December 16, 2012 |
TOKYO -- The conservative party that dominated post-war Japan is back in power after a three-year absence, in a landslide election victory Sunday that will result in hawkish Shinzo Abe returning as prime minister. Abe, 58, who served in the post once before, is likely to pursue a tougher stance toward China and prevent the nation from abandoning nuclear energy. The conservative Liberal Democratic Party was projected by NHK Television to win 291 out of 480 seats in Japan's lower house, while its ally, the New Komeito Party, had 30. That would give them the two-third majority needed to overrule the upper house, perhaps breaking deadlocks that have long stymied Japanese governments.
December 10, 2012 |
The Facebook polls have closed and, even though the social network had its biggest turnout ever, too few users cast ballots to have a say in the company's proposed policy changes. Nearly 9 in 10 of those who voted were against the proposed changes, but only about 668,000 people cast ballots. That's an infinitesimal percentage of Facebook's 1 billion plus users. Facebook requires that 30% of Facebook users participate for a vote to count. Facebook has held two earlier elections and neither met that threshold.
November 10, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The standard narrative of Barack Obama versus Mitt Romney runs something like this: The president struck first, using a barrage of television advertising in key states to depict Romney as an out-of-touch plutocrat. Romney stumbled through a poorly planned late-summer trip to Europe and hosted a lackluster convention where he was upstaged by Clint Eastwood and an empty chair. Early in September, Bill Clinton wowed the Democratic convention, giving Obama a lead in polls.
November 5, 2012 |
Skylight Books in Los Feliz is celebrating Tuesday's election. All the books in the store's political section are 15% off -- not just Monday and Tuesday, but through the end of the week. Located in a generally liberal part of generally liberal Los Angeles, the books on Skylight's politics shelves are, not surprisingly, more left than right. It's not that the store doesn't have any books on Mitt Romney -- according to the store's online database, it does have one. That's " The Real Romney ," a critique of the candidate by Michael Kranish and Scott Helman, two reporters from the Boston Globe.
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September 9, 2012 |
Mammoth Lakes hardly fits the profile of other cities that have recently plunged into bankruptcy. It was not pensions or plummeting property values or questionable accounting practices that pushed the tiny mountain resort town over the edge: It was a $43-million court judgment in a lawsuit brought by a developer after the town tried to back out of an agreement. The town finally reached a tentative settlement agreement in the case last month, but not before filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.
August 1, 2012 |
BOGOTA, Colombia - Like their U.S. counterparts, Colombian presidents customarily give accountings of their performances in addresses that resemble the State of the Union speech. But the speeches President Juan Manuel Santos has been giving in several cities to mark his two years in office are also an exercise in damage control, analysts say, to restore his plummeting popularity and counter sniping by his still-popular predecessor, ex-President Alvaro Uribe. A poll commissioned by Semana magazine showed Santos' approval rating has fallen to 47%, with 48% of those polled disapproving his performance.
July 10, 2012 |
TRIPOLI, Libya — The main street in Misurata remains shot to pieces. In Tripoli's Janzour suburb, displacement camps dot the landscape. Yet Libya, site of the Arab world's most violent revolution last year, staged largely peaceful national elections over the weekend, with victory appearing likely for a coalition appealing to a wide range of ideological views that is led by one of the main figures in the war that ousted longtime strongman Moammar...
July 2, 2012 |
MEXICO CITY - Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party is marching back into the presidential palace bolstered by its control of a raft of state governorships and a good standing in Congress. But its mandate is much shakier than the party had predicted before Sunday's election, reflecting the nagging suspicions with which many Mexicans regard the PRI and complicating President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto's ability to execute an ambitious reform program. He will have to negotiate with rival parties, including a newly empowered left, and will not have the free hand he might have expected as he pursues initiatives such as opening up the massive state oil company, Pemex, to foreign investment.
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June 19, 2012 |
A major landslide along a seaside cliff in San Pedro that could cost up to $70 million to repair was triggered last year by soil saturated with groundwater, a new study shows. A build-up of water was largely blamed for the November collapse of a stretch of Paseo del Mar after a heavy weekend rainstorm, according to an 800-page report from Shannon & Wilson Inc., a geotechnical and environmental consulting firm. The failure took out 600 feet of the scenic road and carved a gaping chasm into the 120-foot-high coastal bluff, where the ground had been creeping seaward for several months.
February 1, 2012 |
Mitt Romney may have won a blowout victory in Florida's presidential primary, but Newt Gingrich is not about to concede defeat. Sounding as though he had already wrapped up the nomination, Romney commended Gingrich and other rivals Tuesday night for a hard-fought effort and minimized any lasting damage to the party or his candidacy. "A competitive primary does not divide us, it prepares us, and we will win," Romney told a flag-waving crowd at his Florida headquarters. "And when we gather back in Tampa seven months from now for our convention ... ours will be a united party with a winning ticket for America.