November 28, 2013 |
PANAMA CANAL ZONE - After waiting out an early-afternoon downpour, Vice President Joe Biden and the U.S. delegation emerged into the humid heat to tour the $5.2-billion canal expansion. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake snapped pictures with her cellphone. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter beamed with curiosity as he walked and questioned a site supervisor. "Something big is happening here," Biden said in an obvious understatement, eliciting laughs from the group of mayors and lawmakers from several seaport cities and states.
November 24, 2013 |
A wintry storm dumped heavy snow and rain across the Southwest on Sunday and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights in what could be a preview of nasty traveling weather for Thanksgiving. Some parts of northern New Mexico were buried under nearly a foot of snow as a storm system blamed for killing eight people across the West continued east, also sloshing through Oklahoma and Texas. The storm was expected to reach the East Coast possibly by Wednesday, the busiest travel day of the Thanksgiving holiday.
November 23, 2013 |
Bring out your dead The Brooklyn Nets' season is unfolding a bit like owner Mikhail Prokhorov's favorite work of Russian literature. Anyone who has read Nikolai Gogol's "Dead Souls" knows that's not a good thing. The novel starts with its protagonist, Chichikov , spending lavishly to buy the "dead souls" of the townspeople's serfs in a convoluted get-rich-quick scheme that quickly unravels. Prokhorov is paying about $183 million in salary and luxury taxes for a fossilized roster that is hemorrhaging players as injuries and defeats mount.
November 15, 2013 |
Miami police are investigating how a man fell out of a plane 2,000 feet above the ocean Thursday. About 1:30 p.m., a pilot reported that the door of his Piper PA-46 Malibu aircraft was open and that somebody had fallen out, Coast Guard 7th District Public Affairs Spc. Mark Barney told the Los Angeles Times. Police were interviewing the pilot, Miami Police Department spokesman Det. Javier Baez told The Times. Baez said he did not know whether it was a suicide, but the original report that he received said it was either a fall or a jump. The incident happened about 8 miles southeast of the Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, Barney said.
November 15, 2013 |
There is a moment in every bull market when investors worry more about missing gains than suffering losses. The current rally appears to have reached that point. The market coasted to its sixth straight weekly advance Friday, propelled by optimism over the Federal Reserve's easy-money policies and a torrent of cash from small investors. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 85.48 points, or 0.5%, to 15,961.70, its 38th new high of the year. The blue-chip index rose 1.3% for the week.
November 4, 2013 |
Starfish up and down the West Coast are suffering from a strange disease known as "seastar wasting syndrome," and scientists are unsure why it is happening. Pockets of starfish decimation have been found from Southern California to Alaska. In some places the entire seastar population has been wiped out. (And before you get confused, seastar and starfish are two names for the same animal and I'll be using them interchangably.) PHOTOS: Weird sea creatures and strange fish The seastar wasting disease begins as a small sore somewhere along the seastar's body.