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November 30, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
It would be easy for Feng Xiaogang to rest on his laurels. After all, the Chinese film director has churned out a string of wildly popular comedies, made China's first Imax movie, "Aftershock," and is now in the Oscar hunt for the second time with the drama "Back to 1942," which received a limited release in the U.S. a year ago. A real-life story of war and famine that killed millions, it is the country's entry for 2014's best foreign film. ("Aftershock" was China's selection three years ago.)
July 22, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - A magnitude 6.6 earthquake in north-central China on Monday killed at least 89 people, injured more than 500 and left five missing, and heavy rains were impeding rescue efforts in some towns, state-run media reported. About 3,000 soldiers, firefighters and other rescue personnel were dispatched to the affected area in Gansu province after the 7:45 a.m. quake, the official New China News Agency said. More than 400 aftershocks had been reported by midafternoon. Photos from the region, southeast of the provincial capital, Lanzhou, showed brick homes collapsed and others buried up to their roofs by landslides triggered by the temblor.
June 11, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali, Michael A. Memoli and Jessica Guynn, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The massive leaks about U.S. spying systems caused sharp political and legal aftershocks Tuesday as the Justice Department prepared to file criminal charges against Edward Snowden, a government contractor who has publicly admitted disclosing highly classified telephone and Internet data-gathering operations. The vast scope of the government surveillance sparked the first federal lawsuit challenging its legality, a bipartisan effort in the Senate to declassify secret court orders that authorize the operations, and requests from Google and Facebook for permission to disclose more about National Security Agency requests for users' emails and other online communications.
May 24, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia and Robert J. Lopez
More than three dozen aftershocks, ranging up to a magnitude 4.9, have been registered following a 5.7 earthquake about 150 miles northeast of Sacramento, officials said. The first quake struck at around 8:47 p.m. Thursday; its epicenter was about 27 miles southwest of the town of Susanville and seven miles west northwest of Greenville, according to the  U.S. Geological Survey . People on Twitter told The Times they felt the quake in Sacramento and Lodi, as well as in Reno, Nev., and on the northwest shore of Lake Tahoe.
May 24, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia
The largest earthquake to shake California since 2008 occurred in a less studied area of the state, prompting seismologists to head to the Northern California region with more monitoring equipment, officials said Friday. Thursday's magnitude 5.7 quake struck about 8:47 p.m. about 150 miles northeast of Sacramento; its epicenter was about 27 miles southwest of the town of Susanville and seven miles west-northwest of Greenville. The mountainous eastern Sierra Nevada region, known for its lakes, rivers and national forests, has had about seven magnitude 4 earthquakes since the 1930s, said David Schwartz, an earthquake geologist for the Northern California USGS division in Menlo Park.
May 24, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia
The magnitude 5.7 earthquake that struck Northern California on Thursday was the largest on-land temblor in California since 2008, officials said. The last quake similar to this magnitude was a magnitude 5.5 that struck Southern California in July 2008 , said David Schwartz, an earthquake geologist for the Northern California USGS division in Menlo Park. The Chino Hills temblor caused little damage, but it was the most sizable quake to hit a metropolitan part of California since the much larger and destructive 1994 Northridge quake.
March 11, 2013 | By Frank Shyong and Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times
Monday morning's magnitude 4.7 earthquake in Riverside County was the largest temblor to hit the Los Angeles region in three years and has produced more than 100 aftershocks. It caused no major damage, but it was felt over what seismologists said was an unusually large area. The quake was initially recorded as three separate temblors because a foreshock tricked seismograms into recording multiple quakes of multiple sizes, said Susan Hough, a USGS seismologist. Earthquakes of a 4.7 magnitude are typically felt only about 120 miles away from the epicenter, but Monday morning's quake traveled farther, shaking coffee cups as far as Los Angeles.
April 21, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
Walt Disney Studios film chief Rich Ross' abrupt departure Friday comes at a difficult time for one of the largest, oldest and most successful of Hollywood's historic entertainment companies. It has also called into question Walt Disney Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Robert A. Iger's ambitious attempt to modernize the 89-year-old studio by placing a TV executive in charge of his film division and accelerates uncertainty at a time when all entertainment companies are struggling to come to terms with a dying DVD business and long-term declines in movie ticket sales.
October 23, 2011 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey on Sunday, killing at least138 people and sparking widespread panic as it collapsed dozens of buildings into piles of twisted steel and chunks of concrete. The death toll was expected to rise. Tens of thousands fled into the streets, screaming or trying to reach relatives on mobile phones as apartment and office buildings cracked or collapsed. As the full extent of the damage became clear, survivors dug in with shovels or even their bare hands, desperately trying to rescue the trapped and the injured.
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