December 23, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - The reports are cranked out with relentless efficiency: blistering tales of waste, fraud and abuse of American taxpayer-funded projects to rebuild Afghanistan. The damning audits from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction strike like missiles at the U.S. Embassy and military headquarters here. Trumpeted by an aggressive public relations effort, SIGAR findings cause heartburn among American diplomats and generals alike. Saying they are sometimes unfairly targeted, those in the cross hairs are now seeking to more effectively highlight their efforts to rectify shortcomings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 2013 |
The overseers of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum concealed from the public independent reports of lax financial controls and widespread spending abuses at the taxpayer-owned stadium that included sloppy accounting of hot dog sales and excessive perks for managers, records show. Problems detailed in the reports by two independent audit and consulting firms compounded money woes that leaders of the Coliseum Commission cited as a chief reason they decided to turn over stewardship of the two-time Olympic venue to USC. The Times obtained the reports through the court as part of a pending lawsuit the news organization filed against the commission, alleging that the panel has violated the California Public Records Act and open-meetings law. The commission refused to release the reports when The Times first inquired about them in 2011.
February 9, 2012 |
Diplomats on Thursday were seeking new approaches to remedy the worsening conflict in Syria as opposition activists reported that government shelling and attacks had killed more than 100 people, most of them in the embattled city of Homs. After almost a weeklong siege, residents of Homs' Bab Amro neighborhood described scenes of blood-spattered field hospitals, bodies left unburied, terrified families staying in their homes to avoid gunfire and shortages of medicine, food, water and electricity.
December 13, 2012 |
Swiss banking giant UBS may pay more than $1 billion to settle investigations into allegations that it conspired to rig key interest rates, according to published reports. The $1 billion in fines would more than double the $450 million British banking giant Barclays agreed to pay in June to settle charges that it manipulated key rates, including the London interbank offered rate, or Libor. Trillions of dollars' worth of consumer and financial products are pegged to Libor, including mortgages and swaps.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2013 |
Los Angeles police were searching for a suspect Monday afternoon in Reseda following a pursuit and reports of shots fired, authorities said. The pursuit involved at least three suspects and Los Angeles Police Department officers. Two of the suspects were detained as officers swarmed an area near Tampa Avenue and Strathern Street and set up a perimeter, according to law enforcement authorities. Officers in the San Fernando Valley were placed on a modified tactical alert, which means they can be kept on duty beyond their shift and may only respond to high-priority calls.
February 2, 2012 |
The unemployment rate rose in January, while job cuts soared as much as 39% year over year, according to three separate reports Thursday. But don't panic -- Experts say the new data is not only expected, but possibly even promising. Gallup said that joblessness rose to 8.6% from 8.5% in December. But the polling group added that the figure is down significantly from the 9.9% recorded for January last year and the 10.9% rate from the same month in 2010. The percentage of people working part-time but hoping for full-time work spiked to 10.1% from 9.8% in December, reaching its highest level since Gallup began keeping track of the measure at the beginning of 2010.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2013 |
Ten people were rescued Wednesday afternoon from an equestrian center in Orange County after a report of gunshots fired in the area near Silverado Canyon, law enforcement authorities said. There were no injuries, and deputies at the scene said they had found no weapons, said Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. There were no details available on the 10 people rescued. Deputies were waiting for a search warrant for an adjacent residence on Jackson Ranch Road, where the gunshots reportedly originated.
July 31, 2013 |
U.N. inspectors have been granted permission to probe three sites in Syria where chemical weapons are suspected to have been used in the nearly 2 1/2-year-old civil war, the world body's chief announced Wednesday. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the organization secured Syrian government permission for the inspections during a visit to Damascus last week by disarmament chief Angela Kane and Ake Sellstrom, who heads the chemical weapons investigation team. “The mission will travel to Syria as soon as possible to contemporaneously investigate three of the reported incidents, including Khan al-Assal,” Ban's office said in a statement.
February 6, 2012 |
Samsungs's next big smartphone release, the so-called Galaxy S III , may end up challenging the Motorola Droid Razr as the thinnest 4G handset on store shelves when it arrives later this year, according to new reports. The Galaxy S III, as the next major Samsung Galaxy S phone is expected to be called, will come in at a thickness of about about 7 millimeters, or about 0.27 inch thick, according to a report from South Korea's Electronic Times News translated by the website BGR . The Droid Razr, which was released in November, is 0.28 inch thick and currently owns the bragging right of thinnest 4G smartphone on the market -- a major marketing point for Motorola.
October 16, 2012 |
Apple is expected to announce the iPad mini next week, but that's not all the Cupertino-based company has in store, according to multiple reports on the Web. Nine to 5 Mac is reporting that the tech giant is also planning to reveal a new version of its tiny Mac mini computer. Citing unnamed sources, the report says the new Mac mini will have USB 3.0 ports and newer chipsets. The Mac mini was last redesigned two years ago and hasn't received an internal upgrade since last summer.