March 4, 2013 |
Question: My girlfriend lost her passport on March 17 on a United Airlines flight. Someone in United's customer service team called on April 10 and left me a voicemail saying they had it. I accidentally deleted the voicemail. Since then she has called multiple times and sent emails to the customer service team. Is there any way you can help? David Sudolsky Huntington Beach Answer: Help find out what happened, yes. Help get the passport back? Probably not. When you lose a passport - and about 325,000 were reported lost or stolen last year, according to the U.S. State Department - an airline will try to find the owner, and United did. United rep Charles Hobart said it contacted Sudolsky's girlfriend (the ill-starred phone call)
February 28, 2013 |
Anticipated federal budget cuts expected to kick in Friday have forced the cancellation of the U.S. State Department 's Passport Day on March 9. "Due to the anticipated sequestration, the Department of State must cancel 'Passport Day in the USA,' which had been scheduled for Saturday, March 9, 2013," the State Department said in an email Thursday. "We regret that we cannot offer this service as planned. " The Los Angeles Passport Agency at 11000 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1000 (Wilshire and Veteran)
February 27, 2013 |
BEIRUT - The Syrian government appeared to make a significant concession to the opposition Wednesday, agreeing to renew the passports of millions of Syrians living abroad. A leading dissident figure had publicly pressed for the change. The state-run news service announced that the Interior Ministry had directed that expired passports be renewed for two years “regardless of the reasons that had earlier prevented their renewal, and without obtaining the necessary authorizations.” The pro-government daily Al Watan reported that the decision had been communicated to Syrian embassies abroad.
February 13, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- Government officials in Australia vowed Wednesday to investigate the secret detention and mysterious death of a Jewish Australian immigrant who was found hanged to death in a high-security Israeli prison cell in 2010. Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr said he would review his department's handling of the arrest and death of Ben Zygier, 34, who had immigrated to Israel and was suspected of working for Israel's spy agency, Mossad. For unknown reasons, Zygier was arrested by Israeli security officials in 2010, perhaps after running afoul of Mossad, according to a report aired Tuesday by Australian Broadcasting Corp.
January 31, 2013 |
Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for the 24th annual wine event Passport to Dry Creek Valley. If you have a hankering to get up to Sonoma County this spring, this rollicking wine event could be the excuse. It takes place this year Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, throughout Dry Creek Valley (70 miles north of San Francisco) and Healdsburg. And get this, if you fly into Santa Rosa on Alaska Airlines, you can check a case of wine for free. This is much more than a tasting in a tent: Events take place at more than 50 Dry Creek Valley member wineries.
January 25, 2013 |
Tina Turner wants to become a Swiss citizen, and love has everything to do with it. If you've been wondering what the iconic diva has been up to lately, she's been living in Kuesnacht, a Zurich suburb, since 1995. A Swiss paper wrote Friday that the 73-year-old had been granted citizenship, according to the Associated Press. The Nutbush, Tenn.-born singer has passed a local civics test and interview. PHOTOS: Celebrity domestic-abuse allegations "I'm very happy in Switzerland and I feel at home here....