WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiations on Capitol Hill have yielded a modest budget agreement to ease automatic spending cuts and replace some of them with savings from future-year cuts.
Details on the pact by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray were to be announced by the duo Tuesday evening.
The agreement would ease the harshest spending cuts set to strike the Pentagon and domestic agencies for a second year.
It would require federal workers to contribute more to their pensions, increase premiums on companies whose pension plans are insured by the federal government and increase security fees paid by airline travelers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roughly three years ago, a man referred to in a federal indictment as "Visitor LF" went to Men's Central Jail to discuss his inability to visit his brother there. Instead, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy allegedly handcuffed him, took him to a break room with no windows or public access, and threw him against a refrigerator.
His arm was fractured in the encounter and he received cuts to his nose and face, according to indictments unsealed Monday. Afterward, four deputies tried to have him falsely charged with resisting an executive officer. The man was detained for about five days and ultimately released without being charged.
It was one among many allegations announced by federal officials as they charged 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff's officials with beating inmates and jail visitors, falsifying reports, and trying to obstruct an FBI probe of the nation's largest jail system.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With another dry winter looming, California lawmakers are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown and President Barack Obama to declare a drought emergency and federal disaster in the state.
In a letter sent Monday, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Democratic Rep. Jim Costa urged the governor to take immediate action.
The lawmakers cited the California Department of Water Resources' announcement of low water deliveries for Central Valley agriculture due to low rainfall projections.
While a drought has not been declared, a dry 2014 would be the third straight year with subpar rainfall.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A San Diego man faces charges of operating a website that let people anonymously post explicit photographs of others, then extorting hundreds of dollars from the victims to remove the photographs.
California Department of Justice agents arrested Kevin Christopher Bollaert on Tuesday.
Bollaert, who is 27, is charged with 31 felony counts of conspiracy, identity theft and extortion.
It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.
The Justice Department says Bollaert created the so-called "revenge porn" website ugotposted.com a year ago.
LA's 15 City Council members each received a pay raise last week even though most make more than Congress members.
The raise was about 1.4% making their total earnings $181,292 a year.
Money from the city's general fund will be used to pay the council members. The fund is typically used to pay for basic services including police, firefighters, and parks.
First some consumers found they couldn’t keep their existing health insurance plans. Then others learned they couldn’t keep their doctors. Now it’s possible that under Obamacare, some people won’t be able to keep their medications, or at least not afford them, under the complex formulary structure of the plans on the health exchanges and because of the rising costs.
“If you like your medicines, you may not be able to keep them under Obamacare,” health policy analyst Scott Gottlieb wrote in a Forbes column. “Health plans are cheapening their drug formularies – just like they cheapened their networks of doctors. That’s how their paying for the benefits that President Obama promised, everything from free contraception to a leveling of premiums between older (and typically costlier) beneficiaries, and younger consumers.”
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The United States and Cuba have seen their enmity outlive the Cold War that spawned it — even as Raul’s brother Fidel Castro, now in reportedly poor health, outlasted the decadeslong American embargo meant to push him from power.
The two countries have not had formal diplomatic relations since shortly after Fidel Castro led a 1959 revolution and aligned his country with the Soviet Union. Fidel passed the reins to Raul in 2008.
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Americans are unhappy consumers.
More people say they're experiencing higher levels of "customer rage" according to a new report from Arizona State University's School of Business.
The number of people saying they were very or extremely upset rose from 60 to 68 percent since the last survey done in 2011.
And more people are taking it out on customer-service representatives than two years ago.
Yelling went from 25 to 36 percent of the time; cursing went from 7 to 13 percent.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new study finds that auto thefts have gone up significantly and other property crimes also have increased after California started a new program that has led to more jail inmates being released early.
The study by the Public Policy Institute of California is the first independent review of crime trends driven by the state's drop in prison population.
The study released Monday finds that violent crimes did not increase as a result of the program, known as realignment.
But property crime increased as inmates who previously would have gone to state prisons were instead sent to county jails. The jails often free them early due to their own problems with overcrowding.
The nonpartisan institute blames the law for a nearly 15 percent increase in vehicle thefts in the first year after it took effect in October 2011.
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