January 30, 2014 |
Light snow was falling when Samantha Avers left Duluth, a northwest Atlanta suburb, on Tuesday afternoon. She figured she would be home quickly, for it was only a 30- to 45-minute drive. Twenty-two hours later, Avers, an account manager who had just moved to balmy Atlanta from northern Virginia, wearily parked in her Smyrna neighborhood Wednesday morning. She had been stranded in hellish snowstorm traffic, napped in her car in the middle of a freeway, eaten fruit from her Superman lunch box, watched "Private Practice" on her iPad and drank a gas station beer from a coffee cup. Hers was just one of the horror stories from the great Atlanta snow-out of 2014.
December 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Congress' unfinished business threatens to leave millions of Americans - including the unemployed, Pentagon contractors and even supermarket shoppers - in the lurch this holiday season. With partisan dysfunction unlikely to subside in coming weeks, lawmakers appear ready to punt several issues into the new year. But many Americans could start feeling the effects of inaction as early as this month. An estimated 1.3 million Americans will lose federal emergency unemployment benefits after Christmas if the program is not renewed.
October 16, 2013 |
World financial leaders have been warning for weeks that the U.S. congressional gridlock over funding the government and raising the debt ceiling are imperiling economies worldwide and undermining confidence in the U.S. dollar. Even the news Wednesday that the partisan battle was about to be suspended until early next year has done little to spare U.S. leaders damage to their reputation as responsible stewards of the No. 1 global economy, analysts warned. China and Japan are the largest foreign holders of U.S. Treasury bills, with $1.3 trillion and $1.1 trillion, respectively, of Washington's outstanding debt, according to International Monetary Fund data . That makes them the most exposed in the event -- once considered unimaginable but nowadays less so -- that the U.S. Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling by Thursday, when U.S. obligations are expected to exceed the current $16.7-trillion limit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2013
When lawmakers finished their work just after midnight on Friday morning, they had passed a full slate of significant legislation. Among the measures waiting for Gov. Jerry Brown's signature are an increase to the minimum wage, driver's licenses for illegal immigrants and streamlined environmental regulations. All in all, the session showed that gridlock in Sacramento has faded, wrote George Skelton in his Monday column . "Watching the lawmakers, you don't cringe nearly as much," he writes.
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.