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August 22, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Looks like San Diego's about to wake up from its six-week civic nightmare. After two weeks of therapy and three days of legal mediation, Mayor Bob Filner has struck an agreement with city officials and his former press secretary, who sued him for sexual harassment, according to San Diego City Atty. Jan Goldsmith. But the world will have to wait until Friday afternoon, when the City Council, whose nine members have all urged Filner to resign, vote on the agreement in a closed session.
July 16, 2013 | By Jack Dolan
An inappropriate response to a fire alarm on the Carnival Splendor cruise ship in 2010 led to a loss of power that forced nearly 4,500 passengers and crew to endure a hot, four-day tow back to port, a U.S. Coast Guard report found. There were no working air conditioners, refrigerators or toilets during the tow back. The findings were contained in a scathing, 51-page Coast Guard report on the fire that broke out Nov. 8, 2010, as the ship sailed from Long Beach to the Mexican Riviera.
June 19, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
"Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany, a freshly minted best actress prize winner , joined us for a live chat to talk about her role as Sarah Manning and half a dozen other clones on the acclaimed new BBC America sci-fi series. The buzzed-about show has a loyal fan base from around the world, and Maslany was kind enough to say hello ( or "hola," depending on the nationality ) to many who had joined the conversation, while also discussing the joy and nightmare of playing so many parts on the series.
May 17, 2013 | David Lazarus
Sandy Valdivieso and her husband intended to fly from Los Angeles to Dakar, Senegal. They ended up almost 7,000 miles off-course in Dhaka, Bangladesh. How something this bizarre could happen illustrates how a single mix-up on an airline's part can cascade into a travel nightmare of epic proportions. It also highlights how customer service can be found lacking, particularly in light of the fact that Valdivieso spent months trying to secure some sort of compensation from the carrier, Turkish Airlines, but received nothing but runaround.
May 16, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
About 10 tornadoes slashed through parts of North Texas, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and more than 100 homes damaged or destroyed as the tornado season got off to a frenzied start. At least three Texas counties -- Hood, Johnson and Montague -- were struck by tornadoes that began Wednesday evening and cut a wide swath through the region, where tornado activity is an annual occurrence. Weather observer teams will inspect the region, but the preliminary count of twisters by the National Weather Service stood at 10 by Thursday morning.
April 28, 2013 | By Ellen Creager
You know the zombies that pop back to life even after you stab them with a pitchfork? It's the same with smartphones. That's the bitter lesson I learned after returning home from Greenland and getting a $1,106 bill from Sprint for international data roaming, even though data roaming on my iPhone 4S was turned off. How could this zombie data usage happen? And how can I find out if it's happening? Smartphones are the undead of phones. They keep looking for a way to connect to data, even when you don't want them to. Even when you think data service is turned off. The formula is: smartphone + international travel = watch out. I had a BlackBerry before my iPhone and never had a single data charge when traveling internationally.
April 24, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Jason Segel is taking his goofy sensibility and packaging it for middle-schoolers in the form of a three-book deal with Random House, the company announced Wednesday. The first installment of "Nightmares!," co-written with “The Eternal Ones” author Kirsten Miller, is due out next year, the publisher said in a news release . Segel first turned his inspiration, an adventure about kids who have to save their town from fear, into a screenplay, according to CBS News . That got stuck in turnaround, but the "How I Met Your Mother" actor bought back the rights recently and converted the screenplay concept into a three-part book series.
April 18, 2013 | By John M. Glionna and Monte Morin
WEST, Texas -- Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday called for the prayers of all Americans as he described “a nightmare scenario” in this small town where a fertilizer plant explosion injured about 160 and killed an unknown number in a blast so powerful houses were knocked from foundations. Earlier Thursday, officials estimated that between five and 15 people had been killed, including first responders. But Perry said he "was not comfortable" releasing the number of dead as search and rescue operations were underway.
April 18, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Despite surging cases of infections unresponsive to existing antibiotic drugs, the number of medications under development or receiving approval from the Food and Drug Administration is dwindling and remains "alarmingly low," a new report warns. Most concerning, according to the Infectious Disease Society of America , is the "near absence" of antibiotic candidate drugs capable of combating new strains of bacteria that are uniquely dangerous: These "gram-negative" bacteria are not only resistant to most available antibiotic drugs themselves, they can pass genetic materials on to other bacteria that make them impervious to existing medications as well.
April 5, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Hamilton said he calls 'em as he sees 'em. "I speak the truth," Hamilton said. "I don't sugarcoat it. People can see through that. I don't want to take back anything I said. " However, at a news conference before his first game here as a member of the rival Angels, Hamilton came pretty close to taking back his spring training comment about the Dallas-Fort Worth area being a "football town. " Rangers fans, already grumbling after Hamilton did not give their team a chance to match the Angels' $125-million offer, did not care for Hamilton's description of their town.
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