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February 23, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
The carbon monoxide leak that killed a Long Island restaurant manager and sickened more than two dozen other people was caused by a leaky pipe, officials said Sunday. All of those hospitalized in the Saturday incident were either restaurant workers or emergency responders, A.J. Carter, a spokesman for the town of Huntington, N.Y., told the Los Angeles Times. Steven Nelson, the manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant, was found dead in the basement. Carter said some emergency responders became sickened by carbon monoxide when they entered the room where Nelson was found.
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TRAVEL
February 21, 2014 | By Ryan Ritchie
With a population of about 1,500, the 2-square-mile town of Summerland, Calif., epitomizes the cliché "Blink and you'll miss it. " Do your best not to blink as you drive through because this sleepy beach community six miles from Santa Barbara is home to an array of mom-and-pop antiques shops, a handful of local eateries and the sorts of views that make you want to do the good kind of nothing all day. The tab: a king bed at the Inn on Summer Hill begins...
NEWS
February 20, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Ambergris Caye in Belize was recognized Wednesday as the world's top island in TripAdvisor's 2014 Travelers' Choice awards. The western Caribbean island is a dream spot where scuba divers can tour the Belize Barrier Reef and the 400-foot-deep Blue Hole filled with sea life and stalactites. And it's not all that crowded. It has "just enough amenities to make it exciting, but not so overdeveloped that you're tripping over flip-flopped tourists," according to TripAdvisor. The rest of the 10 best islands in the world range from the familiar (Easter Island)
NEWS
February 20, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Island Air will cease service to Molokai on April 1, it was announced this week, but a competitor will begin offering flights to Molokai in mid-March. Island Air currently operates two daily roundtrips between Honolulu and Hoolehua. Starting March 11, Ohana , a subsidiary of Hawaiian Airlines , will begin providing three daily nonstops between the two airports. “Now that we are certain the island of Molokai will have adequate air service to match its needs, we have decided to redeploy our aircraft to another route that needs more capacity,” Island Air Chief Executive Paul Casey said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
The love letters started appearing after Valentine's Day, taped to the windows of a small cottage on the main drag on Balboa Island. In one note, a woman tells of meeting her future husband after her car broke down on the Balboa Island Ferry and had to be pushed off the boat and onto a neighborhood street. "Just then, I was flagged down by a cute boy on his balcony offering to give me some assistance," Summer Brees wrote. Within a couple of years, the two were married, and 28 years later they've raised a family on the island.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
We've all been there, right? You've just bought your first Hawaiian island. Your own little slice of paradise.  But now what do you do with it? Larry Ellison, billionaire, yacht racer, chief executive of Oracle Corp., has been grappling with this dilemma ever since he bought the Hawaiian island of Lanai back in June 2012.  PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy Now, however, he appears to have figured it out. And the recently launched Love Lanai website gives us a glimpse into his plans.  Among the highlights: Ellison will be holding some international festivals on the island, including the Lanai International Film Festival in 2015.
WORLD
February 8, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe continued their quiet negotiations Saturday to bring an end to their nations' World War II dispute over four Pacific islands, a disagreement that has hampered relations between the two nations for nearly 70 years. Amidst shifting diplomatic dynamics in the Asian Pacific region, Putin and Abe met on the fringes of the Winter Olympic Games in the southern Russian resort of Sochi to discuss improving trade ties and how to resolve conflicting sovereignty claims to the islands.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Jean-Claude Van Damme - don't! Don't go into the jungle! No matter what the title says, there is no welcome waiting for you. Before the nonsensical "Welcome to the Jungle" is barely underway, the "Universal Soldier" goes sadly soft; Van Damme's Storm is reduced to a whimpering shower. There is no "Double Impact" where he is concerned, or really any impact. BEST MOVIES OF 2013: Turan | Sharkey | Olsen The former black-ops hero he plays is now a corporate consultant brought in to run a weekend team-building retreat for a packaging-design company whose main client appears to be toilet paper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Long Beach police are investigating the deaths of twin sisters found in their home on Naples Island, one of the city's most affluent neighborhoods. Los Angeles County coroner officials have identified the women as Valerie Christine Blackler and Diane Carol Blackler, 58 and both nurses. Coroner officials have ruled Valerie's death as a suicide but have not determined the cause of death for Diane. Police officers discovered the bodies about 5:50 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of Syracuse Walk as they were checking on the well-being of the women.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Following a series of complaints lodged against Google's "mystery barge," a state agency has ordered the tech titan to relocate the project.  San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission Executive Director Larry Goldzband told the Associated Press on Monday that the company did not obtain the proper permits for the project. PHOTOS: Google unveils new Glass frames Because the project was unauthorized, the Treasure Island Development Authority, which leased the warehouse where the barge was constructed, could also face fines and penalties, Goldzband said.
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