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September 8, 2012 | By Gary Klein
- Quarterback Matt Barkley said he took off his pads, put his feet up and put on his headphones. He also had a trainer stretch his arm to keep it loose. Meanwhile, teammates changed out of wet shirts and tried to relax before meeting with coaches. That's how USC spent more than hour Saturday after the first half of a 42-29 victory over Syracuse at MetLife Stadium. The start of the third quarter was delayed for 1 hour 10 minutes because of possible lightning storms approaching the stadium.
September 8, 2012 | By Gary Klein
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Robert Woods was listening. For much of the last year, USC Coach Lane Kiffin has said that sophomore Marqise Lee had a chance to be the best receiver in school history. After last week's opener against Hawaii, Kiffin said Lee will be the best. "I hear it," Woods said. In case anyone needed to be reminded that USC has another receiver worthy of top billing, Woods made himself heard Saturday against Syracuse. On a day when a tornado touched down in New York and the start of the second half was delayed because of possible approaching lightning, Woods bolted back into the national spotlight.
September 6, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - An apologetic President Obama told supporters who were to attend his acceptance speech Thursday that he couldn't take the risk that severe weather might put them in danger, and urged them to nonetheless recommit themselves to his reelection effort as the campaign enters the final stretch. Obama said that he was disappointed that the call had to be made to move the proceedings indoors, and that his staff was likewise "crestfallen. " But, "we can't let a little thunder and lightning get us down.
August 11, 2012 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
Several wildfires erupted around Southern California on Friday as the region suffered through another day of record heat. A fire raging in northern San Diego County had burned 1,650 acres by Friday evening. Two smaller fires in San Bernardino and Ventura counties charred dozens of acres before being contained. The wide-ranging fire in San Diego County was sparked by a lightning strike Thursday. Early on, several hundred firefighters struggled to contain it. They were helped Friday afternoon by thundershowers, and the blaze was 30% contained by Friday evening, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
August 11, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
LONDO  - If Usain Bolt was already a legend after completing his second consecutive Olympic sprint double during these London Games, what exalted status has he reached now after running an astonishingly fast anchor leg to help Jamaica set a world record and win the 400-meter relay? The final race on the Olympic Stadium track added to the legend that is Bolt. He was a blur Saturday as he took the baton from Yohan Blake and flew to the finish line, bringing it home in 36.84 seconds.
August 11, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
The most beloved dad on the Internet this week? That would be Sean Burgess, the professional breakdancer turned professional car tuner, who spent months fixing up his 5-year-old son's Lightning McQueen Power Wheels toy -- and made a video to document it. Evan got the drivable Power Wheels toy when he was 2, and by the time he turned 5 he had worn through the plastic wheels that come with the car. Luckily for him, his dad is co-owner of...
August 6, 2012 | By Tina Susman
Lightning killed one man and injured several other people at a Pennsylvania racetrack after NASCAR called off the event due to violent storms that swept through the eastern United States on Sunday. The storms also caused what may have been a tornado near Binghamton, in upstate New York. The Pennsylvania incident occurred at the Pocono Raceway, after NASCAR called off the Sprint Cup race after 98 of its scheduled 160 laps had been completed. A witness, Kyle Manger, told the Sporting News that he and a friend had fled to his truck as the weather turned foul.
August 5, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
One fan was killed and nine others injured after lightning apparently struck a parking lot behind the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., on Sunday. The 160-lap NASCAR Spring Cup race there had been shortened by a heavy storm, and raceway president Brandon Igdalsky tweeted, “Hoping for the safety of all the fans that are leaving in this crazy storm. Please seek shelter as there is alot of cloud 2 ground lightning.” A sober addition came 29 minutes later: “Thoughts and prayers to all those affected in today's tragic events in Wisconsin.” Track officials didn't know whether it was one or multiple lightning strikes, and they told the Associated Press that two were taken to local hospitals in critical condition and that one of them died at Pocono Medical Center.
July 27, 2012 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- A man caught out on the street during massive storms that tore through New York City and surrounding areas died Thursday night when a church steeple in Brooklyn was struck by lightning, causing scaffolding to collapse on him. It was one of two deaths blamed on storms Thursday that thundered through the eastern edge of the country. They were preceded by hours of warnings from state and local officials who braced for a "derecho" similar to the devastating weather that struck  Washington, D.C., last month.
July 16, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Two men died and a third was injured Sunday when lightning struck a tree at a soccer field in Houston, already hard-hit by fierce storms over the past week, officials said. Several hundred players and spectators had gathered at La Escondida Soccer Club, where a men's league plays, when a storm broke around 12:07 p.m., Deputy Sheriff Thomas Gilliland, spokesman for the Harris County Sheriff's Office, said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times. Several spectators sought safety under a tree, part of a line of foliage marking a perimeter to the field.
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