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November 29, 2013 | By David Colker
Computer pioneer Willis Ware saw the future, and it worried him. In 1966, Ware, who worked as an engineer at Rand Corp. , foresaw not only the omnipresence of personal computers, but also social networks like Twitter and Facebook. "The computer will touch men everywhere and in every way, almost on a minute-to-minute basis," he wrote in a paper presented at Rand 47 years ago. "Every man will communicate through a computer whatever he does. It will change and reshape his life, modify his career and force him to accept a life of continuous change.
November 26, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
The Federal Aviation Administration plans to issue a warning to airlines flying certain Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliners and 747-8 jumbo jets, advising that they avoid high-altitude thunderstorms after instances of icing. The anticipated move comes after Boeing notified airlines last week that the planes, outfitted with the GEnx engine made by General Electric Co., could have icing problems if they flew close to the storms. The warning is an “interim action to make sure pilots avoid icing conditions that could affect engine power and possibly damage the engine,” the FAA said.
November 15, 2013 | By Bob Pool
It's been sitting around in Pomona for nearly 53 years, but now the beast they call Big Boy is making tracks for Wyoming. Officially known as Union Pacific steam engine No. 4014, the locomotive has been parked at the RailGiants Train Museum in Pomona since 1962, a displaced piece of the past. Now Union Pacific has reacquired the behemoth and has begun inching Big Boy No. 4014 toward mainline rail tracks that will take it to Cheyenne, where it will be rebuilt and begin life afresh as a rolling museum on steel wheels.
November 5, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
What happens when a group of engineering professsors takes a tour of China's Forbidden City, the seat of royal power for both the Ming and Qing dynasties? One year later, they publish a paper describing how some of it got built. In a study published this week in PNAS, friends and colleagues Jiang Li, Hoasheng Chen and Howard A. Stone explain how and why Chinese peasants in the 15th century pulled the heaviest stones used in the Forbidden City along artificial paths of solid ice from quarries more than 45 miles away.  Lying smack-dab in the center of Beijing, the Forbidden City is made of wooden structures that rest on massive stones.
October 30, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - A year after Proposition 37 narrowly failed in California, the labeling of genetically engineered foods is back on the ballot in Washington state, complete with a lawsuit by the state attorney general, a barrage of ads and a stark example of money's effect on politics. I-522, as it is called, officially became the most expensive initiative battle in Washington history this week, with a not-so-Washington twist. Out-of-state money is driving the debate. Of the $33 million raised to fight the labeling effort, about $10,000 came from donors within the state - making up just 0.03% of the "no" campaign war chest.
October 29, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
The Ford Fiesta equipped with a new three-cylinder engine will get the best highway fuel economy of any car with the exception of some diesels and hybrids, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The tiny 1.0-liter turbocharged engine will give the car 45 miles per gallon in highway driving, 37 mpg in combined driving and 32 in city driving, Ford Motor Co. said. The big highway numbers are equal to or greater than some of the fuel-miser diesels from Volkswagen and other small gasoline-powered cars such as the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris.
October 25, 2013 | By Stephen Oliner
For months it was a matter of intense speculation: Who would President Obama nominate to chair the Federal Reserve? Now that he has named Janet Yellen, currently the Fed's vice chair and an exceptionally well-qualified candidate, maybe we can move on to discussing a more important issue: the challenges facing the nation's central bank. After having taken extraordinary steps to support the economy since the financial crisis hit in 2008, the Fed must now engineer a return to more normal policies, and that could prove quite difficult.
October 24, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - Two Americans were taken hostage by pirates who attacked their ship off the coast of Nigeria, U.S. officials said Thursday. The captain and chief engineer of the C-Retriever, a U.S.-flagged oil supply ship, were kidnapped in the attack early Wednesday in the Gulf of Guinea, according to news reports. The ship is owned by Edison Chouest Offshore, a maritime company based in Cut Off, La. A company spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The identities of the hostages weren't released.
October 21, 2013 | By James Rainey
After twin setbacks in their bid to take control of a local union, dissident building engineers pledged to keep pressing their case -- asking for reconsideration of a judge's ruling and appealing for a re-do of a union election that they lost in August. Members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 501 contend that they lost the election because some workers were intimidated and hundreds of others did not receive ballots. They said they have brought those concerns to the attention of the U.S. Department of Labor, but have been told that the agency would not follow up. Ed Oquendo, a Department of Labor official in Los Angeles, referred questions to a press officer, who said she did not have enough information to comment.
October 10, 2013 | By James Rainey
A federal judge has thrown out allegations by labor activists in Los Angeles against the leaders of their local and international union, finding that the dissidents did not have legal standing to bring racketeering and corruption allegations. U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson dismissed the bulk of a lawsuit brought by 16 members of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 501, alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The judge's ruling, issued Wednesday, gives the plaintiffs the opportunity to press other claims against the union, but is a second significant setback for the workers, who call themselves "The Resistance.
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