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March 26, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Nissan is recalling about 1 million late model cars - including its popular Altima and Sentra sedans - because a software glitch can prevent the front passenger air bag from deploying in an accident. The recall includes the Nissan Altima, Leaf, Pathfinder, and Sentra from 2013 and 2014 model years. Also recalled are the 2013 Nissan NV200 and Infiniti JX35 and 2014 Infiniti Q50 and QX60 vehicles. The automaker said a sensor in the recalled vehicles doesn't always detect when the front passenger seat is occupied and in some instances doesn't activate the air bag. Nissan knows of a handful of accidents where this has occurred.
March 25, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
Air pollution kills about 7 million people a year and is linked to 1 in 8 deaths worldwide, according to a report released Tuesday by the World Health Organization. The finding more than doubles previous estimates “and confirms that air pollution is now the world's largest single environmental health risk,” the agency said. An estimated 4.3 million people died in 2012 as a result of indoor air pollution, mostly from cooking inside with coal or wood stoves in developing countries, according to the report by the public health agency of the United Nations.
March 23, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Mariah Carey and her husband, Nick Cannon, have popped their Bel-Air home back on the market at $12.995 million after a hiatus of more than a month. Their seriousness about finding a buyer this time around may be indicated by their choice of a listing agent who has been around the block, specifically their block, several times. Farrah Fawcett hired Paul Czako of Gussman Czako Estates to sell the then five-bedroom home in 1999 for close to $2.7 million, according to Times archives . The former “Charlie's Angels” star had owned the three-acre property for more than 20 years.
March 22, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Steppingstones cross a reflecting pool at the entrance to this contemporary home, which evokes a travertine-encased museum. Designed with expanses of walls for art display and an open floor plan for entertaining, the house centers on a 34-foot-high window-topped gallery that runs the length of the roof and brings in natural light. Location: 2251 Linda Flora Drive, Bel-Air 90077 Asking price: $12.5 million Year built: 2013 House size: Four bedrooms, four bathrooms, 9,372 square feet including guesthouse, breezeways and patios Lot size: 3.2 acres Features: Fourteen-foot-tall ceilings, glass walls, glass-floor library looks down on wine room, upstairs office, deck, guesthouse with kitchen, swimming pool, loggia with fireplace, gated driveway, motor court, three-car garage, canyon views About the area: Last year, 157 single-family homes sold in the 90077 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.945 million, according to DataQuick.
March 22, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Shots were fired and at least one person was injured Saturday afternoon as Russian troops stormed a Ukrainian air force base near the Crimean port city of Sevastopol. At least six Russian armored vehicles reportedly took part in the attack, the initial part of which could be viewed live via webcam. The video feed showed a Russian armored personnel carrier breaking down the gates of the base at Belbek as another Russian armored vehicle provided cover with a heavy machine gun. The broadcast was terminated after a Russian soldier in a black mask climbed the lamp post on which the camera was installed and disabled it. Five more armored vehicles then joined the attack, breaking down parts of a perimeter fence, allowing Russian footsoldiers armed with automatic rifles and machine guns to rush in, Oleg Klimov, a Russian freelance journalist who witnessed the scene, told The Times.
March 21, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Returning to the skies at full force after being grounded by federal budget cuts, the Navy's famed Blue Angels aerial demonstration squad will be the headline act when the inaugural Los Angeles County Air Show kicks off Friday. The air show will be the squadron's first of the 2014 season after spending much of 2013 training at the Navy facility in El Centro, Calif.  The Blue Angels were forced to cancel most of their 2013 season, including dates this fall in San Diego, Ventura and San Francisco,  after  the automatic federal budget cuts known as sequestration took effect.
March 20, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison
One year after the South Coast Air Quality Management District found that arsenic emissions from a Vernon battery plant posed a cancer risk to more than 100,000 people, the agency has approved Exide Technologies Inc.'s plan to reduce health risks. Exide issued a statement saying it had "worked diligently" with regulators and intends to invest more than $5 million in the facility as a result of the new plan, on top of $15 million the company has already spent or pledged for other environmental and public health-related improvements since 2010.
March 17, 2014 | By Jason Wells and Rong-Gong Lin II
The 4.4-magnitude earthquake that struck Monday near Westwood caught many early risers off guard, but for KTLA-TV Channel 5 news anchor Chris Schauble, it was the shock heard 'round the Internet. Schauble's expression and ensuing on-air duck-and-cover during the temblor took off on social media almost as quickly as the quake itself. The quake hit at 6:25 a.m., just as  Schauble and his on-air partner, Megan Henderson, were transitioning to a commercial break. But fate had other plans.
March 13, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Maher Abukhater
JERUSALEM - An Islamist militant group said Thursday that it had agreed to a cease-fire after an intense round of rocket attacks on southern Israel from the Gaza Strip and retaliatory airstrikes by Israel's military. But several more rockets fell on Israel, according to Israeli media reports. Islamic Jihad spokesman Daud Shihab said a cease-fire had been reached through Egyptian mediation and that both sides were committed to it. Israeli officials denied any dialogue with the militants but said calm would be met with calm.
March 12, 2014
Re "Home's height stretches the limit," March 6 Kudos to The Times for reporting L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz's work to have the city approve the construction of a massive new mansion in Bel-Air. This area's hillsides are being razed, our streets chewed up, the character of our community whittled away, all with the help of our elected representative. It's a betrayal of public trust that our city councilman sided with the developer of a 40,000-square foot residence instead of protecting the interests of the majority of his constituents.
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