CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2012 |
On May 27, Vicente Vasquez was digging into the bed of Echo Park Lake with his backhoe when he scraped a solid object buried under 4 feet of muck. What could it be? During the city's months-long dredging and rebuilding of the lake, workers have found lots of old bottles and assorted junk, but nothing sexy or sensational. No bodies, no bones, no rusted weapons used in unsolved crimes. Vasquez cleared a space around his discovery and saw the outlines of the buried treasure.
May 16, 2012 |
Apple has begun preparing to launch an iPhone with a larger screen than its previous models, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The tech giant has ordered screens that measure at least 4 inches diagonally from its Asian suppliers, the Journal reported early Wednesday, attributing its information to "people familiar with the situation. " Production for the larger screens is expected to begin next month, according to the report. If the report is accurate, the sixth-generation iPhone would be the first in Apple's phone line to have a screen larger than 3.5 inches.
May 10, 2012 |
With U.S. farmers planting the largest crop of corn in 75 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture expects the resulting harvest to reach new records. And that could mean cheaper food for consumers. Assuming the weather cooperates, the country could produce 48 million tons of corn, up 4.5 million tons. Globally, corn production will grow by 75 million tons, or 10%, to 946 million tons due to record crops in the U.S., China, Brazil and Ukraine, according to the USDA . Calculated another way, 1.9 billion bushes of corn are expected to be produced from September through August 2013 - more than double the 851 million bushels the previous year and a record 166 bushels per acre.
April 10, 2012 |
This week, singer Miley Cyrus became the latest celebrity to endorse a gluten-free diet, telling fans and critics she didn't have a weight disorder, but a food allergy (or two). “For everyone calling me anorexic I have a gluten and lactose allergy. It's not about weight it's about health. Gluten is crapppp anyway!” she tweeted Sunday. Later that day she added, “everyone should try no gluten for a week! The change in your skin, phyisical and mental health is amazing!
December 26, 2011 |
At first glance, Susan and Herb Eckerling's kitchen doesn't look that bad, food-wise. A bowl of fresh fruit graces the tan tile counter, there's leftover steamed cauliflower in the refrigerator and some quick-cooking oats in the pantry. But scratch the surface and signs of poor choices and unnecessary deprivations emerge: Susan's diet is extremely short on whole grains, and neither eats much red meat - even though they like it - because they fear every cut is bad for their health.
November 11, 2011 |
Pour yourself a nice big bowl of whole-grain cereal. A study finds that diets high in fiber, particularly from cereal and whole grains, may reduce the risk of colon cancer. The study, released online today in the British Medical Journal , is a meta-analysis of 25 studies that examined the relationship between dietary fiber and colorectal cancer, the third most common type of cancer diagnosed among men and women in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. Previous studies have shown that dietary fiber may decrease colorectal cancer risk, but the authors of this study said it's not apparent whether certain types of fiber are key. After analyzing these papers they found that for every 10 grams of dietary fiber and cereal fiber there was a 10% reduced risk of colorectal cancer.
November 8, 2011 |
USC quarterback Matt Barkley isn't getting caught up in the hype, or in Washington Coach Steve Sarkisian's assessment of him. Sarkisian said this week that if he were an NFL coach, he'd take Barkley ahead of Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck , the presumed No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL draft. "I definitely think it's a little sugarcoating," Barkley said Tuesday. "We'll see what he says in March or after this game. " Not that Barkley disagrees. He'd also take himself over Luck.
September 20, 2011 |
This far-flung capital of Nevada's Gold Belt is booming - very, very reluctantly. With the price of gold in the stratosphere, the mine-chiseled corner of northeastern Nevada is scrambling to fill thousands of jobs, while newcomers to the barren region beg for somewhere to sleep. The motels: sold out. The apartments: good luck. The RV parks: get in line. Nevada churns out more gold than all but four nations. The Elko area's 7.4% jobless rate is about half that of the once-thriving Las Vegas region.
September 8, 2011 |
Hundreds of angry longshoremen walked off the job at ports in the Pacific Northwest on Thursday, effectively shutting down loading and unloading operations in a wildcat labor action that turned into a raucous confrontation — with union members storming a grain export terminal and holding security guards at bay for hours. Shipping terminals in Seattle, Tacoma and Everett were idled as workers joined the protest in the town of Longview, where police said union members rushed into a contested loading area in the pre-dawn hours, cutting brake lines on a train full of grain, pushing a security vehicle into a ditch and dumping part of the grain cargo off the train.
September 4, 2011 |
Picture a mortgage program that seems to defy many of the lessons of the housing bust: • 91% of its borrowers make zero down payments. • Loan amounts go well into the jumbo range — to $1 million and sometimes above, even with little or nothing down. • Credit standards are flexible and generous. Underwriting rules encourage loan officers to look for ways to approve applications rather than to reject them. • Mortgage originations are up — almost triple what they were just three years ago and on track this year to exceed 2010's volume.