January 9, 2014 |
NEW YORK -- Prosecutors charged an Indian diplomat with visa fraud Thursday for lying to cover up her housekeeper's wretched working conditions, but it was not clear if the woman whose arrest sparked an international uproar would face U.S. justice. The U.S. attorney in Manhattan, Preet Bharara, said in court documents that he understood the defendant, Devyani Khobragade, had been granted diplomatic immunity and had “departed the United States today.” “Therefore the charges shall remain pending until such time as she can be brought to court,” he said. Later, a spokesman for Bharara said Khobragade had not left the country after all. [Updated, 8:29 p.m. PST Jan. 9: Late Thursday, however, the Associated Press reported that she had left the U.S. after a court hearing attended only by attorneys in the case.
November 3, 2013
Mark Boster, photographer, deserves much praise for the lead photo on the Travel section cover with the story "Talk About Color" [Oct. 27], in which flamingos are reflected in the water where orange koi are also swimming. The orange, green, and black colors, with the huge flamingos seeming to melt into the water, make a great pre-Halloween image. Thank you, Mark Boster, thank you L.A. Times. Cherie Rouse Loma Linda Regarding Catharine Hamm's Oct. 27 More for Your Money column, "Playing Your Credit Cards Right": We were scheduled to depart for a 22-day trip to England and France on Monday, Sept.
October 4, 2013 |
When writer Ilija Trojanov wasn't allowed to board his Miami-bound plane on Monday, he was surprised. The Bulgarian-German author was in Brazil, in the middle of a trip that would bring him to an academic conference in Denver, and he had his visa to come to America in hand. "I have not been allowed to travel to Iran, Tadjikistan and Kirkystan and now the USA," he told The Times by email, "but the other three did not grant me a visa, so I just stayed at home, more comfortable than hanging out at Brazilian airports.
September 20, 2013 |
Selena Gomez has canceled a series of her concerts in Eastern Europe after reportedly being denied a visa by Russia. The pop star/actress had to cancel concerts in Belarus set for Friday and additional stops in Ukraine and the entire Russian leg of her "Star Dance" tour, according to Billboard. It is unclear if the cancellations in Belarus and Ukraine were related to the visa; however, Gomez's rep confirmed to E! News that she'd no longer be visiting Russia for concert stops in St. Petersburg on Monday and Moscow on Wednesday.
September 10, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The stock market's all-star team has some new players. Leaving the Dow Jones industrial average is aluminum giant Alcoa Inc., computer-maker Hewlett-Packard Co. and financial behemoth Bank of America Corp. Joining the index of 30 blue-chip companies are investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc., payments company Visa Inc. and apparel giant Nike. The big switch happens Sept. 23. "Symbolically it's a big deal," said Jeffrey Hirsch, editor in chief of the Stock & Commodity Trader's Almanacs.
August 11, 2013
If you go THE BEST WAY TO BRAZIL RESORTS From LAX, Copa, US Airways, United, American, LATAM and Delta offer connecting service (change of planes) to Rio de Janeiro. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $991, including taxes and fees. U.S. citizens need a visa to enter Brazil. Skip the countless visa brokers you'll find online and go directly to the Brazilian Consulate website (losangeles.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/) - an excellent place to test your ability to follow directions and where you can make a visa appointment as well as free yourself of that extra $160 (no cash; U.S. Postal Service money orders only)