January 3, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Rebel fighters and government forces on Thursday battled for control of two strategic airports in northern Syria, the loss of which would be a severe blow to President Bashar Assad's efforts to maintain a hold in the region. Fighting erupted around the international airport in Aleppo, Syria's commercial capital, according to the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is based in London. The airport has been shut since Tuesday because it has been under attack by rebels seeking to cut off Assad's aerial supply route.
November 21, 2012 |
In the ever-escalating effort to bestow the ultimate holiday gift (come on, admit you feel the urge to be at least a little bit competitive about it), the tendency is to focus myopically on the material. That's all well and good as long as there are sports-stadium naming rights, moon rocks or French vineyards to be bought. The downside, of course, is running the risk that one's fantastic gift will be overshadowed by someone else's even bigger display of seasonal largesse. Why go to all the trouble, for example, of cloning your wife's favorite pet only to have your thoughtfulness all but forgotten the second she finds out your father-in-law has given her a South Pacific archipelago?
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October 7, 2012 |
Thousands of people gathered in the new Grand Park on Saturday to watch aerial dancers scale City Hall, performers splash in the fountain and other festivities marking the opening of downtown Los Angeles' major new green space. The rectangular park, which stretches from the top of Bunker Hill to the base of City Hall, has been partially open since midsummer. The opening of the lower section completes the project, which includes lawns, fountains and a cafe plaza. The project has been billed as L.A.'s Central Park, and officials hope it will blossom into a cultural hub. But for some visitors Saturday, it was enough just to have a new urban retreat.
October 5, 2012 |
Teetering 23 miles above the New Mexico desert, Felix Baumgartner plans to leap head first into the abyss and become the first free-falling human to break the sound barrier as he plummets to the ground. The feat, which will put his life on the line and push his body to the limit, is scheduled to take place shortly after dawn Monday when he falls from 120,000 feet in the air. JUMP DELAYED: The attempt by Felix Baumgartner to set the world's free-fall record at 23 miles has been postponed from Monday to Tuesday because of a cold front with gusty winds near Roswell, N.M. Wearing a newly designed pressurized suit and helmet, the Austria native will test the threshold of his equipment as scientists, aerospace engineers, the Air Force and NASA study what it shows about the limits and capabilities of the human body bailing out from aircraft at ultra-high altitudes.
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September 22, 2012 |
It was an air show to end all air shows, a spectacle that saw California crane its collective neck to the sky in wonderment. The space shuttle Endeavour, perched atop a modified 747, captivated millions on a pre-retirement tour of the Golden State on Friday, bringing an end to NASA's space shuttle program in dramatic style. Endeavour flew as low as 1,500 feet past photo-op perfect California landmarks and cheering crowds. While many were glued to their televisions, thousands of others grabbed smartphones and cameras and experienced the flyover in person from atop Los Angeles skyscrapers, on hillsides and in backyards.
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September 18, 2012 |
It wouldn't be a trip to Southern California without a visit to Disneyland. The Anaheim park is one of several Los Angeles-area landmarks that space shuttle Endeavour will fly over before landing Friday morning at Los Angeles International Airport, according to NASA. Also on deck: the Getty Center, Griffith Observatory and the California Science Center, the retired orbiter's new permanent home. The Los Angeles flyover will mark the end of Endeavour's farewell aerial tour which is slated to begin at dawn Wednesday when it departs Kennedy Space Center in Florida.