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November 1, 2013 | By Sam Schaefer, Jill Cowan, Laura Nelson and Matt Stevens
The deadly shooting of a Transportation Security Administration worker Friday at Los Angeles International Airport left hundreds of passengers stranded for hours, forcing many to either make do or get creative. The airport was shut down shortly after the shooting around 9:20 a.m., leaving passengers in the lurch as police conducted their investigation. Many travelers camped out wherever they could find space in the blocks surrounding LAX, streaming into nearby hotels and shops to buy water or recharge cellphones.
November 1, 2013 | By Laura Nelson, Samantha Schaefer and Kurt Streeter
As they fled a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, hundreds of passengers ran for their lives. They left behind suitcases, wallets - and carefully arranged travel plans. When the shooting ended, their odyssey was just beginning. The world's sixth-busiest airport had been severely hobbled. For hours, stranded travelers waited behind police tape, tried to reach loved ones and walked through the eerily empty roads of the airport complex looking for a way out. The Federal Aviation Administration called for a "ground stop," meaning flights destined for Los Angeles were diverted - some to nearby airports such as LA/Ontario - and planes scheduled to depart from the airport were either canceled or delayed.
October 13, 2013
Question: I recently had to fly to Northern Ireland after my brother's death and had my travel agency make the reservation. I was booked on British Airways, arriving at 10 a.m. in one terminal and connecting to a flight at 11:15 a.m. in another. I made it with seconds to spare. On the return trip, the flight was 30 minutes late leaving, ran into air traffic upon arrival, and I missed the connection. The travel agency said the airlines set the times, and I've contacted British Airways and am awaiting a reply.
October 11, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
When Tom Hanks released "Cast Away" in 2000, he was all alone in more ways than one. Playing a man stuck for years on a remote island, the Oscar winner was helping to bring back a genre, the so-called stranded film, that hadn't had a major entry in five years (since Hanks' own "Apollo 13"). Beginning Friday, the actor can be seen in another nautically-themed marooned movie, the Somali-hijacking tale "Captain Phillips.” Only this time Hanks' story of isolation has plenty of company.
September 12, 2013 | By John M. Glionna and Jenny Deam
BOULDER, Colo. - Weather-weary Coloradans faced another day of nature-driven mayhem Thursday as pelting rain and flash flooding wreaked havoc statewide, washing out roads, closing businesses, isolating mountain towns and causing at least three deaths. The fourth straight day of rain dumped more than 7 inches within hours Thursday morning, turning a state normally known for difficult winters into a late-summer nightmare. Swollen rivers, submerged cars and mudslides stranded residents on rooftops.
September 5, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Dana Harris was about to cross Hill Street late Thursday morning when she heard the Angels Flight funicular shake and grind louder than usual. When she turned around, she saw the lower train had twisted off its track, leaving its sole passenger stranded in the derailed car. Harris told Melanie Sherrin - a tourist from Australia who had arrived in Los Angeles on Wednesday night - to hold on as she called 911. "I told my boyfriend it was making...
July 24, 2013 | By Robert Abele
There are pockets of bad-cinema fans who might conceivably be excited at what Roger Christian, director of the notoriously awful L. Ron Hubbard adaptation "Battlefield Earth," might have in store. The wait is over with the low-budget space horror flick "Stranded," co-written by Christian. It's about a four-person military moon station - led by a barking Christian Slater - that suffers "Alien"-like consequences after a crippling meteor shower brings a visit from a strange life form.
July 6, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Maeve Reston and Martha Groves
As a large passenger jet lost its tail and skidded on its belly at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, many travelers watched, stunned, from the huge windows inside a terminal. Waiting to board her flight to Phoenix, Krista Seiden saw the Asiana Boeing 777 hit the ground and slide along the tarmac before turning into "billowing smoke. " She exclaimed to those around her: "A plane just crashed!" The startled agent at the US Airways counter said: "What? Are you sure?"
June 21, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI - Nearly 600 people have been killed by devastating monsoon flooding in northern India and 50,000 remained stranded Friday with more rain in the forecast, authorities said. Flooding in the mountainous Himalayan state of Uttarakhand coincided with a period when 60,000 Sikh and Hindu pilgrims were trekking to four sacred sites in the region. Many pilgrims, tourists and local residents were trapped as roads, bridges and houses were washed away. “We would do the best we can to evacuate all those stranded,” Air Marshal S.B. Deo told reporters.
June 12, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Two window washers were rescued 46 floors above street level Wednesday afternoon after their scaffolding collapsed outside a skyscraper in midtown Manhattan. Before firefighters removed part of a window and pulled the workers inside, the two workers were calmly awaiting rescue from opposite sides of a scaffold that appeared to have buckled in the center. Two rescuers at Hearst Tower, on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan, laid atop the lip of the roof staring down at them. One worker chatted on his cellphone as rescuers milled about on the roof of the avant-garde skyscraper.
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