April 9, 2014 |
The theme for prom this year appears to be frugality. A new survey conducted by Visa found that prom spending by teens and their families is expected to fall 14% this year to an average of $978. The average family spent $1,139 on prom in 2013. The costs include attire, limousine rental, tickets and dinner, according to the survey. " The prom bubble has finally burst!," Visa's head of financial education, Nat Sillin, said in a statement. "I think people are realizing that prom is a dance, and you don't have to spend like a celebrity to have a great time.
April 9, 2014 |
The FBI has arrested a Moroccan on suspicion of lying on immigration documents, which wouldn't necessarily be news, except that he also is suspected of plotting to blow up a school and a government building by attaching a Southern California-made bomb to a drone. The purported threat came to light this week in the affidavit of an FBI agent seeking to arrest 26-year-old El Mehdi Semlali Fahti. On Monday, a federal judge in Connecticut ordered Fahti held without bail. He has not been charged with any terrorism-related crimes.
March 25, 2014 |
BRUSSELS - The White House said it is “very disappointed” by Saudi Arabia's decision to deny a visa to a White House reporter for the Jerusalem Post who applied to cover President Obama's visit to that Middle East nation this week. The Kingdom did not offer an explanation for its decision to bar Michael Wilner, the paper's White House correspondent, from entering to cover two-day meeting between Obama and King Abdullah, the Jerusalam Post reported. Senior White House officials lobbied unsuccessfully on behalf of Wilner.
March 6, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Newly levied visa restrictions and an executive order allowing financial sanctions against people or groups “threatening the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine” will allow the U.S. to “impose costs” on Russia for its actions in Crimea, senior administration officials said Thursday. U.S. officials also rejected the idea of a referendum on whether Crimea should remain part of Ukraine, which Russian-backed officials announced Thursday.
March 6, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government will ban Russian officials and others involved in "threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine" from receiving U.S. visas, the White House announced Thursday. The move, which adds to existing visa restrictions on people involved in human rights abuses in Ukraine, marks a further escalation of U.S. pressure on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, where Russian gunmen have seized control of the strategic Crimean peninsula. In a statement, the White House said President Obama had signed an executive order that allows the government to impose sanctions on individuals and groups responsible for "undermining democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine; threatening the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine; contributing to the misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine.
March 4, 2014 |
Spending by international visitors to the United States continues to soar, with data for 2013 showing foreign travelers spent a record-breaking $180.7 billion on food, lodging, souvenirs and hotels. The spending by foreign visitors represented a 9% jump over 2012 and is the latest example of continuous growth since the Great Recession, according to the U.S. Office of Travel and Tourism Industries. The rise in spending is good news for Los Angeles County, where tourism is one of the largest industries.