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February 11, 2014 | By David Pierson
TULARE, Calif. - California's drought could prove devastating to the state's farmers and ranchers. But the dry spell has brought a gusher of new business to companies that provide them with water. That much was clear at this year's World Ag Expo, which kicked off Tuesday in Tulare, a town of 60,000 about 45 miles south of Fresno. At one booth was a well repair company that had to add extra shifts to meet all the agricultural demand for groundwater. Nearby, a firm that provides turbine pumps for wells said orders were coming in so furiously it was running out of parts.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2014 | By Nita Lelyveld
Painful memories have the power to surface fresh and raw, even after many years. A great-grandmother once again can become a terrified little girl. A grandfather surrounded by friends and family can feel all alone in a vicious world. So it was at the Los Angeles Jewish Home in Reseda the other afternoon, when the drama club put on a play. The audience was made up almost entirely of octogenarians and nonagenarians. The cast ranged in age from 85 to 92. The performance understandably didn't rely on action.
WORLD
January 30, 2014 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- Amid rising anger from local residents and forecasts of more rain, the British government sent military officials to southwest England on Thursday to help deal with floodwaters that have turned whole villages into islands and drowned parts of the country's storybook countryside. Some rural communities in the county of Somerset have been cut off for weeks by the flooding, the result of storms that have lashed Britain almost nonstop since Christmas. The freak weather is linked to the harsh snowstorms in the United States, where cold fronts have collided with warm fronts in the South and strengthened the jet stream across the Atlantic, stirring a cauldron of precipitation.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Viewers tune into the Super Bowl for two things: spectacle and football. Two new TV spots to air during the big game will check those boxes while teasing upcoming movies: Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic "Noah" and Ivan Reitman's inside-the-NFL drama "Draft Day. " Paramount's  30-second "Noah" spot , which will air before kickoff, doesn't show much new footage since the first trailer was released in November, but it does offer a glimpse of...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
"The Great Flood," an all-archival clip documentary revisiting the events and effects of the devastating Mississippi River flood of 1927, is by turns hypnotic, playful, wildly evocative and even a bit trippy. But most of all it's a unique, highly immersing audio-visual experience that would be as at home in a museum as it is in a movie theater - and that's a first-order compliment. Experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison ("Decasia," "The Miners' Hymns") has masterfully assembled a collage of silent, monochrome archival footage of this largely forgotten catastrophe - call it the Hurricane Katrina of its day - in which the Mississippi's levees broke in 145 places, engulfing 27,000 square miles of land from southern Illinois to New Orleans.
SPORTS
January 7, 2014 | By David Wharton
A month before the 2014 Sochi Games, Russian officials have flooded the area with security personnel. Tens of thousands of army troops, police and security agents were being deployed to the Black Sea resort, according to a report from the RIA Novosti news service. Only vehicles registered in Sochi - or those with Olympic passes - were being allowed on the streets. Recent bombings in Volgograd, about 400 miles away, have heightened fears of terrorism. Sochi is considered vulnerable because of its relative proximity to the North Caucasus, where Islamic militants have waged a violent insurgency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
Major storms will be more destructive to coastal areas of Los Angeles as sea level rise accelerates over the century, according to a new study the city of Los Angeles commissioned to help it adjust to climate change. The study by USC took inventory of the city's coastal neighborhoods, roads, its port, energy and water infrastructure to evaluate the damage they would face from a storm under sea level rise scenarios anticipated for mid-century and 2100. Climate change, experts say, will worsen the flooding and erosion coastal areas already face during big storms as rising sea levels result in higher tides and bigger waves and storm surges.
NATIONAL
December 22, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Flooding in Kentucky left five people dead on a winter weekend that included snow in the Midwest and New England, apparent tornadoes in the South and record heat in New York. Almost half a million customers were reportedly without power across Michigan and New England as winter weather hampered early holiday travel. More than 200 flights were canceled in Chicago as New Yorkers strolled through balmy Central Park in shirt-sleeves. Strong winds, rain and at least one reported tornado pummeled Kentucky, where officials said a vehicle carrying five people drove into floodwaters from the Rolling Fork River near New Hope, about 50 miles southeast of Louisville.
NATIONAL
December 22, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Five people were reported killed by flooding in Kentucky on a weekend that included snow in the Midwest and New England, tornadoes in the South and record heat in New York. Almost half a million customers were reportedly without power across Michigan and New England as winter weather hampered early holiday travel. Meantime, New Yorkers strolled through Central Park in shirtsleeves.  Kentucky officials said a vehicle carrying five people drove into floodwaters from the Rolling Fork River near New Hope, Ky., on Sunday morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 | Jason Felch
Occidental College has been barraged with bogus allegations of sexual assault in recent days after two groups, one claiming to represent "men's rights," set out to undermine the school's anonymous reporting system, a college spokesman said. Shortly after members of the online communities Reddit and 4Chan began discussing the idea late Monday, Occidental spokesman Jim Tranquada said, the campus was flooded with reports -- some by people who claimed to have been assaulted by "Occidental College," "feminists" or "Fatty McFatFat.
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