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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Four rescue specialists from the California Air National Guard remain aboard a disabled sailboat to treat a sick child, the Guard's 129th Rescue Wing said late Saturday afternoon. No decision has been made whether the child will be transferred to a U.S. Navy ship headed toward the boat or evacuated by air to San Diego, a Guard spokesman said. The sailboat is estimated to be more than 1,000 miles off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The effort to help the child has involved the Coast Guard, Air National Guard and Navy.
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HOME & GARDEN
April 5, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
On a recent weekday afternoon, the South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa is inhabited by an eclectic crowd - young hipsters sipping lattes at Portola Coffee Lab, professionals in business suits nibbling on carnitas de pato at Taco Maria, moms pushing strollers, and employees from nearby businesses simply enjoying the open-air courtyards. Designers can be spotted in the design showrooms too, as they stop to eye the furnishings on display in the more than 20 stores specializing in home design.
NATIONAL
April 3, 2014 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- A group of lawmakers is hoping the recent string of Southern California temblors will jolt Congress into funding an earthquake warning system. The lawmakers are seeking some of the $38.3 million needed to build the system on the West Coast and the $16.1 million a year needed to operate and maintain it. "Even a few seconds of warning before the next Big One will allow people to seek cover, automatically slow or stop trains, pause surgeries and more -- and the benefits of this small investment now will be paid back many times over after the first damaging quake,'" said Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank)
NATIONAL
April 3, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - A Coast Guard investigation into the 2012 grounding of the Kulluk, an offshore drilling rig operated by Royal Dutch Shell in the harsh Arctic, blasted the oil company for legal violations, poor management and taking undue risks, according to the final report released Thursday. The Kulluk ran aground 15 months ago on New Year's Eve after breaking free of its tow lines during severe weather and was beached for several days on a remote, rocky shore in southern Alaska. Although the company has invested an estimated $5 billion in recent years in offshore oil exploration in the Alaskan Arctic, the Kulluk's problems were among the difficulties that kept Shell from offshore drilling in 2013 and forced the company to abandon any renewed drilling efforts this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Small tsunami waves and other unusual "water movements" arrived on the California coast Wednesday following an 8.2 earthquake that struck Chile's northern coast. Although officials stressed that no tsunami warning had been issued for California or the West Coast, the abnormal wave heights, tide fluctuations and current changes may have surprised boaters, they said. The first waves to strike California that were connected to Tuesday night's South American earthquake may have hit La Jolla about 4 a.m., said Bill Knight, an oceanographer with the National Tsunami Warning Center based in Alaska.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Some California marinas, particularly those north of Los Angeles, could see small wave action over the next day as a result of the 8.2 Chilean earthquake and tsunami. Kathy Hoxsie, a meteorologist with the NWS Oxnard, said “one-foot tide fluctuations” occurred in the Santa Barbara harbor as of about 7:45 a.m. Such tides were unlikely to damage boats in the harbor, she said. The Ventura harbor also experienced three-to-four knot fluctuations in its currents, as well as swirling water, Hoxsie said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
No tsunami threat to California or the U.S. West Coast was immediately seen after a magnitude 8.0 earthquake hit off the west coast of Chile, the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center said. No tsunami warning would probably be issued for California “unless we see something we don't expect,” Paul Whitmore, director of the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center, told the Los Angeles Times. Related: Tsunami evacuations ordered after Chile earthquake A magnitude 8.0 earthquake has already generated 6-foot-high tsunami waves in Chile, Whitmore said.
WORLD
April 1, 2014 | By Fabiola Gutierrez and Chris Kraul
SANTIAGO, Chile - A shallow and powerful magnitude 8.2 earthquake rocked Chile's northern coast Tuesday, sparking fires, churning up high waves, causing landslides and cutting power for thousands of people. A fireman and an elderly heart attack victim were among five people reported dead from the quake, but authorities had yet to assess widespread damage. Evacuations were ordered in expectation of waves as high as 16 feet along the Pacific coast of Chile, neighboring Peru and elsewhere.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A storm system was dropping rain across the Central Coast on Monday evening as it headed toward the Los Angeles area, where wet and cooler weather was expected to last for several days, according to forecasters. A band of heavy showers was dropping up to 1/2 inch of rain per hour in San Luis Obispo County and kicking up southerly winds from 30 mph to 40 mph, the National Weather Service said. The front was expected to weaken by the time it blows across the Los Angeles area between 10 p.m. Monday and 4 a.m. Tuesday, the Weather Service said.
NEWS
March 29, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: Following Thursday's official opening night for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, the cast took the opportunity to unwind at a party in their honor at the nearby South Coast Plaza. The scene: Surrounded by upscale jewelers and boutiques near the shopping center's Jewel Court, Quattro Caffé served up salmon-topped salads, three-cheese ravioli and raspberry cocktails and desserts at stations, while servers passed hors d'oeuvres.
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