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December 4, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Cecilia Sanchez
MEXICO CITY - After a frantic search across a wide section of central Mexico, authorities said Wednesday that they had found a stolen truck that was transporting a large amount of dangerous radioactive material, a substance that can be used in making dirty bombs. The truck and its contents were found in the state of Mexico, about 20 miles north of the capital, not far from where they were stolen Monday. But the metal container with the radioactive material had been opened by the thieves, who then chucked it about half a mile from where they abandoned the truck, an official with the Mexican nuclear safety commission told The Times.
November 19, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The Los Angeles City Council approved major changes Tuesday to a harbor construction project whose has cost doubled in four years, with lawmakers criticizing port executives for failing to consult the council sooner. Councilman Joe Buscaino, whose district includes the port, said he was "blindsided" by the rising cost of the TraPac container terminal project in Wilmington, which has soared to $510 million from $245 million in 2009. Councilman Mike Bonin said he and his colleagues should have been included in the port's decision to convert the terminal to an automated crane system, a move that triggered a major portion of the cost overruns.
November 12, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A brush fire that scorched about seven acres in the Cajon Pass and forced authorities to close two lanes of the 15 Freeway was 25% contained Tuesday night. About 180 firefighters, aided by a helicopter that was making nighttime water drops, were battling the blaze, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The California Highway Patrol said that one lane of the freeway remained closed and might not reopen until Wednesday morning. The fire broke out around 4:30 p.m. north of the Kenwood Avenue exit and briefly threatened homes.
November 11, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Movies aimed at teenagers now include more scenes of gun violence than films made for adults, new research shows. In 2012, box office hits that received a PG-13 rating from the Motion Picture Assn. of America contained an average of more than 2.5 dramatic sequences involving guns per hour, according to a study published Monday by the journal Pediatrics. PG-13 movies have matched or exceeded the gun violence of R-rated movies since 2009, the researchers found. In fact, scenes of gun-fueled death and destruction have become so frequent in PG-13 movies that the overall rate of gun violence in movies has more than doubled since 1985, even though guns have become less common in G and PG movies during that time and remained essentially flat in movies rated R. (The PG-13 rating was introduced in 1984.)
November 8, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA travels to Arizona on Saturday. The winner strengthens its position in the Pac-12 Conference South Division. Staff writer Chris Foster examines the story lines: Carey carries the 'Cats No. 16 UCLA has allowed only two running backs to top 100 yards this season. The Bruins lost both games. Stanford's Tyler Gaffney battered UCLA for 171 yards in a 24-10 victory. Oregon's Byron Marshall went for 133 yards in a 42-14 victory. It's no great revelation that when a team is successful on the ground, it often wins.
November 3, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
If it weren't for Google trying to cover it up, the old sea-worn barge stacked four stories high with customized shipping containers may not have become an object of global fascination. But Google being Google with all its out-there projects - many ripped from the pages of sci-fi bestsellers - the secrecy behind the barge has taken on a life of its own. Google isn't saying anything, and having guards shoo away prying eyes has only added to the mystery. Since the barge was discovered 10 days ago, my imagination has raced through mind-blowing possibilities.
October 31, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
In the wake of September's deadly jet crash, Santa Monica officials sued the Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday to gain control of the city's embattled airport, which local groups want to turn into a park. Filed in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles, the lawsuit seeks a declaration that the city holds clear title to the 227 acres containing the oldest continuously operating airport in the county. It also challenges the constitutionality of a 1948 agreement between the city and federal authorities that requires the historic property and its 5,000-foot runway to remain an airport in perpetuity or be returned at the option of the FAA to the U.S. government.
October 25, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
The massive Rim fire in and around Yosemite National Park that began in August and burned 250,000 acres was declared 100% contained Friday by fire officials. The blaze, which ignited Aug. 17 by a hunter's illegal campfire, was the third-largest wildfire in California history and burned 398 square miles, the U.S. Forest Service said. The cost of battling the Rim fire reached over $127.3 million. It destroyed 112 structures, including 11 homes, according to fire officials. The fire was indicative of the type of fire California is prone to experiencing during fire season, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the  California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection . “It grew so quickly during a one-week period, it took state, local and federal fire fighters to make a stand,” Berlant said Friday.
October 23, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Inhalers containing chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, will be phased out by the end of the year to comply with international treaties intended to protect the the ozone layer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration made the announcement , which is part of an ongoing phase-out of the inhaler products. Only two remain on the market: Combivent Inhalation Aerosol and Maxair Autohaler. The FDA advises patients using these products to see their doctors for alternative treatment. Inhalers are critical to the health of the 25 million Americans who suffer from asthma and the 15 million Americans diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
October 21, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The health information of 729,000 patients was compromised when thieves stole two laptops from an administration building of a San Gabriel Valley-based hospital group, officials said Monday. The laptops were stolen Oct. 12 and contain data from patients treated at AHMC hospitals: Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park, Monterey Park Hospital, Greater El Monte Community Hospital in South El Monte, Whittier Hospital Medical Center, San Gabriel Valley Medical Center and Anaheim Regional Medical Center.
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