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June 26, 2013 | By David Pagel
If anything defines our times, it's that everything seems to be running together. Movies look like comic books. Reality and television are in bed with each other. News and entertainment appear to have fused. And interpersonal communication, otherwise known as social networking, has become a form of advertising - a kind of self-promotion that replaces the give-and-take of conversations with the monotony of monologues. At Jancar Gallery, the six punchy paintings in “Erupt,” Mira Schnedler's first solo show in the United States, begin with the blurry boundaries of the day. INTERACTIVE:  The price of art But rather than stirring them into an overcooked stew of bland superficiality, the German-born, L.A.-based painter makes a virtue of incompatibility, inconsistency, irresolution.
June 20, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Another wildfire, the sixth of seven this season in Colorado, has broken out, forcing about 100 people to leave their homes in Jefferson County, about 30 miles from Denver. The blaze, known as the Lime Gulch fire, is burning near Foxton, Colo., on lands of the Pike National Forest. Approximately 500 acres have burned but no injuries have been reported. "The good news is, it's a very sparsely populated area as far as houses go," Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink told reporters.
June 6, 2013 | By Alexandra Sandels
BEIRUT -- Fierce fighting between Syrian rebels and government troops erupted Thursday at a United Nations-monitored checkpoint, the heaviest battle to date near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The checkpoint near the town of Quneitra, Syria's sole crossing into the Golan Heights, was overrun in the morning by rebels in a symbolic victory that was reportedly reversed a few hours later when Syrian government forces recaptured the area. As of Thursday afternoon, three mortar rounds from the fighting had landed in the Golan Heights as Syrian soldiers and rebels battled for control of the town, according to Israeli military officials.
May 17, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
After days of silence during which long-held resentment toward Abercrombie & Fitch Co. began to boil over, Chief Executive Michael S. Jeffries tried to stem a backlash against the teen-focused retailer. Jeffries, in a statement Thursday, discussed criticism that the company lacks women's XL and XXL sizes in favor of catering toward young, good-looking customers. "A&F is an aspirational brand that, like most specialty apparel brands, targets its marketing at a particular segment of customers," he said in the statement.
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.
May 7, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who drove his truck into hell and may have started a fire. Witnesses reported seeing a man about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday drive an older-model white Chevy pickup through the glass storefront of El Infierno restaurant- - el infierno means hell in Spanish - - then run off. Seconds after the crash, a fire erupted inside the eatery, charring the building and damaging neighboring businesses, police...
May 7, 2013 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - For decades this rural basin has battled over the Klamath River's most precious resource: water that sustains fish, irrigates farms and powers the hydroelectric dams that block one of the largest salmon runs on the West Coast. Now, one of the nation's fiercest water wars is on the verge of erupting again. New water rights have given a group of Oregon Indian tribes an upper hand just as the region plunges into a severe drought . Farmers and wildlife refuges could be soon cut off by the Klamath Tribes, which in March were granted the Upper Klamath Basin's oldest water rights to the lake and tributaries that feed the mighty river flowing from arid southern Oregon to the foggy redwoods of the Northern California coast.
May 4, 2013 | Jason Felch
A fire erupted in a pallet yard in Fontana on Saturday afternoon. The blaze started about 3 p.m. at an industrial site on the 8300 block of Sultana Avenue. No structures were threatened and no injuries have been reported, said San Bernardino County fire dispatcher Kristen Anderson. Several spot fires broke out in vegetation near the site but were quickly put out, Anderson said. By 5 p.m., the fire was 80% contained. ALSO: Los Angeles regional weather forecast Wildfires slow commutes in north L.A. County California wildfires: Cooler weather, rain helps fire fight Twitter: @jasonfelch | Google+
May 2, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE - A year ago, when rowdy demonstrators swarmed through the city streets on May Day, smashing storefront windows and swarming police, downtown business owners were outraged. A federal grand jury was convened, and Mayor Mike McGinn ordered a thorough review, vowing to do better. Wednesday's May Day demonstration unfolded in banner-waving harmony through much of the late afternoon, as more than 3,000 marchers supporting worker and immigrant rights streamed through downtown. But a smaller, much rowdier “anti-capitalist/anti-state” march launched later from Capitol Hill.
April 23, 2013 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Security forces for the Shiite-led Iraqi government raided a Sunni protest camp in northern Iraq on Tuesday, igniting violence around the country that left at least 36 people dead. The unrest led two Sunni officials to resign from the government and risked pushing the country's Sunni provinces into an open revolt against Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, a Shiite. The situation looked to be the gravest moment for Iraq since the last U.S. combat troops left in December 2011. The violence Tuesday started in the Sunni town of Hawija, where shooting erupted during the raid.
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