October 21, 2013 |
Around 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Torrance Barnes & Noble, a screaming came across the bookstore. Though other bookstore patrons may have wondered if the screaming woman was reacting to spoilers of the new Thomas Pynchon novel, she knew she was headed rapidly into hard labor. The bookstore customer gave birth to a baby boy, and the patrons in the store burst into a round applause. “I don't know if it happened near the classics or the nonfiction section -- but it was definitely smack dab in the store lobby ,” Capt.
October 11, 2013 |
SEOUL -- The mother of imprisoned American Kenneth Bae said Friday that her son "did not look bad" after she was allowed into North Korea to visit him. Bae's family had expressed concern about his failing health in recent months. Over the summer, he was transferred from a prison camp to a hospital for foreigners in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. His mother, Myunghee Bae, was allowed to visit him there Friday for the first since he was sentenced to 15 years hard labor.
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July 2, 2013 |
As I followed the news about the raging wildfire that claimed the lives of 19 firefighters in Arizona, I couldn't help but recall the days I spent battling brush fires in California. It's something that happens every fire season as I report on wildfires or follow the news of blazes burning brush and destroying homes. I spent nearly six years as a firefighter before a knee injury pushed me on a path that ultimately led to journalism. I landed my first firefighting job a year out of high school with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
May 5, 2013 |
BEIJING - North Korea on Sunday denied it would use a jailed Korean American as a political bargaining chip, saying it had no plans to invite a prominent American to Pyongyang to seek the release of Kenneth Bae. Bae, 44, of Lynwood, Wash., was sentenced last week to 15 years of hard labor by the country's highest court for committing “hostile acts” toward the government. Pyongyang has not specified the crimes but said Sunday that Bae entered North Korea with a “disguised identity” and had confessed to the offenses.
May 1, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See the note below for details. BEIJING -- Adding to the strained relations with the U.S., North Korea said Thursday that an American citizen held since November has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for "hostile acts" against the country. Kenneth Bae, a Korean American tour operator from Washington state, was tried Tuesday by the country's highest court, the official Korean Central News Agency said. The brief dispatch from the capital, Pyongyang, provided no details of any crime.
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May 27, 2012 |
DELANO, Calif. - "You'd think agriculture would have Republican politicians on our side, but on this issue we don't," Kevin Andrew was saying as we toured some grape fields north of Bakersfield, where farmworkers were thinning vines. Come harvest time, far more workers will be needed. And here's the problem, as Andrew sees it: There could be a looming labor shortage related to tight border security and other factors, including an improved Mexican economy. But GOP congressional reps, in particular, remain opposed to temporary legalized status and coming-and-going privileges for undocumented farmworkers.