October 24, 2013 |
In 2007, Congress created the Special Immigrant Visa program to help Iraqis and Afghans who had risked their lives to work for the American government during the wars in their countries. Thousands of former interpreters, drivers and other contractors applied, many of them worried about reprisals from fellow citizens and confident that the United States would help them begin a new life in America. More than five years after the program began, however, less than half of the visas set aside for the program - 5,000 annually for the last five years, plus more for family members - have been issued.
October 18, 2013 |
Foster Farms said it was working hard to repair its tarnished image after a salmonella outbreak linked to its chickens sickened more than 300 people nationwide. In one of the first interviews since the outbreak was announced earlier this month, Foster Farms President Ron Foster told The Times the company had implemented a series of new safety measures to reduce the instances of salmonella on its poultry parts to significantly below the industry standard. The announcement comes two weeks after the U.S. Department of Agriculture threatened to shutter three of the company's facilities that are tied to the outbreak.
September 20, 2013 |
Orvis, the Vermont-based upscale outfitters of the outdoorsy set, has rolled out a Theodore Roosevelt-themed roundup of apparel and accessories that will send 5% of sales to the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. It consists of just 10 pieces (one of which is Douglas Brinkley's book "The Wilderness Warrior") including a pair of vintage twill miner's pants ($139), a leather vest (with buffalo-nickel snaps, $350), a poplin shirt (tailored, according to the company's website, in the style of those worn by TR's Rough Riders, $98)
September 18, 2013 |
TEHRAN - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed Wednesday in his first U.S. media interview since taking office that Iran would never develop nuclear weapons. The statement to NBC News correspondent Ann Curry was the strongest indication to date that the 64-year-old cleric is making good on campaign promises to improve relations with the West. Earlier Wednesday, human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and at least 10 other religious and political activists were released from prison, with no explanation for the reprieve by the new government.
September 18, 2013 |
Eli Broad said Tuesday that he won't continue giving $3 million a year to his new museum's across-the-street neighbor, the Museum of Contemporary Art, ending his five-year run as its primary funder. But he thinks his museum, called the Broad, will be a boon to MOCA's attendance, even though general admission will be free and MOCA charges $12 for admission. "I don't have any plans to make another pledge; but you never know," Broad said Tuesday while hosting guests for a "hard-hat tour" of the construction site for his museum, which is expected to open in late 2014, across Grand Avenue from MOCA.
September 11, 2013 |
Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez knew all the right things to say in his biggest speech since getting the job a few months ago. "I feel at home," Perez told the thousands of union activists gathered at the AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles on Tuesday. He then spent the next 40 minutes of the keynote address pledging to raise the minimum wage, protect worker rights and look after middle-class and immigrant workers. "Nobody who works 40 hours a week should have to live in poverty," he told union leaders.
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September 9, 2013 |
Elected officials from cities across southeast Los Angeles County pledged Monday evening to marshal their political power to sway regulators to shut down a Vernon battery recycler that residents fear is harming their health because of arsenic and lead emissions. "The solution ... is right here in this room," Huntington Park Councilwoman Karina Macias told a packed meeting hall at Resurrection Catholic Church in Boyle Heights. "More marches. More meetings like this one. " The crowd, including several children and a woman costumed in a hazmat suit, cheered their approval.
September 6, 2013 |
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - After two days of summit meetings here, President Obama and other world leaders signed a lengthy declaration of prescriptions for the global economy, including pledges that placed a renewed emphasis on creating jobs as opposed to curbing deficits. The so-called Group of 20 major economies also took further steps to crack down on multinational companies that avoid paying taxes. The 27-page joint statement from the G-20, which concluded its meetings Friday, underscored the shifting momentum in growth toward the U.S. and other advanced economies.
September 5, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- In a world where conventional wisdom is that advertisements -- no matter how annoying or distracting -- must permeate every online moment to afford people access to free services, Dave Morin has very deliberately taken his own path. It couldn't be more different than the path followed by his former company, Facebook Inc., which has won back the confidence of investors and a market value that tops $100 billion by selling ever more ads on mobile devices. Morin has pledged he will never run ads on Path, the mobile-only social network for sharing your private, intimate moments with close friends and family members that he co-founded in 2010.
August 30, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Microsoft, Google and other major U.S. technology companies fighting to reveal more detail about the surveillance demands by U.S. intelligence say negotiations with the government have not reached an agreement “acceptable to all.” In a blog post Friday, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith said the talks recently broke down and Microsoft planned to move forward with the lawsuit filed this summer. Technology companies are on the defensive after damaging revelations that they turn over users' data to the National Security Agency's secret Internet surveillance program.