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April 3, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
A brief video of bison purportedly “running for their lives" to escape a pending eruption of Yellowstone National Park's "super-volcano" had federal officials scrambling Thursday to allay fears in the region recently rattled by a spate of earthquakes. No wonder. The video spawned dozens of news reports, including one on CNN, attempting to answer this question: Can animals predict a major earthquake or eruption? The spreading anxiety was caused by baseless rumors and deliberate misrepresentations of what those bison were actually doing in the video, according to Leo Leckie, a sales associate of the nonprofit Yellowstone Assn., an educational partner of Yellowstone National Park.
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April 23, 2014 | By David Wharton
As if the organizers of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics needed more bad news, angry residents have clashed with police in a slum not far from the planned site of the Games' swimming events. Violence erupted in the Pavao-Pavaozinho neighborhood after the death of Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira, a dancer on a popular TV show. "The police beat my friend to death, just like they've tortured and killed in other communities," Johanas Mesquita, a 23-year-old resident of Pavao-Pavaozinho, told the Associated Press.
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WORLD
May 29, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
Guatemala's capital was under a state of emergency and its airport closed Friday after the Pacaya volcano spewed black ash for miles in the southern part of the country. Television reporter Anibal Archila who had been covering the eruption was found dead by colleagues after being caught in a blizzard of rocks and debris. More than 65 people were injured and hundreds of homes damaged, according to news reports. Officials said three children between the ages of 7 and 12 were missing.
SPORTS
April 8, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
A massive celebration broke out on the Connecticut campus Monday night and into Tuesday morning following the Huskies' 60-54 victory over Kentucky for the NCAA mens' basketball championship. You know how these things often go. Most of the students probably were just enjoying themselves, basking in the aftermath of their team's unlikely run through March Madness. “By far, most of our students have conducted themselves safely and responsibly,” UConn Police Chief Barbara O'Connor said Tuesday morning.
SCIENCE
February 17, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
For 100,000 years, a pod of cool magma has been sitting mostly immobile beneath the Mt. Hood volcano. Consider it cold storage.  As long as the magma stays cool, the volcano will not erupt. Cool magma is like peanut butter straight from the fridge - difficult to move. But if the conditions are right, that magma can liquefy in just a few months, potentially leading to an eruption, according to new research. Hot magma from deep in the Earth's crust bubbles up, mixes with the cool magma and causes it to liquefy.
WORLD
May 14, 2013 | By Richard Fausset and Cecilia Sanchez, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - Mexico's giant Popocatepetl volcano may generate lava flows, explosions of "growing intensity" and ash that could reach miles away, the National Center for Disaster Prevention said Monday. Officials were preparing evacuation routes and shelters for thousands of people who live in the shadow of Popocatepetl, located 40 miles southeast of Mexico City. Officials have created a 7.5-mile restricted zone around the cone of the volcano. Popo, as the volcano is known, has displayed a "notable increase in activity levels" in the last few days, including tremors and explosive eruptions, according to a statement from the federal government.
NEWS
February 26, 1985 | United Press International
Sakurajima Volcano in southern Japan erupted for the 51st time this year, spewing forth stones that broke windshields and punctured car roofs for miles around, television news reports said Monday. As many as 50 car windshields were reported shattered and several roofs punctured Sunday when stones thrown 13,000 feet into the air rained down on southern Kyushu, about 500 miles southwest of Tokyo. Ash from the eruption also dusted the area, the reports said.
NEWS
November 24, 1986 | Associated Press
Mt. Mihara subsided Sunday after a fiery eruption that forced 11,000 people to flee a small island, but hundreds of miles away another volcano erupted and sent a large boulder flying into a hotel, injuring five people. Officials said Mt. Sakurajima hurled a boulder 6 1/2 feet in diameter into a one-story concrete hotel on Sakurajima island, about 620 miles southwest of Tokyo. Officials said the eruption was not linked with that of Mt.
NEWS
November 15, 1985 | From Reuters
The eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano in central Colombia may be the worst such disaster in more than 80 years, a geological expert said here Thursday. Up to 20,000 people were feared dead in Colombia. If this death toll is confirmed, the eruption of Nevado del Ruiz was the worst volcanic disaster in South American history, Ian Merter of London's Geological Museum said. It would be the worst in the world since 1902 when Mt.
NEWS
May 11, 1986 | United Press International
Mt. St. Helens has begun its 20th eruptive episode in six years, scientists said Saturday, but thick clouds prevented them from seeing whether magma has reached the surface of the rumbling volcano's lava dome. Commercial and private pilots flying near the southwest Washington volcano Friday night reported seeing several steam or ash bursts, rising to heights of between 18,000 and 20,000 feet above sea level.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer, Joel Rubin and Robert J. Lopez
A community meeting with several dozen people was underway in a room near the lobby where a man opened fire at a Police Department station and wounded an officer, authorities said Monday night. The suspect, who was armed with a handgun, fired multiple rounds at the officer. Several of the bullets struck the officer's ballistic vest, but one round went through his left arm, Cmdr. Dennis Kato said. The suspect was wounded and in critical condition after two officers returned the gunfire inside the West Bureau Traffic lobby on Venice Boulevard near La Brea Avenue in Mid-City.
SCIENCE
April 3, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
A brief video of bison purportedly “running for their lives" to escape a pending eruption of Yellowstone National Park's "super-volcano" had federal officials scrambling Thursday to allay fears in the region recently rattled by a spate of earthquakes. No wonder. The video spawned dozens of news reports, including one on CNN, attempting to answer this question: Can animals predict a major earthquake or eruption? The spreading anxiety was caused by baseless rumors and deliberate misrepresentations of what those bison were actually doing in the video, according to Leo Leckie, a sales associate of the nonprofit Yellowstone Assn., an educational partner of Yellowstone National Park.
SCIENCE
March 31, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard, This post has been updated. See below for details.
An immense solar flare burst from the sun Saturday, and as of Monday there were "several coronal mass ejections in play," according to NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center. A coronal mass ejection is a huge release --billions of tons -- of solar material and magnetic fields that, if it reaches Earth, can create beautiful auroras as well as cause problems with the power grid. [Updated 4 p.m. March 30: Heliophysicist Alex Young told the Los Angeles Times this flare was unique in that it was "impulsive" -- providing a strong, quick burst of radiation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A war of words erupted Tuesday between two Los Angeles City Councilmen vying for control of the annual Fourth of July fireworks show at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. In a blistering press release, Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks accused Councilman Curren Price and USC of “continuing what has become a petty retaliation effort” to force Parks out of the Fireworks Extravaganza he founded more than a decade ago. Parks said the university and some Coliseum Commission members have been at odds with him since he publicly opposed a deal giving USC control of the Coliseum, which he argued gave the community “little to nothing in return.” After Price proposed a Fourth of July fireworks show and fair of his own at the Coliseum, Parks accused USC of working with Price to cut him out of the celebrated event.
SPORTS
February 28, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Fans spilled onto the court and several took part in a brawl that erupted after Utah Valley State defeated New Mexico State, 66-61 in overtime, with first place on the line in a Western Athletic Conference basketball game Thursday night. The altercation in Orem, Utah, was ignited by New Mexico State's K.C. Ross-Miller, who threw the basketball about 20 feet downcourt in apparent frustration after the buzzer sounded, striking Utah Valley State's Holton Hunsaker, the coach's son. D.K. Eldridge of New Mexico State became engulfed in a horde of students who had swarmed the court, most presumably to celebrate the victory while others took part in fisticuffs.
WORLD
February 18, 2014 | By Victoria Butenko and Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine - The 3-month-old uprising against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich flared to a deadly crescendo Tuesday with antigovernment protesters setting fire to the ruling party headquarters and security forces storming their tent camp in what officials labeled "an anti-terror operation. " The Interior Ministry reported that at least nine people were killed: two police officers, an official of the ruling Party of Regions and six protesters. Opposition lawmaker Oleksandra Kuzhel said the death toll had grown to 15 after security forces moved against the encampment with stun grenades and water cannons.
WORLD
April 12, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Ecuador officials say a volcano is erupting in the Galapagos Islands and could harm unique wildlife. Galapagos National Park officials said La Cumbre volcano began spewing lava, gas and smoke on uninhabited Fernandina Island after four years of inactivity. They said the eruption is not a threat to people living on nearby Isabela Island. But lava flowing to the sea probably will affect marine and terrestrial iguanas, wolves and other fauna. The Galapagos are home to unique species that became the basis for Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
NEWS
October 15, 1987 | JANNY SCOTT, Times Staff Writer
A rare underwater volcano in the South Pacific erupted only 130 feet beneath a San Diego-based research ship Sunday, enveloping the vessel in a swirling tumult of murky water, gas bubbles and hot volcanic rocks. The eruption of the MacDonald Seamount 650 miles southeast of Tahiti sent gas-infused rocks clattering and clanging against the steel hull of the Melville and transformed the greenish ocean water into a churning, boiling dark brown, according to an account by scientists aboard the ship.
SCIENCE
February 17, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
For 100,000 years, a pod of cool magma has been sitting mostly immobile beneath the Mt. Hood volcano. Consider it cold storage.  As long as the magma stays cool, the volcano will not erupt. Cool magma is like peanut butter straight from the fridge - difficult to move. But if the conditions are right, that magma can liquefy in just a few months, potentially leading to an eruption, according to new research. Hot magma from deep in the Earth's crust bubbles up, mixes with the cool magma and causes it to liquefy.
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