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February 3, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A nuclear power plant in Avila Beach shut down one of its two generators after an electrical arc that apparently was sparked during a storm, a utility spokeswoman said Monday night. Unit 2 at the Diablo Canyon Power Plant went offline automatically Sunday morning as rain fell along the Central Coast, Pacific Gas & Electric spokeswoman Kristin Inman said. "The system performed as designed and automatically went offline to protect equipment," PG&E said in as statement. Inman said a preliminary investigation shows that the arc resulted from a buildup of dust that mixed with moisture on a lightning arrestor.
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SPORTS
January 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Leaving little doubt that it's on a trajectory to be part of the Southern Section Open Division playoffs as one of the top 16 teams in Southern California, Chatsworth Sierra Canyon improved to 20-2 on Tuesday night and finished the first half of the Alpha League with an unbeaten record by routing L.A. Windward, 69-54, at home. Sierra Canyon's big men, led by 6-foot-8 freshman Cody Riley, were more physical, and Windward (15-6, 4-1) never offered a serious threat. Riley had 17 points and 12 rebounds.
NEWS
January 27, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
There's a lot more to the Grand Canyon than can be seen from the top. Walk seven miles down and you arrive at the river that created the spectacular chasm, the Colorado. Stay overnight at a rustic lodge at the bottom, and you begin to get a different sense of scale about the place. California-based outfitter O.A.R.S. has designed a four-day trip for hikers who want to experience the canyon from top to bottom. Before the big descent, participants see red sandstone spires and big canyon walls on guided hikes at nearby Walnut Canyon and Wupatki national monuments.
HOME & GARDEN
January 25, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Paul Lieberstein was ready for a change. In 2000, he purchased a two-bedroom, one-bath Crestwood Hills home that was clinging to a hillside and sold as a tear-down. But a decade later, he and his wife, Janine Poreba, were expecting their first child, and he knew it was time to expand. "We brought in some floors and painted, but it was hardly enough," he said. The process began after architect Peter Grueneisen moved in next door. "He was not initially interested, as he was too busy," said Lieberstein, an actor, writer and producer known for his role as Toby on "The Office.
SPORTS
January 23, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 On Thursday night, Brentwood was stubborn in sticking with a 2-3 zone defense against Sierra Canyon even though the Trailblazers opened a 13-point lead in the third quarter and seemed on the verge of making the game a blowout. Brentwood's patience finally paid off in the fourth quarter. Sierra Canyon went cold, and the Eagles began to rally. Austin Lee made a three-pointer with 1:51 left, and suddenly Brentwood trailed by just a single point. After Deveral Ramsey missed the front end of a one-and-one, Brentwood had the ball with 13.2 seconds left and a chance to win. Point guard Tra Holder created an open shot for Andrew Gardiner from the baseline with seconds left on the clock but it wouldn't fall.
SPORTS
January 18, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Soon, we'll all be asking, "Which Canyon High is the best basketball school?" In Canyon Country, Canyon High is 18-1. In Anaheim, Canyon High is 17-3. In Carlsbad, La Costa  Canyon High is 16-2. It's a good year to be going to a Canyon High. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Researchers have discovered a massive trench buried beneath the Antarctic ice -- a valley deeper than the Grand Canyon. It's so deep that, in spite of several miles of ice, it can be seen from space. The news comes from British scientists, including researchers at Newcastle University and the University of Bristol, who mapped an area of the western Antarctic using "ice-penetrating radio-echo sounding and satellite imagery," according to a news release. What they found was a mighty subglacial valley, plunging deeper than Arizona's Grand Canyon.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2014 | By David Undercoffler, Jerry Hirsch and Brian Thevenot
Fast cars and tough trucks took center stage over two days of model debuts at the Detroit Auto Show. Luxury vehicles also made their presence known, most notably the larger Mercedes C-Class and the Hyundai Genesis, which held the line on a base price below $40,000, despite substantial upgrades. The biggest news came from Ford Motor Co., which pulled the tarp off a new F-series truck. The pickup has been the nation's bestselling vehicle for more than three decades. Ford aims to keep it that way with an all-new aluminum frame, which loses 700 pounds in the interest of fuel economy.
AUTOS
January 12, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Continuing to diversify its truck portfolio, General Motors on Sunday showed off the second of its smaller trucks, the GMC Canyon, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. GM is convinced that America's love affair with pickup trucks is enduring. But consumers also want smaller vehicles that provide the same utility with less fuel. “They are looking for something that is easier to live with, to park and maybe at a lower purchase price,” said Roger McCormack, director of Buick/GMC marketing for GM. DETROIT AUTO SHOW: Big trucks, fast cars and more GM is targeting the truck directly at the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier.
SPORTS
January 12, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
No high school basketball team in Southern California has made a faster rise to prominence than Chatsworth Sierra Canyon, which starts three freshmen and has won 15 of its 17 games while building a resume that could leave the Trailblazers playing in the new Open Division for the playoffs come February. One of those young players is 6-foot-7 Cody Riley, who doesn't look or act like a freshman. Calm, cool and confident, Riley is part of a generation that grew up playing in big games on travel teams and seemingly made a seamless transition to high school basketball.
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