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December 22, 2009
New rules on delayed flights Under a directive announced by the Transportation Department, starting in April domestic airlines must: Allow passengers to return to the terminal if they have been stranded on the tarmac for more than three hours. The only exceptions are if safety or security reasons prohibit the plane from returning to the gate or if air traffic controllers advise against it. Provide food and water and access to a working bathroom after a plane has been delayed for more than two hours.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Martin Miller
If there is such a thing as a comic antihero, Elder Cunningham in the highly acclaimed and wildly irreverent "The Book of Mormon" is it. Cody Jamison Strand portrays the character who is the kind of person - very clingy, prototypically schlubby and frequently less than truthful - that would have folks of all religious denominations unified in their haste to un-friend him on Facebook. And yet, Strand's character is able to harness those repellent qualities and humorously bring together Mormon missionaries and a small village in Northern Uganda - not only in their appreciation of each other, but for the universal role that storytelling and religion play as well.  PHOTOS: Best in theater 2013 | Charles McNulty The Tony-award winning musical is now on national tour at the Pantages Theatre through May 11. Below is an edited transcript of a conversation with Strand, 24, who also performed the role on Broadway.
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TRAVEL
February 4, 2010 | From Reuters
VANCOUVER - The Make-A-Wish Foundation found an "angel" on Thursday to save the Olympic dream vacations of 11 terminally ill children who were left without rooms when the cruise ship that was to provide accommodation canceled its Vancouver plans and left them high and dry. The plight of the stranded children made headlines around the world, triggering a flood of offers of help, including one from Jet Set Sports, which stepped up to provide downtown...
NATIONAL
March 11, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
About 350 people were stranded in eastern Montana on Tuesday when rivers overflowed their banks because of melting ice and snow. Hundreds of residents just outside the town of Roundup, about 50 miles north of Billings, have been cut off from outside help for more than a day after the Musselshell River burst through a dike and covered a crucial access road with several feet of water, officials and residents told the Los Angeles Times. The water is "up to the fence posts" and has gotten so high between the town and the stranded residents that “the county actually has a hard time getting a 'road closed' sign in on our side," Lance Redding, one of the stranded residents, told The Times.
TRAVEL
July 7, 1985
For travelers who find themselves in the same dilemma as Nancy Belcher (June 9), being stranded in Penang, Malaysia, for want of a reservation on the International Express to Bangkok, several trains leave for Bangkok daily from Haddayi in southern Thailand. The accommodations are about half the price of those on the International Express, and spaces are almost always available, even a couple of hours before departure. A local train leaves Butterworth station around 8 a.m. for the four-hour trip to Haddayi, and you are guaranteed a spot on this train, though it may be standing.
WORLD
December 20, 2009 | By Janet Stobart
Passengers who had spent the night trapped in freezing temperatures in the English Channel tunnel emerged Saturday describing "a complete nightmare" in pitch-dark unheated trains without food or water. Four trains on the Eurostar line joining London and Paris broke down after entering the tunnel on the French coast Friday night, and a journey that should have taken less than three hours turned into a cold 11- to 16-hour marathon for more than 2,000 people. The first trickle of shivering passengers appeared Saturday morning at London's St. Pancras station and central London bus stations hungry, thirsty and angry.
WORLD
October 30, 2009 | John M. Glionna
They are the ships that fell from the sky; two immovable objects, their very presence defying reason. Residents call them acts of God. Most cannot fathom that the two ocean vessels were transported miles inland by floodwaters of the 2004 tsunami that ravaged this small city on Sumatra's northern tip. Miles apart, both have been left intact as memorials to the 170,000 residents of Aceh province who either died or disappeared in the catastrophe....
NEWS
May 16, 1989 | From Associated Press
A Cuban family stranded in Canada for five months in an immigration dispute learned Monday they have been granted political asylum and can head home to Florida. Carlos Fajardo, his wife, Bermaida, and her two children crossed into Niagara Falls, Ontario, on Dec. 23, while on a Christmas vacation to see snow. They were denied permission to re-enter the United States because they lacked proof of citizenship.
NEWS
May 15, 1989 | From Times wire services
U.S. immigration officials have granted political asylum to a Cuban family from Florida that was stranded in Canada for nearly five months after a sightseeing trip, it was reported today. The Buffalo News said Carlos Fajardo and his family will return to the United States on Tuesday. The family has survived on charity in Niagara Falls and Ft. Erie, Ontario, while waiting for permission to reenter the United States. Their exile began Dec. 23 when, while on vacation, they traveled north to view snow and crossed into Canada.
NATIONAL
January 31, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A rare, 30-foot right whale had to be euthanized after it stranded itself on a remote North Carolina beach, officials said. Employees from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service have started a necropsy to try to determine why the 2-year-old whale stranded. It died Thursday. The whale was spotted by a pilot Monday. Rough weather hindered rescue efforts, but a veterinarian and others, ferried by a Coast Guard helicopter, reached the remote site Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2014 | By Joe Mozingo, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Four hikers stranded by floodwaters were flown out of Malibu Canyon by helicopter early Sunday, authorities said. The hikers were cold and exhausted, but uninjured, said Sgt. Jeff Slutske of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The hikers had crossed a section of the creek Saturday afternoon when the water was low, but by the time they returned, the stream was running too high and fast to cross. Sheriff's officials got a call from the hikers about 6:30 p.m. saying they were stranded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
Four hikers were stranded between two rain-swollen waterways in Malibu Creek State Park on Saturday night as rescuers attempted to reach them. Because of the stormy weather, a helicopter could not access the area, which is near the 1900 block of Las Virgenes Road between a rock pool and a creek, said Michael Pittman, a supervising dispatcher for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The hikers, who called for help about 7 p.m., are not in danger, but a search-and-rescue team was expected to take four or five hours to bring them out of the canyon.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
The slew of storms that has pummeled the nation's Midwest and East Coast this winter has resulted in some horrible numbers: 77,000 canceled flights carrying nearly 6 million passengers so far this year. An additional 43 million people were on delayed flights. At Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, about 1,000 passengers slept in the terminals Thursday night because of 675 canceled flights in and out of the airport. The airport offered cots, blankets and baby items to delayed travelers.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
This week should be a joyous one For couples back together. But all these storms chased off the fun, Replaced the love with weather.   St. Valentine would hardly cheer At all those stranded solo, Alone in airports, left to jeer As agents all say no-go.   The TSA did pat you down And maybe that was thrilling. But now your laptop's charge is gone With ten hours to be killing.   Your dreams of romance after sunset? In terminal condition.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | Hugo Martín
Flights canceled in January's "polar vortex" inflicted $2.5 billion in costs on stranded travelers, according to a new analysis. The 49,000 flights canceled last month more than doubled the number halted by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Snow, sleet and frigid temperatures also led to more than 300,000 delays, according to MasFlight, an aviation operations technology company based in Bethesda, Md. And two more storms are barreling toward the East Coast. The region is home to the nation's busiest airspace, where travel snafus ripple throughout the country.
NATIONAL
January 30, 2014 | David Zucchino and Matt Pearce and Lisa Mascaro
Light snow was falling when Samantha Avers left Duluth, a northwest Atlanta suburb, on Tuesday afternoon. She figured she would be home quickly, for it was only a 30- to 45-minute drive. Twenty-two hours later, Avers, an account manager who had just moved to balmy Atlanta from northern Virginia, wearily parked in her Smyrna neighborhood Wednesday morning. She had been stranded in hellish snowstorm traffic, napped in her car in the middle of a freeway, eaten fruit from her Superman lunch box, watched "Private Practice" on her iPad and drank a gas station beer from a coffee cup. Hers was just one of the horror stories from the great Atlanta snow-out of 2014.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2009 | Raja Abdulrahim
More than 70 China Eastern Airlines passengers stranded in Los Angeles since the weekend because of mechanical problems with their plane finally departed for Shanghai late Tuesday night. The Airbus A340 took off at 11 p.m., according to an airline spokesman. The plane was originally scheduled to depart at 1:30 p.m. Sunday but was grounded after problems with its landing gear were discovered. Many of the initial 282 Shanghai-bound passengers took direct flights to Beijing on Monday and Tuesday, while others canceled their trips.
NATIONAL
November 7, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
A wintry blast of punishing wind and nearly 4 feet of snow stranded unknown numbers of motorists and knocked out power to thousands. A long stretch of Interstate 90 was closed in South Dakota, as was Interstate 80 in eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska. Parts of North Dakota received about 9 inches of snow.
NATIONAL
January 30, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
Call it a gesture of airborne hospitality in a community's time of need: In Alabama, one of several Southern states hit by a freak snowstorm this week, Birmingham-area resident David Upton flew his company helicopter and ferried away nearly a dozen people stranded in their cars and in medical need. There was the pregnant woman and her young son desperately seeking to get home; the sick man who needed a ride from work and a woman who needed a lift home from a hospital. At 52, Upton, co-owner of a company called Cranweorks, is used to using big equipment to help people out of professional jams.
NATIONAL
January 28, 2014 | By Matt Pearce and Saba Hamedy, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
An unusual blanket of snow across the South triggered epic traffic snarls and stranded hundreds of students at their schools Tuesday. LATEST: Drivers trapped, kids sleep at school Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama struggled to cope with 2 to 4 inches of snow, while Atlanta's 3 inches led to six-hour commutes -- at least for drivers who didn't abandon their cars on the slippery roads. "I just decided to get ... out and walk home like the rest of the people.
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