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February 7, 2014 | By Jon Healey
The disappointing January jobs report -- only 113,000 positions added, compared to 194,000 per month on average last year -- has generated much hand-wringing by policymakers, pundits and economists. Januaries are typically slow months for job growth , as employers shed a bunch of temporary workers hired for the holidays, yet last month's total still came in well short of analysts' expectations. And given that December's jobs report was even worse than January's , with a net gain of only 75,000 jobs (revised upward from the original 74,000)
February 5, 2014 | By Joe Mozingo
The "chef" hunkered over a batch of hash oil he was making in a kitchen in Redondo Beach, using a common but extremely dangerous method known as "open blasting. " The 26-year-old meticulously stirred and heated the marijuana extract into the highest clarity, slowly producing "butane honey oil" that would be as clear and pure as amber. This potent type of hash, also called "wax," has taken off in the marijuana market with the rise of electronic cigarettes and other vaporizing devices.
February 3, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
A principal of a Maine middle school said a student suffered second-degree burns when her green iPhone 5c burst into flames while in her pocket. Class was just about to start when the incident occurred, and the student was taken to a nearby hospital.  The school did not release the girl's name. However, in an interview with the Portland Press Herald, the girl's mother, Judy Milligan said, "I was a little bit in shock" after being told about the fire. According to the Press Herald, the girl, 14, was sitting down before class when she heard a "pop from the Apple iPhone 5c she had been given by her mother two months earlier.
January 28, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Long Beach police launched a homicide investigation Tuesday after a dead body was found inside a burning motor home. Officers on routine patrol smelled smoke at about 12:15 a.m. and followed it to the motor home in the 500 block of West 17th Street, where they found the dead body, said Marlene Arrona of the Long Beach Police Department. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim The victim appeared to be an adult., Arrona said. Authorities declined to say whether the person was male or female.
January 21, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A fire that broke out at a two-story vacant car dealership at the edge of Ladera Heights early Tuesday morning -- trapping two people on the roof -- is "suspicious in nature," authorities said. The fire began at about 2:25 a.m. in the 5200 block of West Centinela Avenue near the border of Westchester. Firefighters who arrived on the scene had to rescue two people who may have been homeless and stuck on the roof, said Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department. After they were rescued, the two people disappeared, Main said.
January 21, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
At 60, Ken Burns is just getting started. "I feel more creatively alive right now than I've ever felt in my entire life, and I think I've got the best job in the world," the prolific historical documentarian said Monday evening at the Television Critics Assn. media tour in Pasadena. Burns said he has always worked according to a 10-year plan. The current cycle, which will lead him to the year 2020, includes six upcoming projects and a soon-to-be-released documentary called "The Address.
January 17, 2014 | By Bill Dwyre
  For pro golfer Patrick Reed, Friday was Groundhog Day in the Southern California desert. He woke up to blue skies, warm temperatures, minimal wind and greens as smooth as a puppy's tummy. Again. So he went out and shot 63. Again. Reed, a 23-year-old Texan, leads the Humana Challenge by two shots. In most stops on the PGA tour, a 63-63 start that is 18 under par would have sent the rest of the guys off to call the airlines for early departure. After all, what's the use?
January 16, 2014 | By Jason Wells and Ari Bloomekatz
The Colby fire that broke out near Glendora, north of Los Angeles on the edge of the Angeles National Forest, exploded in size Thursday morning as dry brush, steep terrain and winds made for rough firefighting conditions. Nathan Judy, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, said the fire had grown to at least 125 acres by 8 a.m. and that it was moving quickly “going up and down the hills.” The fire was reported shortly before 6 a.m. Judy said that when he arrived at the scene early Thursday morning the fire had burned only four acres.
January 16, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Jason Wells
A fast-growing brush fire that broke out Thursday morning above Glendora started to overrun hillside homes as it grew to more than 125 acres, prompting evacuations, authorities said. The fire, reported  just before 6 a.m. near the intersection of Glendora Mountain Road and Colby Trail Motorway, was sending a huge plume of smoke into the air as it advanced south down the hillside, overtaking at least two homes and other structures, aerial news footage showed. Mandatory evacuations were in place for areas west of Glendora Boulevard to North Sierra Madre Boulevard, according to an alert issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department.
January 9, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The investigation into the death of a newborn baby found beaten and burned in a trash dumpster in Oildale has come to a standstill, Kern County Sheriff's Department investigators said Thursday. “I've been working in law enforcement for 25 years and this is the only case that I can recall where the baby was murdered, dumped and abandoned, and we really have no indication who the parents were,” said Kern County sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt. “Obviously, this baby was the victim of a violent crime and it's a troubling case," he continued.
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