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March 29, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - Stepping up its role in the hunt for the elusive Malaysia Airlines flight 370, China reported Saturday that one of its Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft Saturday reported seeing "three suspicious objects" in the south Indian Ocean that could be wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The official New China News Agency, which has a reporter on the search plane, described the objects as red, white and orange and wrote that a marker had been dropped...
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WORLD
March 29, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- A Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft searching the South Indian Ocean reported Saturday seeing “three suspicious objects” that could be debris from the long-missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The official Xinhua news service, which has a reporter on the plane, described the objects as red, white and orange and wrote that a marker had been dropped at the location so that the objects could be retrieved by a ship for closer examination....
BUSINESS
March 28, 2014 | By Shan Li
Long Beach Transit has terminated a contract to buy 10 electric buses from Chinese automaker Build Your Dreams. Federal transit authorities said they could not fund the contract after finding that the Chinese company, known as BYD, violated regulations that made it ineligible to bid in the first place. BYD won the bus contract in March 2013. At the time, the Federal Transit Administration said the company was not eligible to compete for the contract because it had violated regulations on federally funded projects, according to letters sent by the agency to Long Beach Transit.
WORLD
March 28, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - From beach vacations to entertainers, all things Malaysian are being boycotted in China in protest of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 and what many consider the bungled investigation that has followed. Major Chinese ticketing agencies this week banned sales of airplane tickets to Malaysia, with one of them, eLong, saying it will maintain the stricture “indefinitely until the Malaysian government and Malaysia Airlines release every piece of information they have in order to find out the truth of the missing flight as soon as possible.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Most museum exhibitions try to give answers, but an unusual Chinese antiquities show the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana has announced as its big fall attraction will focus on 3,000-year-old artifacts in bronze, gold and jade that mainly have produced bafflement. "China's Lost Civilization: the Mystery of Sanxingdui" is to feature more than 120 ceremonial objects that include towering human figures and trees made of bronze, carved heads and masks. They come from Sanxingdui and Jinsha, archaeological sites near Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in southwestern China.
WORLD
March 22, 2014 | By Don Lee
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - In a new development in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Chinese satellite has spotted a large object floating in the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysia's defense minister said Saturday. The minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, reading from a piece of paper handed to him during a regular press briefing, said that the debris in the satellite imagery measured 74 feet by 43 feet. He said the Chinese would be sending ships to that area to verify.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2014 | By Yifan Zhu
As Chinese tourists spill from their tour bus into the Beverly Center, Charlie Gu hands each one a sleek black envelope. Inside: a Chinese-language map of the mall and a special discount card. Gu, the center's Mandarin-speaking Chinese specialist, asks shoppers about what they're looking for and circles relevant stores on the map. "L.K. Bennett is a favorite of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge," he advises one. "You should definitely take a look. " The personal touch is more than just the usual attempt to cozy up to well-heeled shoppers.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
What might “Need for Speed” have in common with “Pacific Rim,” “Escape Plan” and “Cloud Atlas”? The Dreamworks driving film might end up being one of those (increasingly less) rare Hollywood movies to perform better in mainland China than stateside. The Aaron Paul-starrer was released Friday in China, the same day as in the U.S., and kicked up $19.7 million in its first three days, film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway said.  That's about $2 million ahead of its stateside tally, and the movie accounted for nearly 40% of receipts at the mainland box office for the full week ending Sunday.
BUSINESS
March 18, 2014 | By Shan Li and Abby Sewell
Chinese automaker Build Your Dreams is close to losing a $12-million contract to deliver a fleet of electric buses to Long Beach Transit, a deal the company hoped would jump-start its U.S. operations. Federal transit officials said that BYD violated some regulations that made it ineligible to bid in the first place. Both sides are in talks to determine how to best exit the contract ahead of what is expected to be a new round of bidding. It would mark a big setback for the Chinese company, which outbid four rivals last spring to build 10 electrically powered buses for Long Beach.
WORLD
March 17, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- Stolen passports carried by two Iranian men to board missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were used last year by two people applying for visas to work as entertainers in China, according to the head of an entertainment company. Xie Zhuoling, the head of a firm that recruits foreign performers for nightclubs and hotels, said that employment contracts had been signed in June for Christian Kozel, an Austrian, and Luigi Maraldi, an Italian, to work as dancers in Ningxia, northern China.
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