Americans anxious, irritated as gov't shuts down
NEW YORK (AP) — A bitter budget fight has led to a U.S. government shutdown, leaving hundreds of thousands of federal workers without paychecks and shutting down federal services all over the country.
A midnight deadline to avert a shutdown passed amid Congressional bickering. That could impact on Americans' ability to get government services ranging from federally-backed home loans to supplemental food assistance for children and pregnant women.
For many Americans who are civilian employees of the federal government, it means no more paychecks as they're forced onto unpaid furloughs. For those still working, it means delays in getting paid.
Some workers are allowed to work a few hours Tuesday to change voicemail messages or fill out time cards. But after that, they're under strict orders to do no work, even check their email.
Power outage at UC Berkeley leads to explosion
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Officials say students at the University of California at Berkeley are still not being allowed back on campus following an explosion from a power outage on campus.
UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof says the explosion occurred Monday evening in an underground electrical vault outside California Hall as power was trying to be restored on campus.
Mogulof says the explosion sent one person to the hospital with minor burns as three others also received minor burns but refused treatment.
Mogulof says the blast may have been caused by an underground copper wire theft at a campus substation last week causing more damage than initially thought.
Fire crews have also rescued about 20 people stuck in dormitory elevators as a result of the outage that also led to a mandatory evacuation on campus.
It's still unclear whether classes will resume on Wednesday.
OAKLAND BUS SHOOTING
2 passengers wounded in Oakland bus shooting
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say two passengers have been shot and wounded after someone opened fire at a bus in Oakland.
The shooting occurred shortly after 2 p.m. Monday outside an AC Transit bus traveling along International Boulevard in East Oakland.
Police say that one victim, a man in his 80s, was grazed and another man onboard was also wounded.
Officer Erin Mausz says both victims are hospitalized in stable condition and expected to recover from their injuries.
AC Transit Spokesman Clarence Johnson says following the shooting, the bus driver continued to drive about five away from the scene to get other passengers out of harm's way.
Authorities say windows on both sides of the bus were shattered and it isn't immediately known how many shots were fired.
The shooting is under investigation.
Counselors, police added to school safety plans
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation asking schools to include mental health counselors and school police officers in their school safety plans.
California school districts already are required to write comprehensive school safety plans. The legislation Brown announced signing Monday, AB549, recommends that schools include clear guidelines for counselors and officers to create a positive school climate and promote school safety.
The bill by Democratic Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer of Los Angeles encourages schools to prioritize mental health and intervention services as well as positive-behavior intervention over punitive measures such as expulsion.
There is no penalty for failing to comply, although school districts can be fined up to $2,000 for willfully failing to create a safety plan.
Student athlete concussion protocol expanded
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will require private and charter schools in California to keep student athletes off the field if there is a concern that they received a concussion.
Current law already requires public schools to remove such students from athletic activity. Those schools also must provide information about concussions to the athletes and their parents.
AB588 from Democratic Assemblyman Steve Fox of Palmdale extends those requirements to the state's private and charter schools.
Student athletes who might have a concussion may not resume practicing or competition until they have been cleared in writing by a licensed health care provider.
Brown announced signing the bill Monday. It will go into effect in January.
Strap on your computer; wearable tech taking off
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The digital domain is creeping off our desktops and onto our bodies. There are music players that match your tunes to your heart beat and mood sweaters that change color depending on your emotional state.
Tech entrepreneur Manish Chandra says anything that makes our lives simpler and brings the interaction closer is going to succeed. He spoke to hundreds of engineers, designers and developers Monday at a wearable technology conference and fashion show in San Francisco.
This year Google's glasses and rumors of Apple's iWatch are popularizing the field. Analyst Shane Walker at IHS Global Insights says last year the market for wearable totaled almost $9 billion. That should climb to $30 billion by 2018.