February 8, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - It was 2:30 a.m. and the stranger on the other side of the door wanted into my hotel room. "How many cards do you have?" he kept asking in broken English. The lock rattled and eventfully broke. Still hazy from sleep, I did all I could to keep him from forcing the door open. Finally, he backed away as more footsteps hurried down the hall. A new speaker identified himself as the hotel manager. He said the late-night intruder was a locksmith mistakenly sent to change the lock.
December 27, 2013 |
It was a day of headaches and broken records for two Russian spacewalkers Friday as the cosmonauts spent over eight hours installing two cameras on the exterior of the International Space Station, only to remove them when they failed to work. "Back and forth back and forth," quipped one of the cosmonauts as they hauled the two bulky cameras back into a space station airlock. "It was actually easier to take it out than put it in. " Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy had installed the two cameras ahead of schedule, but had to reverse course when the cameras failed to transmit telemetry and other data to ground controllers.
December 14, 2013 |
NEW YORK Santa, it seemed, was difficult to escape in parts of this snow-coated city Saturday. He was eating a burrito at Chipotle. He was getting money out of the ATM. He was buying Gatorade at Walgreens. But most of all, he was drinking at various bars throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn as part of SantaCon, an annual Santa-themed bar crawl. SantaCon has occurred for years, but after a few particularly rowdy parties, the event has gotten the city in a tizzy. Many New Yorkers this year expressed concerns about the level of booziness at SantaCon, which draws 30,000 people to New York and has been known to feature Santas puking, shouting and urinating publicly all over town.
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October 29, 2013 |
Jesse Bracamontes is one of the legions of Sriracha hot sauce fans who squirts the bright red paste of peppers, garlic and spices on all manner of foods: pizza, take-out Chinese and even a plain bowl of noodles. But when the pungent Sriracha smell wafts into the frontyard of his Irwindale home, he says his nose runs and he feels a little sick. "It feels a little like pepper spray," he said. Bracamontes lives a short walk from Sriracha's bustling new plant in Irwindale, which can produce up to 200,000 bottles of the hot sauce each day. The company moved there last year in response to heavy global demand.
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October 28, 2013 |
It's well known that a spoonful of Sriracha, an Asian hot sauce made by Huy Fong Foods, can burn your mouth. But in Irwindale, where the hot sauce's production facilities are, residents are complaining of burning eyes, irritated throats and headaches caused by a powerful, painful odor that the city says appears to be emanating from the factory during production. The smell is so aggressive that one family was forced to move a birthday party indoors after the spicy odor descended on the festivities, said Irwindale City Atty.
October 10, 2013 |
Dancing around an obvious question, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie showed some rather deft footwork earlier this week. In a debate Tuesday night against his overmatched Democratic opponent, state Sen. Barbara Buono, the Republican faced the inevitable query about his ambitions beyond winning reelection to a second term in November. As in: What about that all-but-declared bid for president in 2016? “I can walk and chew gum at the same time,” Christie said. “I can do this job and also deal with my future.