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November 8, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
NEW ORLEANS -- President Obama vented his frustration with his broken healthcare insurance website Friday, joking that he “wanted to go in and fix it myself but I don't write code.” “We've had this problem with the website,” Obama told a crowd during a visit to the Port of New Orleans. “I'm not happy about that but we're working overtime to make sure it gets fixed. I promise.” The president's brief comments on his struggling healthcare law came amid a call for bipartisan cooperation on his economic proposals.
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WORLD
November 7, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - The city of Lazaro Cardenas is a scrappy Mexican success story. The once-obscure industrial port, between Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco, has grown significantly over the last decade, using cheap domestic dock labor and a direct railroad connection to Texas to attract international cargo ships that might have otherwise gone to the Port of Los Angeles. But it also has earned a darker reputation. Precursor chemicals for methamphetamine are widely known to be smuggled in to Lazaro Cardenas in multi-ton batches on ships arriving from Asia: One typical bust in December 2011 netted 1,600 barrels that had originated in Shanghai.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Eager to strengthen its ties with the U.S., the government of Thailand agreed not to charge for use of its docks and wharves when three Navy ships arrived in 2010 for a multi-nation exercise at sea. So when a bill arrived weeks later at the Navy regional headquarters for $110,000, the Navy began asking questions. That led to an expansive, international investigation into whether the Navy and U.S. taxpayers were getting ripped off at ports throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
SPORTS
October 16, 2013 | Staff and Wire reports
Masters champion Adam Scott broke the course record Wednesday at Port Royal with a seven-under-par 64 to win the PGA Grand Slam of Golf by two shots over U.S. Open champion Justin Rose at Southampton, Bermuda. Trailing by four shots with 10 holes to play, Scott pulled ahead of his good friend for the first time with a six-iron that settled inches from the cup on the par-five 17th for a tap-in eagle. Rose pulled his approach and had to settle for par. Rose, who opened with a 67, had a 69 in the 36-hole exhibition for the four major champions of the year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2013 | From KTLA
Firefighters extinguished a transformer fire that broke out Tuesday morning at a shipping-container terminal at the Port of Los Angeles. The blaze was reported at about 7:30 a.m. at the TraPak Inc. facility in Wilmington, about a half-mile north of the Vincent Thomas Bridge, KTLA reported. Before attacking the fire, Los Angeles firefighters waited for confirmation from the L.A. Department of Water and Power that the transformer had been shut down. “There are no structures threatened at this time,” said LAFD spokeswoman Katherine Main.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Not one but two new Chromebooks went on sale this week, the HP Chromebook 11 and, as of Thursday, the Acer C720 Chromebook. Both machines run Google's operating system, but how do they stack up? Here's a quick breakdown: Screen Both laptops appear to be using the same if not very similar screens. They feature an 11.6-inch screen with 16:9 ratios and 1,366 by 768 pixel resolutions. Size and weight The two machines are also very similar in size and weight. The C720 Chromebook weighs 2.42 pounds and is 0.7 inches thick while the Chromebook 11 weighs in at a slightly lighter 2.3 pounds and just a tad thinner at 0.69 inches thick.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2013 | By David Zahniser and Dan Weikel
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday that the top executive at the Port of Los Angeles will retire at the end of the year, the first department head to announce a departure during Garcetti's review of high-level managers. Geraldine Knatz, who has been running the nation's busiest port since 2006, will leave her post in November but stay on until the end of December. Garcetti thanked Knatz for her service and said Gary Lee Moore, now the city engineer, will be acting general manager at the harbor department until a permanent replacement is found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Catherine Saillant and Dan Weikel
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday that the top executive at the Port of Los Angeles will leave at the end of the year, the first department head to announce a departure during Garcetti's review of high-level managers. Geraldine Knatz, who has been running the nation's busiest port since 2006, will retire at the end of the year. Garcetti also announced that Gary Lee Moore, currently the city engineer, will serve as acting general manager at the harbor until a permanent replacement is found.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2013 | Ricardo Lopez
At least 15 port truck drivers with a Carson-based trucking firm went on a 24-hour strike scheduled to culminate in a Tuesday rally, alleging their employer is trying to thwart their efforts to unionize. The action against the company, Green Fleet Systems, began late Monday when truck drivers and their supporters picketed outside the company's Carson facility. Truckers contend that company supervisors have been illegally dissuading them from joining a union -- an allegation Green Fleet denied.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
At least 15 port truck drivers seeking to unionize at a Carson-based firm went on strike Monday night, kicking off a week's worth of planned labor actions. Labor groups organizing strikes and rallies are aiming to draw attention to low-wage workers in industries including fast food and logistics.  On Monday, port truck drivers picketed  outside Green Fleet Systems' Carson facility. They allege their employer has tried intimidating workers in an effort to discourage them from organizing.
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