July 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama urged Republican lawmakers Thursday to approve billions of dollars in new federal spending on roads, bridges and ports as he continued for a second day to try to build momentum for his stalled economic proposals. Speaking at the port in Jacksonville, Fla., Obama laid out a broad case for spending on infrastructure, arguing that it would ripple through the economy, boost the still-struggling middle class and make U.S. businesses more competitive. "If we don't make the necessary investments to ensure that America's a magnet for good jobs - investments in education, manufacturing, research, and transportation and information networks - we're just waving the white flag of surrender to other countries as they forge ahead in this global economy," Obama said.
July 14, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- The explosions that rocked the Syrian port city of Latakia last week, destroying a weapons cache, continue to reverberate in regional politics as accusations and denials abound. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined to say Sunday whether Israel was responsible for the July 5 attack, as has been reported. "I am not in the habit of saying what we did do or didn't do," he told CBS' Bob Schieffer on "Face the Nation. " What Netanyahu would say was that his policy is "to prevent the transfer of dangerous weapons to Hezbollah and other terror groups ... and we stand by that policy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2013 |
Wendy Miller shot this photo of a p elican silhouetted against the cranes at the Port of Long Beach at sunset on June 27. She used a Nikon D7000. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our Flickr page or reader submission gallery . Follow us on Twitter or visit latimes.com/socalmoments for more on this photo series.
July 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - America's largest commercial ports have failed to shore up defenses against potential cyber attacks, a new study contends, raising concerns about the vulnerability of computer networks that help move energy, foodstuff and other goods to market. Coast Guard Cmdr. Joseph Kramek, who spent a year as a fellow at the Brookings Institution, examined some of the nation's most heavily used ports: Los Angeles and Long Beach; Baltimore; Houston and Beaumont in Texas; and Vicksburg, Miss., on the Mississippi River.
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July 1, 2013 |
Lenny Lloyd da Silva photographed the historic Municipal Warehouse No. 1 , completed in 1917, at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro on June 14. He used a Nikon D3100. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our Flickr page or reader submission gallery . Follow us on Twitter or visit latimes.com/socalmoments for more on this photo series.
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June 30, 2013 |
Port Hueneme has asked the federal government for emergency help to replenish beaches with sand before the rapidly eroding shoreline undermines roads and floods property, including harbor facilities. City officials also fear that conditions could eventually damage the nearby Ormond Beach wetlands, the site of environmental restoration efforts supported by local and state agencies. Since January, high winds, abnormally high tides and large waves along the Ventura County coast have washed away most of the sand that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredges and places on Port Hueneme's beach every two years.
June 22, 2013 |
When 100 contestants gather in Las Vegas in November for the storied Pillsbury Bake-Off , they'll be protecting their clothes from floury spills in high style. Fashion designer Whitney Port, founder of the Whitney Eve clothing line, has created this year's official Pillsbury Bake-Off apron. She drew inspiration from photos fans pinned on Pillsbury's Pinterest page in coming up with her jewel-toned modern take on gingham. Pillsbury hit upon the idea of adding designer aprons to spice up the competition in 2004, tapping Isaac Mizrahi, who created a blue-and-white gingham check apron for the 41st Bake-Off.
June 14, 2013 |
The U.S. Supreme Court dismantled part of the Port of Los Angeles' anti-smog program Thursday, ruling that trucking companies don't have to affix "How am I driving?" placards to their vehicles or have off-site parking plans to haul goods in and out of the seaport. The ruling is part of a years-long battle between the American Trucking Assn. and the city of Los Angeles, which operates the port. The high court struck down the placard and parking provisions of the program but sent part of the case back to a lower appellate court for further review.
June 9, 2013 |
NAGASAKI, Japan - On my first trip to Nagasaki, just out of college, I knew what most of the world knows: An atomic bomb fell here on Aug. 9, 1945, bringing World War II to a close. It wasn't until my second visit, more than 20 years later on a guidebook assignment, that I realized how much I had missed. Although the A-bomb is rightfully front and center for overseas visitors, the Japanese concept of the city is very different. As Japan's westernmost major port, it was the nation's first landing spot for Catholic missionaries and martyrs; red-bearded, waistcoated, fancy-hatted traders; and exotic foods borne by trade winds.