Property values are soaring to stratospheric levels. The tech-fueled economy is booming. But the Bay Area has stalled on seismic safety effort. Some fear officials are losing a golden moment with so many flush with so much money.
A $25-million federal effort has studied the value of sequencing babies' entire DNA. Tests show this can help very sick newborns, but it also raises complex questions.
'We had never heard of waterboarding before,' says one human rights worker. 'It was only after 2004 or 2005 that it’s been used here.'
Kim Jong Un can afford to suspend tests because, he proclaimed earlier this year, his nuclear arsenal is complete — and capable, he claims, of attacking the United States.
As California chooses a new governor, the state seems to be enjoying something unusual in these tumultuous political times: a feeling of relative contentment.