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July 7, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's ruling party claimed victory -- and dispatched a mariachi band to celebrate -- in the hotly contested state elections in Baja California on Sunday. But the opponents, the National Action Party, or PAN, that has ruled Baja California for the last 24 years, also claimed victory. Mexicans voted in 15 states for local officials Sunday, elections seen as a test of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party's, or PRI's, ability to consolidate power nationwide.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2014 | By Richard Marosi
California has emerged as the major gateway for methamphetamine into the country, with Mexican organized crime groups smuggling an estimated 70% of the U.S. supply through state border crossings, according to a report released Thursday by state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris. The 98-page report on trends in transnational organized crime also cites maritime smuggling, money laundering and criminal alliances between Mexican drug cartels and Southern California gangs as growing public safety threats.
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WORLD
July 14, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- It's finally official: Nearly a week after elections for governor in Baja California, the candidate for the conservative party that has ruled the state for a generation was declared the victor. Francisco Vega of the National Action Party (PAN) narrowly defeated Fernando Castro Trenti of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). The difference was fewer than 25,000 votes, a margin of slightly less than 3%. The vote count, abruptly halted on election night , July 7, was completed over the weekend, and the PRI recognized its loss.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
After a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off the coast of Northern California, Humboldt County Sheriff's Lt. Steve Knight said Monday the region "dodged a bullet. " "We had some alarms go off and other than that we dodged a bullet," Knight said. "This easily could have been a catastrophe that could have caused a lot of damage," he told the Times-Standard . The earthquake is the largest to hit the West Coast since the magnitude 7.2 Baja California quake in 2010. FULL COVERAGE: California earthquake safety The temblor, which struck less than 55 miles from McKinleyville, Fortuna, Eureka and Ferndale, was followed by at least 13 aftershocks as large as magnitude 4.6, according to the U.S. Geological Survey . Sgt. Brian Stephens of the Eureka Police Department said as of about 6:15 a.m. Monday that "we have not had one report of damage anywhere in the city.
WORLD
July 7, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Concluding a violent campaign season, Mexicans were voting Sunday in 15 states for local officials in an election seen as a test of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party's ability to consolidate power nationwide. The most important race is in Baja California, the state that borders California and encompasses Tijuana. Voters there were choosing a governor, a post that has deep symbolic importance for two of Mexico's main political parties. In 1989, after six decades of uninterrupted rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, the party lost a state for the first time in its history as Baja California voters chose as governor a member of the opposition the National Action Party, or PAN. Baja thus became the launching pad for the PAN to unseat the PRI from the presidency in 2000.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2010 | By Alana Semuels
The condo in the Palacio del Mar development just south of Mexico's Rosarito Beach spares no luxuries. Travertine tile. Stainless steel appliances. A customized wine rack. Then there's the view. On one side is the glittering Pacific. On another, just 30 feet away, is the half-completed shell of an adjacent condominium project. The building looks like an abandoned parking garage, with floors of concrete piled atop one another and steel spikes poking out from the floor. This luxury condo belongs to Dan McNeil, a Phoenix real estate investor who put it up for sale a year ago after the value of his properties above the border tanked.
WORLD
July 6, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - The year was 1989. The Berlin Wall came down. Czechoslovakia was experiencing its Velvet Revolution. Chinese were demanding democracy in Tiananmen Square. And in Mexico, the first cracks emerged in what had been more than six decades of one-party rule. For the first time in its history, the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which had molded modern Mexico, lost a state government, in Baja California, to a small opposition faction. Baja became the launching pad for that group, the National Action Party, or PAN, to eventually rise to national power, ousting the PRI from the presidency in 2000 after 71 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2010 | By Tony Perry
The U.S.-Mexico border reopened Tuesday to northbound vehicle traffic, but Calexico's historic downtown district remained closed as inspectors checked for structural damage to buildings in the wake of the magnitude 7.2 earthquake just south of here Easter Sunday. The border crossing had been closed to northbound traffic as officials checked for damage to the federal building, but pedestrians continued to cross through the checkpoint from Mexicali as they fled the aftershocks rocking northern Baja California.
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July 28, 1989 | SERGIO MUNOZ, Sergio Munoz is the executive editor of La Opinion in Los Angeles.
Winning the governorship of Baja California was no easy task for Ernesto Ruffo Appel. In fact, it has taken 60 years for the victory of an opposition party candidate to be recognized in any state in Mexico. Yet, for Ruffo, the newest rising star of Mexican politics, the worst part of the challenge is yet to come.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2010 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
Baja California authorities seized 105 tons of marijuana Monday morning in what is believed to be one of the largest drug busts in recent Mexican history, according to Mexican authorities and media reports. About 10,000 packages of marijuana were hidden inside six cargo containers stored in a warehouse in an industrial area of the border city of Tijuana. The marijuana was discovered after police on routine patrol intercepted a convoy of vehicles escorting a tractor-trailer that had left the warehouse, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Shelby Grad and Richie Duchon
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake off the coast of Northern California on Sunday night was the largest on the West Coast since the 7.2 Baja California quake in 2010. Sunday's temblor was followed by a series of at least 13 aftershocks as large as a magnitude 4.6, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The big quake occurred at 10:18 p.m. in the Pacific Ocean 50 miles west of Eureka in Humboldt County. The USGS put the depth of the quake at about four miles. Several of the aftershocks were much closer to land, including one about 16 miles off the coast that registered as a magnitude 3.4. FULL COVERAGE: California earthquake safety Eureka Police Department Sgt. Brian Stephens said there had been no reports of significant damage or injuries from the initial quake.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
A $21,000 reward is being offered to help find who shot three California sea otters found dead last fall on a Monterey Peninsula beach, federal wildlife authorities announced Friday. One male sea otter was found dead along Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove on Sept. 3, 2013, and  the other two males were found dead two days later in the same area, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. Two of the furry marine mammals were shot in the head while one was shot through the back, necropsies showed.
SCIENCE
January 16, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The canopies of kelp undulating in the surges off the coast of California camouflage a complex ecosystem of sharks, rock fish, crabs, urchins and anemones that blossom like colorful flowers on the forest floor. Now, Steven L. Manley, a biology professor at Cal State Long Beach, and Kai Vetter, head of applied nuclear physics at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, have launched a campaign to monitor those groves for radioactive contaminants due to arrive later this year in ocean currents from Japan's damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Champion motorcycle Kurt Caselli died Friday in Baja California near the end of the world's longest off-road race. Caselli, a 30-year-old Palmdale native, was in the lead position with about 100 miles to go in the 833-mile Baja 1000 race in Mexico when he lost control and crashed into the sand. Race organizers say he may have swerved to avoid hitting an animal. He died overnight at an Ensenada hospital, where he had been taken with head injuries, according to a statement released by his racing team, KTM Motorsports.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2013 | By Tony Perry, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
It's been the week of the oarfish along the Southern California coast. A 14-foot oarfish carcass was discovered Friday by a snorkeler off the beach in Oceanside. Earlier in the week, an 18-foot oarfish was found dead off Catalina Island. The oarfish is the world's largest bony fish and lives mostly at great depths. Because of its size and menacing appearance, the oarfish may be the source of tales of sea serpents. Oceanside police responding to Friday's discovery contacted SeaWorld, the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
WORLD
October 19, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Gunmen dressed as clowns burst into a children's party and shot to death the eldest brother of one of Mexico's erstwhile largest and feared drug-trafficking families, Mexican officials and press said Saturday. Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix was killed in the Baja California city of Cabo San Lucas while attending the party at a local hotel on Friday, the reports said. Arellano Felix was the oldest of seven brothers who ran the Tijuana drug cartel that once dominated that border city.
NATIONAL
August 2, 2011 | By Megan Garvey, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Hurricane Eugene, which is moving across the open Pacific off the coast of Baja California, has reached "major hurricane" status, according to an advisory issued late Tuesday by the National Weather Service. The storm is producing sustained winds of 115 mph but remains far from land and has generated no warnings or watches for coastal areas. Weather officials report that the hurricane will "remain no threat to land" over the next couple of days. It is considered to be a Category 3 hurricane, which is capable of causing widespread damage.
NEWS
June 2, 1999
A magnitude 4.9 earthquake centered in Baja California about 25 miles southeast of the border town of Calexico on Tuesday resulted in some structural damage but caused no injuries, Mexican authorities said. The 8:18 a.m. temblor was felt on the California side of the border but did no damage there. A spokesman for Mexicali's emergency communications department said parts of a school building collapsed in Ejido Nuevo Leon, as did two houses in Ejido Michoacan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2013 | Steve Lopez
In the hills high above Ensenada, on the road to Ojos Negros, a dust-covered, mustachioed cowboy named Don Heriberto Aguilar has found the perfect life. A trip to Aguilar's rancho was not on my itinerary in Mexico. I was there to research a story, which will be coming soon, on more than three decades of good deeds performed in Baja California by the owners of Benning Violins in Studio City. But Tito Quiroz, a musician who started Ensenada's Academia Benning (which he named for his longtime mentors)
NEWS
September 17, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Just in time for the annual migration of California gray whales, La Paz, near the southern tip of Baja California, has beefed up its fleet of whale-watching tours. Seven outfitters are now available, including Fun-Azul Fleet , which kicked off new eco-tourism dive trips. An estimated 18,000 California gray whales, which spend the summer months in the Bering Sea, migrate south in the fall, ending up in the quiet lagoons of Baja California to spend the winter. The 12,000-mile round trip may be the longest migration of any mammal on Earth.
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