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August 18, 2009 | Associated Press
Heavy rains have destroyed or damaged hundreds of shelters housing ethnic Tamils displaced during Sri Lanka's civil war, the United Nations said Monday. The weekend flooding has added to concern over the welfare of nearly 300,000 people who have been living in tents and makeshift shelters since the May defeat by government forces of the Tamil Tigers, ending their 25-year armed campaign for a homeland for the ethnic Tamil minority. Parts of the Manik Farm camp in the island's northeast were inundated, and about 1,925 shelters may have been damaged or destroyed, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement.
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SPORTS
December 17, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - If this were college football, it would've been the Injury Bowl. The Memphis Grizzlies played without Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, a big problem it turned out, while the Lakers continued to play NBA games without any healthy point guards. When it was over, the Lakers would have been the ones joyfully hoisting a brass trophy of a guy on crutches. Or parading around with a priceless crystal sculpture of a swollen ankle. BOX SCORE: Lakers 96, Memphis 92 They outlasted the Grizzlies, 96-92, Tuesday night, adding just enough feel-good indicators to finish their trip with a 2-2 record.
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BUSINESS
October 23, 2010 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
Weighed down by a struggling economy, government agencies in California shed 37,300 workers last month ? more jobs than were lost in the private sector ? as cities and counties made their biggest payroll cutbacks since at least 1990. What's more, analysts see more job cuts ahead as California faces an estimated $10-billion shortfall in the state budget that the next governor must address. Cities and counties, meanwhile, are still struggling with tepid sales and property tax revenue.
WORLD
November 17, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
TACLOBAN, Philippines - In the chaos after Typhoon Haiyan, Malou Cabiao had lost all track of time. It was only when she heard church bells ringing that she realized it was Sunday. For the first time since the monster storm swept through the central Philippines on Nov. 8, the 22-year-old nurse washed and dressed for church. As a priest offered prayers for the storm's victims, Cabiao sat at the back of Santo Niño Church, fighting back tears. "Hold on to your faith, be strong, and Tacloban will rise again," the Rev. Isagani Petilos told his flock.
WORLD
August 26, 2009 | Associated Press
With a wildfire contained after raging for days near Athens, opposition parties and media lambasted the government Tuesday over its response to the blaze. Firefighters patrolled smoldering areas north and east of the Greek capital, guarding against flare-ups while assessing the damage. At least 150 homes have been damaged, officials said, while thousands of acres of pine forest, olive grove, brush and farmland have been destroyed. Experts said it would take generations to replace the forests, and that many were burned beyond the hope of natural regrowth.
NEWS
March 24, 1991 | Associated Press
Floods have destroyed more than 2,000 houses in 50 villages in eastern Iran, government radio reported Saturday. No casualties were reported.
NEWS
September 10, 1998 | From Associated Press
Mexican troops, doctors and rescue workers struggled Wednesday to reach scores of southern towns swamped by floods as heavy rains pelted some areas for the seventh straight day. At least 33 people have been reported killed, and dozens more were missing in flooding across the country. The Pacific coastal zones of the southern state of Chiapas have been the most devastated.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 1998 | WENDY MILLER, Wendy Miller is editor of Calendar Weekend's Ventura Edition
Time, like the weather, can wreak havoc on people and places. But climatological change, like El Nino, the Baby Huey of all weather conditions, tends to attack randomly and aggressively, while time ravages in subtle and seductive ways. There are those moments in life--while in the dentist's chair, or creeping toward that much anticipated Hawaiian vacation--when we seem to have so much time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1998
Some people age gracefully, others age disgracefully. Given a choice, most people would prefer not to age at all. But we are programmed to grow older and, if we live long enough, to undergo the inexorable physical changes that are a part of aging. The best we can aim for, and it is no small thing, is to try to alleviate the unpleasant effects of those changes. The two best and oldest prescriptions are to keep moving--to get some kind of regular moderate exercise--and to eat sensibly.
NEWS
June 15, 1986
Vandals invaded a yeshiva, or Jewish seminary, in Tel Aviv, ripping apart sacred Torah scrolls and prayer books in one of the worst outbreaks of anti-religious violence in years, Israel radio reported. The attack on the Hidushai Harin Yeshiva followed an attempt last week to set a Tel Aviv synagogue afire in apparent retaliation for the burning by ultra-Orthodox Jews of bus shelters displaying advertisements of women in revealing swimsuits.
SPORTS
November 13, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Manny Pacquiao resides at the intersection of life, death, misery and showtime. He is a professional boxer. His country, the Philippines, is a mess. He is also a high-ranking government official, one of 289 members of the country's 16th Congress. He is a national sports hero who prides himself on also being an accountable public servant. The common phrase that refers to an impossible situation - "being between a rock and a hard place" - was made for this. When the Typhoon Haiyan roared through the middle of the Philippines a week ago, killing thousands and turning cities and countrysides into fields of debris and desperation, Pacquiao was 466 miles away from the center of it all, the city of Tacloban.
WORLD
September 24, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
The Islamic militant siege of a shopping mall in the Kenyan capital that has left scores dead demonstrates the grip of terrorism on Africa and the need for international action to defeat it, French President Francois Hollande told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. "Africa has fallen prey to terrorism and the barbaric attack in Nairobi confirms this," Hollande said, referring to the standoff between Kenyan troops and extremists of the Somali Shabab militia that began Saturday.
NATIONAL
September 18, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
BIG THOMPSON CANYON, Colo. -- Nick Christensen stared up the road, past the point where sometime last week it had stopped being a road. Highway 34, one of the winding arteries that connects Estes Park and some mountain-dwellers to civilization east of the Rockies, lay cluttered and broken in front of him. Part of the road had plunged into the foaming Big Thompson River, running parallel to the highway perhaps about 12 feet below. "I was just thinking," said Christensen, a spokesman for the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, "when I was last up here, the water was up to the road.
WORLD
September 16, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Two powerful storms gripped Mexico in a pincer movement Monday, dumping tons of rain on both coasts, forcing closures of roads and airports in several cities and killing at least 34 people. Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong called the weather phenomenon “historic” and said two-thirds of national territory was suffering from the two storms' impact, affecting more than 1.2 million people. President Enrique Peña Nieto interrupted Independence Day ceremonies Monday, called an emergency Cabinet meeting and then rushed to Acapulco, the Pacific coast tourist city in one of the hardest-hits states, Guerrero.
NATIONAL
September 13, 2013 | By Jenny Deam and Michael Muskal
LONGMONT, Colo. - For Carey Scott, life these days is all about watching the angry Big Thompson River, swollen by torrential rains, move closer. Sitting on the deck behind her house, Scott can see the rising floodwaters approach her home in Loveland, a charming mountain town 45 miles north of Denver. She has heard the roar of water in recent days as it overflowed the river's banks and cut off her subdivision. All bridges to the north are under water. She can't escape to the west because Highway 34 has buckled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2013 | Tony Barboza
Below the gently rolling waves off the Palos Verdes Peninsula, a spiny purple menace is ravaging what should be a thriving kelp forest. Millions of sea urchins -- scrawny, diseased and desperate for food -- have overrun a band of the shallow seafloor, devouring kelp and crowding out most all other life at a time the giant green foliage is making a comeback elsewhere along the California coast. In an effort to remedy the situation, scientists and divers will spend the next five years culling the urchins from more than 152 acres of coastal waters degraded years ago by pollution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1988 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, Times Staff Writer
Just in case any of his co-workers had lingering doubts about safety, Joseph J. Pinola, chairman of the board of First Interstate Bancorp, reported for work Tuesday on the top floor of the downtown office tower that bears his company's name. And with his entrance, Los Angeles' tallest building was reopened for business after four months and tens of millions of dollars in repairs.
WORLD
December 5, 2004 | From Associated Press
Local officials asked for food, clothes, medicine and construction materials Saturday to help thousands of villagers overcome the devastation from back-to-back storms that killed about 650 people and left 400 more missing in the northern Philippines. In the worst-hit coastal town of Real in Quezon province, about 45 miles east of Manila, hundreds of residents lined up for food at a school.
NATIONAL
August 10, 2013 | By Benjamin Mueller
One man is dead and authorities were searching for three other people in Colorado after a mudslide and flash floods swept through an area scorched last year by a wildfire. Manitou Springs Police Chief Joe Ribeiro said at a news conference Saturday that authorities were searching for three people who were reported missing: Juston Travis, 24; a man identified by neighbors only as Steve; and a blond, petite woman who was seen trying to escape floodwaters in a tree. “She was seen near the creek at one moment hanging in a tree and then not seen the next,” Ribeiro said.
NATIONAL
August 10, 2013 | By Benjamin Mueller
In a historic Colorado town famed for its mineral springs and proximity to Pikes Peak, residents were assessing their losses and cleaning up Saturday after the fourth flood to ravage their town in a year - a powerful stream of water and mud that killed one man and left three people missing. Manitou Springs Police Chief Joe Ribeiro said at a news conference that rescuers were combing roads and mountainsides in search of three people: Juston Travis, 24; another man identified by neighbors only as Steve; and a petite, blond woman who was spotted trying to escape floodwaters in a tree.
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