WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande will showcase a revamped relationship between two old allies that is now a cornerstone of diplomatic efforts in Iran and Syria during a glitzy state visit Tuesday, though the rendezvous has been overshadowed by the intrigue of a European love triangle.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was a caffeine-charged Hollywood whodunit: Just whose bright idea was the "Dumb Starbucks" coffee shop that popped up and started serving free drinks from the corner of an otherwise uncelebrated strip mall?
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - San Diego voters head to the polls on Tuesday to choose between two city councilmen vying in a race seen as too close to call to succeed disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner, who resigned amid a hail of sexual harassment allegations in August. The runoff between the two top vote-getters in a special election last fall pits Republican Kevin Faulconer, backed by the city's downtown establishment, against Democrat David Alvarez, who is seeking to become the city's first Hispanic mayor. Faulconer, the front-runner in a field of 11 candidates who ran in November, holds a scant 1 percentage point lead over Alvarez, according to a Survey USA poll commissioned by local news outlets UTSanDiego.com and 10News.com. The 2012 election of Filner, a 10-term U.S. congressman who became San Diego's first Democratic mayor, was considered a political turning point.
(Reuters) - Shirley Temple Black, who lifted America's spirits as a bright-eyed, dimpled child movie star during the Great Depression and later became a U.S. diplomat, died late on Monday evening at the age of 85, a family spokeswoman said in a statement. Temple Black, who lured millions to the movies in the 1930s, "peacefully passed away" at her California home from natural causes at 10:57 p.m. local time (0157 ET), surrounded by her family and caregivers, the statement said on Tuesday. As actress Shirley Temple, she was precocious, bouncy and adorable with a head of curly hair, tap-dancing through songs like "On The Good Ship Lollipop." As Ambassador Shirley Temple Black, she was soft-spoken and earnest in postings in Czechoslovakia and Ghana, out to disprove concerns that her previous career made her a diplomatic lightweight. "I have no trouble being taken seriously as a woman and a diplomat here," Black said after her appointment as U.S. ambassador to Ghana in 1974.