcoming hearing on the case.


Ailing Federal Worker Needs Insurance Renewed to Live


An ailing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worker in Oregon said she can’t learn why her federally paid insurance lapsed months ago, and she can’t get it reinstated because of the partial government shutdown, leaving her scrambling to find a way to pay for nutrients that keep her alive.

Residents raly in support of a mutiny by a national guard unit and against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in the Cotiza neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, on Jan. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubilos)

Venezuela Squelches Mutiny by National Guard Unit

Venezuela’s government said Monday it put down a mutiny by a National Guard unit in a poor neighborhood a few miles from Venezuela’s presidential palace. The uprising triggered protests in the same neighborhood that were dispersed with tear gas.




Sometimes it doesn’t pay to do your job the way you’re supposed to. A lot of employers just don’t like a goody two shoes.

Women's March Returns to DC


The Women’s March was returning to Washington on Saturday, bracing for inclement weather, coping with an ideological split and reconfiguring its route due to the government shutdown.

Knicks Star Enes Kanter Wants Time With Lindsey Graham


Sitting on the same sofa where he watched his teammates lose by a point the previous night in London, Turkish Knicks star Enes Kanter opened up about why he missed the big game – a story he wants to share with Sen. Lindsey Graham.


Manufacturing Gains Fuel U.S. Industrial Production


The Federal Reserve said Friday that U.S. manufacturing output increased 1.1 percent in December, the biggest jump in 10 months, fueling an uptick in overall industrial production.

Trump Starts Third Year With Low Public Trust, Poll Finds


As President Donald Trump begins the third year of his presidency under Democratic oversight in Congress, the Pew Research Center reported Friday that confidence in the economy is stable but the American public is losing trust in the leader of the free world.

Report: Money to Doctors Led to Spike in Opioid Deaths


As the U.S. opioid epidemic peaked in 2015, so did the amount of money spent to market prescription opioid painkillers to health care providers – and overdose deaths – according to a new study.

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Trend in California Courts Gives Press Quick Access


In the new year, the cycle of press access in Santa Clara Superior turned again and the court in the heart of Silicon Valley is once more allowing journalists to see new written proceedings as soon as they arrive, behind the virtual counter, in a virtual box.

Planned Parenthood Medicaid Coverage Slashed


The Fifth Circuit on Thursday overturned a ruling barring Texas from eliminating Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid program based on a sting video made by anti-abortion activists supposedly showing clinic representatives bartering the sale of fetal tissue.

Rallies Cap First Week of LA Unified Teachers Strike


The fifth day of the Los Angeles teacher strike began with bargaining talks and a union rally, capping off tumultuous week for parents, students and educators.

Firm Challenges Illinois Campaign Finance Law


An Illinois anti-corruption law prohibiting government contractors from making campaign contributions is being challenged as unconstitutional after a public housing management firm lost a contract because its founder made contributions to Democratic gubernatorial candidates.

Florida Elections Official Suspended Over Recount


Newly inaugurated Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suspended a Palm Beach County elections supervisor on Friday, as fallout from last year’s vote recount continues into 2019.

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Firefighters successfully rescued a 14-year-old girl (right) after she was trapped for hours inside a destroyed home in Montecito. (Photo courtesy Santa Barbara Fire Department)

Cal. Utility Files Suit Against Local Districts Over Mudslides


Judge OKs Pretrial Gag Order in Ghost Fire Criminal Case

Ghost Ship warehouse after the fire.
[photo credit: Jim Heaphy]

Alameda County prosecutors on Friday outmaneuvered lawyers for two men facing involuntary manslaughter charges stemming from the 2016 Ghost Ship warehouse fire, convincing a state judge to bar the defendants and their attorneys from speaking with the press just before delivering controversial arguments apparently aimed at swaying potential jurors.

Hawaii Sovereignty Group Tries Takeover of State Office

In this Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 photo, the Royal Hawaiian coat of arms hangs in the throne room at Iolani Palace, in Honolulu. A 91-year-old Native Hawaiian heiress, Abigail Kawananakoa, is fighting her former lawyer over control of her $215 million fortune. Many Native Hawaiians consider Kawananakoa to be the last Hawaiian princess, a tenuous link to when Hawaii was ruled by a royal family. . (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

Five members of a group pushing for Hawaiian sovereignty were arrested after an hours-long seizure of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Thursday, and are accused of assaulting staff and prompting a building evacuation and lockdown by Honolulu police.

Danish Newspaper, Chief Editor Fined for Ex-Spy Boss Book


A major Danish newspaper and its chief editor were fined $22,900 on Friday for publishing a book based on interviews with Denmark’s former domestic intelligence agency chief that the spy service had claimed could contain secrets.


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to members of the media at the Capitol in Washington on Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Mitch McConnell Stays Out of Limelight During Shutdown


Arizona Police Officer Kills Teen Holding a Toy Gun

Sandra Gonzalez, left, mother of the slain 14-year-old boy shot by Tempe Police, joins another family member and others in front of police headquarters on Jan. 17, 2019, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Police in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe say a burglary suspect who was shot to death by an officer was a 14-year-old boy carrying a replica gun.

More Lenient Laws Could Chill Low-Alcohol Beer Market


Beer snobs in states where grocers could offer only low-alcohol brands are raising their mugs to stronger brews thanks to updated laws.

Tesla Will Cut 7 Percent of Staff, Sees Tough Road Ahead

Tesla Motors unveils the new lower-priced Model 3 sedan at the Tesla Motors design studio in Hawthorne, Calif., on March 31, 2016. Tesla, recognizing as imperative its ability to produce a cheaper electric car, told employees on Jan. 18, 2019, that it must cut 7 percent of its workforce. Tesla’s cheapest model right now is the $44,000 Model 3, and it needs to broaden its customer base to survive. (AP Photo/Justin Pritchard)

Saying the road ahead was “very difficult,” Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk said Friday that the company would be cutting its staff by about 7 percent.

White Cop Who Shot Black Teen Gets Nearly 7 Years in Prison


The white Chicago police officer who gunned down a black teenager in 2014 was sentenced Friday to nearly seven years in prison, bringing an end to a historic case that centered on a shocking dashcam video and fueled the national debate over race and law enforcement.


Family members of victims of a bombing gather outside the entrance to the General Santander police academy where the bombing took place in Bogota, Colombia, on Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/John Wilson Vizcaino)

Colombia Blames ELN Rebels for Deadliest Attack in 15 Years


May's Foes Circle as Brexit Stalemate Drags On

Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on Jan. 16, 2019, a day after Parliament overwhelmingly rejected her divorce deal with the European Union, plunging the Brexit process into chaos and triggering a no-confidence vote that could topple her government. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Talks to end Britain’s Brexit stalemate appeared deadlocked Friday, with neither Prime Minister Theresa May nor the main opposition leader shifting from their entrenched positions.

UK's Prince Philip, 97, Recovers After Land Rover Crash

US, North Korea Start Talks for 2nd Trump-Kim Summit

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, Kim Yong Chol, a North Korean senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief, left, and U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, right, meet in Washington on Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The U.S. and North Korea began highly anticipated talks Friday aimed at resuming stalled efforts to end the North’s nuclear weapons program by arranging a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Congo Court Poised to Rule on Presidential Vote Challenge


Congo’s constitutional court is poised to rule as early as Friday on a challenge to the presidential election results. But the African Union continental body has issued a surprise last-minute request for Congo’s government to delay releasing final results, citing “serious doubts” about the vote.

Zimbabwe in 'Total Internet Shutdown' Amid Violent Crackdown

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.