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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.
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.
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.
November 21, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON -- A House bill to authorize spending on intelligence contains a provision designed to help stem further leaks of classified information by Americans with security clearances. The provision, by Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), would require the director of national intelligence to undertake, “on an urgent basis, a study to determine whether our insider threat and security clearance processes are sufficient to detect both those looking to engage in traditional espionage and those seeking to make sensitive information public,” said Meg Fraser, his spokeswoman.
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.
June 2, 2004 | Alissa J. Rubin, Times Staff Writer
The main challenge facing Iraq's new leadership was evident here Tuesday. As guests gathered in the heavily fortified American compound to celebrate the newly formed government, a bomb exploded in central Baghdad, killing at least three people and injuring 25. An explosion killed 11 others near Bayji, about 150 miles north of the capital. The interim government faces an array of troubles, but for most Iraqis, security tops the list of problems the new leaders need to fix.
February 24, 1997 | JESSICA STERN, Jessica Stern has worked on the National Security Council staff. She is writing a book on terrorism involving nuclear chemical and biological weapons
Sen. Jesse Helms says that he intends to hold the long-awaited chemical weapons treaty hostage to his own agenda as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. Americans should demand that he put the nation's interests first. Failing to ratify the treaty would tarnish America's image as a global leader, damage our national security interests and hurt American business. And stalling--failing to ratify by April 29--would preclude U.S.
June 3, 1985 | RONALD J. OSTROW, Times Staff Writer
Two intelligence experts Sunday called for stepping up surveillance of Soviet Bloc agents in the United States and cutting back the number of Americans with security clearances. In the wake of the Walker family spy disclosures, Adm. Bobby R. Inman, former deputy director of the CIA, said the Naval Investigative Service has three times as many agents looking for waste, fraud and abuse--"the $600 ashtray cases"--as those hunting for spies.
November 15, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Although Americans plan to travel for leisure a bit more next year than this year, vacationers may have a hard time leaving work behind. In 2011, Americans will travel more often and spend more but will also stay connected with work more than ever, thanks to advances in mobile phones and the Internet, according to a survey of more than 3,000 U.S. travelers. In the survey by the travel website TripAdvisor, nearly 80% of respondents said they planned to spend more or about the same for travel in 2011 than in 2010.
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