March 26, 2013 |
BEIRUT - A Syrian opposition coalition was seated as the legitimate government of Syria at an Arab League summit Tuesday, and the coalition's outgoing leader promptly pushed for the United States to use Patriot missile defense batteries against Syrian warplanes. Moaz Khatib, who resigned Sunday from the opposition coalition amid reports of deep divisions in its ranks, said he put the Patriot missile request to U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry during a meeting last month in Rome.
February 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives for a Friday summit with President Obama, trade will be at the top of the diplomatic agenda along with security concerns, including new threats from North Korea and an escalating territorial dispute over islands near Japan. On almost every major issue, political and economic, China's shadow will hover over the talks. Abe, who took office in December as Japan's seventh prime minister in six years, will almost certainly push for strong U.S. backing in Japan's tense standoff with China over the Senkaku islets in the East China Sea, which the Japanese administer but which are also claimed by the Chinese, who call them Diaoyu.
February 13, 2013 |
Millions of Californians remain stuck in the state's increasingly expensive rental markets, unable to buy homes as they deal with tight credit markets and damage to their finances from the Great Recession. Sounds like a mess fit for two of the nation's most prominent turnaround specialists - California Gov. Jerry Brown, fresh off his state budget-balancing act, and Bank of America Corp. Chief Executive Brian Moynihan, still engaged in resurrecting that institution from the mortgage meltdown.
January 24, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah - A new title has been added to the list of movie credits that describe jobs few people understand. Move over, gaffer, best boy and second second assistant director, and make room for the "written by" credit on an increasing number of documentary films. "It's a niche within a niche," admits Mark Monroe, one of the best. "There's certainly a lot of discussion about whether it belongs or not. It's a question I get asked five times a day. But no one I've ever worked with has ever had any issue with giving me a writing credit.
January 3, 2013 |
Ending a battle to preserve a historic piece of the Sierra Nevada crest, conservation groups recently finalized their purchase of the 3,000-acre Royal Gorge property on Donner Summit. The cross-country ski resort had been placed in receivership after the Bay Area developers who bought it in 2005 defaulted on a $16.7-million bank loan. They had proposed building 950 condos and single-family houses on the acreage, setting off protests from environmentalists and nearby homeowners. The Truckee Donner Land Trust and The Trust for Public Land closed on the property Dec. 20, paying $11.25 million.
November 24, 2012 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Regional leaders pressured a Congolese rebel group Saturday to give up its military gains and stop an offensive that could lead to a catastrophic war in eastern Congo. After an emergency summit in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, the presidents of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania urged the M23 rebels to withdraw. Rebels on Tuesday took Goma, a city of about a million people in eastern Congo. Congo government forces did not put up a fight.
November 8, 2012 |
NEW DELHI - President Obama will visit Myanmar this month, the White House said Thursday, as his administration seeks to bolster democracy and strengthen ties with nations in the region. The visit will be part of a three-country tour Nov. 17-20 that will include stops in Bangkok, Thailand, and Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where the president will attend an Asian summit, the White House statement said. In Myanmar, Obama will meet with President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Though a visit to Myanmar carries political risks, most notably by staking presidential prestige on a government still dominated by generals with a brutal past, it dovetails with the administration's support for Myanmar's nascent democracy.
November 1, 2012 |
"High Ground" is a moving documentary that is both the film it presents itself to be and something more. And that something more turns out to have the biggest, most lasting impact. Nominally the story of healing and mental rehabilitation, of a mountaineering expedition in the Himalayas for 11 wounded and traumatized combat veterans, its most compelling segments deal with the pain, not the triumph. In its ability to let us hear firsthand what life-and-death combat does to the human body and spirit, this film has few peers.
October 21, 2012
The Visitor Information Station , http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/mko/visiting.htm , has exhibits and an informative film. It also offers a free star-gazing program at 6 p.m. daily. Its website has advice on various topics, including altitude sickness, for those wishing to reach the summit. The Summit & Stars Adventure, (808) 331-8505, http://www.hawaii-forest.com , operates year-round, weather permitting. The cost is $192 a person for the seven- to eight-hour trip, which includes dinner.
October 18, 2012 |
Ready to hit the slopes this winter? Resorts from Mt. Baldy to Mammoth Mountain will be on hand at the Ski Dazzle Expo in Los Angeles in mid-November. More than 300 exhibitors and vendors from resorts in the West will participate in the four-day expo at the L.A. Convention Center. An added bonus: All who enter receive a two-for-one lift ticket offer good at Big Bear Mountain and Snow Summit this season. The deal: There are a lot of free things to do at Ski Dazzle: free ski lessons for kids, free rail slide lessons and a free rock-climbing wall.