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October 24, 2009 | TIM RUTTEN
One of the lessons most people carry away from the schoolyard is that picking an avoidable quarrel with somebody who really likes to fight generally is a losing proposition. It's too bad nobody reminded the Obama administration of that before it launched into its ill-advised campaign against Fox News. First of all, even though the White House is right on the merits when it describes Fox News as operating mainly as a surrogate for the Republican Party, making an issue of that fact is a tactical mistake.
April 14, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - Investigators looking for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have put away their towed pinger locator and are about to call off searches for surface debris. Now, it's all up to a little yellow robotic submarine to find the missing Boeing 777 in an area bigger than the city of Los Angeles. Technicians aboard the Australian ship Ocean Shield on Monday afternoon deployed the Bluefin-21 underwater autonomous vehicle in the Indian Ocean, sending it almost three miles down to the seabed and using its side-scanning sonar arrays to look for wreckage from the plane.  “It is time to go underwater,” retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is coordinating the search from Perth, Australia, said in announcing the new phase of operations.  Unless the robot sub gets lucky, the process could take a while: The U.S. Navy, which lent the Bluefin-21 to the search team, said mapping the area where the plane most likely disappeared could take six weeks to two months.  The 16-foot, 1,650-pound sub moves at a walking pace and will be searching an area of about 600 square miles.
October 17, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
The manhunt continued in Colorado on Wednesday for the person who kidnapped and killed 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, who was mourned this week by more than 2,000 people. The young cheerleader was abducted on her way to meet friends for their daily walk to school two weeks ago. Her body was discovered in a secluded area just miles from her home in the Denver suburb of Westminster. At a public memorial service, family, friends and others remembered the girl's love of animals - she had two fish, two frogs and a dog - and her glowing personality, the Associated Press reported.
April 10, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- An Australian military plane participating in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Thursday detected an underwater acoustic signal that may be from the Boeing 777's black boxes, Australian authorities said. The P-3 Orion has been dropping buoys equipped with hydrophones that can pick up such signals and transmit them back to the aircraft. The buoys have been dropped in the area of the Indian Ocean where the Australian ship Ocean Shield, towing a “pinger locator” lent by the U.S. Navy, has four times picked up acoustic signals that investigators believe are being transmitted from the jet's black boxes.
May 7, 2012 | By Richard Rayner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The tale told by former Los Angeles Times reporters Terry McDermott and Josh Meyer in "The Hunt for KSM," the story of the pursuit, capture and interrogation of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, mastermind of9/11, at times so resembles something straight out of "24" or the Bourne movies that the authors have to keep reminding the reader that this is for real. On the one hand, "The Hunt for KSM" is a flat-out thriller. On the other, it lays out aspects of our factual contemporary world that are far more ambiguous, internecine and dangerous than anything Hollywood dare contemplate.
July 19, 2009 | SAM FARMER
Whether it's planting a steel-tipped spear between the shoulder blades of an elk or his Minnesota Vikings helmet between the numbers of a quarterback, Jared Allen is all about the hunt. But even the most patient of hunters has his limits, and Allen has pretty much reached his when it comes to Minnesota's months-long pursuit of Brett Favre. "If we get Brett, then that's a bonus," the All-Pro defensive end said in a phone interview.
June 14, 2009 | STEVE LOPEZ
I saw the sign, looked away, then back again. Were they kidding? "Two Suits $99." Were they made out of cat hair? Do you wear them once and then compost them? Maybe it was an example of a loss leader, an item priced below cost to lure people into the store for other purchases. I saw that sign on a recent trip to New York and when I got back, I began trolling the fashion district in downtown L.A. to see if anyone could match the offer and explain the economics of clothing that cheap.
August 28, 1986 | From Reuters
Former astronaut James Irwin shrugged off recent heart trouble today and said he will fly over Mt. Ararat in eastern Turkey to resume his five-year hunt for Noah's Ark. Irwin, who walked on the moon in 1971 during the U.S. Apollo-15 space mission, said "God does not want me to die. He gave me a chance to find Noah's Ark."
February 21, 2005
Re "Hunt for Fugitives Expands to Retirees," Feb. 13: Let me get this straight. The government is using its Fugitive Felon Project to cut off benefits to alleged felons -- who get between $300 to $900 per month -- to save money for Social Security. However, if these same "felons" are incarcerated -- or after losing their benefits, out of desperation they commit another crime just to get food -- it will cost the government about $30,000 per year to house them. This makes sense? How about a little common sense within the government -- or is that too much to ask?
December 3, 2004
The Nov. 28 article, "Alaska Starts Aerial Wolf Hunt," left out three crucial points. One, Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski ignored the wishes of 70% of Alaska's voters to protect the wolves from aerial hunts. Two, the hunts are carried out in a cruel way in which the wolves are chased down to the point of exhaustion and collapse, then they are shot at point-blank range. And three, the "effort to boost the moose and caribou population" has nothing to do with protecting these species; it's to ensure a large enough population to appease the hunting lobby, which brings millions of dollars.
March 27, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
The Navy is adding another advanced submarine-hunting aircraft to its effort to find debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. A second P-8 Poseidon will replace an older P-3 Orion in the 30,000-square-mile search area in the rough waters of the Indian Ocean southwest of Perth, the Navy said. Planes searching for signs of the missing Boeing 777 were grounded Thursday because of stormy conditions.  The delay frustrated search teams because satellite photos were released Wednesday showing 122 objects in the ocean that could be wreckage.
March 21, 2014 | By Don Lee
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - - The hunt for debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 intensified Saturday as Australian officials deployed additional aircraft and spotters to comb a wider expanse of waters in a remote and treacherous part of the south Indian Ocean. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which is leading a multinational search-and-rescue operation off the coast of western Australia, said it was dispatching six aircraft, including two commercial jets with 10 air observers, to cover an area of about 13,900 square miles.
March 19, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
It takes years to climb the mid-major success ladder and minutes for it to be pulled out from under you. Last year, Gonzaga finally got to the top rung when it entered the NCAA tournament as the top-ranked team in the nation. The Bulldogs rolled into the Salt Lake City sub-regional with legitimate national title aspirations, even though skeptics thought Gonzaga was overrated and didn't play in a tough enough conference to warrant all the fuss. The critics were only emboldened after Gonzaga was sent home on the first weekend by a scrappy, hungry, No. 9-seeded team with something to prove.
March 17, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan and Barbara Demick
The U.S. military pulled its warship out of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Monday and will rely instead on sophisticated submarine-hunting aircraft, a sign of just how complex the international search for the missing Boeing 777 has become in its second week. At least 26 nations have deployed ships, aircraft and satellites in one of the largest international coalitions ever mustered in a search and rescue operation. Search teams are concentrating on wide bands in both the northern and southern hemispheres west of Malaysia, crossing the territories of a dozen Asian nations as well as the sparsely traveled waters of the southern Indian Ocean.
March 6, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Jason Wells
Authorities continued their hunt Thursday morning for what they said was an "aggressive" mountain lion that killed a 100-pound German shepherd in Fontana and came at police officers "a total of four times" amid a hail of bullets before retreating. Authorities said they do not believe that the large cat -- deemed an "imminent threat" to public safety -- was hit by the gunfire, prompting an overnight search that continued into the predawn hours Thursday. Fontana police said in a statement that the incident began about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday when a resident in the 4100 block of Fox Borough Drive heard his dog crying out and went outside to find a large mountain lion standing over his dead 100-pound German shepherd.
March 6, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Authorities on Thursday called off the search for a mountain lion that killed a 100-pound German shepherd in Fontana after an “exhaustive” 24 hours. “We believe the contact our officers had with the mountain lion [Wednesday] scared it back into the canyon," Fontana Police Chief Rodney Jones said in a statement. Officers responding to the incident shortly after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday initially scared off the large cat from a home's front yard after firing multiple rounds. B ut it returned four times, coming toward officers before returning to the gorge, according to police.
March 7, 1987
State Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Rohnert Park) refers to the proposed California mountain lion hunt as a sport (Letters, Feb. 15). Most sporting events worthy of the name provide for approximately equal weapons and rules for both sides in the contest, and a reasonable chance that either side might win. How many would consider it "sporting" for the New York Giants to line up for a game against some high school football team? Yet the parallel to that occurs when in the name of "sport" we permit a guy with a high-powered rifle to line up against a dumb animal.
October 17, 2009 | T.J. SIMERS
OK, OK, so Andre Ethier has really cemented his reputation now as the Dodgers' walk-off specialist. But his gritty, lefty-against lefty, self-disciplined approach -- resulting in a walk at a time when everyone was expecting something so much more heroic -- is now becoming the Dodgers' trademark for success. And while Ethier might be the ultimate closer when it comes to tough at-bats, as rallies go, the biggest instigator so far this postseason is Casey Blake . Blake's a duck killer too, but I'm so happy to report today on the opening of the hunting season back in the middle of one-stoplight country that Blake's weapon of choice will continue to be a bat. Six sweet little birdies, the daily limit -- four mallards and two hens -- will live another day and maybe a whole lot longer because the killer, camouflaged recently as just another easy out in the Dodgers' lineup, seems more interested in keeping his team alive.
February 15, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Win the Masters, and the perks go beyond the green jacket and a spot in the field for life. Win the Masters, and you get to select the menu for the Champions Dinner the following year. The menu choice would be more than trivial for Charlie Beljan. "I still can't stand food," he said Saturday after shooting a three-under-par 68 at Riviera Country Club. "I'm waiting for somebody to put out a pill I can swallow, and that will take care of it. " Beljan is tied for second place at the Northern Trust Open, two shots behind William McGirt, who is at 12-under 201. The tournament concludes Sunday, with McGirt looking for what would be the first PGA Tour victory of his career.
February 13, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia -- With a heavy heart and a distracted mind, U.S. skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender pushed through her final training runs this week. Wednesday was the fifth anniversary of her father's death, an event so devastating she contemplated quitting her sport. Her two practice runs that day were among the slowest she had posted since arriving here nearly two weeks ago. "She tried to push through it, but it was an emotional day," U.S. coach Tuffy Latour said. "[Thursday] we can focus on the race.
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