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March 20, 2010 | By Bill Hanna
Monarch butterflies, devastated by storms at their winter home in Mexico, have dwindled to their lowest population levels in decades as they begin to return to the United States and Canada. The monarch loss is estimated at 50% to 60%, which means the breeding population is expected to be the smallest since the Mexican overwintering colonies were discovered in 1975, said Chip Taylor, a professor of entomology and director of Monarch Watch at the University of Kansas. "I think it is very clear that the butterflies lost more than half of the population," Taylor said.
April 20, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Former professional basketball star Bill Walton's back and leg pain was once so severe that he considered suicide. Nothing worked until he underwent spinal surgery with a procedure by NuVasive Inc. of San Diego. "I had lost everything. But now I'm back in the game of life. There is hope," said Walton, who has been a paid spokesperson for NuVasive, in company publicity materials. NuVasive is a medical device company that develops minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine.
June 10, 2010 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Across the nation, the number of minorities continues to rise and the white population continues to decline, according to U.S. census estimates released Thursday. Minorities now make up about 35% of the population in the United States, an increase of 5% from 2000, reflecting demographic changes seen most powerfully in the Golden State. "More of the country is going to be like California," said William Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution. Minorities make up 57% of the population in California.
April 19, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
Visibility was 10 miles and the morning sun had pushed the temperature close to 90 as Danny Joe Hall guided his mile-long Union Pacific freight train east through the grasslands of the Oklahoma Panhandle. Near the farming town of Goodwell, federal investigators said, the 56-year-old engineer sped through a series of yellow and red signals warning him to slow down and stop for a Los Angeles-bound train moving slowly onto a side track. The 83-mph collision killed Hall and two crewmen.
March 25, 2010 | By Cara Mia DiMassa and Doug Smith
Southern California is getting its population groove back, according to new U.S. census data. All six counties showed moderate population growth from 2008 to 2009, with all but San Diego County growing at a stronger rate than the year before. It's the latest sign that the region is recovering from the declines in population seen in the middle of the decade, some experts said. "Things aren't wonderful in Southern California, but you are seeing some industries that are growing or in the process of rebounding," said Jack Kyser, senior vice president and chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
April 28, 2011 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
The Sun City community here has just about anything active seniors could want: a fitness center, swimming pools and an array of classes including dance, aerobics, personal finance and computer skills. Outside, residents play pickleball in the warm air, near the amphitheater where a Jimmy Buffett tribute band will kick off the summer season. Golf carts hum on the streets, and in the main lodge's parking lot, spaces for the handicapped stretch toward the horizon. In the neat neighborhoods, there's nary a basketball hoop or spare toy in sight.
February 25, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Santa Monica's homeless population has dropped by 3.5% since 2012, in part because of a focus on getting long-term street transients into housing, officials said Tuesday. "It's focusing on folks who have been here the longest and who are the most vulnerable," said Margaret Willis, the city's human resources administrator. A citywide count conducted Jan. 29 found 742 homeless people living in the streets, in cars or encampments, and in shelters and hospitals, down from 769 in 2012.
June 17, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Finding a peaceful resolution to this Hollywood feud is one tall order. Hollywood "flat-landers" and development advocates are urging Los Angeles officials to increase density guidelines in Hollywood, paving the way for glitzy new skyscrapers and apartment buildings they say are necessary to house tens of thousands of future residents. But Hollywood's hillside dwellers are fighting the move. They say high-rises are unnecessary, because the population there is shrinking, and contend that new towers will only ruin the area's scenic and world-famous skyline.
June 14, 1987
Wattenberg's assertion that the "population bomb" is a dud would be laughable if it were not so irresponsible. In his closing paragraph he cites estimates that by the middle of the next century the population will have doubled to 10 billion from its almost 5 billion mark of today. The population will then begin to gradually shrink and "the population explosion, long dreaded, will be over." Even if we accept these conservative estimates, the figures should cause us to gasp with alarm, not sit back with a sigh of complacency, as Wattenberg would have us do. We know that we are contaminating or outright destroying our environment at an ever-increasing rate.
June 11, 1989
Household formation is taking place at a more rapid pace than population growth. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, households increased by 13.9% between 1980 and 1988 while population grew by 8.5%. At the same time, the average number of persons per household dropped to 2.62 from 2.75.
April 16, 2014 | By Julie Cart
The California Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday postponed a controversial decision on whether to afford gray wolves protection under the state's Endangered Species Act, giving itself another 90 days to consider the matter. After listening to a spirited 2 1/2 hours of public comment in an overflowing meeting room in Ventura, the five-member commission voted unanimously to take up the issue at its next meeting in June. The decision regarding listing was prompted by the arrival in late 2011 of a young male gray wolf in Northern California.
April 10, 2014 | By Stefan Halper and Lezlee Brown Halper
Beijing has no shortage of issues to confront. There's the South China Sea, uncontrollable corruption, a slowing economy and factional disputes within the party and military. But Chinese officials also face one of the most difficult challenges in modern statecraft: how to conquer a myth. Despite China's attempts to dislodge its mythic appeal, Tibet as Shangri-La seems firmly set in the world's imagination. The once-independent nation, set high on a broad plateau adjacent to the Himalayas, is a worldwide symbol of mystery, aspiration, spirituality and possibility.
April 4, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
A serial rapist who admitted assaulting dozens of women in the 1970s and '80s and has been confined for nearly two decades because of his violent sexual tendencies could reside in an unincorporated area east of Palmdale after his release, state authorities announced Friday. A landlord has agreed to rent a single-family residence in a sparsely populated area in the 20000 block of East Avenue R to house Christopher Evans Hubbart, 63, who served about 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting at least 40 women and has been held in mental institutions since his release.
March 30, 2014 | By Simon Roughneen
TAUNGGYI, Myanmar - Wearing a white T-shirt emblazoned with the national census logo, Tin Naing counted off the ethnic groups living in just one section of this regional capital in eastern Myanmar. “Bamar, Shan, Pa'o, Intha - maybe 10 altogether,” said the bespectacled schoolteacher, who was overseeing 40 census-takers who had been out since dawn Sunday at the start of a 12-day nationwide exercise to count how many people live in this once-ostracized Southeast Asian country. Documenting Myanmar's array of ethnicities is but one of the challenges facing the country's first census in three decades, with critics saying it could spark civil strife by asking delicate questions about identity and religion.
March 27, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
The population of Los Angeles County has edged past 10 million -- a new high for the most populous county in the United States, according to just-released estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. As of July, the county was estimated to have a whopping 10,017,068 residents. That's nearly twice as many as the next largest: Cook County in Illinois, which had an estimated 5,240,700 people. Though Los Angeles has the biggest population by far, it isn't among the fastest growing counties in the U.S., many of which are in oil- and gas-producing areas in and around the Great Plains.
March 15, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Jenny Gonzalez checked for signs of epipodium, tentacles resembling swaying wet noodles, on the green abalones in her South Gate classroom the other day. "That's what I was looking for," Jenny, 13, said of a small, light-colored abalone. "When you see the epipodium, that means they're happy. " That's one thing students at South Gate Middle School are learning about green abalones. The students have cared for three of the snail-like marine creatures since January. Although the activity has been in place at the school for three years, this is the first time teacher Violeta Llamas' "Explorations in Science" students participated.
March 29, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Europe's population may start a steep decline within a few decades, researchers say. Writing in the journal Science, researchers said European population growth reached a turning point in 2000, when the number of children dropped to a level that statistically assured there will be fewer parents in the next generation. "If the current fertility rate of around 1.5 births per woman persists until 2020, negative momentum will result in 88 million fewer people in 2100," the researchers said.
March 14, 2014 | By Raja Abdulrahim
When the women's militia of an Al Qaeda splinter group recently raided a high school in the northern Syrian city of Raqqah, it found a range of violations of its strict interpretation of Islam. Ten young women were deemed guilty of donning a face veil that was too transparent, having visible eyebrows or wearing a hair clip under her hijab , or head covering. Each student was whipped 30 times, said one opposition activist, who asked to remain unidentified because he is wanted by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the militant group that until recently was affiliated with Al Qaeda.
March 6, 2014 | Hailey Branson-Potts
Councilman John Duran and his gay colleagues on the West Hollywood City Council never expected a backlash when they voted recently to remove the rainbow flag from above City Hall. For Duran, who is gay, taking down the flag wasn't about slighting gays but sending a message about the city's diversity. "It's not just a city of gay men. It belongs to heterosexual people as well," he said. But the flag's removal in a place synonymous with gay life outraged many, and the city this week changed course, raising above City Hall a flag with a rainbow-colored city logo.
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