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November 28, 2013 | By Christi Parsons and Don Lee
PANAMA CANAL ZONE - After waiting out an early-afternoon downpour, Vice President Joe Biden and the U.S. delegation emerged into the humid heat to tour the $5.2-billion canal expansion. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake snapped pictures with her cellphone. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter beamed with curiosity as he walked and questioned a site supervisor. "Something big is happening here," Biden said in an obvious understatement, eliciting laughs from the group of mayors and lawmakers from several seaport cities and states.
November 17, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Officials are trying to determine why a drone being used as part of a Navy training exercise malfunctioned off the Ventura County coast Saturday. Two sailors suffered minor burns in the incident, the Navy said in a statement. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Third Fleet told the Associated Press that it is unclear what went wrong. The ship sustained some damage and is returning to its home port of San Diego, the Navy said. The sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser Chancellorsville were using the drone to test the ship's radar-tracking system, something done on a regular basis.
November 17, 2013 | By Tony Perry
The guided-missile cruiser struck by an aerial-target drone during a training exercise off Ventura County returned to San Diego on Sunday for assessment and repair, officials said. The Chancellorsville was struck on its port side by an BQM-74 series drone. Two sailors suffered burns. The ship returned to San Diego under its own power. It had set sail Tuesday and was scheduled to be at sea another seven days, officials said. Navy specialists are examining the extent of damage to the ship.
November 14, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - The aircraft carrier George Washington and four other Navy ships in Leyte Gulf in the Philippines on Thursday were preparing to begin relief operations for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, Navy officials said. Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, the commander of the George Washington Strike Group, said the carrier and cruisers Antietam and Cowpens will take up positions off the east coast of Samar island “to begin to assess the damage and to provide logistical and emergency support, including medical care and water supplies,” according to a Pentagon news release.
November 14, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
CEBU, Philippines - With pressure mounting to speed up the distribution of aid to victims of Typhoon Haiyan, the U.S. aircraft carrier George Washington and its strike group arrived Thursday in the Philippines, and officials said relief flights could take place around the clock at two airports. Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, commander of the George Washington Strike Group, said the carrier and cruisers Antietam and Cowpens would take up positions off the east coast of Samar island "to begin to assess the damage and to provide logistical and emergency support, including medical care and water supplies," according to a Pentagon news release.
November 6, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - When is a pirate not a pirate? A federal court may provide an answer in a trial that opened in Washington this week of a Somali official who helped win release of a hijacked Danish cargo ship and crew for $1.7 million ransom, but who played no part in seizing the vessel or holding it for 71 days. U.S. courts have convicted dozens of Somali pirates in recent years, part of a vast multinational effort that has helped curtail the rampant hijacking of oil tankers, freighters, sailboats and other ships off the Horn of Africa.
November 5, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Eager to strengthen its ties with the U.S., the government of Thailand agreed not to charge for use of its docks and wharves when three Navy ships arrived in 2010 for a multi-nation exercise at sea. So when a bill arrived weeks later at the Navy regional headquarters for $110,000, the Navy began asking questions. That led to an expansive, international investigation into whether the Navy and U.S. taxpayers were getting ripped off at ports throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
November 3, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
If it weren't for Google trying to cover it up, the old sea-worn barge stacked four stories high with customized shipping containers may not have become an object of global fascination. But Google being Google with all its out-there projects - many ripped from the pages of sci-fi bestsellers - the secrecy behind the barge has taken on a life of its own. Google isn't saying anything, and having guards shoo away prying eyes has only added to the mystery. Since the barge was discovered 10 days ago, my imagination has raced through mind-blowing possibilities.
October 24, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - Two Americans were taken hostage by pirates who attacked their ship off the coast of Nigeria, U.S. officials said Thursday. The captain and chief engineer of the C-Retriever, a U.S.-flagged oil supply ship, were kidnapped in the attack early Wednesday in the Gulf of Guinea, according to news reports. The ship is owned by Edison Chouest Offshore, a maritime company based in Cut Off, La. A company spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The identities of the hostages weren't released.
October 23, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
FedEx Corp. said Wednesday it expects the busiest Cyber Monday shipping week in its history this year as more consumers turn to shopping online for the holiday season. The company said it expects to move more than 22 million shipments on Cyber Monday, which falls on Dec. 2. That's an 11% increase over last year's Cyber Monday, the marketing term for the Monday after Thanksgiving, when online retailers offer holiday shoppers steep discounts. FedEx also projects it will handle more than 85 million shipments between Dec. 1 and Dec. 7, its busiest week of the year.
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