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June 9, 2000
Re "Airliner Makes Unscheduled Stop to Save the Life of a Dog in Cargo," June 6: With the exception, of course, of the baggage handler who erroneously put the dog in the unheated cargo hold, United Airlines did everything right. The flight crew's decision to land and then to let Dakota ride to San Jose in the passenger cabin was humane and a nonthreat to corporate accountability. I'd like to think that had an error been discovered that may have affected the safety of a flight, the same "forget the blame and remedy the situation immediately" tactic would be used.
April 18, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan and Andrea Chang
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday and sped through a cloud-covered sky on its way to deliver supplies to the International Space Station for NASA. The Hawthorne-based rocket manufacturer launched the cargo mission despite a computer glitch aboard the space station and bad weather that threatened to push the liftoff back a day. Promptly at 12:25 p.m. PDT, the rocket fired up its nine engines and launched into orbit, carrying a capsule packed with 5,000 pounds of supplies for the two American, one Japanese and three Russian astronauts aboard the space station.
October 29, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
The nation's third-busiest cargo container seaport has been evacuated and closed because of Hurricane Sandy, port officials said. The Port Authority of New York-New Jersey made the announcement in a statement, adding that the evacuation had been completed by noon Eastern time Monday. "As part of the evacuation, Port Authority police and civilian officials confirmed that no tenants remained on port properties," the statement said. "Port Authority police will remain on the property.
January 23, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Prosecutors say Vincent Asaro expected to get rich off the infamous heist of about $6 million in cash and jewels from a Lufthansa vault in 1978, a crime that unleashed a murderous spree by a paranoid mobster and inspired Martin Scorsese's film "Goodfellas. " He didn't. "We never got our right money," Asaro is accused of grousing to an FBI informant in an expletive-laced conversation recorded in 2011. But Asaro did get arrested and charged Thursday as the FBI unsealed an indictment detailing allegations that he planned the record-breaking heist and was involved in other crimes dating back decades, including murder, arson and illegal gambling.
November 29, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Michael Jordan may be the greatest player in NBA history, but even he can't get away with wearing cargo shorts on a golf course. Jordan showed up at La Gorce Country Club in Miami on Wednesday wearing cargo shorts, which is against the dress code at the facility. Apparently no one noticed until he played a few holes of his round, because while on the 12th hole, Jordan was approached by club personnel who asked that he return to the clubhouse and change his pants. Jordan refused.
May 15, 1987 | Associated Press
An Atlas rocket thundered into orbit this morning carrying a classified cargo which space policy specialists say probably is a cluster of Navy ocean surveillance satellites. The Air Force confirmed the launch at 8:45 a.m. from Space Launch Complex 3 of the Western Space and Missile Center here but declined to identify the cargo.
November 20, 2009 | By Baxter Holmes
Talk about holiday cheer. Hundreds of boxes that were shipped from China and labeled as Christmas ornaments were seized by suspicious customs officials at Los Angeles Harbor recently. Inside the boxes were 316,000 glass bongs and other drug pipes. "They're very colorful and big," said Cristina Gamez, a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. "Some of them are like 2 feet tall." Gamez said the bongs and pipes, which were found in nearly 860 boxes of cargo, are worth about $2.6 million.
August 15, 2012 | Ronald D. White
Cargo numbers for the nation's busiest seaport complex were down by 1% in July, compared to a year earlier. The numbers reflect continued weakness in the U.S. economic recovery during a month in which retailers were moving back-to-school products and had begun to stock their inventories for the November and December holiday retail season. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which share San Pedro Bay, are No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation, respectively, in the amount of imports and exports transported in steel cargo containers.
July 16, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON -- The military equipment shown in images tweeted by Panama's president after his government stopped a ship en route to North Korea are radar parts for the SA-2 family of surface-to-air missiles, according to IHS Jane's Intelligence, the defense consulting firm. In an emailed statement Tuesday, Jane's identified the parts as an RSN-75 "Fan Song" fire control radar for the missiles. The Panamanian government said it discovered the equipment hidden in the hull of a North Korean container ship that had set sail from Cuba, and was en route home via the Panama Canal, President Ricardo Martinelli said.
December 15, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A cargo ship carrying nearly 2,900 luxury cars capsized and sank after colliding with another cargo ship in the English Channel. There were no injuries. In heavy fog, the Norwegian-registered Tricolor collided with the Bahamas-registered container ship Kariba about 30 miles east of Ramsgate, southeastern England, said Britain's Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The Tricolor was carrying 2,862 cars -- high-end BMWs, Volvos and Saabs -- all believed lost.
December 5, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is outfitting a 647-foot cargo ship with high-tech equipment in an effort to safely destroy hundreds of tons of lethal chemical weapons agents that were collected in Syria after a deadly gas attack this summer sparked an international outcry. Two specially developed hydrolysis machines, which use water or bleach to neutralize the chemicals that produce nerve gases, have been installed aboard the Cape Ray at the U.S. naval base in Norfolk, Va., officials said Thursday.
November 21, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
How do you get a large cargo airplane out of a small airport with a short runway in Kansas? Carefully, very carefully. A jumbo 747 that mistakenly landed at Col. James Jabara Airport in Wichita safely took off on Thursday afternoon and headed for its original destination, an Air Force base about eight miles away,  McConnell Air Force Base. When fully loaded, a plane that size needs a runway of more than 9,200 feet to take off safely. The Jabara runway is about 6,100 feet. But officials had said they weren't worried because the plane was lighter, having used up much of its fuel in the Wednesday flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport.
October 28, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
After reading my weekend column about the crisis in life science research, Hajime Hoji of USC's linguistics department reminded me of the late Richard Feynman's brilliant deconstruction of the flaws and pitfalls of science as it's done in the modern age. "Cargo Cult Science" was adapted from Feynman's 1974 commencement speech at Caltech, where his spirit reigns as one of that institution's two certified saints. (The other is Robert A. Millikan, Caltech's first president.)
October 10, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
When Paul Greengrass directs a thoroughly dramatic tale based on true events and Tom Hanks takes on the title role, you think you know what to expect. But just you wait - the piercingly realistic "Captain Phillips" will exceed your expectations. The story of the six days that Richard Phillips, captain of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, spent in April 2009 first trying to avoid a gang of Somali pirates and then as their restive captive, this film does an impeccable job of creating and tightening the narrative screws.
September 18, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Aerospace giant Boeing Co. said Wednesday it plans to complete production of the C-17 cargo jet and close the final assembly facility in Long Beach in 2015. The move marks the end of the last major airplane production line left in Southern California. Last Thursday, Boeing delivered its 223rd and final C-17 to the Air Force. Now, with few foreign orders to fill, company officials have decided to shutter the assembly line for good in 2015. "Ending C-17 production was a very difficult but necessary decision," said Dennis Muilenburg, chief executive officer of Boeing Defense, Space & Security.
August 28, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
One of the worst railway chokepoints in the nation was eliminated Wednesday with the opening of a $93-million overpass that separated two busy tracks at historic Colton Crossing in San Bernardino County. Under a hot morning sun, federal, state and local officials cut the ribbon for the 1.4-mile concrete flyover designed to speed cargo through Southern California and stop harmful diesel emissions from trains that used to wait up to four hours for their turn to go through the old street-level crossing.
August 21, 2009 | W.J. Hennigan
Boeing Co. and supporters of the C-17 cargo plane launched a multi-front public relations offensive Thursday, hoping to extend the life of one of Southern California's last major military aircraft factories. The company ran full-page advertisements in local newspapers, including The Times, and about 450 union members staged a rally near the plane's assembly line in Long Beach urging Congress to buy more of the aircraft. In Washington, 18 U.S. senators also wrote a letter seeking support to keep the aircraft production moving.
March 19, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Discovery's astronauts pulled a trash-filled cargo carrier off the international space station and placed it back aboard the shuttle for a late-night departure. The carrier came off easily. But the process leading to its removal dragged on for five hours longer than planned because of problems. Andrew Thomas, the shuttle crane operator, was relieved when he finally had the carrier latched down in Discovery's payload bay for return to Earth.
July 19, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
As anti-drug-trafficking agents closed in on a North Korean freighter about to enter the Panama Canal this month, the crew from the rogue communist country took evasive action. They sought to outrun the swift Panamanian patrol boats with their 450-foot tramp steamer, loaded down with at least six containers of antiquated Cuban air-defense equipment hidden under 10,000 tons of bagged sugar. They pushed back investigators in a vain effort to prevent being boarded. They sabotaged the ship's crane to hinder the searchers' access to the cargo.
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