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August 1, 2013 | David Lazarus
Dorene Butler received what looked like a check for $1,198 the other day, but it didn't pass the smell test. For one thing, the accompanying letter said that "we have attempted contacting you on several occasions. " There had been no such attempts. For another, the check seemed to be sent from "US Airlines. " There's no such airline. Finally, the check was apparently intended to cover two free plane tickets to any domestic destination. "That sure sounded too good to be true," Butler, 73, of Laguna Beach, told me. She wasn't alone in receiving the mailer.
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April 2, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - A British submarine joined the search Wednesday for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet as Malaysian police said their investigation of the 227 passengers found no personal or psychological problems or motivation to hijack or sabotage the aircraft. Authorities are continuing to investigate the pilot, copilot and 10 other crew members for clues to how and why Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished March 8 en route to Beijing, police Inspector-General Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar told Bernama, the Malaysian state news agency.
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March 15, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - Like an Agatha Christie whodunit, the investigation of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is now focusing on a finite circle of suspects: the 227 passengers and 12 crew members of the missing plane. While loath to call it a hijacking, Malaysian officials say they believe someone on the plane with expertise in the navigational and communications systems of the Boeing 777 diverted it from its Kuala Lumpur-to-Beijing flight path. "In view of this latest development, Malaysian authorities have refocused their investigation into the crew and passengers on board," Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said at a news conference Saturday.
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March 31, 2014 | By Barbara Demick, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
BEIJING - The search and rescue teams working off the west coast of Australia seeking the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 discovered what oceanographers have been warning: Even the most far-flung stretches of ocean are full of garbage. For the first time since the search focused on the southern Indian Ocean 10 days ago, the skies were clear enough and the waves calm, allowing ships to retrieve the "suspicious items" spotted by planes and on satellite imagery. But examined on board, none of it proved to be debris from the missing plane, just the ordinary garbage swirling around in the ocean.
WORLD
March 16, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
The possibility that Malaysia Air Flight 370 was hijacked has heartened the relatives of passengers who are holding out hope that the missing plane landed in some remote location, perhaps a tropical island. "My gut feeling is that it landed. I still feel his spirit. I don't feel he is dead," said Sarah Bajc, a 48-year-old American teacher living in Beijing whose partner, Philip Wood, a 50-year-old IBM executive, was a passenger on the flight. A former technology executive, Bajc has been one of the most proactive of the family members, setting up Facebook and Twitter accounts encouraging people to keep looking for the plane.
TRAVEL
October 23, 2011
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The tires of a twin-engine Cessna that crashed at Santa Monica Airport last month were inflated and showed no signs of unusual wear, federal investigators have determined, debunking an early theory on what may have caused the plane to veer off the runway and into a hangar. There was also no debris on the runway, and the Federal Aviation Administration control tower reported that the pilot “did not express over the radio any problems prior to or during the landing,” according to a preliminary report on the Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2010
Dear Amy: I am 5 foot 3 inches and weigh 112 pounds. I recently took a flight where the man sitting next to me weighed at least 250 pounds. There was an armrest between us that I had put down when I sat down, and when he came and sat in his seat next to mine, he put it back up. This left me very uncomfortable, as I had to lean away from him the whole flight because he had taken up my unused space in my seat. I paid for my seat and don't feel that I should be uncomfortable to make someone else more comfortable.
BUSINESS
May 9, 2011
Firebird spy plane Operates with or without onboard pilot Wingspan: 65 feet Length: 34 feet Height: 9.7 feet Top speed: About 230 mph Altitude: 30,000 feet Maximum endurance: 40 hours Payload capacity: 1,240 pounds Source: Northrop Grumman
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March 15, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday that missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 was diverted due to “deliberate action” by either a passenger or crew member. He also said the Boeing 777 might have flown for as long as eight hours after its takeoff at 12:20 a.m. March 9, meaning that in theory it could have traveled thousands of miles. Najib said investigators were focusing their search now on two air traffic corridors -- a southern one heading from Indonesia to the south Indian Ocean, and a northern one that would have taken the flight toward Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
WORLD
March 31, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - Crews continued searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the Indian Ocean west of Australia on Tuesday as authorities emphasized ramped-up efforts to determine what happened to the airliner that went missing March 8. Officials said an Australian military ship towing a pinger locator - which can scan the sea for the sounds of a beacon attached to the plane's flight data recorder - left port for the search zone Monday night. It was expected to arrive in the search area about 1,250 miles west of Perth, Australia, on Thursday.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
If you're against letting airline passengers talk on cellphones, you've gained a powerful ally. The Global Business Travel Assn., a trade group for the world's business travelers, submitted its opposition last week to a plan by the Federal Communications Commission to lift a ban on voice calls on planes. The group, which represents about 6,000 travel managers, called onboard calls "detrimental to business travelers. " The association even quoted folk singer Pete Seeger, who borrowed heavily from the book of Ecclesiastes when he wrote "there is a time to keep silence and a time to speak.
WORLD
March 29, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - Stepping up its role in the hunt for the elusive Malaysia Airlines flight 370, China reported Saturday that one of its Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft Saturday reported seeing "three suspicious objects" in the south Indian Ocean that could be wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The official New China News Agency, which has a reporter on the search plane, described the objects as red, white and orange and wrote that a marker had been dropped...
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March 28, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
Even before the disappearance of its Boeing 777, Malaysia Airlines faced financial turbulence and stiff competition from low-cost carriers in Asia. Still, airline experts say Malaysia's flagship carrier could survive the economic blow of the disaster by responding with new management and a safety campaign, among other changes. "The airline needs to show it is committed to safety, security and reliability," said Henry H. Harteveldt, a travel industry analyst for advisory firm Hudson Crossing.
WORLD
March 25, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan, Ralph Vartabedian and Don Lee
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Calm seas returned Wednesday to aid the search for the missing Flight 370, but public protests and the first legal filing on behalf of a passenger hinted at a stormy forecast for Malaysia and its state-supported airline. Executives of Malaysia Airlines said Tuesday that they would pay at least $5,000 to each of the families of the 227 passengers aboard the Boeing 777 that disappeared March 8, but the gesture appeared to provide little comfort to distraught relatives, about 100 of whom marched to the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing, where some clashed with police.
WORLD
March 22, 2014 | By Don Lee
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Spurred by additional satellite leads, Australian officials on Sunday ramped up a multinational effort to comb a vast stretch of the south Indian Ocean for traces of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said eight military and civilian aircraft carrying 20 volunteer spotters - double the number used Saturday - would look for objects that were shown floating about 1,500 miles off...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2012 | By August Brown
Apparently Rihanna took the chorus of her new single "Diamonds" to heart -- her latest promotional gambit for her album "Unapologetic" is the shiniest, booziest thing in the friendly skies this week . The Barbados-born singer has chartered a private jet to schlep around 250 comrades, contest winners and media folks for seven stops on her "777" world tour of small clubs that includes stops in Mexico City, London and elsewhere. Though this just sounds like a dreary, Dickensian hell, the passengers are doing their best to fight through the pulverizing boredom of being plied with Armand de Brignac champagne, tequila shots and Courvoisier in the company of one of the world's most famous and beautiful pop stars while jetting to exotic locales.
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November 4, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
It was Mike Robinson's 937th skydive and his very first "freak" accident. One moment, the 64-year-old skydiving instructor was clinging to a plane over Wisconsin on Saturday at sunset, ready to jump with eight others. All nine were on two Cessnas cruising in close formation, with all but two jumpers already outside the fuselage, preparing to leap. The next moment, the planes collided in midair. A wing on Robinson's plane was severed, his Cessna caught fire, and everyone plummeted toward the earth from 12,000 feet.
WORLD
March 19, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING --  Australian Prime Minter Tony Abbott said Thursday that two objects that could be wreckage of Malaysia Air flight 370 were found by satellites off the west coast of Australia. "New and credible information has come to light in relation to the search ... in the south Indian Ocean," Abbott told Australia's parliament in Canberra on Thursday morning, local time. "The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has received information based on satellite imagery of two objects possibly related to the search.
WORLD
March 19, 2014 | By Don Lee
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Investigators have found that some data were deleted from the flight simulator taken from the home of the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, adding to the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the Boeing 777. Malaysian officials said Wednesday that experts were working to recover the deleted data log in the homemade simulator that was fashioned by Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah. Authorities did not describe the significance of deleting the data, and experts said it may not reflect anything unusual.
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