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March 4, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The L.A. Times Festival of Books announced on Tuesday the names of the hundreds of authors who will  participate in the annual event. Taking place at USC, the Festival of Books is one of the largest literary festivals in the U.S., attracting more than 150,000 attendees. The 2014 Festival of Books will be held April 12 and 13. On stages, in theaters and in classrooms, authors and others engage in discussions about books with one another and audiences, followed by book signings.
March 2, 2014 | By Maija Palmer
There is a sense of despair when it comes to privacy in the digital age. Many of us assume that so much of our electronic information is now compromised, whether by corporations or government agencies, that there is little that can be done about it. Sometimes we try to rationalize this by telling ourselves that privacy may no longer matter so much. After all, an upstanding citizen should have nothing to fear from surveillance. In "Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance," author Julia Angwin seeks to challenge that defeatism.
March 1, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
SHANGHAI - At least 28 people died and more than 113 were injured Saturday when a group of assailants wielding large knives stormed into a railway station in southern China and apparently attacked people at random, state-run media reported. President Xi Jinping vowed swift action to punish those responsible for the bloody attack and "suppress terrorists' rampant momentum," the official New China News Agency reported. The agency said separatists from the far western region of Xinjiang were behind the highly unusual and terrifying attack in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province.
February 28, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A 36-year-old man was being treated at a Fresno hospital Friday after being struck by lightning, authorities said. A deputy found the man unresponsive about 11:16 a.m. at the corner of Manning and Grantland avenues in Raisin City after responding to a report of a man injured, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. The deputy performed CPR until emergency medical personnel arrived, and the unidentified man was taken to Community Regional Medical Center. Doctors said the man had “injuries consistent with a lightning strike,” including “an entry wound … near his left armpit and exit wounds on his feet,” the sheriff's statement said.
February 25, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A prominent New York real estate developer and socialite told investigators he has no idea who shot him at his expansive Long Island estate, police said. Gary Melius, 69, remained in stable condition Tuesday about 24 hours after a masked gunman fired three rounds as he entered his car at Oheka Castle, authorities said. Melius was hit in the head, but got the attention of a family member, who drove him to a hospital. Melius lives on the estate, described by property managers as the nation's second-largest private home.
February 25, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Police officers may enter and search a home without a warrant as long as one occupant consents, even if another resident has previously objected, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a Los Angeles case. The 6-3 ruling, triggered by a Los Angeles Police Department arrest in 2009, gives authorities more leeway to search homes without obtaining a warrant, even when there is no emergency. The majority, led by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., said police need not take the time to get a magistrate's approval before entering a home in such cases.
February 24, 2014 | By Richard Winton
State Sen.  Ronald S. Calderon   (D-Montebello) was taken into custody Monday after surrendering to federal authorities in Los Angeles, officials announced. Calderon, who was indicted last week on corruption charges and accused of taking $100,000 in bribes, is scheduled to appear for arraignment in federal court later in the day, according to the U.S. attorney's office. He faces 24 counts of fraud, wire fraud, honest services fraud, bribery, conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering and aiding in the filing of false tax returns.
February 24, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Ask and ye shall receive. At least when it comes to authors and Amtrak. Amtrak has launched a still-unstructured writers residency program thanks to an offhanded remark by Alexander Chee and some impassioned pleas on Twitter. In a PEN Ten interview that posted Dec. 23, Chee, author of the forthcoming novel "The Queen of the Night," said that trains are his favorite place to write. He then commented, "I wish Amtrak had residencies for writers. " Not two months later and Amtrak does.
February 23, 2014 | By Gary Paul Nabhan
" But most of all I shall remember the monarchs, that unhurried westward drift of one small winged form after another, each drawn by some invisible force. " - Rachel Carson, in a letter to Dorothy Freeman, Sept. 10, 1963 . After news broke recently that the number of migratory monarch butterflies that had arrived to winter in Mexico was the lowest since reliable records began, I went on the road on behalf of the Make Way for Monarchs initiative. This solutions-oriented collaboration is working to place millions of additional milkweeds in toxin-free habitats this next year.
February 21, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
California bullet train officials have been granted an extra three months to come up with funding to start meeting their obligations under a grant for the project, federal officials said Friday. The deal was struck under a new state funding contribution plan in which the state would begin spending its own money starting July 1 rather than April 1. The additional time would presumably allow the Legislature to act on Gov. Jerry Brown's request for $250 million for the project, allocated from the state's fees on greenhouse gas emissions.
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