October 13, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- At least 89 people died Sunday in a stampede near a Hindu temple in central India when people panicked on a crowded bridge. In addition to the confirmed death toll, many of the 100 injured were in critical condition, so the death toll was likely to rise, according to Dilip Kumar Arya, Chambal Range deputy inspector general of police. [Updated at 9:33 p.m. Oct. 13: The death toll rose to at least 109. ] Hundreds of thousands of people had gathered at the Ratangarh temple in central Madhya Pradesh state Sunday morning for the last day of a nine-day religious festival when a crowd bolted on a packed bridge, authorities said.
October 9, 2013 |
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is threatening to close three California poultry plants operated by Foster Farms blamed for an outbreak of salmonella poisoning that has sickened at least 278 people nationwide. In a letter sent Monday to Foster Farms, the USDA said sanitary conditions at the facilities were so poor that they posed a "serious ongoing threat to public health. " The agency has ordered Foster Farms, one of the nation's largest privately owned poultry producers, to develop a plan by Thursday to clean up the plants.
October 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Koch Industries, the multibillion-dollar company led by David and Charles Koch, tried to distance itself Wednesday from any blame for the government shutdown and congressional quagmire. But doing so requires some explaining given the long track record that the Koch brothers have of supporting conservative Republican causes. In a letter sent to Senate offices Wednesday , the company's president of government and public affairs, Philip Ellender, said claims that Koch Industries pushed for a shutdown are “erroneous or misleading.” “Koch believes that Obamacare will increase deficits, lead to an overall lowering of the standard of healthcare in America and raise taxes,” Ellender wrote.
October 7, 2013 |
The government shutdown has revealed the impressive skill of tea party Republicans to say untrue things with sincerity so convincing that they almost sound as if they believe what they are saying. Michele Bachmann, with her toothy grin and startling wide-eyed stare, is especially adept at this. The other day, the queen of the House tea party was standing before the TV cameras at the World War II Memorial with her arm around a frail-looking veteran of that war. A group of ancient vets had come to the capital for an event at the memorial only to find they couldn't get in because of the government shutdown.
October 3, 2013
Re "Shutdown already making itself felt," Oct. 2 I am a 80-year-old American, and I am ashamed of my country. In the past I have voted Republican, as I have always have thought self-sufficiency and hard work would make us great. Now, I am leaving my party with the goal of voting out the selfish ideologues who are trying, with little success, to run our country. Are these people thinking of the thousands of Americans and foreigners around the world who can no longer visit our national parks?
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October 3, 2013 |
Robert Rizzo, the central figure in the scandal that made the working-class city of Bell a national symbol for government graft, effectively admitted for the first time Thursday his role in the corruption scheme. On the eve of his trial, Rizzo made a surprise appearance in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom and pleaded no contest to 69 felony charges of misappropriating public funds, hiding and falsifying records, perjury and other crimes. Prosecutors said Rizzo would be sentenced to 10 to 12 years in prison.
October 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Thursday blamed House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) for the government shutdown, warning of a possible economic recession if the political gridlock leads to a government default later this month. The only thing keeping the government closed is Boehner's refusal to call a vote on a budget unburdened by other measures, Obama said. "He doesn't want to anger the extremists in his party," he said. "That's what this whole thing is about. ... My simple message today is: Call a vote.
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October 2, 2013 |
A Los Angeles jury on Wednesday found that concert promoter AEG Live was not liable for the death of Michael Jackson, capping a marathon civil trial that laid bare the troubled singer's health problems, struggles with drugs and fateful attempt at a comeback tour. The verdict came four years after Jackson received a fatal dose of an anesthetic from his doctor as he was about to launch a concert series produced by AEG aimed at reviving his stalled career. Jackson's mother and three children filed the lawsuit, alleging that AEG was to blame for the King of Pop's death because it was negligent in the hiring and supervision of the doctor, Conrad Murray.
October 1, 2013 |
U.S. monthly auto sales declined in September for the first time in more than two years, in part because of a calendar quirk that landed Labor Day weekend sales in the August report. Automakers sold a little more than 1.1 million vehicles last month, a 4.2% decrease from September a year ago, according to Autodata Corp., an industry research firm. The single-month decline snapped a 27-month streak of year-over-year gains dating back to June 2011, according to Edmunds.com, the car shopping information company.
September 30, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. A hole that opened up in the fuselage of a Southwest Airlines plane in 2011 was probably the result of a misaligned panel installed during manufacturing. That was the finding in a report released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Flight 812, which made an emergency landing over Yuma, Ariz., on April 1, 2011. The tear that opened up on the Boeing 737-300 caused the cabin to quickly depressurize, forcing the pilots to land at Yuma International Airport.