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SPORTS
March 9, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
LAS VEGAS -- Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday after the car of Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran out of fuel on the final lap. Earnhardt entered the last lap with the lead and Keselowski on his bumper. When Earnhardt's No. 88 Chevrolet began sputtering on the back straightaway, Keselowski's No. 2 Ford shot past him for the victory in the Kobalt 400. It was a weekend sweep in Las Vegas for Keselowski, who also won Saturday in NASCAR's second-level Nationwide Series.
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SCIENCE
March 8, 2014 | By Amina Khan
In a young, nearby solar system, scientists have discovered giant clouds of poison gas -- the smoking gun from a violent encounter, astronomers say. Based on massive amounts of carbon monoxide gas around the star Beta Pictoris, either two Mars-sized planets slammed into each other with catastrophic results, or hordes of comets are crashing into one another at an astounding rate. The findings, published by the journal Science, could help provide an up-close look at how stars and their planetary systems form and evolve.
NATIONAL
March 4, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A “rather large” gas line explosion in central New Jersey injured seven workers and wrecked parts of a suburban condo complex Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Flames, debris and dark smoke soared into the Ewing Township sky about 12:50 p.m., and video from the scene showed fire crews still dousing the rubble with water two hours later. Public Service Electric & Gas Co., the energy utility for the area, said in a statement that a contractor reported damage to the gas line shortly before noon.
NATIONAL
March 4, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A body was found in the rubble of a natural-gas-fueled explosion that damaged or destroyed 55 units at a New Jersey condominium complex, police said Tuesday evening. Seven utility workers were injured in the Ewing Township explosion and fire Tuesday.  The body was found outside a charred structure, Ewing Police Lt. Ron Lunetta said. He declined to give any details about the victim.  “It's extensive and where it happened is devastating,” Lunetta said of the destruction that left blackened ruins amid a snow-covered neighborhood.  Flames, debris and dark smoke soared into the sky of the Trenton suburb about 12:50 p.m., and there were several 911 calls about a large explosion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2014 | By Julie Cart
IVANPAH VALLEY, Calif. - The day begins early at the Ivanpah solar power plant. Long before the sun rises, computers aim five square miles of mirrors to reflect the first rays of dawn onto one of three 40-story towers rising above the desert floor. The 356,000 mirrors, each the size of a garage door, focus so much light on the towers that they pulsate with a blinding white light. At the top of each tower is an enormous boiler where the sun's energy heats water to more than 1,000 degrees, creating steam that spins electricity-generating turbines.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Dennis V. Arriola, the son of Mexican immigrants who first settled in a trailer home in Compton, has been named chief executive of Southern California Gas Co. The 53-year-old becomes the company's first Latino chief executive, taking the helm of the largest natural-gas distribution firm in the country. Arriola will oversee a utility that had $364 million in earnings last year, up from $289 million in 2012. The company, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, serves nearly 21 million customers through 5.8 million meters at homes and businesses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
In the morning while walking to her car, Michelle Kennedy sometimes detects a smell like cat urine. The asthma her 6-year-old suffers seems to have worsened. Kennedy blames the oil and gas wells pumping in and near her South Los Angeles neighborhood. She was especially troubled to hear that acid was being injected in some shafts roughly a mile from her home. Now Los Angeles could put a stop to several practices that Kennedy and her neighbors have lobbied against, at least inside its city limits.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
 California motorists will get a slight break at the pump July 1 when the state excise tax on gasoline will be adjusted downward by 3.5 cents per gallon. The state Board of Equalization voted unanimously Tuesday to lower the tax for one year. The tax officials did so to comply with a state budget law passed in 2010, known as the "fuel tax swap. " Every year the board must jiggle the gas tax rate as part of a complex formula that's aimed at balancing revenue from per gallon excise tax on gasoline and the sales tax on the total charged to customers at filling stations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A 22-year-old man was charged Thursday with four felony counts, including attempted arson and grand theft auto, related to a natural gas leak earlier this week at a storage facility in Playa del Rey. James Viramonte Cogley of the west Los Angeles area pleaded not guilty to one count each of attempted arson, grand theft auto, unlawful taking of a vehicle and vandalism in excess of $400, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A Powerball ticket sold at a Bay Area gas station is the sole winner of a $425-million jackpot in the multistate lottery game, officials said. The Dixon Landing Chevron gas station in Milpitas will receive $1 million for selling the ticket with all six winning numbers, California Lottery spokesman Alex Traversol said after Wednesday night's drawing. RELATED: What can $425-million Powerball lotter buy? No details about the winner were immediately available, he said.
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