November 5, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google is launching a live video chat service that connects people with personal trainers, contractors, music teachers and other experts who can teach them how to do stuff. Think Hangouts with an expert on the other end, say a yoga teacher or a math tutor. The idea is to get a helping hand when you need one, say if you want to learn to speak conversational French, remove a computer virus from your laptop, repair a hole in your wall or make Thanksgiving turkey stuffing.
October 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration hired a general contractor to fix its troubled health insurance website and promised Friday that the key feature of the president's healthcare law would be running smoothly by the end of November. That target date was the first public deadline officials offered for troubleshooting the glitch-riddled website. In announcing the time frame, Jeffrey Zients, the management consultant enlisted to assess the situation, acknowledged that dozens of unresolved problems remained, including software flaws - contradicting administration officials' early claims that unexpected traffic volume was the main cause of the frequent error messages, frozen screens and other problems.
October 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Developers of the troubled Obamacare website confirmed Thursday that a last-minute decision requiring users to sign up before shopping for insurance caused the system to bottleneck and acknowledged they did not conduct an "end to end" test until just before this month's botched rollout. The federal contractors sought to shift responsibility for the more than $400-million project to the Obama administration, providing fuel for Republicans who want to kill the Affordable Care Act. The White House's Democratic allies have expressed growing anxiety over what went wrong with President Obama's signature achievement - and when it will be fixed.
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October 17, 2013 |
Four major contractors that built the $250-million south runway at Los Angeles International Airport are the target of a new city lawsuit that alleges that widespread construction flaws are causing the runway to wear out prematurely. The city of Los Angeles sued R & L Brosamer, HNTB Corp., CH2M Hill Inc. and a joint venture involving Tutor-Saliba Corp. and O & G Industries Inc. The case was filed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Torrance. The lawsuit claims there are concrete flaws and substandard construction throughout the 13,000-foot runway that opened in April 2007.
October 11, 2013 |
The mild weather and cool temperatures of October make it one of the busiest months for rock climbing guides Seth Zaharias and his wife, Sabra Purdy. This time of year they're usually leading climbers up massive boulders and sheer canyons in Joshua Tree National Park. Then the government shutdown closed national parks Oct. 1. The couple now spend their day writing refund checks to dejected clients. In the first week of the shutdown, Zaharias estimates, he lost $2,500 in revenue.
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October 10, 2013 |
A construction contractor has been indicted on fraud charges after allegedly taking $81,000 in wages from his employees for work done on a state developmental hospital in Costa Mesa. Sourin Babayan, 64, of Glendale, was indicted last week on 14 felony counts of taking and receiving a portion of a worker's wage on a public works project, 19 felony counts related to forgery and fraud, the Daily Pilot reported. He also faces two felony counts alleging attempted fraud and seven felony counts of dissuading a potential prosecution witness, with sentencing enhancements for property damage or loss exceeding $65,000, according to the Orange County district attorney's office and the state Department of Industrial Relations.