December 19, 2013 |
United Airlines earlier this month quietly changed its unaccompanied minors policy to restrict young fliers traveling alone to nonstop flights only. United's new policy began with tickets purchased on or after Dec. 5, a spokesman said via e-mail. "We will no longer accept unaccompanied minors aged 5 to 11 on itineraries that involve connections, a change that's similar to the policies of several of our U.S. competitors," spokesman Charles Hobart said. Also, the optional service extended to travelers 12 to 17 years old will no longer be available on itineraries that involve connections, Hobart said.
December 12, 2013 |
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Angels acquired another pitcher on the final day of baseball's winter meetings, but not the veteran starter they would like to add to their rotation. Matt Garza remains high on their shopping list, but General Manager Jerry Dipoto said the Angels did not have an offer on the table to any free agent. That also would apply to Raul Ibanez, with whom the Angels have had discussions about filling their vacancy at designated hitter. The Angels added left-handed reliever Brian Moran.
December 12, 2013 |
Under fire for its historic lack for black female cast members, "Saturday Night Live" is holding auditions to add an African American woman to the cast. But will it be enough? The veteran series sponsored a showcase exclusively for black women last week at the Groundlings Theatre and held another showcase in New York, although sources declined to say whether that it was also for black women exclusively. At least one additional showcase will be held. The search has commenced after cast member Jay Pharoah complained in October that the show was too white.
December 6, 2013 |
The senator from Kentucky had an important question for Republicans in Michigan. “How are you supposed to make child support payments if you've been in prison, and the best job you can get is $9 an hour?” Sen. Rand Paul asked, wearing a suit and tie at the opening of a new GOP office on Livernois Avenue in Detroit. Child support, prison and the war on drugs are not usual topics for the GOP senator, who had previously gained media attention for launching a filibuster against President Obama'a nominee to head the CIA because Paul questioned the administration's use of drones.
December 5, 2013 |
The Angels have signed veteran left-handed relief specialist Clay Rapada to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Rapada, 32, has a 4.06 earned run average in 152 big league games over seven seasons with six teams - the Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians. He has held left-handers to a .164 average. Rapada spent most of 2013 in triple-A and made only four major league appearances, all with the Indians.
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December 5, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Nelson Mandela, who emerged from more than a quarter of a century in prison to steer a troubled African nation to its first multiracial democracy, uniting the country by reaching out to fearful whites and becoming a revered symbol of racial reconciliation around the world, died at his home Thursday. He was 95. Long before his release from prison in 1990, at age 71, Mandela was an inspiration to millions of blacks seeking to end the oppression of more than four decades of apartheid, and his continued incarceration spawned international censure of South Africa's white-minority government.
November 28, 2013 |
The Ducks demoted young wings Emerson Etem and Devante Smith-Pelly to minor league Norfolk, Va., on Wednesday. Etem and Smith-Pelly each had one goal and two assists for Norfolk on Wednesday night. Coach Bruce Boudreau said though each of the 21-year-olds will benefit from increased playing time, the move is also a reminder of the first-place team's demand for consistency. Etem scored his sixth goal Tuesday, but also let Dallas' Cody Eakin skate past him to score a third-period goal that started the Stars' three-goal blitz in 53 seconds in the Ducks' 6-3 loss.
November 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Democrats made a historic change to Senate rules Thursday, ending the minority party's ability to use filibusters to block most presidential nominations and, in the process, virtually guaranteeing that the rest of President Obama's term will be dominated by executive actions and court battles rather than legislation. In changing the long-standing rules with a near party-line vote in the middle of the session, Democrats brushed aside a century of congressional tradition and further embittered relations between the parties on an already deadlocked Capitol Hill.
November 20, 2013 |
The Dodgers got busy with their off-season roster shuffle Wednesday, adding three pitchers to their 40-man. Right-handers Pedro Baez and Yimi Garcia and left-hander Jarret Martin were added to the roster. The Dodgers also announced the signings of catcher J.C. Boscan, infielders Brendan Harris and Clint Robinson and left-handed pitcher Daniel Moskos to minor league contracts with an invitation to spring training. None of these moves appears significant now, but someone always emerges from these fairly anonymous off-season maneuvers to see decent playing time.