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December 16, 2013 | By Chris Kraul
BOGOTA, Colombia - U.S.-funded anti-coca spraying in Colombia has been suspended indefinitely in the aftermath of the shooting down, apparently by leftist rebels, of two spray planes and the death of one of the American pilots, sources confirmed Monday. One fumigation airplane was shot down Sept. 27, killing the pilot, whose name was not made public. A second crop-duster was brought down Oct. 5, prompting the U.S. Embassy in Bogota to suspend spraying, according to one well-informed source who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 | By Dan Weikel and Rich Simon
WASHINGTON - A daylong hearing Wednesday into the July 6 Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco raised broad questions about the adequacy of pilot training  and deteriorating skill in an era of growing reliance on computer-controlled flight. Arriving from Seoul, Asiana Flight 214 struck a sea wall at San Francisco International Airport  and slammed onto the runway, severing its tail section and scattering wreckage across the airfield before the body of the plane erupted in flames.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2013 | By Dan Weikel and Rich Simon
WASHINGTON - The trainee captain flying the Asiana Airlines flight that slowed dangerously and crashed in San Francisco in July told investigators the approach to the landing was "very stressful" and he mistakenly thought an automatic throttle was controlling the plane's air speed. Lee Kang Kuk, 46, who was landing a Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport for the first time, also told National Transportation Safety Board officials that manually bringing the airliner down onto the runway was difficult because an airport guidance system for pilots was out of service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2013 | By Dan Weikel and Rich Simon
WASHINGTON -- The captain flying the Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco in July told accident investigators the approach for landing was "very stressful" and he thought the plane's automatic throttle was always working, according to a federal report released Wednesday. Lee Kang Kuk, 46, who was landing at San Francisco International Airport for the first time, told National Transportation Safety Board officials in an interview the visual approach was difficult to perform in the large Boeing 777 because the runway's light system that helps guide pilots was out of service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
Federal safety officials will hold an investigative hearing starting Tuesday to explore the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco that killed three passengers and injured more than 180 in July. On Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington, the National Transportation Safety Board will address issues related to the crash, including pilot training, the effect of highly automated flight systems on pilot awareness, aircraft cabin safety and the emergency response of public safety agencies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Federal aviation officials are investigating why the pilot of a small plane made an emergency hard landing Thursday at a park surrounded by single-family homes in Northern California. The single-engine craft was found on its belly in a soccer field in Phoenix Park in Fair Oaks just after 2:30 p.m. The local fire department told Fox 40 that the pilot was able to walk away from the hard landing with only minor injuries. The four-seat Piper Comanche  was Auburn-bound from Salinas, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
NATIONAL
December 5, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Brian Sanders, a charter boat captain in Everglades National Park in Florida, was returning from a fishing expedition when he thought he saw black kayaks trying to come ashore. After moving closer, he realized the strange black forms were pilot whales - and a few had beached themselves. "They were literally trying to swim out of the water onto the beach as far up as they could possibly go," he said. Since the Tuesday discovery in a shallow, remote part of the Everglades, more than 50 stranded short-finned pilot whales - spotted first by Sanders - have captured national attention and have so far defied experts' predictions of their likely deaths.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2013 | By Randall Roberts
Like Wile E. Coyote realizing too late that he's walked off a cliff and is standing on thin air, "Britney Jean," the new studio album from Britney Spears, is marked with so many sleights of hand, dubious lyrics and bombastic but boringly simple melodies that the too-rare levitation of its better moments seems an animation trick. Item one: "It Should Be Easy," a song that practically wallows in its own failure. Featuring a cameo by the album's executive producer, will.i.am, the track casts doubt on his utility, as evidenced by these lazy lines: "Love, it should be easy / It shouldn't be complicated / It should be easy.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
AMC is looking to the past and the future in the hopes of finding its next "Walking Dead" or "Breaking Bad. " The network announced on Monday it was ordering two new pilots: "Knifeman," set in 18th century London and "Galyntine," set in a post-apocalyptic future. "Knifeman," written by "Friday Night Lights" writers Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald, follows the exploits of hard-living London doctor John Tattersal, who runs a surgical practice on the sly out of his home and isn't above a little grave-robbing to harvest organs for extra cash.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The proposed spinoff of the long-running CBS hit "How I Met Your Mother" has taken another step closer to appearing on TV screens next fall. The network has ordered up a pilot for the series, titled "How I Met Your Dad. " According to Deadline, CBS has green-lighted the pilot from "How I Met Your Mother" creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, as well as "Up All Night" creator Emily Spivey. The series wouldn't follow any of the characters from "How I Met Your Mother," instead following a new group of characters.
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