January 29, 2014 |
Mayor Bill De Blasio had been in office just one day when it happened: A 53-year-old man was hit and killed by a van while crossing a Queens street in the early evening. Eight days later, it happened again, this time on Manhattan's Upper West Side. In a 24-hour period, vehicles hit three people in two separate incidents in that neighborhood. Two of the pedestrians died, including a 9-year-old boy walking with his father. So far this year, at least 12 people have died after being hit by taxis, tour buses, delivery vans, trucks, personal vehicles and even an ambulance on New York streets, prompting city officials to launch a war on what many consider a way of life here: aggressive driving and jaywalking. "It's an epidemic we're facing," said De Blasio , whose Vision Zero plan aims to eliminate traffic fatalities within 10 years. That's easier said than done in a city of more than 8 million people, where cars, bicycles, roller bladers and pedestrians battle for space on crowded streets and sidewalks, and where locals impatiently weave around visitors who stand at curbs waiting for the red hand signal to turn green.
January 15, 2014 |
The National Labor Relations Board, an independent federal agency tasked with policing bad behavior by employers, is targeting Wal-Mart Stores Inc. over the retail behemoth's alleged crackdown on its protesting workers. The NLRB filed a formal complaint Wednesday against the Bentonville, Ark. chain, alleging that the company violated the rights of more than 60 employees rallying over workplace conditions in 14 states - including California. Some experts said the NLRB may be trying to establish itself as a force to be feared, and not just in the unionized workplaces that have traditionally been its stomping grounds.
January 9, 2014 |
Four car dealers in Southern California agreed to a settlement with the U.S. government over accusations of deceptive advertising, part of a broader effort to keep a tighter rein on the auto industry. The dealers - which include Honda of Hollywood and Norm Reeves Honda in Cerritos - were accused by the Federal Trade Commission of running ads that misrepresented the costs of buying or leasing automobiles. The agency's nationwide sweep, dubbed Operation Steer Clear, also targeted five dealerships outside the Golden State.
January 5, 2014 |
CAIRO -- In a case that was seen as part of a broadening crackdown on secular activists, a brother and sister who were active in the uprising against Hosni Mubarak were given suspended one-year jail terms on Sunday in connection with an attack on a campaign headquarters in 2012. Liberal activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, his sister Mona Seif and 10 others were found guilty by an Egyptian criminal court of assault, property damage and theft in the attack on the headquarters of former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq.
December 30, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Four journalists working for Al Jazeera have been arrested by Egyptian authorities, the pan-Arab satellite channel said on its website, in an apparent escalation of Egyptian authorities' harsh campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood. The Qatar-based channel called for their immediate release. The four, who were arrested late Sunday, were identified by Al Jazeera as correspondent Peter Greste, producers Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed and cameraman Mohamed Fawzy. Greste, an award-winning Australian journalist, has previously worked for Reuters, CNN and the BBC, and Fahmy serves as Al Jazeera's Cairo bureau chief, according to colleagues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2013 |
Calabasas is known for its gated neighborhoods and its wealthy residents - people like Justin Bieber, Tommy Lee and Kourtney Kardashian. But for the last few years, the city's attention has been focused on people living in some of its oldest houses, built decades ago on the mountainous south side when the area was under the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. City officials are now cracking down on houses they consider substandard. Among the latest cases is 67-year-old Joanne Finazzo, whose home of 35 years was slapped with nearly two dozen code violations after city inspectors showed up to check on the septic system.