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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Dan Weikel
Imposing the first penalty of its type, the federal government has fined Asiana Airlines $500,000 for failing to promptly help passengers and their families after last year's crash in San Francisco. A U.S. Department of Transportation investigation found that the South Korean airline violated the Foreign Air Carrier Family Support Act by taking up to five days to notify family members and failing to provide other basic assistance. In a statement issued Tuesday, federal officials said Asiana did not "adhere to the assurances in its family assistance plan," a federally mandated set of procedures foreign airlines must follow to promptly assist passengers and their families after major aircraft incidents.
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WORLD
February 23, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - - At least 10 people including a child were killed Sunday when a roadside bomb struck a passenger bus near the troubled tribal area of northeast Pakistan, police said. Sixteen others were injured in the bombing in Kohat, which has seen attacks in the past by Pakistani Taliban militants against the area's minority Shiite Muslim population. Police said most of the victims in the blast were Shiites. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the incident, which occurred when a 10-pound bomb packed into a crate exploded along a busy road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Tony Perry
A man in Vista was arrested Thursday night after leaving his truck on the railroad tracks, where it was hit by a train and sustained "major damage," the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said. The man, whose name was not released, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and driving on a suspended license. None of the 37 passengers on the train was hurt, the Sheriff's Department said. The incident began when the man's truck became stuck on the tracks. The man allegedly left the truck and tried to flag down the train to stop but was unsuccessful, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
At least nine people were injured after a Cathay Pacific flight en route from San Francisco hit severe turbulence over Japan that threw people around the plane for several minutes, various media outlets reported. Flight CX879 was headed to Hong Kong when it hit unexpected turbulence, injuring two cabin crew members and a number of passengers, according to a statement on Cathay Pacific's Facebook page . “Medical assistance was provided for the injured passengers and cabin crew immediately upon arrival and Cathay Pacific is providing assistance to the affected passengers and staff,” the statement said.
NEWS
February 19, 2014 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON -- The Department of Homeland Security warned airlines Wednesday to watch for explosives hidden in the shoes of passengers flying into the United States from overseas, officials said. The alert was based on new intelligence indicating that a shoe bomb may be used to blow up a U.S.-bound jetliner, said two law enforcement officials who described the bulletin on the condition of anonymity. Officials said the threat was not specific to a particular airline, flight, country or time.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
The slew of storms that has pummeled the nation's Midwest and East Coast this winter has resulted in some horrible numbers: 77,000 canceled flights carrying nearly 6 million passengers so far this year. An additional 43 million people were on delayed flights. At Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, about 1,000 passengers slept in the terminals Thursday night because of 675 canceled flights in and out of the airport. The airport offered cots, blankets and baby items to delayed travelers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2014 | By Corina Knoll
A 34-year-old male passenger of a car involved in a collision in downtown Los Angeles died early Saturday, authorities said. The victim was in a vehicle traveling south on Flower Street about 2:45 a.m. when it  was hit by another vehicle headed east on Pico Boulevard, said Los Angeles police Officer Norma Eisenman. The drivers of both vehicles passed alcohol screening tests, she said. The motorist who struck the other vehicle did not have a valid driver's license, Eisenman said.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
What's expected to be a growing number of Asian air travelers over the next few decades means these up-and-coming fliers will have more say over the future of economy-class travel. What do they want? The most comfortable seats possible with mood lighting and quiet zones so they can sleep and relax. Asia will account for 45% of global air passengers by 2032, and these passengers will be young (18 to 34) and affluent, according to an Airbus study released Thursday. "The voice of the Asian passenger is fast becoming the dominant voice in the aviation industry and will dictate the future of flight," Kevin Keniston, described as Airbus' head of passenger comfort, said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2014 | By Nita Lelyveld
Painful memories have the power to surface fresh and raw, even after many years. A great-grandmother once again can become a terrified little girl. A grandfather surrounded by friends and family can feel all alone in a vicious world. So it was at the Los Angeles Jewish Home in Reseda the other afternoon, when the drama club put on a play. The audience was made up almost entirely of octogenarians and nonagenarians. The cast ranged in age from 85 to 92. The performance understandably didn't rely on action.
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