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NATIONAL
September 26, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Communications equipment failed at a regional air-traffic control center, shutting down all airline traffic within 250 miles of Memphis and causing a ripple effect across the country that grounded dozens of passenger and cargo flights. The problem started when a major telephone line to the Memphis center went out. The Federal Aviation Administration said air-traffic control operations were back to normal about three hours later.
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BUSINESS
August 21, 2007 | From Times wire services
General Motors Corp. minivans are being investigated by U.S. safety regulators because of reports that power sliding doors on 2005 and 2006 models opened while the vans were in motion. The inquiry covers as many as 175,000 Buick Terraza, Chevrolet Uplander, Pontiac Montana SV6 and Saturn Relay minivans, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. The agency said it received nine complaints of doors that opened.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2007 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
U.S. Customs officials said Tuesday that they had traced the source of last weekend's system outage that left 17,000 international passengers stranded in airplanes to a malfunctioning network interface card on a single desktop computer in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. The card, which allows computers to connect to a local area network, experienced a partial failure that started about 12:50 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2007 | Ted Rohrlich and Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writers
Aviation officials criticized U.S. Customs on Monday for being unprepared and taking too long to fix the weekend computer failure at LAX that left more than 17,000 international passengers stranded for hours in airplanes. Accustomed to frequent, short-lived outages, customs officials said they mistakenly believed their computers would be up and running within an hour Saturday. Then they made another mistake, aviation officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2007 | Teresa Watanabe, Ted Rohrlich and Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writers
A U.S. Customs computer outage that stranded more than 17,000 passengers at LAX was blamed Sunday on faulty hardware and an insufficient backup system that left frustrated travelers sitting on planes or standing in long lines. Saturday night's delays in screening people arriving on international flights were unprecedented, said Kevin Weeks, director of Los Angeles field operations for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. The computer malfunction, which began at 2 p.m.
NATIONAL
August 2, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
NASA workers at Cape Canaveral traced a cabin leak on the shuttle Endeavour to one of two pressure-relief valves located behind the toilet but separate from the bathroom plumbing. NASA decided to replace the bad valve with one taken from space shuttle Atlantis. The newly installed component will be tested today.
NATIONAL
August 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A week before Endeavour's planned liftoff, NASA was searching for the source of an air leak on the space shuttle. The leak was detected over the weekend at Cape Canaveral. NASA thought it fixed the problem by tightening a loose bolt, but new tests showed that air was still escaping from the crew cabin, a spokeswoman said.
BUSINESS
July 31, 2007 | James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writer
BlackBerry customers on T-Mobile USA's network west of the Mississippi River lost e-mail service for nearly two hours Monday afternoon when a component in a router failed. The component handled only BlackBerry e-mails, so other T-Mobile services such as phone calls were unaffected. The e-mail service went out about 4 p.m. Pacific time and was restored by 5:45 p.m., T-Mobile spokesman Peter Dobrow said.
WORLD
July 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A radar failure over the Amazon forced Brazil to turn back or ground a string of international flights, deepening a national aviation crisis just hours after the president unveiled safety measures prompted by the country's deadliest air disaster. The radar outage from midnight to 2:30 a.m. forced numerous planes heading to Brazil to be diverted to airports from Puerto Rico to Chile. Six American Airlines flights and six Delta Airlines flights were among those affected, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Fire sprinklers at a Los Angeles International Airport terminal turned on Sunday after a water pipe broke, dousing passengers waiting for flights or picking up their bags. Terminal 1 was temporarily evacuated, and the baggage claim and screening areas experienced minor flooding, said airport spokesman Marshall Lowe. At the Southwest Airlines check-in counter, computers were covered in plastic.
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