September 16, 2013 |
TAIYUAN, China - Air China Flight 1236 was supposed to take off at 8:10 p.m. for Beijing from Xian, hometown of China's famous terra cotta warriors. It felt like the warriors could have marched faster. What was supposed to be a 100-minute flight last month ended up delayed, diverted and canceled to the point that it took passengers 18 hours to get to Beijing. China's skies are in a state of almost permanent gridlock. During the month of July, only 17.8% of flights departing from Beijing's airport were on time, according to FlightStats.
September 3, 2013 |
SCHWENKSVILLE, Pa. - Engineers think that three of the bridges closest to Dave Wisler's home are about ready to collapse. One, a picturesque one-lane structure built in 1893, became so perilous it was closed last summer, and the county doesn't have the money to fix it. Another bridge, just down the road, is well-known for the concrete that chips off the bottom as children play in the creek below - it's currently under repair. Traffic was diverted to a third bridge nearby, but some drivers noticed a worrying humming noise as they drove over it, and their windows rattled.
August 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - David Valadao, a soft-spoken California dairy farmer, was barely six months in Congress when he made a splash. He broke from fellow Republicans and voted against cutting off funding for an Obama administration program that stopped deporting young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children. "Obviously, I have to represent my constituents," said Valadao, whose Central Valley district is 71% Latino. Alan Lowenthal - once an influential committee chairman in Democratic-run Sacramento, now a freshman in a Republican-controlled House - showed his constituents that he could still deliver.
August 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Martin Luther King Jr. didn't live and die to hear his heirs "whine about political gridlock," former President Clinton said Wednesday. Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to mark the 50th anniversary of King's "I Have a Dream" speech, Clinton said Americans should do less griping and more working to make things better. "It is time to stop complaining," he said, and "put our shoulders against the stubborn gates" that are holding the American people back.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2013 |
Is another Obamajam on the way? President Obama is scheduled to appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Aug. 6, ensuring yet another traffic headache for commuters. The planned appearance, outlined during a White House press briefing on Wednesday, will make it the sixth time Obama has visited the famed NBC lot in Burbank -- the third since becoming president. For the president's last appearance on the show in October , Bob Hope Airport was host to Marine One and an extensive motorcade was cut through Burbank to get to the studio lot. PHOTOS: President Obama arrives for 'The Tonight Show' The range of topics discussed by Obama on the show have been wide and varied over the years, from lighter fare like Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles and "The Kardashians,” to the more serious, such as the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Kadafi and political gridlock in Congress . Obama has been on a national tour promoting a new “grand bargain” that would cut corporate tax rates while also closing loopholes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2013 |
Caltrans was racing to make repairs to a fire-damaged section of the Interstate 5-Route 2 interchange, but it was unclear when the highways would be fully reopened. All northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway at the junction of the 2 Freeway, north of downtown Los Angeles, remained closed Sunday, a day after a tanker truck carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline overturned, caught fire and caused a massive traffic jam. The two right lanes of the southbound 2 Freeway at the junction also remained closed, said Officer Ed Jacobs of the California Highway Patrol.