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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 19, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
DENVER - When the worst of the flooding began for Weld County last week, Cliff Willmeng, on a hunch, took his 2003 Subaru and drove east. The county's roads and bridges had begun to disintegrate under the might of the historic floodwaters, to the point that Willmeng, an environmental activist, had trouble navigating. Yet what his gut had told him to look for had been, as he put it, "unfortunately easy to find. " What Willmeng saw, and also photographed, was the drowning of Weld County's extensive oil and gas drilling operations - hundreds of fracking wells that were underwater, and an unknown number of storage tanks and other industrial facilities assaulted by the untamed waters.
September 16, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - Emissions of methane from natural gas well sites across the United States have fallen in a key part of the drilling process, despite the boom in natural gas development, according to a study published Monday. The rise in natural gas production through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has stoked concerns about leakage and venting into the atmosphere of methane, a chief component. Far more carbon dioxide is emitted than methane, but methane is 72 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period.
August 20, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Anthony Barr , UCLA's All-American linebacker, was led off the field during practice Tuesday with an undisclosed injury. UCLA Coach Jim Mora , who had not been scheduled to meet with the media, declined to comment. Barr was injured during an 11-on-11 team drill. The Bruins were in a full contact, but Barr was injured during a running play, in which he appeared to take a hit from an offensive lineman. A trainer examined Barr on the sideline. Barr was not limping, but he did double over as if he were sick.
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