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May 7, 2013 |
The Springs fire in Ventura County was 90% contained Tuesday morning and was expected to be completely under control by the end of the day, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The blaze damaged 15 homes but did not destroy any buildings and only inflicted minor injuries on civilians and firefighters, officials said. The flames burned through decades-old brush around Point Mugu State Park as it scorched a path to the sea and Pacific Coast Highway.
April 25, 2013 |
Since 2002, filmmaker-activist Robert Greenwald has made a string of vital feature documentaries, including the trenchant exposés "Uncovered: The War on Iraq" and "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism. " His latest, the brief "War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State," although vigorously assembled, proves to have less impact. Here, producer-director Greenwald takes on a big topic, zips through some history (Galileo and Copernicus were early whistle-blowers, Frank Serpico and Karen Silkwood more modern examples)
April 17, 2013 |
Google this week began shipping its Glass smart eyewear to app developers. The company also revealed that the widely anticipated device will not be fully functional when paired with an iPhone. The smartglasses, which some buyers have already received, connects to Wi-Fi networks or Bluetooth-enabled smartphones to access the Internet. This allows Glass wearers to make calls, do Google searches or even hold video chats with friends using Google+. The device can also let users send their friends text messages and retrieve directions using GPS. But a sentence at the bottom of the webpage describing the specs for the glasses says the device, or at least the early "Explorer Edition" being shipped to developers, must be connected to an Android phone running the MyGlass app to send text messages and use GPS. QUIZ: How much do you know about Google?
April 8, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Kenley Jansen should be able to attend his newborn daughter's graduation and wedding ceremonies. No longer does the Dodgers' hard-throwing setup man have to worry that playing baseball could cost him his life. His heart now functions normally. Nearly six months ago, Jansen underwent a cardiac operation that scared him out of his usual laid-back persona. "It's finally fixed," Jansen, 25, said with a smile. Heading into the Dodgers' series opener against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Tuesday, Jansen has pitched three times.
March 21, 2013 |
"The Happy Poet," a no-budget comedy about one man's no-budget sandwich-cart venture, would have to dial up the energy several notches to qualify as deadpan. With a DIY ethos on both sides of the camera, the Austin, Texas-set feature is an ultra-low-key takeoff on the conventional find-your-bliss Hollywood arc. Funny and incisive in moments, it never fully takes off. The title character, Bill, is a nonwriting poet who has left the workaday world to hawk organic fare in the park. He's played by Paul Gordon, the film's writer-director-editor, with a flat affect and a halting monotone that speaks volumes but doesn't grow less irritating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2013 |
A Los Angeles jury convicted five of six former council members of stealing from the working-class city of Bell in a corruption scandal that became a national synonym for outrageous municipal salaries and rogue governance. The verdict Wednesday came on the 18th day of deliberations - nearly as long as the trial itself - and left the jury still deadlocked on nearly half the counts. The judge ordered the jury to return to court Thursday, though it remains unclear if the panel will continue to deliberate on the undecided charges.
March 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Nearly six months after President Obama vowed to "bring to justice" the militants who killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, the joint CIA and FBI effort to catch the ringleaders has made little apparent progress. Officials say U.S. authorities do not yet have a full understanding of who planned and carried out the two brief but intense assaults, nearly eight hours apart, on a lightly guarded diplomatic compound and a nearby CIA base late on Sept.
March 2, 2013 |
Seven years ago last month, when Michael Govan was named the sixth director in the relatively brief history of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, his mandate was clear: overhaul the place. The ambitious plan was to make LACMA the nation's only general-interest art museum to feature a major program in the rambunctious field of Modern and contemporary art. Why? The place of the new amid the old was contentious from the institution's start, as it has been for every encyclopedic museum that collects art from nearly every global civilization in recorded human history.
January 27, 2013 |
The Dodgers' off-season check list in the injury department seems unusually lengthy this winter, but apparently they can rest at ease in one area. Catcher A.J. Ellis said he feels fully recovered from left knee surgery and is already partaking in all baseball drills. “I'm doing all my regular baseball activities,” Ellis said. “It looks like a normal January for me.” Ellis, who emerged as a team leader in just his first season as a full-time starter, had his procedure Oct. 5 to clean up some tears in his medial and lateral meniscus.
January 9, 2013 |
Robert Griffin III underwent reconstructive knee surgery Wednesday and faces a challenging rehabilitation if he is to return for the start of next season. The Washington Redskins quarterback had his lateral collateral ligament repaired and his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee reconstructed for a second time. The surgery was performed in Florida by orthopedist James Andrews , who was optimistic that Griffin would be back on the field this fall. "We expect a full recovery, and it is everybody's hope and belief that due to Robert's high motivation, he will be ready for the 2013 season," Andrews said in a statement released by the Redskins.