December 17, 2010 |
At least 140 inmates escaped from a prison in the violence-plagued border state of Tamaulipas, authorities said Friday. The prison's director reportedly disappeared after the escape, which occurred Thursday night in Nuevo Laredo, the latest in a series of escapes across Mexico. Antonio Garza Garcia, public safety secretary in Tamaulipas, told a radio station that the escapees probably had help from prison personnel. He said most of the inmates were being held on state charges but that 58 had been charged with federal crimes, a category that includes drug trafficking and weapons offenses.
December 16, 2010 |
Want to get in on the big snow at Yosemite National Park without the hassle of driving? Skiers and snowboarders can hop a once-a-day shuttle that starts Saturday from the park's south entrance to Badger Pass Ski Area. The shuttle, which runs Saturdays, Sundays and holidays at 7 a.m. from Miller's Mountain Sports at 40343 Highway 41 in Oakhurst, Calif, provides an easy way for visitors staying at hotels outside the park to get to the ski area. The shuttle stops at Tenaya Lodge at 8 a.m. and arrives at the ski area at 9 a.m. The return shuttle leaves Badger Pass at 3:45 p.m. (the ski area closes at 4:30)
October 24, 2010 |
Ah, Halloween. The perfect escape from the humdrum of everyday fashion normality. For those who wait all year for the chance to cake on the makeup, dress like an '80s prom queen or change their names to Cullen or Compton and insert fangs, now is the time to shine. Americans are expected to emerge from the minimal spending that spooked retailers last year and throw down an estimated $5.8 billion on cavity-inducing candy, spider webs and Halloween paraphernalia, according to the National Retail Federation's 2010 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey.
June 18, 2010 |
With rescue efforts continuing Friday, the mining minister held out little hope for any of the 53 workers missing after a coal mine explosion in the western part of the country. President Alvaro Uribe was expected to visit the area Saturday to comfort victims' family members, many of whom were holding vigils outside the blackened remains of the entrance to the Carbones San Fernando mine in Amaga, near Medellin. A buildup of methane was blamed for the explosion and fire. At least 19 miners are known to have died.
May 3, 2010 |
The Supreme Court announced Monday it was closing its grand front entrance to the arriving public, prompting dissents from two justices who said the open front door was a powerful symbol of equal justice for all. Starting on Tuesday, visitors will not be permitted to walk up the marble steps to enter the building under the facade that says "Equal Justice Under Law." Instead, for security reasons, they will be required to enter a side entrance and go through screening devices.
April 7, 2010 |
An underground explosion that killed at least 25 coal miners created a fireball so intense that it tossed rail cars and twisted steel rail lines, officials said Tuesday, as rescue workers pressed efforts to find four missing miners who may have survived the ghastly blast. Crews worked feverishly Tuesday to carve an access road and drill three 1,100-foot-deep ventilation shafts into the craggy mountain to release the lethal buildup of poisonous methane gas and carbon monoxide that officials believe may have caused the disaster, as well as a fourth tunnel for rescue operations.
HOME & GARDEN
March 17, 2010 |
Singer-songwriter Paul Anka has purchased a unit at the Carlyle Residences, a newly built 24-story high-rise along the Wilshire corridor. The condominium that Anka bought has two bedrooms in 2,800 square feet. The sales price was not available, but the unit was listed at $3.6 million. Condos with the same floor plan are priced from $2.7 million to $5.3 million. The tower has 78 units with 2,700 to 5,000 square feet of living space. All have private elevator entrances and access to amenities, including concierge service, fitness facilities and a dining room.
March 5, 2010 |
A man apparently planning to enter the Pentagon walked up to police officers guarding the doors, pulled out a gun and opened fire Thursday evening, shooting two officers before being mortally wounded himself. The gunfight took place about 6:40 p.m., yards from the entrance to the giant Defense Department installation as workers were heading home, police said. Employees were ordered back to their offices and the building was locked down for a time, with no one allowed in or out. "He walked up, very cool.
November 10, 2009 |
It was a November Saturday in Minneapolis and it wasn't snowing. What else did local sports fans have to do with their time than line up by the thousands for a Metrodome garage sale? With the Twins moving to an outdoor stadium in 2010, lots of merchandise at the Metrodome was priced to move. There were autographed baseballs, banners celebrating Kirby Puckett's entrance into the baseball Hall of Fame, life-sized cardboard cutouts of Kent Hrbek. Some fans arrived at dawn for an event scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. By the time the gates opened, the line of fans nearly ringed the stadium.
November 3, 2009 |
The building at Legoland continues. Only two months after announcing plans to add a water attraction at the theme park in Carlsbad, Calif., Legoland has won approval from the city of Carlsbad to build a Lego-themed hotel on the property. The Carlsbad City Council approved a plan last week to build a 254-room hotel outside the entrance to the park. The plan must also win approval from the California Coastal Commission, which regulates construction along the state's coast. A final price tag and a construction timeline are pending approval by the commission, said Julie Estrada, a spokeswoman for Legoland.