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September 13, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - The top doctor aboard the Navy's hospital ship Mercy has been relieved of command because of allegations that he falsified his physical fitness and weight records, the Navy announced Friday. Capt. William Cogar, commanding officer of the hospital aboard the San Diego-based ship, was relieved by Rear Adm. Thomas Shannon, commander of the military sealift command. Shannon took the action Friday after an investigation by the Navy's inspector general found "irregularities" in Cogar's records.
September 9, 2013 |
Rochelle had a really bad trip aboard a cruise ship, so what she should be asking about is travel insurance. But her question concerns customer service. Specifically, why is it sometimes so bad? Rochelle broke her back while on a cruise. Needless to say, the trip was ruined. Now that she's better, she'd like to give cruising another try. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions Rochelle contacted the cruise line. She said she knew her accident wasn't the company's fault.
September 6, 2013 |
Apple may have struck a deal with China's largest mobile carrier, a move that could help the company finally gain a foothold in the promising market. The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant is getting ready to ship low-cost iPhone models to China Mobile, according to the Wall Street Journal . The shipment supposedly consists of iPhone 5C units, a low-cost model of Apple's popular smartphone that is expected to be revealed Tuesday. PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 -- so far If Apple has struck a deal with China Mobile, then the tech giant can now potentially sell its device to the Chinese carrier's 700 million subscribers.
September 5, 2013 |
British billionaire Richard Branson's commercial space venture Virgin Galactic took one step closer to carrying tourists into space with its latest supersonic test flight. On Thursday, the company's rocket plane went Mach 1.43 in the skies above the Mojave Desert. It is the second time the aircraft, named SpaceShipTwo, has broken the sound barrier. The test flight is a key milestone in Virgin Galactic's effort to be the world's first commercial space liner, which would make several trips a day carrying scores of paying customers into space for a brief journey.
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.
September 1, 2013 |
Darrell Bailey is arguably the Clippers' biggest fan. After all, he's known as "Clipper Darrell. " He tweeted a picture Saturday suggesting he was ready to jump ship to join the Lakers' fan base. I am sorry to inform u that @kobebryant has recruited me pic.twitter.com/UKJR1CQs7Z - Clipper Darrell (@clipperdarrell) August 31, 2013 Although not an official representative of the Clippers' organization, Bailey may be their most famous fan (after Billy Crystal)
August 30, 2013 |
Sequestration may seem like a long-ago problem that hasn't had many of the disastrous effects once feared, but for one group of people, it could really start to hurt on Oct 1. That's when the nation's new budget will go into effect, and unless something is changed, the program known as the Maritime Security Program, part of the Merchant Marines, is going to take a big haircut. About one-third of its 60 militarily useful commercial ships, which carry most of the nation's military supplies to and from places such as Afghanistan, are going to lose their subsidy and be eliminated.
August 27, 2013 |
BEIJING -- North Korea tried to export gas masks to Syria this spring, presumably for use in the Middle East nation's chemical weapons program, but the shipment was intercepted by Turkey along with arms and ammunition, a Japanese newspaper reported Tuesday. The Libya-flagged ship El Entisar (“Victory”) was stopped April 3 by Turkish authorities as it passed through the Dardanelles, the Sankei Shimbun reported. Acting on the tip from the United States, authorities searched the ship and seized 1,400 rifles and pistols and about 30,000 rounds of ammunition as well as the gas masks.
August 27, 2013 |
Traveling across America on Kindness One, my bright-yellow Chang Jiang motorcycle with the 750cc BMW engine, has not been easy. But a journey around the world - I left Los Angeles on Aug. 10 on this yellow lightning bolt - isn't going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination, especially because it's sustained by the kindness of strangers. I'm carrying no money, have no place to stay, no food, no nothing, just the kindness of strangers. And the unkindness of a 1978 motorcycle that hates mornings and sometimes won't even get out of bed (that's code for "will not start")
August 12, 2013 |
The cruise ship used in the classic TV series "The Love Boat" made one more run on its way to be dismantled at a port in Turkey last week, but its final moments have been marred by tragedy: Two people have died from exposure to toxic gases as the result of an accident that happened while the boat was entering its final port of call over the weekend. According to CNN , the ship once known as the Pacific Princess and seen in the opening credits of "The Love Boat," which aired on ABC from 1977 to 1987, was entering the port of Aliaga in Turkey when it sustained damage and began taking on water in a storage area under the main engine.