September 15, 2008 |
The Thai government ended a state of emergency in Bangkok, saying the measure had scared away tourists crucial to the country's economy. Emergency rule was imposed Sept. 2 after a night of violent clashes between anti-government supporters and opponents left one man dead and dozens injured. Images of the mayhem were broadcast around the world, prompting travel advisories from several countries. Calm was quickly restored.
November 14, 2009 |
At least two people were killed when a chain of explosions ripped apart an arms depot in the city of Ulyanovsk, 440 miles east of Moscow, shattering windows for miles around and forcing the evacuation of 3,000 people. A blaze erupted as ammunition was being destroyed at the facility, the Federal Security Service said, with subsequent blasts lighting up the evening sky for five hours. Dozens who took refuge in a shelter were at first feared trapped in the conflagration, but later emerged safe -- dispelling initial fears of a high death toll.
January 4, 1994 |
One way to right a wrong is to write a lot, a judge believes. District Judge Mike Erwin sentenced a shoplifter to write 10,000 times: "I will not steal other people's property." Another woman, who pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to a burglary, had to write 10,000 times: "I will not do anything stupid again." The judge, who has issued dozens of such sentences, said he hopes forcing defendants to write about their crimes will make them think about what they have done.
May 5, 2012
The burger battle is back! Remember last year's Los Angeles Times Battle of the Burgers? After thousands of votes, we narrowed dozens of entries down to five winners. If you didn't enter - or even if you did but think you have an even better burger to offer - here's another chance. The winners will be announced June 30, just in time for July 4 barbecues. Check back next week for more details.
March 31, 1998 |
Dozens of rivers swollen by a rapid spring thaw crested their banks in southern Quebec, forcing about 600 people from their homes and causing at least one death, provincial officials said. "We are talking about 50 to 60 rivers that are affected," said Jean-Pierre Bazinet of Quebec's Civil Protection Agency. "What is unusual is that we have many floodings at the same time across a wide region."
March 28, 2009 |
Police have strong forensic evidence linking a prominent Irish republican to the shootings of two British soldiers by dissident groups this month, a senior detective testified in court. Suspect Colin Duffy, 41, offered no plea to two criminal counts of murder and five of attempted murder during his high-security appearance at the court in Larne, an overwhelmingly Protestant town 22 miles north of Belfast. Dozens of relatives and friends from Duffy's Irish Catholic power base of Lurgan cheered and applauded as he was led from the courtroom -- handcuffed to a policeman and surrounded by half a dozen other armed officers in flak jackets.
February 20, 2002 |
To meet Paul Schrade, a tall, white-haired 77-year-old with a gently bemused smile, you'd never suspect that he's obsessed with a poisonous nut. Mention the bitter almond, however, and the retired union organizer won't stop talking about how--on a culinary tour of Sicily in 1990--he fell in love with its powerful, unique flavor, which gives marzipan and almond milk their characteristic taste.
November 15, 1997 |
She was a popular teacher, known for working past midnight on school projects and being a compassionate ally to her students. He was one of the special ones: a sixth-grader with whom she had recognized a kindred spirit when he entered her class, talented and intense.