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October 1, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Police in Chula Vista are hunting for the persons responsible for damaging the windows on more than 100 cars in a four-day rampage and possibly shooting a man with an air gun. The car windows were shattered or cracked. Police are reviewing surveillance tape from the western area of the city, where the vandalism occured. The same vandals are suspected of shooting a man with a BB ¿or pellet as they drove by, possibly in an older model GMC Safari or Astro Van. The attack occured shortly after midnight Friday.
September 27, 2013 | Bill Shaikin
The final weekend of the regular season is upon us. The Dodgers are in the playoffs. The Angels are not. That does not mean baseball fans should hit the snooze button until the Dodgers open postseason play. Here are nine questions to keep in mind between now and Clayton Kershaw's first pitch in Game 1 of the National League division series: 1. If the Dodgers are already in and the Angels are out, which is the team to root for this weekend? The Pittsburgh Pirates. The team last appeared in the postseason in 1992, with an un-enhanced Barry Bonds in left field.
September 26, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers rarely pick in the first round of the NBA draft. The only player on the roster who was drafted by the Lakers in the first round was Jordan Farmar (26th overall pick in 2006), and he was picked up this summer as a free agent. Technically even Kobe Bryant was acquired in a 1996 trade with the Charlotte Hornets (now New Orleans Pelicans).  The last first-rounder taken by the Lakers who actually joined the team immediately was Javaris Crittenton in 2007. Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak has acquired a number of high-drafted players who have yet to truly make their mark in the league.
September 23, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Their second consecutive division title secured Sunday, the Oakland Athletics have set their sights on the best record in the American League, which would assure home-field advantage throughout the post-season and a first-round series against the wild-card survivor instead of the Detroit Tigers. The A's took another step toward that goal Monday night with a 10-5 victory over the Angels that was powered in part by Jed Lowrie's three-run home run in the third inning, Brandon Moss' two-run shot in the fifth and Josh Donaldson's 56th multi-hit game.
September 20, 2013 | By Amina Khan
After nearly nine years in space and 4.7 billion miles traveled, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft has met an unexpected end after mission members lost contact with it last month. Though it was unable to complete its latest assignment, the comet-hunting spacecraft led a far longer life than expected with several career changes after its first encounter with comet Tempel 1. "We're all saddened by the loss of the spacecraft when we were just about to get some data that should have been very interesting on comet ISON and were hoping to continue for years to come," said the mission's principal investigator, Michael A'Hearn, an astronomer at the University of Maryland at College Park.
September 19, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
TORONTO - It was 37 years ago, but Niki Lauda recalls his brush with death as if it happened this morning. The Austrian Formula One driver had been in a ferocious nip-and-tuck battle for most of the season with his British rival James Hunt when he crashed on a rain-slicked track at the German Grand Prix. Lauda, then 27, was trapped in his burning car for nearly a minute before he was pulled out by other drivers who stopped to help. The skin on his face was so badly burned that, at the hospital, a priest was called to administer last rites.
September 12, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
The world learned of the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attacks in Syria from cellphone videos on YouTube, and coordinated use of social media would likewise help inspectors find, transport and disarm the Damascus government's remaining poison gas stores, nonproliferation experts suggested Thursday. Seven scholars at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey have compiled a list of useful contributions that Syrian citizens can make in the proposed containment effort by sharing cellphone pictures, tweets about potential hazards and 3D modeling of suspected storage sites.
September 6, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Scorpion hunting is something you shouldn't do on your own. For one thing, it's dangerous. For another, you could learn a lot more from naturalists at two Nevada wildlife refuges who will be taking visitors to see the desert critters this month. Hikes take place Saturday at Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge in Alamo and Sept. 14 at Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Moapa. Although you've probably never heard of these remote wildlife refuges, they're less than a two-hour drive from Las Vegas.
August 28, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
So now we can call him Johnny Halftime? Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel will sit out the first half of Saturday's home opener against Rice, according to multiple media reports. And that's it? It appears that way. The NCAA interviewed Manziel for several hours over the weekend to determine whether he accepted money in exchange for autographs but reportedly could not prove it. It appears his controversial summer saga is over unless concrete evidence materializes. The decision puts Texas A&M right back in the national title chase.
August 28, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Using data from the planet-hunting Kepler space telescope, astronomers have discovered a telltale "flicker" pattern in a distant star's light -- an interstellar Morse code that reveals hidden but crucial information about its mass and volume. Their quick scientific trick, described last week in the journal Nature, could improve estimates of stars' sizes by three times or more -- and thus, improve estimates of exoplanets' sizes as well. Pinning down stellar sizes using starlight is surprisingly difficult.
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