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SPORTS
November 16, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kobe Bryant returned to the practice court Saturday for the first time since sustaining a torn Achilles' tendon in mid-April, his strongest step yet toward a return to game action. The practice consisted of some contact drills, shooting and strategy work. Players were supposed to go at half speed but it "turned into 100% real fast. And Kobe was part of it," reserve guard Steve Blake said. "He looks like Kobe to me, basically. He's moving well, right back to his old self. " Bryant did not talk to reporters but did an interview for NBA TV that detailed his on-court progress.
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NATIONAL
November 14, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON - Officials are letting a fire burn out at a Chevron liquefied gas pipeline that exploded in a rural north Texas town Thursday when a construction crew accidentally drilled into the conduit. The town of Milford, about 50 miles south of Dallas, was evacuated, with many of its 700 residents going to a gym in the nearby town of Italy. They are not expected to be allowed back until Friday morning at the earliest, Milford Fire Chief Mark Jackson said. He said no injuries were reported after the 9:40 a.m. blast.
NATIONAL
November 14, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON - Officials are letting a fire burn out at a  Chevron gas pipeline line that exploded  in the rural north Texas town of Milford on Thursday and prompted evacuations. No injuries have been reported after the 9:40 a.m. CST explosion in Milford, home to about 700 residents 50 miles south of Dallas, officials said. Sara Garcia, special projects director for the county judge who has been receiving updates on the fire, told the Los Angeles Times that Chevron representatives were on site.
WORLD
November 8, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - Political science professor Sergei Medvedev, a longtime lover and explorer of the Arctic, drew the ire of Russian President Vladimir Putin when he recently called for international protection of the icy northern region in the face of economic development plans. Last month, Putin called Medvedev, who teaches at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, "a moron. " The incident prompted a nationwide discussion of the Arctic and coincided with the arrest of 30 Greenpeace activists protesting a Russian oil drilling project in the region.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
The 2014 gubernatorial campaign officially began Tuesday, with tea party favorite Tim Donnelly, a Republican assemblyman from the Inland Empire, announcing that he is running for governor. "I want to let Jerry Brown know that … not only are we coming for him, but the people of the state of California are coming for their freedom back," Donnelly said, flanked by his wife, three of their five children and dozens of supporters at a sawdust-covered furniture factory in Baldwin Park.
SPORTS
October 30, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC's passing game might be upgraded against Oregon State. Receiver Marqise Lee and tight end Xavier Grimble completed most drills Wednesday, and interim Coach Ed Orgeron said the juniors were probable for Friday night's Pac-12 Conference game at Corvallis, Ore. Lee reinjured his left knee against Notre Dame on Oct. 19 and sat out last week's victory over Utah. The reigning Biletnikoff Award winner completed the majority of Wednesday's 90-minute workout, which was devoid of contact.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 | By Seema Mehta and Louis Sahagun
Los Angeles County leaders voted unanimously Tuesday to oppose a plan to drill for oil in publicly owned parkland in the Whittier hills, saying the proposal would undermine open space protection throughout the county. "Oil and open space don't mix," Supervisor Gloria Molina said after the vote, noting that the land was purchased with taxpayer money earmarked for conservation efforts. "We've purchased hundreds of acres of land across Los Angeles County using millions of Prop. A dollars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
In preparation for the ever-looming "Big One," millions of people across California are expected to "drop, cover and hold on" during staged earthquake drills on Thursday. In Los Angeles, the drill will take place at 10:17 a.m. at Rosemont Elementary School, where students will act as if they've been injured in a quake and emergency crews respond to the scene.  In the drill, which will simulate a major earthquake, firefighters will rescue students -- made up to appear to have quake-related injuries -- while suppressing a building fire on the school grounds, the Great California ShakeOut said in a release.
NATIONAL
September 25, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - Six months after federal officials chastised Shell Oil for its faulty offshore drilling operations in the Arctic, the company has yet to explain what safeguards it has put in place or when it plans to resume exploring for oil in the vulnerable region. Shell's 2012 return to offshore Arctic exploration after a generation away was marred by high-profile problems, including hefty fines for polluting the air and a drilling rig that ran aground. The company canceled its 2013 drilling season, and its 2014 operations are in question.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher and Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - The nation's toughest restrictions on a controversial oil drilling technique known as fracking were signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday. Hotly opposed by the oil industry, the measure "establishes strong environmental protections and transparency requirements," the governor said in a statement. Brown also signed measures giving law enforcement officers clear authority to take blood samples from resistant suspected drunk drivers; making it easier for police to recover stolen goods; and setting rules for California's health insurance exchange.
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