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March 10, 1992 | Associated Press
President Bush signed into law on Monday a bill to allow gambling on American cruise ships. Sponsors in Congress said the intent is to make U.S.-flag cruise ships more competitive with foreign-flag ships that offer gambling. The measure eliminates federal prohibitions against gambling on cruise liners operating outside the three-mile, state-waters limit. Gambling will be allowed, provided that it is not the main purpose of the cruise.
November 17, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 700 passengers and crew members aboard a transatlantic cruise have fallen ill with flu-like symptoms, cruise line officials said. The outbreak, believed to be norovirus, struck people aboard the Carnival Cruise Lines' Liberty, one of the world's largest cruise ships, the company said. The ship was due in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday.
September 7, 1991 | From Associated Press
The National Transportation Safety Board asked the Coast Guard on Friday to seek tougher safety standards for electrical systems, engines and lifesaving equipment on foreign luxury liners operating out of U.S. ports. The proposal could affect dozens of ships, some of which were built under safety guidelines dating back six decades, according to the safety board.
June 22, 1997 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
Fewer cruise ships are passing sanitation inspections this year--and among those that flunked is the venerable Queen Elizabeth 2 (though it passed on reinspection). In 1996, about 93% of cruise ships passed on the first try, according to David Forney, public health advisor with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vessel Sanitation Program, which administers the voluntary inspections. So far this year, the percentage has dropped to about 83%.
February 13, 2000 | TIMES STAFF AND WIRES
Bucking the industry's "bigger is better" trend, Bermuda is laying out the unwelcome mat for megaships. Ewart Brown, Bermuda's transport minister, said his country doesn't want the new generation of massive cruise ships that can carry up to 3,000 passengers, because of environmental and infrastructure concerns. He said Bermuda, which cultivates an upscale image, could comfortably handle 1,500-passenger ships.
November 3, 2001 | From A Times Staff Writer
To enhance security at the Port of Los Angeles, a 100-yard security zone has been ordered around all cruise ships arriving or departing from the harbor, the U.S. Coast Guard announced Friday. The security zone, in effect until May 1, 2002, cannot be encroached upon even by military ships, said Jeff Gunn, Coast Guard chief warrant officer. "This has been done in the past with tankers that have hazardous cargo aboard," Gunn said. "But I can't recall it being done with cruise ships."
October 5, 2010 | By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
The Schwarzenegger administration is cutting off use of state-issued welfare debit cards at casinos across the country and on cruise ships, following a Times report that the aid cards have been used to spend or withdraw millions of dollars in benefits at popular vacation spots. More than $69 million meant to help the needy pay their rent and clothe their children was accessed in 49 other states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam between January 2007 and May 2010, according to data from the California Department of Social Services.
November 12, 1995 | MIKE CLARY
The first cruise ships have returned to Charlotte Amalie, the storm-ravaged port city on St. Thomas, while all but two of St. John's major hotels have reopened, and a new shopping mall in Christiansted, St. Croix, is expected to be ready for business in December. But nearly two months after powerful Hurricane Marilyn ripped through the U.S. Virgin Islands, the winter tourist season will be far from normal.
September 9, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Two bills to prevent cruise ships from discharging waste into state coastal waters were approved Monday by the state Senate. One measure, by Assemblyman Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), would cover the release of sewage sludge and oily bilge water. Another bill, by Assemblyman George Nakano (D-Torrance), focuses on waste from ship photo labs, medical waste and dry-cleaning waste.
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