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WORLD
April 3, 2007 | Ching-Ching Ni, Times Staff Writer
The accident happened in China's information capital, on a new subway line being built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. But it took rescue workers at least eight hours last week to arrive on the scene where six migrant workers were trapped in a tunnel collapse. There were no survivors. The cave-in and delayed rescue Wednesday have the potential to seriously embarrass the Chinese government.
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BUSINESS
March 29, 2007 | From Reuters
The switch to digital television from analog should not be delayed because it is crucial that emergency services have access to freed-up airwaves to communicate, U.S. lawmakers said Wednesday. U.S. television stations are required to switch to airing only digital broadcasts by Feb. 17, 2009. That will free up analog airwaves, some of which will be set aside for public safety so emergency workers can better communicate with one another -- a significant problem during the Sept.
WORLD
February 25, 2007 | From Reuters
Despite the Bush administration's position that it has no plans to go to war with Iran, a Pentagon panel has been created to plan a bombing attack that could be implemented within 24 hours of getting the go-ahead from the president, the New Yorker magazine reported in its latest issue. The special planning group was established within the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in recent months, according to an unidentified former U.S.
TRAVEL
February 11, 2007 | Judi Dash
Safeguarding the health and well-being of you and yours gets an assist from these new items, all of which have been tested by the writer. --- Safe and Sound True to its name, the Ready Freddy Emergency/Survival Pack is stocked with aids for a plethora of emergencies: minor injuries, power outages, vehicle breakdowns, bad weather, even boredom. (There's a deck of cards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2007 | Sharon Bernstein, Times Staff Writer
When the great Ft. Tejon earthquake ripped the San Andreas fault 150 years ago this week, the shaking was so powerful it shook the Kern River from its banks and for a moment made it run upstream, according to accounts from the day. If such a quake occurred today -- and scientists say we are overdue for one in Southern California -- it would cause $150 billion or more in damage, disrupt water and power supplies for Los Angeles and pancake buildings from San Bernardino to the L.A. Basin.
NATIONAL
January 3, 2007 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
Frustrated with people and politicians who refuse to listen or learn, National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield ends his 34-year government career today in search of a new platform for getting out his unwelcome message: Hurricane Katrina was nothing compared with the big one yet to come. Mayfield, 58, leaves his high-profile job with the National Weather Service more convinced than ever that U.S.
NATIONAL
January 2, 2007 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
Amid reports that poor communication and missed tips might have hampered the search for James Kim and his family in the southern Oregon wilderness, Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski has ordered three state agencies to review the search process, and said he would appoint a task force to improve search-and-rescue efforts. A state sheriffs' organization also is conducting a review, as are federal agencies in charge of the land where Kim and his family were lost.
BUSINESS
December 29, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A few seconds of undersea quaking was all it took to cause massive telecommunications disruptions throughout tech-savvy Asia, where Internet services slowed or stopped, phone lines went dead and financial transactions ground to a halt.
TRAVEL
December 17, 2006 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
The ordeal of the Kim family of Northern California, who got lost in the Oregon mountains Nov. 25 after taking a wrong turn, is a grim reminder that road trips can turn treacherous. James Kim died; his wife and two children stayed behind and were rescued. Here are some items that experts say you should take when driving any distance from home. Map: The more detailed and updated, the better. Scope out at least one alternate route before departing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2006 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
California is among the states least prepared for a deadly pandemic flu or other health disaster, according to a national report card released Tuesday by a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization. Forty-six states ranked higher than California, which the report said would run out of hospital beds within two weeks during a moderate pandemic flu outbreak.
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