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December 27, 1999
Your coverage of the tragic flooding in Venezuela neglected an important part of the story. This latest flood is part of a global trend due to warming from greenhouse gases, mainly CO2 from the gas and oil we burn, and it is accelerating. Though we don't know where the next flood will hit, the climate is changing, and warmer air can hold more moisture. Perhaps we Americans can do something more lasting than sending humanitarian aid, by signing on to global treaties and cutting our energy usage.
April 26, 2014 | Kevin Baxter, Brian Bennett
Yasiel Puig's journey to Los Angeles - and riches with the Dodgers - is a serpentine tale of drug cartels, nighttime escapes and international human smuggling. Yet in the booming marketplace for Cuban ballplayers, it is far from unique. Since 2009, nearly three dozen have defected, with at least 25 of them signing contracts worth more than a combined $315 million. Many, like Puig, were spirited away on speedboats to Mexico, Haiti or the Dominican Republic. Once there, they typically were held by traffickers before being released to agents - for a price.
January 4, 2010
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April 26, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Tom Kington
Tens of thousands of pilgrims were gathering here Saturday in heady anticipation of Sunday's dual canonization of two of the most influential popes of recent times, John Paul II and John XXIII. It will mark the first time in the long history of the Roman Catholic Church that two ex-popes are made saints on the same day. On Saturday, the Vatican confirmed another first - retired Pope Benedict XVI will assist Pope Francis during the sainthood ceremony. That means two living popes will help canonize a pair of their predecessors in a singular celebration of four pontiffs, alive and dead.
May 10, 2011 | By Bill McKibben
Last week, at a place called Bird's Point, just below the confluence of the Ohio and the Mississippi rivers, the Army Corps of Engineers was busy mining a huge levee with explosives. The work was made dangerous by outbreaks of lightning, but eventually the charges were in place and corps Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh gave the order: A 2-mile-wide hole was blasted in the earthen levee, and a wall of water greater than the flow over Niagara Falls inundated 130,000 acres of prime Missouri farmland.
February 25, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County supervisors proclaimed a state of local emergency Tuesday in Bouquet Canyon, an unincorporated area in Santa Clarita Valley, paving the way for officials to take flood control measures without going through the usual permitting process. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, whose district includes Bouquet Canyon, said a series of fires and storm events have led to a buildup of sediment in Bouquet Canyon Creek. That reduces its carrying capacity, which results in water flooding Bouquet Canyon Road after heavy rains, Antonovich said.
January 17, 2012 | By Alejandro Lazo
A record number of investors and second-home buyers flooded the Southern California real estate market in December, though not enough to give sales in the region a bump over the same month a year earlier. With the investor dominance, low-cost homes reigned. That helped push the region's median home price back down to its lowest level in 12 months, according to San Diego real estate firm DataQuick. Sales fell 1.4% from the same month a year earlier, with a total of 19,247 homes bought throughout the six-county region.
September 11, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Tuesday is the 11th anniversary of one of the darkest days in U.S. history, the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Several sports stars have taken to Twitter to discuss their thoughts on what happened that day. From the Lakers: Pau Gasol: All my support to the everyone that lost a family member or a friend 11 years ago in New York. #NeverForget #9/11 Matt Barnes: Being in NY on 9/11/12, 11yrs after the planes hit the towers it's amazing to see how we've rebounded. From the Dodgers: Brandon League: #NeverForget911 Shane Victorino: 9/11 is a day that #wewillneverforget!
September 17, 2013 | By Tony Barboza and Matt Pearce
BOULDER, Colo. -- Search teams resumed their efforts Tuesday to rescue hundreds of people still stranded by the Colorado flood waters as the death toll climbed to eight. Although hundreds of residents remain unaccounted for, according to state officials, the number has fallen in recent days to 648, state officials said. Harder to know is the number of people waiting to be rescued, Liz Donaghey, a spokeswoman for the Boulder office of Emergency Management, said by telephone on Tuesday.
February 27, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
“Myths, like inquisitive children, keep asking: why?” Marina Warner observes in an essay posted at the London Review of Books. “They answer with stories of origin and destiny, luck and catastrophe.” If anyone should know about this, it would be Warner . A professor at England's University of Essex, she may be our foremost authority on fairy tales. This is not, lest we think otherwise, kids' stuff; what Warner is after, rather, is what we might call the substance of our imaginative DNA. “Stories come from the past but speak to the present (if you taste the dragon's blood and can hear what they say)
April 7, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A series of dangerous thunderstorms pelted the Southeast on Monday, sending rescue crews to a central Alabama mobile home park where hundreds of residents were evacuated from flood waters after a creek overran it banks, emergency officials said. The storms spread overnight from Mississippi into Alabama and Georgia, triggering flash floods, causing power outages and shutting down roads. Every firefighter in the Pelham Fire Department was out in the field trying to remove residents from hundreds of flooded mobile homes at Green Park South, said Robin Wilkinson, administrative assistant with the department.
April 3, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
A tornado was spotted in Missouri on Thursday night, the National Weather Service said, and parts of Texas were under a tornado watch. Rich Thompson, a forecaster for the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said at least one tornado had been seen in southeast Missouri.  The storm was expected to expand and hit parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Missouri overnight. The tornado "is part of a larger severe storm,” Thompson told the Los Angeles Times.
March 27, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
LOS ALGODONES, Mexico - Osvel Hinojosa knew that an infusion of water would bring the Colorado River delta back to life. But in just a few days, a U.S.-Mexican experiment to revive the delta environment has exceeded his expectations. The water is running deeper, faster and wider than anticipated in a channel that was once bone-dry. Hinojosa has spotted hawks, egrets and ospreys flying above the newly flowing water. He's even seen beavers. "It's just amazing to see that we can recover the river and see it alive again," said Hinojosa, water and wetlands program director at Pronatura Noroeste, a Mexican water conservation group.
March 27, 2014 | By David Horsey
Until film director Darren Aronofsky got his hands on it, the old tale of Noah's Ark had devolved into a cute children's fable of giraffes and elephants and bears and bunnies crowding onto a big boat. Aronofsky has re-envisioned it as what it really has always been: an apocalyptic, end-of-the-world disaster story. Biblical literalists, though, are not entirely happy about this new telling of one of the most ancient stories in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Aronofsky's “Noah” opens Friday in theaters across the country and the big question for Paramount, the studio that paid more than $130 million to produce the film, is whether the large Christian audience that showed up for Mel Gibson's “The Passion of the Christ” and the more recent “Son of God” will pay to see what Aronofsky has called “the least biblical film ever made.” PHOTOS: Horsey on Hollywood If Glenn Beck has his way, no right thinking person will go see the movie.
March 26, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - With a March 31 deadline to sign up for insurance under President Obama's health law approaching, more than a million people a day are visiting, administration officials said Wednesday. The site - the main portal for insurance marketplaces in 36 states - got 1.2 million visitors Tuesday and 1.1 million visitors Monday, according to the administration. At the same time, call centers received more than 500,000 calls over those two days. Despite the crush, the website, which crashed repeatedly last year, has been stable, said Kurt DelBene, a former Microsoft executive who has been overseeing the website operations as a senior advisor to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
March 26, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
Here's a statistic for you. Out of 10,855 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals last year that dealt with some aspect of global warming, all but two accepted human behavior as the primary cause. Oddly, that represents a bit of backsliding. The previous year, only one study rejected human factors, according to an annual roundup by geochemist James Lawrence Powell and reported by Salon . Science is not a theory but a process, a mechanism for distilling truth from observation.
September 6, 2011
The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee threatened flooding from the Tennessee Valley to New England on Tuesday, while people in the storm's wake continued to face power outages and blocked roads. The National Weather Service issued flood and flash-flood watches and warnings from the Southern U.S. through the Appalachian Mountains and into the Northeast. Heavy rains will continue through Thursday, with 4 to 8 inches expected, though some areas could get as much as 10 inches. "These rains may cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides," the weather service said.
September 16, 2013 | By Michael Muskal and Jenny Deam
BOULDER, Colo. - Helicopters returned to the skies over Colorado on Monday as officials took advantage of a break in the weather to step up rescue efforts reminiscent of those in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. It was drizzling across much of the state Monday. That was a relief from the record-setting torrents that racked Colorado last week, turning tame brooks into raging walls of water that destroyed roads, brought down bridges and overflowed dams. The death toll stood at six confirmed deaths, but several people were missing and presumed dead.
March 22, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Authorities and residents along a tree-lined river north of Seattle were bracing for flooding Saturday night after a massive mudslide in the morning killed at least three people, leveled at least six homes and left a muddy mix of debris in the river that was acting as a dam. Authorities worry that water could build up behind that dam of debris and mud and then cause flooding if it breaks through. Emergency responders from the U.S. Navy , fire departments and law enforcement agencies across the region were searching through dusk for additional victims and clearing debris, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Department said.
March 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Four female occupants of a car were killed after the driver lost control on a San Bernardino road Thursday night and plunged into a flood control channel, authorities said. The crash occurred after the car spun out and went through a rail, causing two of the occupants to be ejected while the vehicle plunged into the flood channel, burst into flames and burned the other two "beyond recognition," according to the California Highway Patrol. Earlier reports had put the number of dead at three.
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