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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.
August 23, 2013 | By A Times Staff Writer
Bob Filner will step down effective Aug. 30 as mayor of San Diego after the City Council Friday approved an agreement involving a sexual harassment case brought against Filner and the city by his former director of communications. In a 7-0 vote, the council approved the deal in a closed session Friday afternoon, six weeks after the first allegations surfaced against the 70-year-old Democrat. As the scandal unfolded, nearly 20 women publicly accused the former congressman of sexual harassment.
August 22, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
The space-based telescope known as WISE has been orbiting our planet in a hibernative state for the past two and a half years. But now, nap time is over.  WISE has some asteroid hunting to do. This week, NASA announced it will reactivate the sleeping space telescope and put it back to work as an asteroid hunter, focused on finding potentially hazardous asteroids and other space rocks that could come uncomfortably close to our planet. NASA hopes the sleeping infrared telescope still has enough juice in it to discover 150 previously unknown near-Earth objects, and to help scientists learn more about the shape and size of 2,000 others, the agency said in a statement . It may even help the agency find the perfect asteroid to capture and land a spacecraft on, later this decade.  WISE, the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, was launched in December 2009, tasked with scanning the night sky in infrared light -- looking for heat emanating from galaxies, stars and asteroids.
August 18, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
More than six months after David Perdue was wrongly targeted by Torrance police during the search for former LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner, the city of Torrance has reimbursed him $20,000 for the damage officers did to his pickup truck, his attorney said. Early on the morning of Feb. 7, Perdue, 38, was driving toward the beach to surf before starting a shift at his job as a baggage handler at Los Angeles International Airport when a Torrance police cruiser rammed into his truck and at least one of the officers in the car fired repeatedly at Perdue.
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