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June 26, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Los Angeles and the Owens Valley have reached a settlement in their dispute over new measures to control dust storms that have blown across the eastern Sierra Nevada since L.A. opened an aqueduct a century ago that drained Owens Lake. Under terms of the agreement, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will fast-track mitigation measures that do not use water, and the utility will be allowed to lay down a thinner layer of gravel to suppress dust. The recently discovered location of a Native American massacre at Owens Lake will be excluded from mitigation efforts because they would disturb the 328-acre site.
June 6, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
In a vast disc of gas and dust particles circling a young star, scientists have found evidence of a hypothesized but never-seen dust trap that may solve the mystery of how planets form. We know planets that orbit stars are abundant throughout our galaxy, and likely throughout the universe as well, but until recently, scientists weren't exactly sure how those planets came to be. The working theory is that they grew over time as tiny bits of dust collided and stuck together -- eventually forming comets, rocky planets and the cores of gaseous planets over millions of years.
June 3, 2013 | From Fox 40 Sacramento
Police say a total of seven people were treated after a pepper-spray incident at the Westfield Galleria in Roseville, Calif., Sunday afternoon. One mom and twin 3-year-olds were taken to Kaiser Hospital Roseville, while one mall employee was taken to Sutter Hospital. The Sacramento Bee reported that the incident occurred at the Children's Place store. Another report said it took place at the mall's play area. Three more people were treated at the scene, including two women and one infant.
June 3, 2013 | By Jeevan Vasagar
BERLIN -- Some German words, as Mark Twain observed in despair, seem not to be words at all but "alphabetical processions. " He would have been delighted to hear that Germany's longest official word has just become obsolete, ironically, at the stroke of a pen. Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz , the 63-letter title of a law regulating the testing of beef, has vanished from the language after the law was repealed...
June 1, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Fish have to swim. Birds have to fly. Marc Cherry has to write women. At least that's how the creator of "Desperate Housewives" explains why he jumped into another female-heavy series after a headline-grabbing run with his ABC drama that included behind-the-scenes havoc and a face-off in court with one of its stars. And already, the new one is proving to wag as many tongues. With "Devious Maids," Cherry shifts his focus from the sordidness of suburban life to the class wars playing out in high society.
May 29, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Powerful winds could kick up clouds of dust and reduce visibility to dangerous levels in the Antelope Valley and other areas of Southern California, forecasters said Wednesday night. Gusts up to 50 mph could create hazardous driving conditions in the Antelope Valley and Grapevine area Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service. "There will be areas of blowing sand and dust … reducing visibility to near zero at times," the agency said in a statement. "Strong crosswinds will cause hazardous driving conditions for drivers of high-profile vehicles.
May 27, 2013 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
More than 1,000 campers and up to 4,000 residents fled the mountains of Santa Barbara County as a fast-moving wildfire swept through part of Los Padres National Forest and surrounding areas, officials said. The White fire broke out about 2:45 p.m. Monday in the rugged terrain about 12 miles north of Santa Barbara and by evening had grown to about 1,000 acres and blanketed the tourist city with smoke and a dusting of ashes. No homes had burned but up to 5,000 people were ordered to evacuate before the fire changed course and headed toward unpopulated terrain, said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Andrew Madsen.
May 23, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
This weekend will see one of the biggest box office face-offs of the summer as two big-budget franchises aiming to attract male moviegoers go head-to-head at the multiplex. The action-heavy "Fast & Furious 6" and the raunchy comedy "The Hangover Part III" arrive in theaters over the long Memorial Day weekend. But it doesn't seem like there will be much competition for the No. 1 spot. PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club The latest installment in the series featuring hot cars and hot girls should easily take the top spot, raking in a robust $100 million over the four-day weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
May 14, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Don't count on sulfur dioxide to bridle climate change. The ability of that pollutant to reflect the sun is not quite what it was assumed to be, according to new research. Sulfur dioxide -- a common pollutant from burning fossil fuels, contributes to the formation of aerosol particles in the atmosphere, which reflect sunlight. Figuring out just how much this can counteract greenhouse effects of carbon dioxide and other gases has remained one of the bigger uncertainties in climate modeling.
May 14, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
We had a great development in sports over the weekend. Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia did for golf what Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan once did for figure skating. Images can change so fast. The PGA Tour is no longer merely a parade of boring thirtysomethings with vanilla personalities in logo shirts, smiling a lot while hitting little white balls over perfectly manicured landscapes. Now, we have Tiger in the red corner and Sergio in the blue. Bob Arum has to be goose-bumpy.
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