October 17, 2013 |
Getting unanimous U.N. Security Council agreement to act against rogue nations and rights abusers may have become even more difficult Thursday with the election of Chad and Saudi Arabia to seats on the influential 15-member panel, human rights advocates said. Chad made the United Nation's "list of shame" again this year over allegations of conscription and deployment of child soldiers, and Saudi Arabia is a recurring target of criticism by rights champions for denying women the right to vote, drive or travel without permission of male relatives.
October 16, 2013 |
Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who harnessed the power of social media to gain fame far beyond his city, is heading to Washington after winning a special election to fill New Jersey's U.S. Senate seat. With 52% of the vote in, Booker was leading Republican tea party opponent Steve Lonegan, 55% to 44%. The Associated Press called the race for the Democrat within hours after the polls closed. After brushing past the tea party-fueled challenge from Lonegan, Booker will take over a seat long held by Democrat Frank R. Lautenberg, who died in June.
October 13, 2013 |
An arms race is heating up among airlines battling to lure passengers with a taste for luxury. Etihad Airways fired a volley in the war recently when it announced that it is offering the services of nannies and onboard chefs on long-haul flights from Los Angeles. The chefs will serve made-to-order meals only for customers in the “diamond first class” seats, but the “Flying Nannies” will help clean, pamper and entertain children throughout the plane. “It's all about how to differentiate yourself for regular travelers,” Etihad president and chief executive James Hogan said about the new services.
October 9, 2013 |
General Motors Co. is recalling about 19,000 of its 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Series 1500 full-size pickup trucks to fix a problem with the front seat. Trucks sold with manual front seat reclining seatbacks might fail to meet a federal safety requirement if struck from behind. GM said does not know of any crashes or injuries resulting from the problem. GM dealers will inspect the seatbacks and make adjustments if necessary under new vehicle warranty. The recall includes an additional 2,700 trucks sold in Canada and Mexico.
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October 8, 2013 |
The price of many tickets to see the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl will increase for the 2014 season, according to a pricing plan approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The ticket increases range from $1 to $9, while some tickets will stay the same price or decrease by $1. Overall, the price changes are expected to bring in an additional $30,000 of revenue, which will be used to fund "increased production, labor, marketing, and artists' costs," according to a staff report prepared by the county Department of Parks and Recreation.
October 4, 2013 |
United Airlines is installing seats with thinner backrests on hundreds of planes, beginning with its regional carriers. The Chicago-based carrier says the pitch and legroom on the seats won't change, even though the backrests will be thin enough to allow the carrier to fit more seats per cabin. The width of the seats won't change. With thinner backrests, each passenger sits back further in the seats, taking up less space and giving up enough room to squeeze in more seats. United introduced the seats this week on Bombardier CRJ700 jets operated by SkyWest Airlines, a regional carrier for United.
October 2, 2013 |
“The X Factor” has been off to a rocky start this season. The fledgling competition has y et to deliver on the hype creator Simon Cowell lobbed upon the media before the show premiered in 2011. Unlike “American Idol,” Cowell's first stateside swing at picking music talent, “X Factor” hasn't proved beneficial to its winners. Season 1 champ Melanie Amaro has issued only a handful of coolly received singles, and last year's winner, Tate Stevens, “parted ways” with his label after his debut didn't make much of a splash.
October 2, 2013 |
JetBlue this week detailed its new premium-class service -- lie-back beds, private suites and tapas-style meals topped off with an espresso or cappuccino -- that will begin on coast-to-coast flights June 15. But there's more good news too. Along with the premium service, called Mint, coach seats get a makeover too. Mint will account for 16 seats, four of them private suites with closing doors, on the airline's new fleet of Airbus A321s, according to...
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September 30, 2013 |
Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday called a Dec. 3 special election to fill a vacant Los Angeles-area Assembly seat. At least six candidates have said they intend to run for the 54th Assembly District post previously occupied by Holly Mitchell, a Democrat who this month won a special election to the state Senate. If no candidate wins a majority in December, a runoff will be held Feb. 4 between the top two vote-getters. The district includes Westwood and the UCLA campus, Century City, Baldwin Hills, the Crenshaw district and Culver City.
September 25, 2013 |
With the lingering effects of the Great Recession slowly disappearing, more business travelers are reserving high-priced hotel rooms and booking roomier seats in the front of the plane. But the luxury spending may be benefiting executives, not middle managers and lower-level workers. At the depth of the recession, most major companies restricted workers to flying in the economy section and booking budget hotel rooms. But some businesses now seem to be loosening the purse strings on the travel budget.