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March 19, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON -- As part of its campaign to step up efforts to address climate change, the White House on Wednesday announced the creation of a new website to serve as a one-stop location for the enormous amount of climate data housed at different federal agencies. The initiative to make the information more accessible to communities, researchers and industries trying to adapt to global warming is the latest move by the White House to deliver on a pledge that President Obama made last June to use his executive authority to address the causes and effects of climate change in light of congressional inaction on the issue.
March 16, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
For 14 years, Los Angeles math teacher Darryl Newhouse has run a robotics program aimed at showing inner-city students that careers in science and engineering are just as possible as ones in sports and entertainment. But when funds run short, he digs into his own pocket - often shelling out as much as $5,000 a year. That's not easy to do on a public school teacher's salary - but now Newhouse will get some help. The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education is set to announce Monday a groundbreaking initiative that will give L.A. Unified teachers access to hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities through a new website featuring custom grants, training tools and the services of a grant writer.
March 14, 2014 | By Deirdre Edgar
Announcing a promotion and two recent additions to The Times' staff: Stacey Leasca Stacey Leasca has been named social media editor. Stacey will work with Jimmy Orr to direct our social media strategy across the newsroom. She and her team will work with writers and editors in all sections to enhance the reporting process, assist with breaking news coverage, increase reader engagement and expand the audience for our journalism. Stacey joined us last April and quickly became known through her lively coaching sessions, entertaining videos and fun blog posts.
March 14, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Scott Brown finally took the plunge. And this time he kept his shirt on. The former senator from Massachusetts, after keeping politicos in Washington and his newly adopted home state of New Hampshire guessing for months, announced Friday that he had formed an exploratory committee to run for U.S. Senate in the Granite State this year. The step -- he called it the start of a "Main Streets & Living Rooms Tour" -- is short of a full commitment to run for the seat held by first-term Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.
March 13, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Key senators struck a bipartisan agreement Thursday to extend unemployment insurance for more than 2 million jobless Americans whose benefits have run out, though approval is not certain in the Republican-controlled House. The proposal for a five-month continuation of benefits faces a likely filibuster by tea party conservatives in the Senate, pushing votes until later this month after Congress returns from a weeklong recess. But with five Republican senators joining Democrats in Thursday's agreement, passage in the Senate is expected.
March 13, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Netflix and DreamWorks Animation announced the next round of original animated series from their partnership on Thursday, with three new original series and new episodes of the previously launched "Turbo FAST. " The three new series, which are expected to debut on Netflix later in 2014, are "King Julien," a solo series starring the zany lemur character from the "Madagascar" films; "Puss in Boots," starring the Antonio Banderas-voiced character from the "Shrek" films; and "Veggie Tales in the House," new Christian-themed stories from the long-running franchise.
March 11, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The finalists for the Best Translated Book Awards were announced Tuesday, featuring 25 works originally published in 16 languages -- none of them English. American publishing traditionally publishes a smaller percentage of works in translation than other nations -- meaning we have a trade imbalance of culture. The blog Three Percent, which started the Best Translated Book Awards (BTBAs) in 2007, seeks to ameliorate that by highlighting excellent literature in translation. BTBAs are awarded for both fiction and poetry (this year's longlist has not been announced)
March 11, 2014 | By Hugo Martin, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
If you pay for wireless Internet access on a United Airlines flight, you are owed a refund if the service doesn't work. But internal records obtained by a longtime United critic shows United flight attendants are instructed not to make an announcement to the plane's passengers about refunds when the service crashes. The documents were obtained and released on , a website started by Jeremy Cooperstock, a Canadian professor and harsh critic of the carrier. In a statement, United said it wants passengers who are having trouble with on-board wireless Internet to go on the carrier's website to describe their problem and request a refund.
March 10, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The Hard 9 National Classic is set to begin on April 14 in Orange County. The championship game is April 17 at Cal State Fullerton. The matchups: Huntington Beach vs. Elsinore; Santa Margarita vs. Spanish Fork; IMG Academy vs. Alemany; Sunrise Mountain vs. El Dorado; Greenway vs. Riverside North; San Jose Valley Christian vs. Gahr; Fountain Valley vs. Bingham; Rocklin vs. Esperanza.  
March 7, 2014 | By August Brown
It's been five years since Morrissey's last solo album, but that hasn't mellowed his acerbic wit by any means. The famously cantankerous singer has announced a title and release date for his new album. It's called "World Peace Is None of Your Business," according to Pitchfork and the authoritative Moz fansite True to You . The site reports that the album is expected out sometime early this summer, on Harvest Records, the recently revived Capitol imprint that signed Morrissey in January.
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