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September 10, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
The primordial soup of the early Earth may have been more chemically rich and complex than previously thought, according to new analysis of the Sutter's Mill meteorite, a space rock that exploded over California in 2012.  In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers say they have discovered organic molecules in the Sutter's Mill specimen never before seen in a meteorite, and that those compounds could...
September 9, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe and Sam Farmer
The fan who fell to his death Sunday at Candlestick Park during the Packers-49ers game has been identified by the San Francisco medical examiner as 32-year-old Kevin Hayes of Hayward. Hayes died after falling from an elevated pedestrian walkway, although results from an autopsy are still pending, the medical examiner's office said Monday. Hayes fell to the sidewalk at 1:03 p.m. as he was walking on the overpass, which leads from the parking area to the stadium, said San Francisco police Lt. Laura Knight.
September 3, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Prosecutors charged a 26-year-old North Hollywood man Tuesday with killing a woman who died after falling from a moving car on the 210 Freeway. Ricardo “Rick” Jimenez, 26, used a knife on the woman moments before her death, authorities believe. He turned himself in to authorities over the weekend after Los Angeles Police Department detectives released his photo. He had been wanted in the death of girlfriend Maria Josefina "Josie" Jimenez, 22, (no relation), of Westlake, who died Thursday when she fell or jumped from the moving car and was struck by multiple vehicles on the freeway in Sylmar.
September 2, 2013 | Sam Farmer
Eric Dickerson flew. So has time. It has been 29 years since the former Los Angeles Rams star set the NFL's single-season rushing record - a span that matches his jersey number - and now the Hall of Fame back once again waits to see if his mark of 2,105 yards will fall. If last year was an indication, though, Dickerson won't be glued to the TV, wringing his hands every time Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson gets a handoff. While Peterson was moving ever closer to the record in a 2012 regular-season finale, Mr. 2,105 wasn't even watching.
September 1, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Authorities are questioning a man who was allegedly driving a car on the 210 Freeway when a female passenger fell out, was struck by multiple vehicles and died. Los Angeles police said they believe the woman may have been physically abused the night before her death. Ricardo “Rick” Jimenez, 26, turned himself in to the Glendale Police Department on Saturday, Los Angeles police Lt. Paul Vernon said in a statement. Police had released a photo of Jimenez and asked for the public's help in finding him.  Maria Josefina "Josie" Jimenez, 22, was killed Thursday after she fell out of the passenger door of the vehicle allegedly driven by Ricardo Jimenez, police said.
August 27, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
For the third quarter in a row, Monrovia drone maker AeroVironment Inc. reported a sharp downturn in quarterly revenue after a drop in military contracts for its small robotic aircraft. The downbeat report comes as the company battles an upstart Newport Beach activist investment firm over how to improve market valuation. AeroVironment said revenue was $44.1 million in its fiscal first quarter. That's down 24.9% compared with $58.7 million last year. The lack of sales led to net loss of $7.2 million, or 32 cents a share.
August 19, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
The country's labor market recovery was uneven last month with unemployment rates rising in 28 states and falling in eight, according to figures released Monday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.   Monday's data show that 11 states and the District of Columbia with jobless rates higher than the overall U.S. unemployment rate of 7.4%. California, which released its job report Friday, added 38,100 jobs in July, one of its best showings this year. Still, the state's unemployment rate rose 0.2 of a percentage point to 8.7%.
August 14, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NEW YORK -- It was a day filled with more hope than promise. When pitchers Joe Blanton, Tommy Hanson, Ryan Madson and Sean Burnett were introduced together at the ESPN Zone in Anaheim on Dec. 12, the numbers on their new Angels jerseys could have been replaced by question marks. They all had issues, with injuries or declining performance, but if they could remain physically sound and deliver their typical seasons, they would add much-needed depth to the Angels' rotation and bullpen.
August 8, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Polling places in Los Angeles, Orange County and across the country fell short in helping people who speak Hindi, Khmer and other Asian languages during elections last year, a national civil rights group found in a report released Thursday. Under the Voting Rights Act, areas that have more than 10,000 people who speak another language -- or more than 5% of citizens of voting age -- and have higher-than-average illiteracy among that group are bound to provide the same voter information and assistance in that language as they provide in English.
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