August 23, 2013 |
Wildfires like the one this summer that killed 19 elite firefighters near Yarnell, Ariz., can't be stopped. But there's plenty homeowners can do to protect their properties. If you don't think you should take remedial action, think again. One-third of all houses are located in what fire safety officials call wild-land urban districts, which are near or among areas prone to wildfires. Worse, perhaps, wildfires have ravaged houses in three-fourths of the 50 states. And with more and more people choosing to live in rural areas closer to nature, the chances are greater than ever that someone you know - maybe even you - will lose a house to a fire.
August 21, 2013 |
A F-35 fighter jet performed a key test flight for the U.S. Marine Corps last week when it hovered above a naval ship then came down to stick its first nighttime vertical landing. It's a big milestone toward getting the radar-evading aircraft ready for combat by the end of 2015. The first night vertical landing was accomplished Aug. 14 by test pilot Lt. Col. C.R. "Jimi" Clift aboard the USS Wasp at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland. It is part of an 18-day at-sea testing phase of the aircraft.
August 19, 2013 |
BURJ EL-SHEMALI, Lebanon - The midday heat is stifling in the living room of the cramped apartment where Rania resides with her two sisters, their husbands, children and various other relatives who have invited them in. Fans in the corner are still: The power is off 20 hours a day in this densely populated Palestinian refugee camp, east of the southern Lebanese city of Tyre. Decades ago, tents here gave way to gray concrete buildings, with heat-trapping zinc roofs that were meant to be temporary.
August 16, 2013 |
It wasn't the world-record speed Norman Dewis was traveling at in 1953 that gave him pause, or that the Lucite canopy on the custom-built Jaguar XK 120 had no clearance for a helmet, or that his engine was spinning above the safe limit. It was that his two timed 172-mph runs on a clear October day in Jabbeke, Belgium, attracted so many onlookers that they walked right up to the edge of the pavement along the two-lane stretch of highway to get a better look. "I thought, hooo, this is dangerous," recalled Dewis of his record-setting run. Now a spry 93 years old, Dewis was on hand in Carmel with a restored version of the Jaguar he drove back in 1953.
August 15, 2013 |
In her first solo show in Los Angeles, Berlin- and New York-based painter Julie Oppermann forces three very different things together: 1960s Op art, '70s video imagery and '80s abstraction. The results - gnarly, quasi-nauseous stripe paintings that look as if they've been to hell and back - come off as if they are trying too hard. Oppermann's three small works on paper have the presence of studies, experiments in which she plays the queasy colors she favors against taped-off sections that create moiré patterns that splinter before they cohere into anything that resembles a harmonious composition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2013 |
The state is moving the route of a proposed tunnel system in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta away from north delta communities to a land preserve that is an important winter home for the greater sandhill crane and other migratory birds in the Pacific Flyway. The realignment, announced Thursday by the California Natural Resources Agency, is intended to lessen the project's effects on north delta residents who have complained fiercely about the proposal - in some instances refusing to let state survey crews on their property.
August 13, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before finding a new mantra. The Skinny: Thanks to the Time Warner Cable-CBS blackout, I'm now totally behind in "Under the Dome. " Did they get out yet? Do they have cable in the dome? I'm in the dark here! Tuesday's headlines include a new home for radio personality Eddie Sotelo and some new approaches to fighting piracy. Also, new cast members aren't the only thing new in "Kick-Ass 2. " Daily Dose: Every day Al Jazeera America announces new hires for its channel that launches next Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2013 |
Los Angeles police are looking for a driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run in the Crenshaw District on Monday morning. About 1 a.m., a 37-year-old man was crossing Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Nicolet Avenue when he was hit by a vehicle, said Sgt. Daniel Ellerson. The driver continued on after hitting the man, police said. Based on pieces of the vehicle left at the scene, police believe that the pedestrian was hit by a 1999-2000 champagne-colored Land Rover Discovery, Ellerson said.
August 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Scientists have likened the illegal marijuana-growing operations in remote areas of the West to leaking chemical-weapons stockpiles, with the heavy use of fertilizers and pesticides posing risks to the environment, including to waterways and wildlife. In response, Congress is moving to toughen the penalties for cultivating pot on federal land. The Senate recently approved a measure that would add - on top of the sentence for illegally growing marijuana - up to 10 years in prison for those cultivating the drug on federal land. The measure, a little-noticed addition to the immigration overhaul bill, also calls for new penalties for environmental damage such as that caused by the use of toxic chemicals.
August 9, 2013 |
Marqise Lee is USC's star player - an All-American receiver, potential Heisman Trophy candidate and projected first-round NFL draft pick who is being counted on to help the Trojans rebound from a disappointing season. So a pall settled over USC's practice facility Friday after Lee suffered an apparent shoulder injury and was escorted from the premises by team athletic trainers. Lee was hurt about midway through a workout when he caught a long pass from quarterback Cody Kessler and appeared to land on his right shoulder after a defender made contact.