June 14, 2010 |
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico was built in South Korea. It was operated by a Swiss company under contract to a British oil firm. Primary responsibility for safety and other inspections rested not with the U.S. government but with the Republic of the Marshall Islands — a tiny, impoverished nation in the Pacific Ocean. And the Marshall Islands, a maze of tiny atolls, many smaller than the ill-fated oil rig, outsourced many of its responsibilities to private companies.
October 26, 1986 |
The United States put a new aircraft carrier, the Theodore Roosevelt, into active service Saturday in a festive ceremony that contrasted with the ship's difficult birth. Roosevelt descendants attended the commissioning, but a former President who was not there, Jimmy Carter, was one of the centers of attention. Carter attempted to abort the Roosevelt in 1979, vetoing legislation containing money for its construction.
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December 12, 1990 |
Regional air-quality officials adopted a measure Tuesday that would enable them to go to court if necessary to shut down Lopez Canyon Landfill. The South Coast Air Quality Management District's hearing board voted 3 to 2 in favor of an order requiring noxious gas emissions and odors to be kept in check at the controversial landfill, whose operations and alleged health hazards have been the subject of public hearings over the last year.
March 4, 2003 |
The 184 people who died at the Pentagon in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be commemorated by individual benches and lighted reflecting pools, the Department of Defense said Monday. An 11-member committee, selected by the Pentagon, chose "Light Benches," by New York architects Julie Beckman and Keith Kaseman, from 1,126 entries submitted by an international group of designers.
May 25, 2012 |
A case pitting the world's biggest game company against two of the industry's top developers is increasingly looking like a messy celebrity divorce. As the lawsuits involvingActivision Blizzard Inc.and former employees Jason West and Vincent Zampella head to court next week, documents spilling into the public eye give a rare glimpse of a relationship that began to deteriorate long before the actual split-up in March 2010 when the company fired West and Zampella. From a previous Times report, Activision had contingencies planned for life without West and Zampella, the heads of a game studio that developed the company's multibillion-dollar Call of Duty series.
October 11, 1988 |
Here is Forbes magazine's 1988 list of the 400 richest Americans in descending order of wealth, showing estimated fortune in millions, residence, source of wealth and age. Duplicated numbers represent ties; boldfaced entries are used to designate Californians. 1) Sam Moore Walton, $6,700, Bentonville, Ark., Wal-Mart Stores, 70. 2) John Werner Kluge, $3,200, Charlottesville, Va., Metromedia, 75. 3) Henry Ross Perot, $3,000 Dallas, Electronic Data Systems, 58.
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August 1, 2008 |
Eileen Slocum, 92, the grand dame of society in Newport, R.I., who lived in a Gilded Age mansion along Millionaires' Row and who until early this year was a member of the Republican National Committee, died Sunday after being hospitalized with pneumonia. Slocum lived in the Harold Carter Brown House, a Gothic Revival-style estate built in the 1890s by her uncle, a member of the wealthy family that established Brown University. In her mansion, Slocum held fundraisers and parties for President Ford, Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.
January 19, 2010 |
The Obama administration's mea culpa over the failure to prevent the attempted bombing of a U.S. airliner bound for Detroit on Christmas Day is understandable but misses the point. Yes, the United States can do better at catching would-be attackers; that will always be the case. But the truth is that there is no absolute security -- short of conceding victory to the terrorists by making it impossible for foreigners to visit the U.S., hellish for Americans to fly and difficult for all to live normal lives.
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October 5, 2012 |
Robert F. Christy, a physicist who was a key member of the Manhattan Project team that created the atomic bomb during World War II, died Wednesday at his Pasadena home. He was 96. Christy, who spent 40 years as a Caltech professor and administrator, died of natural causes, the university announced. In 1943, he joined the hundreds of scientists working on the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, N.M., to develop the nuclear bomb. He was hand-picked by project director J. Robert Oppenheimer, with whom Christy had studied quantum mechanics at UC Berkeley.
March 9, 1989 |
Beneath the Bush Administration's determination to stick with defense secretary-designate John Tower to the end, there is a lively but still-unofficial debate over who will be next if Tower goes down in defeat on the Senate floor. At issue, said sources close to the Administration, is not only who the best candidate is to lead the Pentagon into an era of belt-tightening and reform, but how the President should respond to the Senate in the wake of a repudiation of Tower, his first choice.