December 4, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - After a frantic search across a wide section of central Mexico, authorities said Wednesday that they had found a stolen truck that was transporting a large amount of dangerous radioactive material, a substance that can be used in making dirty bombs. The truck and its contents were found in the state of Mexico, about 20 miles north of the capital, not far from where they were stolen Monday. But the metal container with the radioactive material had been opened by the thieves, who then chucked it about half a mile from where they abandoned the truck, an official with the Mexican nuclear safety commission told The Times.
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November 18, 2013 |
Alex Calderwood, a co-founder of the idiosyncratic Ace Hotel chain where hip patrons mingle amid reclaimed furnishings, died Thursday in London. He was 47. Calderwood's company announced his death on its website but gave no further details. The company's statement called him "our teacher, mentor, guru and most importantly our dear friend. " The Ace - a name chosen, Calderwood told interviewers, because it represents both the high and the low in a deck of cards - draws tourists in Seattle, Portland, Ore., New York, Palm Springs and London.
October 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - International inspectors expect to destroy Syria's ability to produce new chemical weapons by Nov. 1, the first major deadline in the United Nations-ordered disarmament of Syria's chemical arsenal, officials said Wednesday. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the watchdog group overseeing the disarmament, said equipment used to produce or mix toxic gases and nerve agents has been destroyed at almost all of the declared facilities in Syria. OPCW spokesman Michael Luhan said Syrian authorities continued to provide "complete" cooperation to its team of 27 inspectors, and that the group was confident of achieving the first major milestone in the disarmament plan before the deadline.
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October 21, 2013 |
Amid concern among some experts that the healthcare giant had been slow to act, Kaiser Permanente has announced it will join a Los Angeles County patient transfer network that quickly gets victims of severe heart attacks to specially equipped hospitals to reduce chances of serious complications or death. The transfer system allows emergency departments to use the 911 medical response network to rapidly shift the patients to nearby facilities prepared to perform immediate angioplasty procedures that open blocked blood passages.
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October 18, 2013 |
A 25-story West Los Angeles high-rise where an 11th-floor fire erupted Friday is not equipped with a sprinkler system, fire officials said. The blaze broke out about 11:45 a.m. on the 11 th floor of the 52-year-old Barrington Plaza apartments in the 11700 block of Wilshire Boulevard. Within minutes, huge plumes of black smoke were billowing out of several building windows and flames began to climb up the exterior. Three balconies above the blaze were scorched black from the fire.
October 9, 2013 |
With a flurry of late season snow, the sale of snow sports equipment and clothing rebounded slightly last winter compared with the abysmal season the previous year. The sale of ski and snowboarding equipment and clothing reached $3.4 billion in the 2012-13 season, up 3% compared with the previous season, according to the latest report from the SnowSports Industry Assn., a trade group for ski, snowboard and apparel retailers and manufacturers. The numbers represent a slight improvement from the 2011-12 season when participation in snow sports dropped 6% over the previous year because of extremely limited snowfall.