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February 23, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Richard A. Serrano and Richard Fausset
The residence where Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman apparently had been hiding is a tidy, whitewashed house with spike-topped wrought iron fencing, a heavy metal door and blackened windows. It sits across from a high school and is surrounded by drainage canals that may have been part of a system officials said Guzman used as both a means of escape and to access a network of other homes. Guzman was nothing if not discreet. "I thought the house was empty," a neighbor told The Times on Sunday.
February 20, 2014 | By Lornet Turnbull
Chad Kellogg, an elite alpinist who climbed some of the world's highest and most challenging peaks - charging up mountains and breaking records for the fastest ascents - was killed Feb. 14 while descending Mt. Fitz Roy, a prominent peak in the Patagonia region of Argentina. He was 42. Kellogg, a Seattle resident, and his climbing partner Jens Holsten, of Leavenworth, Wash., had successfully summited the 11,000-foot mountain and were hanging together from a preestablished anchor when a rock fell, striking Kellogg and killing him instantly.
February 19, 2014 | Richard Marosi
A U.S. Border Patrol agent patrolling a smuggling trail in the mountains east of San Diego shot and killed a suspect Tuesday morning after being struck in the head during a rock attack, federal and San Diego County authorities said. The confrontation occurred about 6:30 a.m. on Otay Mountain, which is heavily used for illegal crossings into San Diego. Agents patrolling in SUVs and all-terrain vehicles crisscross the mountain around the clock. The agent opened fire after being hit in the face with a rock thrown by a noncitizen who was suspected of crossing the border illegally, San Diego County Sheriff's Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said.
February 15, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Irregular shapes and a variety of exterior finishes set a bold tone at this newly built contemporary in Bel-Air. Walls of glass offer views of the Stone Canyon Reservoir, downtown Los Angeles and the distant mountains. Location: 2170 Stradella Road, Los Angeles 90077 Asking price: $8.85 million Year built: 2013 Architect: Patrick J. Killen House size: Six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, 5,402 square feet Lot size: 26,642 square feet Features: Steel-beam framing, concrete and wood floors, retractable walls of glass, high ceilings, three indoor fireplaces, open dining area, home theater, office, 73-foot solar-heated infinity pool, spa, fire pit, three-car garage About the area: Last year, 157 single-family homes sold in the 90077 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.945 million, according to DataQuick.
February 13, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Two skiers injured in an avalanche in the Oregon backcountry were in "satisfactory" condition with broken bones after about 50 rescuers labored for 16 hours to save them, authorities said Thursday. Rescuers had to leave the bodies of two other skiers on the northeast Oregon mountain until the weather improves. Two to three more inches of snow were forecast for Thursday night. Those killed were Jake Merrill, a 23-year-old ski guide for Wallowa Alpine Huts, and Shane Coulter, a 30-year-old aerospace engineer from Seattle who had been on the multi-day trip with five others, the Baker County Sheriff's Department said.
February 11, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Mountain lion sightings have been reported at an Orange County park where a 35-year-old cyclist was mauled to death along a popular trail in 2004. Officials said Monday night that they had stepped up trail monitoring and posted signs at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, where people have recently reported  mountain lion sightings.  The park remains open, but people are urged to be vigilant and stay on park trails, officials with O.C. Parks said. PHOTOS: Mountain lions need room to roam "Minors should be accompanied by adults at all times," officials said in a statement.
February 11, 2014 | By Tony Perry
His aging truck was wheezing and the hot-air balloon in the trailer was ragged and non-functional. So Leonard Knight, self-described "little hobo bird," pulled into a barren patch of desert in the Imperial Valley and decided that he had found the right spot to bring his message to the world: "God is Love. " He planned to spend a week or two. But then he was gripped by the spirit. For the next three decades the lean and sturdy New Englander joyously painted a tall mound of adobe he called Salvation Mountain.
February 10, 2014 | By Chris Barton
Though based in Brooklyn, 24-year-old saxophonist Ben Flocks sounds miles removed from the bustle of the city on his self-released debut. The California-born Flocks performed with Joshua Redman and Dave Brubeck while coming up in the Bay Area scene, and here he looks to Americana and blues for a soulful album inspired by his home state. Bookending the record with a steadily burning pace, the album's title track is its most irresistible. Atop a thick, head-bobbing groove, Flocks glides between Ari Chersky's guitar and Sam Reider's starlit Fender Rhodes.
February 10, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
What possible street cred could there be in a roots-country record sung by three New York-born, Los Angeles-reared sisters and produced by a guy who grew up in Santa Monica? Plenty, when the singers are Petra, Tanya and Rachel Haden, the triplet daughters of jazz luminary Charlie Haden, and that producer happens to be Ry Cooder. It's worth knowing that before the triplets' dad earned his stripes in the jazz world, Charlie spent many years performing country music with his family throughout the Midwest - a history he tapped in his 2008 album, "Rambling Boy," for which Tanya and Rachel were along for the musical ride.
February 9, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - On a sparkling morning filled with the promise of history, the glistening path down Rosa Khutor was no country for this old man. Bode Miller finished what is likely to be the last downhill flight of his long Olympic career Sunday by skidding to a slow and quiet stop. The most decorated ski racer in American history remained frozen in his tracks, his gloved hands holding his steaming head, perfectly still. When he finally slushed away from the finish corral, he did so as if the weight of the world were on those skis, one slow left, one slow right.
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