CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 |
On the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's death, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday reminisced about his encounter with what he described as a charismatic, confident politician. "I had the opportunity to meet John Kennedy and I've never met a politician since then that had an aura and charisma, a presence, a confidence that unique," Brown said in a statement. "To snuff out such a young, vibrant, unique life like that, it left a mark. " Brown on Friday also ordered that state flags be flown at half-staff.
November 9, 2013 |
MOSCOW - The Russian relay ahead of the Olympic Games reached its peak Saturday, both figuratively and literally, as two Russian cosmonauts took the Olympic torch on a walk outside the International Space Station about 186 miles above Earth. The torch, tied to the station by two ropes for security, was passed from one cosmonaut to another for an hour as they changed positions in search of a better vantage point for a photo op. Their seven colleagues - three Americans, two Russians, an Italian and a Japanese - watched from the station, giving them advice and directions by radio.
November 8, 2013 |
Live streaming video by Ustream The Olympic torch has arrived in outer space, and you can watch two cosmonauts take it out on a spacewalk, right here. If you live on the West Coast, you are going to have to wake up early to enjoy the show. Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos will be venturing out of the International Space Station with the torch in hand at 6:30 a.m. PST. ISS: International Space Station crews and images from space There will be a brief photo opp, and then they will return the torch to the ISS. Next they will take care of items such as relocating a foot restraint for use on future spacewalks and getting the ISS ready for a new high-resolution camera system.
November 7, 2013 |
By the time that the Olympic caldron is lighted for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the torch relaying the symbolic flame of the competition will have been to the top of Europe's highest mountain, plunged to the depths of the world's deepest lake, reached the North Pole on an icebreaker and accompanied cosmonauts on a spacewalk. In Olympic host nations' undeclared competition for showcasing the torch as it makes its way to the competition venue, the Russian organizers of the Games that open in three months have embarked on an ambitious itinerary.
November 6, 2013 |
The torch relay for the 2014 Sochi Olympics is scheduled to continue Thursday with an unlit torch riding into space aboard a Soyuz rocket. The torch will be delivered to the International Space Station, where cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazansky plan to carry it on a spacewalk, organizers said. An American astronaut, Richard Mastracchio, will also be part of the mission. Back on Earth, Russia's Olympic chief contended that despite problems organizers have faced, Sochi has delivered on its promise to build a modern, compact site for the Games.
October 23, 2013 |
The torch relay for the upcoming 2014 Sochi Olympics has hit another bump in its long and winding road to the opening ceremonies. Video from the small city of Kostroma, near Moscow, shows the torch erupting suddenly, flames shooting several feet into the air. Dmitry Chernyshenko, the head of the Sochi organizing committee, acknowledged there was a "strong flame" but denied initial media reports that a 13-year-old girl was burned in the incident....