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February 5, 2014 |
A winter storm hitting the Midwest and East Coast prompted airlines to cancel two dozen flights scheduled to either depart or arrive at LAX today, airport officials said. The flights include 19 arrivals and five departures scheduled from 8:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The majority of those arriving flights were scheduled from Boston, Chicago and New York, said Amanda Parsons of Los Angeles International Airport. Nationwide, 2,571 flights have been delayed and 2,689 canceled that were scheduled within, into or out of the U.S., according to the website FlightAware . Parsons said travelers should call their airline for the most up-to-date information about their flight.
February 3, 2014 |
Storms that hit the Midwest and East Coast last month were to blame for 49,000 canceled flights, the highest number for any January in the last five years. An additional 300,000 flights were delayed last month by U.S. airlines. The cancellations last month even exceeded those caused by Hurricane Sandy in October and November of 2012, according to an analysis from MasFlight, an aviation operations technology company based in Bethesda, Md. January's airline woes cost passengers more than $2.5 billion in lost productivity, hotel expenses and meals and inflicted $75 million to 150 million in losses to the airline industry, MasFlight said.
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February 2, 2014 |
Perhaps the U.S. Postal Service should commission a stamp honoring Shirley Familian. For 25 years she has been honoring mail carriers everywhere by turning canceled postage stamps into art. Friends from around the world clip the stamps from envelopes and send them to Familian, who patiently sorts them, stores them in zip-lock pages and then uses them to create fanciful designs that have a nearly hypnotic quality. She's now 93, and a three-month exhibition of her work has opened at the Los Angeles Craft & Folk Art Museum . Titled "Shirley Familian: 19,275 Stamps," the show features 14 hanging pieces and seven stamp-covered objects, including a skateboard, an iron and a teapot.
January 28, 2014 |
GENEVA - The United Nations canceled a scheduled afternoon round of Syria peace talks Tuesday after a second consecutive day of apparent stalemate and angry exchanges between government officials and representatives of the U.S.-backed opposition bloc. Negotiations were to resume Wednesday, Lakhdar Brahimi, the chief U.N. mediator, told reporters. “Nobody is walking out,” Brahimi said, after a fourth day of face-to-face meetings between the two rival camps. “Nobody is running away.” He said he hoped for a “better session” Wednesday.
January 21, 2014 |
The Weather Channel wants DirecTV to waive its steep cancellation fees for customers seeking to drop the satellite service because it no longer carries the network. The request is being made in an open letter being sent to DirecTV's board of directors Wednesday morning and in advertisements scheduled to be published in several newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and New York Times. In the letter, Weather Co. Chairman and Chief Executive David Kenny writes that since the network was dropped Jan. 13, "many thousands have called your customer service centers asking to terminate their contracts since they are now getting less content for the same price.
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January 18, 2014 |
Don Engel had only a small law firm in Los Angeles - just two or three attorneys in addition to him and his wife. But a phone call from Engel could strike fear among the loftiest executives in the music business. Engel, who represented some of the biggest pop stars of the 1970s, '80s and '90s, was a fierce, tireless and some say overbearing fighter on behalf of clients who wanted to revise or cancel their recording contracts. Among his clients were hit makers Olivia Newton-John, Donna Summer, Don Henley and the band Boston.