Archives for December 2013

[AP] Some Dems keep distance as Obama popularity drops

Democrats running for re-election in Arkansas, Louisiana and other Republican-leaning states faced enough problems before President Barack Obama’s popularity swooned in November. Now they are awkwardly distancing themselves from him a year before the election, seeking the right balance between independence and betrayal.

[AP] Maoist sect scrutinized in wake of UK slavery case

Davies had moved to London as a young woman pursuing a master’s degree, but soon she cut off virtually all contact with her family and disappeared from sight. Her relatives gathered that she had gotten tangled up with a cult – a secretive, closely-knit Maoist group whose members lived together in a communist collective.

[AP] Beijing destroys barbecue grills to cut pollution

Beijing is waging a war against air pollution, one barbecue at a time.

Authorities in the capital have destroyed more than 500 open-air barbecues “to cut PM2.5” – the tiny particulate matter in the air that can enter deep into the lungs.

[AP] Calif. Arab sparks debate over ethnic mascots

On game days in Thermal, where date farms and desert surroundings evoke the Middle East and nearby communities have names like Mecca and Oasis, fans cheer a high school team known as the Arabs.