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July 11, 2013 | By Nicholas Goldberg
A Saudi princess living in Irvine was charged Wednesday with human trafficking after a Kenyan woman who worked in her home fled and contacted the police. Orange County prosecutors allege that Meshael Alayban forced the woman to work 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for only $220 a month, despite initial promises of an eight-hour day and higher wages. Alayban kept the domestic worker's passport and documents so she was unable to leave. It's an ugly, troubling story, but it's a familiar one in Saudi Arabia.
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OPINION
February 29, 2008
Re "Tourist trap," Opinion, Feb. 19 Eric Lucas' perspective on the United States' welcome to the world is outdated. The Department of State issued 6.4 million nonimmigrant visas in fiscal year 2007, 10.4% more than the year before. We issued more than 651,000 student and exchange visitor visas -- an all-time high. The Bureau of Consular Affairs has enhanced America's welcome by improving the transparency and efficiency of the visa process while maintaining its security. U.S. Embassy websites worldwide provide information in English and the local language.
NEWS
October 1, 1992
Cardinal Jacques Martin, 84, a close aide to Pope John Paul II who organized many of the Pope's trips and traveled with him. Born in Amiens, France, Martin worked in the Vatican's Department of State from 1934 to 1969. That year, he was appointed head of the papal household, the department in charge of the Pope's daily affairs. In that job he organized the trips of John Paul, who traveled frequently in those years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Paige St. John
Citing "significant and troubling evidence" that inmates are not receiving adequate mental health care, a federal judge Thursday expanded court oversight to include the Department of State Hospitals. Judge Lawrence Karlton said prisoners' lawyers said severe staffing shortages, wait lists and even "denial of basic necessities including clean underwear" may be harming mentally ill prisoners. His order requires a court-appointed monitor to report back in 75 on those conditions. The judge said he is holding off on issuing further orders until he receives that report.
NATIONAL
September 15, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Excerpts from letters, released Thursday, from former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on detainee legislation. Powell's letter: Dear Senator [John] McCain: I just returned to town and learned about the debate taking place in Congress to redefine Common Article 3 of the Geneva Convention. I do not support such a step and believe it would be inconsistent with the McCain amendment on torture which I supported last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A state hospital police officers has been arrested by South Gate police on suspicion of molesting a 14-year-old girl, police said. Mario Estrada, 41, was taken into custody Tuesday after an investigation by the South Gate police found he had an "inappropriate relationship and illegal physical contact" with the girl, Police Capt. Darren Arakawa said. Arakawa said Estrada began molesting the girl earlier this year. Estrada is a police officer for the California Department of State Hospitals assigned to the Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk.
NEWS
June 30, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
James Hormel was sworn in as the first openly gay U.S. ambassador after a two-year delay caused by fierce opposition among conservative lawmakers and some Christian groups. Hormel took the oath of office to serve as ambassador to Luxembourg before Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at a Department of State ceremony attended by many supporters, including his former wife, Alice, his five children and his partner, Timothy Wu.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will visit California troops stationed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany after completing his trip to Israel this weekend, his office said. The office has revealed few details about the visit, which will extend Schwarzenegger's first foreign trip since he took office in November.
NATIONAL
November 2, 2004 | From Associated Press
A suspicious package that appeared to vibrate forced the temporary closure of Florida's election headquarters Monday, but it turned out to be a harmless bundle of documents shaken by air flowing from the ventilation system. A security guard found the package in the Division of Elections building about 6:30 a.m., and employees were kept out while the building was searched. They were allowed back into the building just before noon.
NEWS
September 19, 1985 | Associated Press
Sixty percent of the federal officials getting free transportation between home and office in the first half of 1985 were not entitled to the benefit, congressional investigators said today. The General Accounting Office reported that of the 128 officials provided with government vehicles for commuting, some of them with chauffeurs, 79 had no legal basis for the transportation.
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