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December 31, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
Amazon is apologizing for a prolonged disruption last week that affected Netflix and other companies that use the e-commerce giant's cloud-computing services. "We want to apologize," Amazon said in a statement posted on its website. "We know how critical our services are to our customers' businesses, and we know this disruption came at an inopportune time for some of our customers. We will do everything we can to learn from this event and use it to drive further improvement. " In its lengthy apology and summary of events, Seattle-based Amazon said that the service disruption began on Dec. 24 at an East Coast data center and affected its Elastic Load Balancing Service.
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April 24, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Traffic on the eastbound 210 Freeway in Pasadena came to a halt Thursday afternoon when two big rigs collided, sending one through the center divider and overturning on railroad tracks before catching on fire, the California Highway Patrol said. One of the drivers was seriously injured, while the other escaped with minor injuries, according to Pasadena Fire spokeswoman Lisa Derderian. CHP Officer Patrick Kimball said all eastbound lanes of the 210 Freeway were shut down at Allen Avenue as of 2:15 p.m. The carpool lane of the westbound was also closed.
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November 30, 2012 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
An earthquake that shuts down water deliveries from Northern California for a year could devastate the Los Angeles County economy, costing $55 billion and wiping out a half-million jobs, according to a new study. The research by a team of economists attempts to gauge the effects of a major earthquake disrupting water deliveries from the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta, which provides roughly a quarter of Southern California's water supply. The report concludes that L.A. County could fairly easily weather a six-month stop in deliveries from the north by ramping up conservation efforts and using reserves stored in Southland reservoirs.
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
If things go Amir Khan's way, he'll have an opportunity to tweak with Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s fight schedule, too. Not only does Khan say that he doesn't believe he'll be available for Mayweather's next planned fight date in September, but the former junior-welterweight world champion also claims that he can defeat Luis Collazo, another candidate believed to be in consideration for the Mayweather bout. It could be a bit of payback for Britain's Khan, who pulled out of a planned December 2013 fight against Devon Alexander in anticipation of a match-up with Mayweather, but was passed over in favor of welterweight world champion Marcos Maidana for the May 3 pay-per-view fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1990
Many of us parents of students at Laguna Beach High School are very concerned about the planned reconstruction of the school, because it will completely disrupt the education of our children for at least two to three years. The article "School Renovation Plans Criticized" (Oct. 30) indicated that a new building is planned at the high school. Actually, the entire campus will be under construction for years, and no corner of the campus will be protected from the noise. So far, much thought has gone into the design of the reconstruction, but no attention has been given to providing the current students with a reasonable learning environment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1995
"Scam of Disrupting Movie Sets Is on Rise" (March 15) was unduly slanted toward the interests of production companies and failed to recognize the economic harm and disruption caused by location filming that may warrant payments to individuals and businesses. Although a few individuals deliberately blackmail production companies and may deserve the attention of state Sen. Herschel Rosenthal (D-Van Nuys), many of the examples given should not be targeted in legislation. When a production company takes over a house or street in a neighborhood, it creates significant disruption to daily life and the production company should be responsible for harm it causes.
NEWS
March 27, 1985 | United Press International
Woodpeckers were to blame for a power outage that briefly disrupted service to about 170,000 utility customers in Pinellas and Pasco counties early Tuesday, an official said. A spokesman for Tampa Electric Co., which was receiving electricity from Florida Power Corp. when the disruption occurred, said that woodpeckers damaged a utility pole and caused it to fall, striking another pole and bringing down a 230-kilowatt transmission line.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2014 | By Steve Appleford
Inside a small TV studio in Los Angeles, Ondi Timoner is absorbed again in the making of documentaries. She's on the phone discussing editing options for one project, then planning for the fundraising event of another. Standing nearby is director Patrick Creadon, her guest this afternoon on "B.Y.O.D. " (for "Bring Your Own Documentary"), Timoner's weekly online chat show for TheLip.tv. They have much to talk about. Timoner, 41, twice won the Grand Jury Prize for documentary feature at Sundance: for her explosive 2004 rock doc "Dig!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2011 | By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times
Orange County prosecutors didn't flinch Friday when a group of university student activists charged with disturbing an Israeli ambassador's speech last year at UC Irvine brought more than 60 supporters with them to court. Instead, prosecutors filed a motion at the hearing to release grand jury transcripts from their investigation and handed out copies of court filings they said illustrated point by point how the students — "the Irvine 11" — conspired to disrupt Ambassador Michael Oren's speech at UC Irvine on Feb. 8, 2010, then tried to cover it up. "They're caught red-handed," Deputy Dist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
A loud boom echoed from a grassy area in front of the state Capitol just after noon Thursday as California Highway Patrol officers apparently blew up a suspicious package found nearby. Two packages were found on a statue near the north end of the Capitol and were X-rayed by a hazardous materials team, according to Jarrod Lassila, a California Highway Patrol spokesman. One of the packages, a paper bag, was found to contain clothes. The other had a piece of metal sticking out of it, so officers moved it to a grassy area and conducted what Lassila said was a "controlled disruption."
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April 14, 2014 | Sandy Banks
I figured that teachers wouldn't let me off easy - even though my Saturday column took their side. I wrote about the recent classroom scuffle between a teacher and student at Santa Monica High, defending the teacher and listing the forces that make teaching so hard - including spineless administrators and unruly students. Still, many of the teachers I heard from last weekend had the same indignant response: What about the parents? If parents raised their children right, we wouldn't have problems on campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2014 | Sandy Banks
At this point, it may not matter much to the public what actually went on in that Santa Monica High classroom where a teacher was recorded wrestling a student to the floor. The 58-second cellphone clip recorded by a student went viral this week, turning the teacher and the student into symbols of what's wrong with public schools: Defiant students. Overwhelmed teachers. Feckless administrators. Knee-jerk policies with no room for common sense. "We're in the middle of a cultural change, and this case reflects that shift," said Shawn McMullen Chen, a high school teacher for 25 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2014 | By Larry Gordon and Kate Mather
For many of the students on the chartered bus that collided with a FedEx freight truck Thursday, the rare all-expenses-paid trip was the first time anyone in their family had been courted by a college. The students were part of a 20-year-old program called Preview Plus that seeks to enroll low-income students and those who are the first in their families to attend college. Many of them are Latino and African American, although the state ban on affirmative action forbids public universities from using race or ethnicity to specifically target students for enrollment.
WORLD
April 4, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan police officer turned his weapon on two Western journalists Friday, killing one and wounding the other inside a security forces compound in eastern Afghanistan on the eve of the country's closely watched presidential election. Anja Niedringhaus, 48, a German and a veteran photographer for Associated Press, was killed instantly, and AP correspondent Kathy Gannon was shot three times, sustaining wrist and shoulder wounds, the news agency said. Gannon, 60, a Canadian who has covered Afghanistan for nearly three decades, was evacuated to the U.S. military base at Bagram and was reported to be in stable condition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Hector Becerra and Rosanna Xia
The magnitude 5.1 La Habra earthquake that shook Southern California isn't going into the seismic history books for its modest size and small damage totals. But it was an event on social media, which transmitted stories and images of the quake and its many aftershocks with a speed and breadth that left seismologists and emergency personnel taking notice. The first signs of damage came not from authorities but from residents posting photos on Facebook of broken dishes and fallen cabinets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Martha Groves and Laura J. Nelson
No tunnel has yet been bored. No station has been built. Not a single track has been laid. But even the most preliminary work on the long-awaited Westside subway appears to be rousing the latent forces of Not in My Back Yard. In Windsor Village, a homeowner who lives next to a construction staging area awoke at 3 a.m. one morning to the yells of workers and the beep-beep-beep of backing trucks. Now his breakfast room looks out on a 2 1/2-story sound wall hastily erected to contain the noise.
NATIONAL
February 1, 2014 | By Evan Halper
FREDERICK, Md. - Roscoe Bartlett was rattling off the prices of giant bags of rice, wheat and corn, sold cheaply at Sam's Club. The former congressman from rural, western Maryland expressed bewilderment that every American doesn't stockpile such things, considering what he is sure is coming. "Storing enough calories isn't really a challenge," said the rugged 87-year-old Republican, who served 10 terms on Capitol Hill. "The real challenge is vitamins and stuff. " Bartlett is preparing for an epic power outage.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2010 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Millions of Skype Internet phone users worldwide couldn't make calls ? or were dropped in mid-conversation ? because of a network connection failure that began about 9 a.m. Wednesday PST. It marked the second time this year that the popular, low-cost calling service was hit with a major outage, and this one was more widespread than the two-day disruption in 2007. "For a communications system this large to go down, it's almost unheard of," said Charles S. Golvin, a Forrester Research analyst.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By August Brown
AUSTIN, Texas --  "There's been this cultural shift, an explosion of hipster culture," said Blondie's Chris Stein at his band's Wednesday afternoon panel at the South by Southwest music festival here. "When we got here it was like 'World War Z,' every single guy was in a plaid shirt and fedora. When we started our band, we were on the fringe. Now the whole culture is inside. " That line got big laughs from the packed room inside the Austin Convention Center. But it raised a good point about contemporary pop culture -- what happens when everyone becomes a gatekeeper of originality (or rather, when no one is)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By David Ng
A Friday evening concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall was disrupted by what Los Angeles Philharmonic officials described as a drunk audience member, causing conductor Gustavo Dudamel to halt a performance of John Corigliano's Symphony No. 1 and leave the stage.  A spokeswoman for the orchestra confirmed that an "intoxicated" patron arrived late to the concert on Friday and was prevented by ushers from entering the hall mid-performance, as is...
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