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January 9, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- A commuter ferry involved in a crash Wednesday in Lower Manhattan that left 57 people injured, two of them critically, underwent significant renovations last summer that replaced its high-speed four-engine system with a propeller system that left it lighter and more fuel efficient. The changes to the Seastreak Wall Street, a 140.7-foot-long catamaran with three decks, were detailed in the online shipping magazine Marinelog in an August 2012 report , which explained how the engines had been swapped out for propellers by a Louisiana-based company.
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NATIONAL
January 9, 2013 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - A commuter ferry carrying hundreds of people from New Jersey to New York City hit a slip at a Lower Manhattan pier Wednesday, then kept going and smashed into a second slip, injuring at least 57 people, two of them critically. One person was hurtled through a glass door and another fell down a flight of stairs as the Seastreak Wall Street, a triple-decker ferry carrying 326 passengers and five crew members, jerked to a halt, officials said. The accident tore a gash in the right front of the boat, which had left New Jersey at 8 a.m. for the roughly 45-minute trip to the Wall Street area.
NATIONAL
January 9, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- A commuter ferry hit a dock while arriving in lower Manhattan on Wednesday, and several people were injured and carried away on stretchers. The extent of the injuries was not immediately clear, but the ferry, the Seastreak Wall Street, had a large gash on its front right side, close to where passengers would have gathered to disembark. Some of the passengers were sitting upright on the dock where emergency workers had gathered, with bandages on their heads. Other passengers were strapped to stretchers and taken off the dock.
NATIONAL
January 9, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- At least 57 people were injured, two critically, when a commuter ferry smashed into a dock in lower Manhattan's financial district on Wednesday, officials said.    Investigators from the Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board were expected to arrive at Pier 11 to begin investigating the ferry accident involving the Seastreak Wall Street, part of the fleet operated by Seastreak. The New Jersey-based company operates daily ferry service between Manhattan and New Jersey.
NEWS
December 17, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Victoria Clipper ferry service will be adding extra sailings this month from Seattle to the Canadian city of Victoria for holiday travelers. You can hop the ferry for a day excursion but the better deals are overnight packages that start as low as $126 per person. The deal: The Seattle to Victoria Overnight Package is based on double occupancy and includes round-trip ferry tickets and a hotel stay, usually at the Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites . There are other hotel options too. For example, you can upgrade to the four-star Hotel Grand Pacific starting at $153 per person.
BUSINESS
December 14, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The most popular ads of 2012, according to YouTube, include a jab at the Apple iPhone, a choir of dogs barking the "Star Wars" theme, a time machine baby and the Old Spice guy losing his mind. Actually, Old Spice is all over the YouTube Ads Leaderboard ,  with the men's grooming products maker hogging four spots of 20. Overall, the videos have more than 200 million combined views. Which is paltry when you consider the 358 million hits claimed by Carly Rae Jepsen's “Call Me Maybe” video or Psy's 948 million views for “Gangnam Style.” But the nearly 21 million views garnered by Wieden+Kennedy London's “ My Time Is Now ” soccer spot for Nike, putting it first on the YouTube leaderboard, are respectable.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Novelist Louise Erdrich and journalist Katherine Boo took the top prizes at the National Book Awards in New York on Wednesday night. Although set half a world apart, both women's books express what Boo described as "small stories in so-called hidden places. " Erdrich won the fiction award for "The Round House," set among the Turtle Mountain Chippewa. The author of more than a dozen novels, Erdrich spoke in Ojibwe and English in her speech, citing "the grace and endurance of Native women.
WORLD
October 12, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
ANTAKYA, Turkey - A Syrian passenger jet forced to land in Turkey while on a scheduled flight from Moscow to Damascus was carrying ammunition and other items destined for the Syrian Defense Ministry, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday. The assertion was in line with Turkish allegations that the Syrian Arab Airlines craft - with a reported 37 passengers and crew members on board - was ferrying "inappropriate" material to Damascus, prompting Turkish F-16 fighter jets to force it to land Wednesday at Ankara's Esenboga International Airport.
WORLD
July 19, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
BEIRUT - As fighting continuing for a fifth day in the Syrian capital, rebels on Thursday stormed major crossings along the Turkish and Iraqi borders that could serve as strategic links for supplies and personnel in the battle to oust President Bashar Assad. Opposition activists said rebels took control of the Turkish border crossing of Bab Hawa, along the main road to Aleppo, Syria's second-largest city. Rebels also reportedly seized several border posts along the Iraqi frontier, including the Abu Kamal gate near the Iraqi town of Qaim, a major transit point into Syria.
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