December 13, 2013 |
At a Garden Grove manufacturing plant, chemists confer over batches of lavender, parsley and other natural ingredients, testing them for strength and quality. Other tests ensure that the products are pure and pour well. Visitors might be excused for thinking the facility was crafting a fine wine or artisan beer. But at Earth Friendly Products, plants have a higher purpose: getting your house and clothing clean without hurting the environment. Earth Friendly Products makes dozens of natural cleaning products, including the best-selling Ecos laundry detergent, which is carried online, in supermarkets and at big-box stores such as Wal-Mart and Costco.
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December 12, 2013 |
Authorities indicted two dozen members and associates of a Pasadena-based gang that was working with the Sinaloa cartel to sell methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin from Mexico. Dubbed Operation Rose Bud, the 18-month investigation targeted members of Varrio Pasadena Rifa, a multi-generational gang known to sell drugs in the city, the Antelope Valley and Kern County, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said during a news conference Thursday. More than $2.5 million in narcotics was seized during the operation, officials said.
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December 10, 2013 |
About a dozen birds died in a garage fire Monday night in Sylmar, officials said. The fire was reported about 8 p.m. in the 15600 block of Cobalt Street, according to Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters arriving at the scene saw a large garage behind a single story home engulfed in flames, he said. It took more than 20 minutes for firefighters to douse the flames. Humphrey said the cause of the fire was electrical. No injuries were reported.
December 10, 2013 |
Unlike many beat-scene producers, Flying Lotus takes his time between albums. That doesn't mean he's not making a ton of music in the interim, however. Today, the L.A. electro-jazz savant posted a free zip file with several dozen outtakes, remixes and unfinished ideas that find one of the city's most imaginative musical minds working out his loose ends. FULL COVERAGE: Grammys 2014 The tracks on "ideas+drafts+loops" aren't meant as any kind of coherent mixtape, but are more of a data dump of interesting ideas.
December 6, 2013 |
Kelly Clarkson is happy to be pregnant, but she's really not enjoying the physical process very much at all. As far as she's concerned, morning sickness goes way beyond morning, and the whole "glow" thing is a big fat lie. Clarkson told Ellen DeGeneres on Friday, while promoting her new Christmas album, that women who are bubbly about how great pregnancy is and how little they feel sick are definitely off her friend list right now. "I want...
December 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Current and former Russian diplomats in New York claimed poverty to fraudulently collect Medicaid for their pregnant wives and children while shopping at Prada and Tiffany's and taking cruise vacations, the U.S. government charged Thursday. The Justice Department said 49 Russians or their spouses currently or formerly attached to the Russian Consulate, United Nations or trade missions illegally collected $1.5 million in benefits over about a decade in New York City. Income levels were falsified in Medicaid applications signed by senior Russian officials in what U.S. Atty.
December 4, 2013 |
Ten short-finned pilot whales were dead and more than 40 marooned in shallow water in a remote area of Everglades National Park in Florida, and officials warned Wednesday they were not likely to survive. "Most of these mass strandings that occur do not have a successful outcome, and we're lucky if we're able to even save a couple," said Blair Mase, southeast marine mammal stranding coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The whales are at the western boundary of the park, more than 20 miles from their deep-water habitat and about two hours from the nearest boat ramp.
December 3, 2013 |
A drug-addicted medical technician has been sentenced to 39 years in federal prison for infecting dozens of patients with hepatitis C while working at hospitals in several states. David M. Kwiatkowski, 34, had worked at medical facilities in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Arizona, Kansas, Georgia and New Hampshire as of 2007. In 2010, he learned that he had hepatitis C, a potentially lethal viral disease that can seriously damage the liver in some patients. He also claimed to have Crohn's disease, a digestive ailment.
December 3, 2013 |
Los Angeles County residents, taxpayers and voters have every right to expect their sheriff to hire only the best and most trustworthy deputies to carry weapons and badges, to patrol their streets and to serve in their courtrooms and jails. It's a given - or it should be - that the county would reject prospective deputies who had committed the kind of misconduct that prevented their hiring or resulted in dismissal or discipline from other law enforcement agencies. So it was shocking to learn that the department, under Sheriff Lee Baca, knowingly hired dozens of officers with records of misconduct, including use of excessive force, misuse of weapons, solicitation of prostitutes while on duty, and dishonesty, as outlined in Sunday's story by Times staff writers Robert Faturechi and Ben Poston.
December 1, 2013 |
KIEV, Ukraine - The political confrontation between President Viktor Yanukovich and his opposition reached a fever pitch Sunday as protesters, armed with flares, bricks and a bulldozer, were rebuffed as they attempted to storm the presidential administration building. Demonstrators did manage to take over the City Council headquarters and two other municipal buildings on a day that saw the largest demonstrations in Ukraine since the 2004-05 Orange Revolution. The political opposition is demanding that Yanukovich reconsider his decision to reject closer ties with the European Union, which in effect realigned Ukraine with Russia.