Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, discusses the government's plan to join the fight to save millions of acres of crops from citrus greening disease. First and foremost we have to quarantine, says the Secretary.» Read More
Covered California, which operates the exchange, reported that more than 109,000 people signed up for a health plan through Nov. 30.
The state added 332,000 people between July 1, 2012 and July 1 of this year, a growth rate of 0.9 percent that is the highest since 2003-04, before the recession, the state Department of Finance reported.
GENEVA, Dec 13- Fighting soccer fans, fashion models screaming obscenities and a French film star relieving himself in the gangway are just a few well publicised examples of what airlines say is a growing trend of abusive passenger behaviour on planes.
Dominating the Thursday announcements were A-listers like Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, who had top acting bids, while the movies of filmmaking gurus Steve McQueen and David O. Russell landed in multiple categories, including best motion picture. _ " Lee Daniels' The Butler."
A representative for the NBC sketch-comedy show on Thursday confirmed reports it's answering complaints about its lack of diversity by staging showcases to choose at least one black female cast member and to hire her within weeks. In recent weeks, the show has seen two dozen candidates in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.
LOS ANGELES-- While bass-heavy music pounds, an actor impersonating President Barack Obama dances, mugs for the camera and raps about the health care overhaul, "So tell a friend or a random guy, I've got a game-changer right here that saves lives."
LOS ANGELES-- Disgraced former Bell city manager Robert Rizzo has agreed to plead guilty to charges that he filed a false federal income tax return to reduce his tax liability, documents filed Thursday show.
Separate auctions were held Thursday in Dallas: One featured Texas native Farrah Fawcett's jewelry and other memorabilia, while another had as its centerpiece the gray wool suit worn by Gene Kelly in "Singin' in the Rain." Other items put up for auction by Fawcett's nephew, Gregory Walls of Houston, included scripts and costumes.
Dec 12- U.S. insurer American International Group is in talks to sell its aircraft leasing business to AerCap Holdings NV, a person briefed on the discussions said.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.-- Spurred by emotional testimony from sex workers, California officials voted Thursday to change a 1990 s-era anti-crime regulation and allow prostitutes to receive money from a victim compensation fund if they're raped or beaten.
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 12- Twitter Inc encountered a user revolt for the first time as a public company after it tweaked its "block" function on Thursday, prompting an outcry from those who said the new policy empowered perpetrators of online abuse. Users could previously prevent their harrassers from following them or interacting with their tweets.
NEW YORK, Dec 12- Boeing Co said on Thursday it planned to eliminate up to 1,200 jobs in Washington state and move them to other U.S. locations as it reorganizes research and development functions. The move will reduce Boeing's reliance on unionized engineers in the Seattle area, and follows other steps Boeing has made to move jobs outside the state this year.
WASHINGTON, Dec 12- The Obama administration asked insurers on Thursday to be flexible with Americans trying to buy new health policies through the federal website HealthCare.gov, as officials race to fix problems still plaguing the enrollment process.
Dec 12- Insurer American International Group is in talks to sell its jet-leasing finance business to AerCap Holdings NV, according to reports. Netherlands- based AerCap, the world's largest independent aircraft lessor, may team up with other bidders for International Lease Finance Corp, the reports said.
Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc. said Thursday that its co-CEO Carlos Alberini is resigning to take over as CEO and chairman at clothing company Lucky Brand. Restoration Hardware said it will initiate a search for Alberni's replacement soon. Restoration Hardware earned $9.5 million, or 23 cents per share, for the quarter that ended Nov. 2.
NEW YORK, Dec 12- California's Obamacare insurance marketplace experienced a surge in enrollment last week, officials said on Thursday, offering welcome news for President Barack Obama's sweeping healthcare law from a state crucial to its success. At that rate, California would meet its 2013 enrollment target.
WASHINGTON, Dec 12- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner erupted in anger at conservative groups who oppose a rare bipartisan two-year budget deal on Thursday as lawmakers prepared to vote on the measure in the lower house.
In Phoenix, where house prices have risen more than 40 percent in less than two years, pending sales fell 32 percent in October, while the number of months of supply is up 111 percent from May. In Sacramento, the October figures are equally grim, with year-on-year supply up 93 percent and sales down 20 percent.
Six companies began trading Thursday, including hotelier Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., which raised $2.35 billion, and cafeteria and concession stand operator Aramark Holdings Corp., which raised $725 million. The company, which is based in Norcross, Ga., raised $142.1 million, pricing 10.5 million shares at $13.50 each.
The bill, introduced by Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat; Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican; and eight cosponsors, faces an uphill battle as many lawmakers from agricultural states support the Renewable Fuel Standard that dictates rising volumes of ethanol made from grains, including corn, be blended into motor fuel.