January 13, 2010 |
A mighty earthquake rocked the small, impoverished island nation of Haiti on Tuesday, collapsing a hospital, the presidential palace and other buildings, triggering massive panic and claiming an as-yet uncounted number of lives -- perhaps thousands. Screams for help emanated from felled buildings, and chaos reigned. One diplomat called the quake a "catastrophe" in one of the countries least equipped to handle it. As night fell on the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, a city of 2 million, reports emerged of extensive destruction; homes and buildings a shambles; trapped, seriously injured victims; and residents sleeping in streets.
March 7, 2009 |
A senior employee of Taiwan's presidential office was indicted on charges of providing classified information to rival China, a prosecutor said. Wang Jen-bing was charged with violating the national security law by leaking documents gathered during the last three years of former President Chen Shui-bian's eight-year tenure, said prosecutor Huang Mou-shin. Chen left office in May. Chen Pin-jen, a legislative aid, was indicted on similar charges, Huang said.
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December 2, 2008 |
Despite increased speculation that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa may be heading to Washington, he said Monday that he would not be joining President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet. Villaraigosa said he had a "conversation" with Obama in mid-November about joining the new Democratic administration but told the incoming president that he would stay in Los Angeles to focus on his reelection campaign and ongoing efforts to address the city's financial troubles and other pressing issues.
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April 16, 2008 |
Robert T. Hartmann, a close aide to Gerald R. Ford who drafted many of the president's speeches, including his first address to the nation after President Nixon left office that proclaimed "My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over," has died. He was 91. Hartmann, who spent more than two decades as a journalist for the Los Angeles Times, died April 11 of cardiac arrest at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., according to his family.
November 20, 2007 |
Frances Fragos Townsend, President Bush's domestic security advisor, announced Monday that she was resigning -- the latest in a series of senior officials to leave the administration as the president juggles a still-full agenda. Townsend, who began working for the government as an assistant U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y.
September 1, 2007 |
White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, on the job 16 months, said Friday that he was leaving his post in two weeks "because I ran out of money." The former Fox News commentator, who was treated for colon cancer in 2005 and underwent surgery and chemotherapy this year after a recurrence, said he planned to make money by giving speeches and writing books. The first book topic, he said, was likely to be "on how you deal with sickness."