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November 5, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - On the heels of a fire season that burned more than 4,000 homes and killed 34 people across the country, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) on Tuesday called for a "saner approach" to preventing wildfires while budgets are strained as a result of fighting them. "It's hard to believe that while damages have soared, we're also spending more than ever to fight fires," Bennet said at a Senate Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources subcommittee hearing. In the last six years, eight Western states have experienced the largest or most destructive fires in their histories, said James Hubbard, deputy chief of the Forest Service.
November 1, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Worried that computer hackers attacking banks and media companies could easily shift targets, the airline industry is taking preemptive steps to ensure it doesn't become the next victim. Although the "hacking" of planes midair to bring them down is unlikely, many networks, including airline reservation systems and airport parking meters, could be vulnerable to cyberattacks, which could disrupt air travel, weaken travelers' confidence and deal a major blow to a fragile economy. "The aviator guys are getting together because they see what's going on in every other sector," said Paul Kurtz, chief strategy officer for computer security firm CyberPoint International.
October 30, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
As American children play team sports in greater numbers and with growing intensity, their risk of getting a concussion has grown but the science of preventing, diagnosing and treating this increasingly frequent brain injury remains maddeningly incomplete, a group of experts warned Wednesday. Although mounting concern over traumatic brain injury has spawned high-tech imaging techniques, helmet-mounted accelerometers and sideline concussion tests, these have yet to show they can reduce sports-related concussions, the Institute of Medicine concluded in a 286-page report.
October 21, 2013 | By Jason Wells
The residents of a house in Burbank where an elderly woman was killed in a fire over the weekend used candles for light because they had no electricity, neighbors said. Firefighters responded about 9:20 p.m. Saturday to the home in the 900 block of North Evergreen Street, where witnesses said a relative re-entered the house in a desperate attempt to save the woman, who was described as being in her 70s, KTLA-TV reported. “She just ran back in … and she came out,” said Tessa Chandler, a next-door neighbor.
October 21, 2013 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
The woman who died in a house fire in Burbank over the weekend was identified Monday as 69-year-old  Irmhild Marcaccio. Firefighters who responded to the house fire around 9:20 p.m. Saturday arrived to find it fully engulfed. Witnesses said a relative re-entered the house in the 900 block of North Evergreen in a desperate attempt to save Marcaccio before firefighters arrived, but to no avail,  KTLA-TV reported. “She just ran back in … and she came out,” said Tessa Chandler, a next-door neighbor.
October 17, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - A high school's decision to prevent students from wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco De Mayo forced a federal appeals court Thursday to consider the friction between free speech and pupil safety. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, meeting here for arguments, appeared inclined to accept that school officials in a Northern California district had reason to be concerned about racial tensions when several boys showed up in U.S. flag shirts on a day set aside to celebrate Mexican heritage.
October 17, 2013 | David Lazarus
There is perhaps no better metaphor for the painful relationship between patients and our for-profit healthcare system than the fact that Anthem Blue Cross thinks you don't need anesthesia for a colonoscopy. It's not "medically necessary," the insurer says. Anyone who has experienced this most invasive of medical procedures might think otherwise. I spoke the other day with a fellow named Michael, who works locally in the TV industry but didn't want me using his full name because he's terrified that Anthem will retaliate by messing with his coverage (and it says a lot about our system that this is even a consideration)
October 13, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS - Timothy Bradley's conquest of Juan Manuel Marquez inspired the unbeaten world welterweight champion from Palm Springs to chase even greater glory. "If a Floyd Mayweather fight could materialize, I'd love it," Bradley (31-0) said late Saturday after beating Marquez by split decision at the Thomas & Mack Center. Given the business relationships and years of hard feelings that exist, however, that's a wish that seems unlikely. Bradley's promoter, Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum, and Mayweather split on bitter terms last decade and haven't worked together since.
October 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twitter is great for spoiling TV shows and criticizing Miley Cyrus' latest performance, but researchers at Brigham Young University say the social network may also be an effective way of identifying users at risk of suicide. A study that will be released Friday says researchers at BYU studied Twitter for three months, looking for tweets that directly discussed suicide as well as keywords and phrases related to risk factors and warning signs for suicide. They found nearly 38,000 "troubling tweets" from more than 28,000 users.
October 8, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
A year after a citizens' commission handed down an extensive set of recommendations for preventing the abuse of jail inmates, Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to pay for many of the reforms. The board unanimously voted to authorize $29.3 million for the first year of a three-year plan that includes hiring more managers to oversee deputies, expanding training and installing more video cameras in the jails. The changes are expected to cost $89.8 million over three years.
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