July 22, 2013 |
BEIJING - A magnitude 6.6 earthquake in north-central China on Monday killed at least 89 people, injured more than 500 and left five missing, and heavy rains were impeding rescue efforts in some towns, state-run media reported. About 3,000 soldiers, firefighters and other rescue personnel were dispatched to the affected area in Gansu province after the 7:45 a.m. quake, the official New China News Agency said. More than 400 aftershocks had been reported by midafternoon. Photos from the region, southeast of the provincial capital, Lanzhou, showed brick homes collapsed and others buried up to their roofs by landslides triggered by the temblor.
July 18, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Southern California Edison Co. has started legal action against the manufacturer of steam generators that failed and forced the permanent closure in June of the San Onofre nuclear power plant on the northern San Diego County coast. As expected, the electric utility filed a formal notice of dispute early Thursday with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan and its United States subsidiary, Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems. The action sets in motion negotiations that involve finding fault and assessing financial damages.
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July 16, 2013 |
For the last few days, Los Angeles police gave demonstrators a wide berth as they protested the acquittal in Florida of former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. They hung back when marchers blocked city streets and even shut down a major freeway. But after a largely peaceful demonstration devolved into violence and vandalism, LAPD officials on Tuesday decided to change tactics. Images of young people storming a Wal-Mart, attacking a television crew and taunting passing motorists had city and police leaders promising a much stronger, more aggressive police response if the upheaval continues.
July 15, 2013 |
Chris Brown's probation in his felony assault case was revoked Monday by a judge in Los Angeles. The hang-up? Allegedly that "obey all laws" part of the deal he struck with the D.A.'s office back in 2009. Prosecutors maintained that two new misdemeanor charges (hit-and-run and driving without a license) violate the terms of Brown's five-year probation, L.A. Now reported. PHOTOS: Celebrity mug shots Olga Gure-Kovalenko, the driver of the other car, reportedly did not want to follow through on criminal charges, TMZ reported early Monday, but that issue has been continued until a week from Tuesday because the City Attorney's office has not spoken to her. Brown attorney Mark Geragos is maintaining that his client, a resident of Virginia, has a valid Virginia driver's license and therefore was not driving without a license, TMZ said.
July 8, 2013 |
BEIJING - Life expectancy is 5.5 years lower in northern China than in the south because of heavy air pollution, a new study examining 20 years of data has determined. The research, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by four economists in China, the U.S. and Israel, examined air quality readings collected in 90 Chinese cities from 1981 to 2000 and compared those with mortality data collected at 145 locations across the country from 1991 to 2000.
July 8, 2013 |
BEIJING - Life expectancy is 5.5 years lower in northern China than in the south because of heavy air pollution, a study examining 20 years of data concludes. The research -- published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by four economists in China, the United States and Israel - examined air quality readings collected in 90 Chinese cities from 1981 to 2000, and compared them with mortality data collected from 145 locations from 1991 to 2000. Other studies have established strong correlations between air pollution and poor health and attempted to quantify the resulting loss of life in China.
July 4, 2013 |
DENVER - As Brandon League tries to regain the form that earned him a $22.5-million contract from the Dodgers, something is weighing on his mind. He was a friend of Justin Miller, the former major league reliever who was found dead at his Florida home last week. "I had no clue anything was happening health-wise, so it was a bit of a shock," League said. When League and Miller were prospects in the Toronto Blue Jays' farm system, they both lived in Florida. "We'd see each other a lot and just hang out," League said.
July 3, 2013 |
For a notoriously perfectionist band like Fleetwood Mac, it shouldn't come as a big surprise that its live show leaves nothing to chance. Fleetwood Mac's 2013 tour, which wraps up with a final run of shows this week in California, is built around a song list that's gone virtually unchanged since the concert run began in April. "We're not one of those bands that throws the names of all their songs in a hat and pulls them out right before they go on stage," guitarist, songwriter and singer Lindsey Buckingham said last week from a tour stop in Charlotte, N.C. (Buckingham and the band play Staples Center Wednesday.)
June 13, 2013 |
A line of storms continued its march to the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, bringing high winds and threats of flooding to the East Coast after causing power outages through the Midwest. The storm system, originally billed as a meteorological event known as a derecho, was less widespread than originally forecast. A derecho is a line of storms carrying high, straight-on winds that stretches for at least 240 miles. Even though the storm system failed to form to that degree, it did contain winds of up to 70 mph as it crossed the nation heading for Washington, D.C. and the Mid-Atlantic region.
June 8, 2013 |
Merion Golf Club has put together an emergency plan for next week's U.S. Open in case Tropical Storm Andrea dumps too much water on the East Course, where the tournament will be played beginning Thursday. The 11th and 12th holes - both par fours - would be most vulnerable to heavy rains forecast for sections of Pennsylvania. No. 11 runs through a flood zone. Officials are preparing the fourth and fifth holes on the West Course. "I'm not really concerned at this point," superintendent Arron McCurdy told Golf Course Management . "They're calling for about two inches [of rain tonight and tomorrow]