February 24, 2009 |
In an age when Americans compare hotel rooms, cars and even prospective mates with the click of a mouse, helping people identify the most cost-effective medical care seems like common sense. But when President Obama included money in his economic stimulus plan to do just that, he set off one of the sharpest, and most unexpected, political fights of his young administration. Though Obama prevailed -- securing $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2008 |
Federal agents Tuesday seized a 26-foot boat off the coast carrying 22 illegal Mexican immigrants. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents stopped the fishing boat at 3:30 a.m. about a mile west of city-owned Torrey Pines Golf Course, officials said in a news release. Agents fired two warning shots before the boat's operator surrendered, but no one was injured, officials said. Sixteen men and six women from Mexico were aboard the boat, all wearing life vests and in good condition.
July 27, 2008 |
Prince William took part in a British navy helicopter raid that opened fire on a speedboat believed to be used by drug runners, the Ministry of Defense said. It was the second time the prince, second in line to the throne, has helped his crew mates on the Iron Duke go after suspected narcotics traffickers in the Caribbean as part of his program to gain experience in all the branches of the British armed forces. Royal Marine commandos aboard a Lynx used high-power, long-range rifles to disable the 30-foot vessel after it ignored warning shots.
March 25, 2008 |
A U.S.-flagged cargo ship contracted by the Pentagon to ferry military equipment fired on a motorboat while preparing to enter the Suez Canal on Monday night, U.S. Navy officials said. Egyptian officials said one Egyptian man was killed and two wounded in the incident. According to a statement issued by the commander of the Navy's 5th Fleet, the cargo ship used its radio and other measures to warn several small boats that had approached to turn away.
September 26, 2007 |
Police in riot gear fired warning shots and tear gas to disperse more than 100 Buddhist monks today who defied the military government's ban on public assembly by trying to penetrate a barricade blocking Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda. Scores of monks were reportedly arrested as officials cracked down on the biggest anti-government protests in nearly 20 years.
June 27, 2007
UNIONIZED GROCERY workers in Southern California brought more drama to their contract negotiations this week, voting overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if contract talks break down. The move reflected the Kabuki-theater quality of major contract negotiations, whose slow pace often prompts union members to pose belligerently simply to energize the proceedings. In this case, however, the vote reminded negotiators for Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons that these episodes don't always end well.