CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2013 |
A big-rig fire on the eastbound lanes of the 60 Freeway in Hacienda Heights has shut down the freeway in both directions, California Highway Patrol officials said. The blaze began just before 3 p.m. and took nearly an hour to extinguish, authorities said. The big rig was carrying compressed hydrogen, but based on live video footage, it did not appear that any of the containers exploded during the fire. The CHP was initially diverting eastbound traffic off at Hacienda Boulevard, then moved the closure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2013 |
A Villa Park High School wrestling coach was arrested after he allegedly choked a student wrestler to the point of rendering him unconscious and then punched the teen several times in the head, authorities said. Emmanuel Hugo Hernandez, 26, of Orange was arrested on suspicion of felony battery on a student and was being held on $100,000 bail, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Described as a "walk-on" wrestling coach, Hernandez allegedly grabbed the unidentified student during afternoon practice, placed him in an "unauthorized" choke hold until the student fell unconscious and then punched him several times in the head, causing "visible injury near the right ear," the Sheriff's Department said.
September 10, 2013 |
The 1,350-passenger cruise ship Veendam will return to Mazatlan, Mexico, in November, the first major cruise ship in the last two years to stop at the Pacific Coast port. And others will follow. Mariachis will play, the governor will speak and a grand fiesta will take place as passengers disembark from the Veendam, a Holland-America Line vessel. In 2010-11 industry giants Carnival Cruise Lines , Princess Cruises , Norweigian Cruise Line , Disney Cruise Line and Holland-America stopped calling at the port.
September 5, 2013 |
The world's largest cruise ship company has agreed to use air pollution control equipment to clean exhaust from the giant diesel engines that power its vessels. Carnival Corp. will install scrubbers to cut sulfur oxide emissions and filters to capture soot from 32 cruise ships over the next three years under a tentative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard, the EPA and Carnival announced Thursday. Instead of using cleaner, but more expensive, low-sulfur fuel to cut emissions, some of Carnival's ships will be outfitted with pollution-trapping technology used for years in power plants, factories and vehicles.
June 25, 2013 |
Carnival Corp. said its decades-long chief executive who was at the helm as the firm became the world's largest cruise company -- and faced recent crises as its ships faced highly publicized safety problems -- will step down. The Miami firm said Tuesday that Micky Arison, 63, will leave his CEO post July 3 but stay on as chairman of the board in a move that splits the two positions. Arnold W. Donald, 58, a 12-year member of its board, will replace Arison as chief executive. Arison became chief executive in 1979, before the company went public, and guided it through its arrival on Wall Street and several major acquisitions, including Princess Cruises, Holland America and Costa Cruises.
June 18, 2013 |
The birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton's first child is expected to bring $380 million to the British economy in the coming weeks. Talk about a baby bump. The money will come from the sale of souvenirs and trinkets and other festivities related to the royal birth, according to a report released Monday by the Centre for Retail Research in Nottingham , England. British retailers and even the royals themselves are getting into merchandising for the baby due in July.