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August 6, 2010 | By P.J. Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times
As California Pizza Kitchen Inc. announced that its second-quarter earnings weren't quite as grim as expected, rumors bubbled over a reportedly dead deal between the casual dining chain and its would-be buyer, private-equity firm American Securities Capital Partners. The Los Angeles-based company declined Thursday to comment on talk about whether a deal was quashed, as was reported this week in the New York Post. The company, which offers unusual items such as Korean barbecue steak tacos and pear and gorgonzola pizza, reported net income of $4.2 million, or 17 cents a share, for the quarter ended July 4. That's a drop of just over 31% from $6.1 million, or 25 cents, a year earlier.
February 20, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
The Maersk Alabama, featured in the movie “Captain Phillips,” has left the Seychelles after authorities completed the investigation into the deaths of two Americans, one of whom was a former Navy SEAL. On Tuesday, two Americans were found dead in a cabin on the ship, berthed in Port of Victoria in the island nation of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Neither officials nor the company have said what happened. “Maersk Alabama was cleared to leave the Seychelles when the authorities completed their onboard investigation,” company spokesman Kevin N. Speers said in an e-mailed statement.
December 29, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey and Chad Terhune
WASHINGTON - Nearly four years after it was signed and after months of scrambling and uncertainty, President Obama's landmark bid to guarantee Americans health security takes full effect Wednesday as the Affordable Care Act begins delivering healthcare coverage to millions nationwide. Administration officials reported Sunday that about 1.1 million people had enrolled in health plans using the federal website,, the main entry point for coverage in 36 states. Nearly all the enrollments came in the last couple of weeks as the deadline approached for coverage that would take effect Jan. 1. Several hundred thousand people have enrolled on separate sites run by 14 states and the District of Columbia, with the largest figure coming from California, where more than 400,000 have signed up. An exact count nationwide is not yet available because not all states have tallied their figures, but the total appears to be about 2 million.
September 11, 1986 | Associated Press
Only a small number of Americans remain in Lebanon, the State Department says, but an Arab-American spokesman estimated the figure to be more than 1,000, including many individuals with dual citizenship. "We're not giving out the figures on private Americans for security reasons," department spokeswoman Ruth Van Heuven said. "There are very few." She said that many of the Americans remaining hold both Lebanese and American citizenship or are married to Lebanese.
President Clinton Tuesday lashed out at Republican attempts to reduce environmental regulation and issued an order to partly offset GOP-sponsored legislation that would cut disclosure requirements by polluting industries. In an appearance at Baltimore Harbor, Clinton said he had ordered federal contractors to begin preparing special reports on the presence of toxic chemical emissions in their neighborhoods.
November 8, 1988 | Norman Kempster
A third of the probable voters who responded to an opinion survey believe election of Dukakis would weaken national security, while 7% believe that Bush's election would damage the nation's security, results of the poll showed Monday. The survey also indicated that 31% of the sampling believes Bush, as President, would improve national security, while 17% of the group believe Dukakis would do so.
August 5, 1993 | The Family and Medical Leave Act takes effect today. Secretary of Labor ROBERT B. REICH told The Times about the potential impact on the country's 45 million workers:
This landmark law ensures that people will no longer have to choose between their jobs and their loved ones. It gives workers in firms employing at least 50 persons up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year to deal with a serious illness or to care for a new child in the family, without risking their jobs or health insurance coverage. Now, the working woman having a baby can choose to stay home for almost three months to get her newborn off to a sound start in life.
August 7, 2010 | Reuters
President Obama reached out Saturday to retired Americans, an important group of voters, touting a report that showed the healthcare overhaul had brightened prospects for the Medicare hospital trust fund. Medicare is the government-administered program that funds healthcare for people aged 65 or older. A government report released Thursday showed the program's trust fund was not projected to exhaust its funds until 2029, 12 years later than forecast last year, as a result of cost cuts stemming from Obama's healthcare reform law. "The steps we took this year to reform the healthcare system have put Medicare on a sounder financial footing," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address.
March 25, 2008 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
U.S. authorities recovered the remains of two kidnapped American contractors missing for more than a year in Iraq, the FBI said Monday. The dead were identified as Ronald J. Withrow, 40, of Roaring Springs, Texas, and John Roy Young, 45, of Kansas City, Mo. Withrow, a computer specialist employed by JPI Worldwide, a Las Vegas-based technology services firm, was abducted in January 2007 near the southern city of Basra.
May 13, 2003
Re "Door Opened for New Era of Nuclear Arms," May 10: A U.S. Senate panel, under Republican control, has approved the development of "a new generation of nuclear weapons." Why do I now feel less secure, especially when these weapons are supposed to buy Americans greater security? Perhaps it is the knowledge that civilizations rise and fall. That over-investment in the military is a sign of a civilization's collapse. And when the American empire falls, what a horrible crash it will make.
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