CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 |
A cellphone charger in a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy's pocket saved her from serious injury during a struggle in Inglewood early Tuesday when a parolee opened fire and the bullet glanced off the device. Authorities called it "miraculous. " The suspect, described as a 49-year-old parolee, was shot and killed but not before he fired again, grazing the deputy's partner in the hand, officials said. Both deputies were treated at area hospitals and released later in the day. Sheriff Lee Baca said the deputy probably would have been seriously injured had the cellphone charger not deflected the bullet, sending it down her pant leg. It grazed her leg and went out her pants.
June 6, 2013 |
The comet Lovejoy plunged into the sun's blazing corona in 2011 and somehow made it out "alive. " That's a feat that no man-made spacecraft could have achieved. Now, in a paper published in Science, astronomers show how they tracked the hurtling ice ball's path as it grazed the sun to learn more about the solar magnetic field. Lovejoy, known more officially as C/2011 W3, came within a mere 87,000 miles of the sun's surface as it flew by on Dec. 15 and 16, 2011. NASA's Solar Probe Plus , planned for launch in 2018, will come within about 3.7 million miles of the sun's surface - more than 40 times as distant as Lovejoy's encounter.
May 13, 2013 |
Ranchers often argue that cattle grazing is the best way to combat cheatgrass, an aggressive invader that has taken over vast areas of the Great Basin, destroying the native sagebrush ecosystem and fueling huge wildfires. But a study published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology arrives at the opposite conclusion. Reseachers who studied 75 Great Basin sites invaded by cheatgrass found that greater grazing intensity promoted the alien's spread. “Our findings raise serious concerns regarding proposals to use cattle grazing to control [cheatgrass]
April 29, 2013 |
World leaders are used to taking swipes - but perhaps not quite so literally. Botswana's president, Ian Khama, had to have two stitches after a captive cheetah clawed his face, leaving him with “minor injuries,” a government spokesman told reporters in the southern African country Monday. The spokesman, Jeff Ramsay, assured the Sunday Standard that the president was not attacked, but merely suffered “a freak accident.” Questions arose when Khama showed up in public recently with bruises and a bandage on his face, according to news reports. Ramsay told the Sunday Standard that the episode was so minor, officials initially saw no need to make a public statement.
March 13, 2012 |
Restaurant patrons are increasingly going out to pasture, “grazing” their way through smaller servings instead of sitting down to longer and more expensive meals in a shift that has eateries rushing to adjust. Nearly half of diners now say they're snacking twice a day, compared with the quarter who said the same in 2010, according to research group Technomic . More than 6 in 10 customers said that the snacks they bought were impulse purchases. Snack brands at Stockton, Calif.-based Diamond Foods Inc. are doing well, the company said Tuesday , with Kettle chips and Pop Secret popcorn both seeing sales increases in the 12-week period ending Feb. 18. Sales from the Emerald nuts brand were up 29% compared with the same period a year earlier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2011 |
The sound of hundreds of goat hooves echoed through a small valley overlooking the ocean Saturday in the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, surprising passerby who watched as the animals munched their way through yard after yard of invasive weeds. FOR THE RECORD: Goat grazing: An article in the March 6 Section A about the use of goats to clear invasive weeds in the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve referred to boar goats. The correct term is Boer goats. ? The 230 goats are the first step in a project to restore natural flora and fauna to a 12-acre portion of the 1,400-acre preserve that was burned in a fire in 2009.