March 19, 2013 |
The days when parents could drop kids off at Disneyland for the day, leaving it up to Mickey and Goofy to watch over the youngsters, are over. Walt Disney Co. has unveiled a new admission policy requiring that children entering any of its U.S.-based theme parks be accompanied by a visitor at least 14 years old. In years past, parents living near theme parks would often use them as day-care facilities during summer vacation and spring break....
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March 18, 2013 |
One of the two reactors at the darkened San Onofre nuclear plant could be restarted at full power and operate safely for almost a year, Southern California Edison officials said Monday. The utility said its analysis confirms that it would be safe to fire up one of the reactors, but that out of an abundance of caution, Edison is proposing running the unit at only 70%. The plant has been shut down since a steam generator tube in the plant's Unit 3 sprung a small leak on Jan. 31, 2012, releasing a small amount of radioactive steam.
March 17, 2013
One of the most promising frontiers in healthcare is biologic medicines - complex substances derived from living cells that can help fight chronic diseases and cancers. To encourage investment in biologics, Congress in 2010 gave drug companies what amounts to a 12-year monopoly on the substances they developed. Now, supporters of biologics are pushing lawmakers in Sacramento and other state capitals to put new hurdles in the way of knock-off compounds, called "biosimilars. " The debate over biosimilars is grounded in doubts about their safety; none have yet been approved for use in the United States.
March 4, 2013 |
The passengers and pilot of a Learjet survived a scare Monday afternoon when the aircraft's landing gear developed a problem and forced an emergency landing in St. Louis. Those aboard were able to walk off the plane unharmed after the jet landed at 1:30 p.m. CST at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, where fire crews were waiting, spokesman Jeff Lea said. "It did land safely, without incident," Lea said. The exact nature of the landing-gear problem wasn't clear. Diane Earhart, an administrator with St. Louis Downtown Airport, told the Associated Press that controllers at a Cahokia, Ill., airport tower had confirmed that the plane was "not in proper landing condition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2013 |
Third in a series of articles focusing on key periods in the lives of the mayoral hopefuls. In the early 1980s, Wendy Greuel was at a crossroads. In one direction was the family building supply company housed in a dusty North Hollywood warehouse. The other way, a career at Los Angeles City Hall in Mayor Tom Bradley's administration beckoned. Bright, young and ambitious, Greuel had balanced duties on the high school cheerleading squad and as student body president with part-time work at Frontier Building Supply - where she kept the books, drove a forklift and answered the phone that sometimes rang for her mother's side business, the White Lace Inn. The 17-year-old Greuel, raised a Republican, was star-struck when she first met the Democratic mayor during a youth leadership ceremony atop City Hall.
February 26, 2013 |
Former female classmates of the man accused of wanting to kidnap and then eat women testified on Tuesday that they never felt threatened by the one-time New York City police officer. The trial of Gilberto Valle, 28, dubbed by the New York media as the "Cannibal Cop," moved into its second day, with prosecutors seeking to put human faces on potential victims. But some of the women who took the stand minimized the threat. Valle is accused of conspiring to kidnap women and of using information from a law enforcement database to build a list of 100 women who the prosecution says were potential targets.
February 19, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before getting back into work mode. The Skinny: I watched "The Following" last night and fear it has started to take a bad turn. I don't want to play spoiler but I do hate it when a character does something they never would do in the name of another plot twist. Tuesday's headlines include a recap of the holiday box office and a look at the battle over mixed martial arts TV supremacy. Daily Dose: No, Al Pacino isn't doing voice-over ads for Jeep.
February 19, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Turns out the Federal Reserve's gold is secure and a bit more pure than previously thought - or so the government says. Auditors spent weeks last year in a vault five stories beneath Manhattan counting, weighing and drilling small holes into gold bars owned by the U.S. Treasury. It was the first time the Treasury's inspector general had audited the department's gold held by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which has captured the imagination of Hollywood as well as government skeptics.
February 17, 2013 |
When my husband and I checked into the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, nearly 30 years ago, he assessed it this way: "What a dump. " He was right. There were no smoke detectors and no sprinklers. We weren't terribly concerned because we figured the odds of such a thing were low. We were wrong. Two weeks later, on Dec. 31, 1986, a fire at that hotel killed 97 people in 12 minutes. In the casino, gamblers burned to death, seated in their chairs. One hundred forty people were injured.
February 14, 2013
Re "In the dark on San Onofre," Editorial, Feb. 10 It is no surprise that Southern California Edison and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are keeping safety information about the San Onofre plant secret. One of the main lessons of the Fukushima disaster in Japan was that collusion between the nuclear industry and government regulators can have deadly consequences. The NRC logo states, "Protecting People and the Environment. " But here, the NRC seems interested in protecting Edison and not the 8.4 million people who live within the 50-mile evacuation zone.