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SCIENCE
June 5, 2010 | By Eryn Brown and Jill Leovy, Los Angeles Times
The ultimate solution to stanch oil gushing beneath the Gulf of Mexico relies not on the high-tech, risky robotic maneuvers used since the rig explosion, but on a slow, workaday method that has successfully plugged other giant spills — drilling a relief well. Despite the name, relief wells are not meant to relieve pressure. They simply provide a path to insert heavy mud and cement in the leaking well about 18,000 feet deep under the seafloor, stopping the flow of oil. Their construction requires little more than everyday oil-field technology and math no more complicated than high-school trigonometry.
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SPORTS
April 27, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NEW YORK - A potential make-or-break trip to Detroit, Washington and New York did not make or break the Angels, whose slip-through-the-fingers 3-2 loss in Yankee Stadium on Sunday night left them with a 4-5 record on the challenging nine-game swing. But could it define them? The Angels are 11-13 and 3 1/2 games back in the American League West, hardly a torrid start but an improvement over last April, when they were 9-15 and 6 1/2 games back through 24 games. BOX SCORE: N.Y. Yankees 3, Angels 2 Though they lost cleanup batter Josh Hamilton to a thumb injury on April 8 and leadoff man Kole Calhoun to an ankle sprain on April 15, the Angels lead the major leagues with 37 homers, and they began Sunday ranked second in the AL in runs (128)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2000
As a supporter of debt relief for the world's poorest countries (Oct. 19), I am happy to learn that Congress may increase the U.S. debt-relief commitment to $435 million. A victory for the pro-debt-relief coalition? Yes. But generous? No. It's less than one-fourth the cost of one B-2 Stealth bomber. PAT REIF Claremont
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Elin Nordegren and Lindsey Vonn are reportedly becoming good friends - a scenario that's no doubt making life easier for golfer Tiger Woods, who had a spectacular marriage meltdown with the former and has been dating the latter for a while now.  "You'd think it would be weird, but Elin loves Lindsey and they talk all the time," a source told Us Weekly . "Elin likes that Lindsey is a strong woman. "  Apparently, the whole gang went on a vacation recently, with the 29-year-old skier and the 34-year-old mother of two taking off together on occasion to get drinks, according to the mag. Daddy Tiger was left to care for daughter Sam, 6, and son Charlie, 5.  "Elin found that they are very similar and have a lot in common," the source said.
NEWS
November 30, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, For the Los Angeles Times
Lower back pain seems to be one of the most common – and most excruciating -- medical problems. What’s the best way to deal with such pain? This expert can help. Sign on to a Web chat Wednesday with Dr. Paul Christo, director of the Pain Training Program at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who will answer questions about back pain. The online discussion "Coping with lower back pain" starts at 9 a.m. PST. For those who want more information on what causes back pain, check out this booklet from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.
NEWS
February 25, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Some women may have rejoiced at the news that hot flashes early in menopause might be a good thing for their hearts. Sufferers would like to think there could be a healthy upside. But the study published Thursday in the journal Menopause doesn't explain what might be causing the link, suggesting only an association. That means more research is needed. And in the meantime, some women are just plain stuck with hot flashes -- no matter when they occur. RELATED: Hot flashes at menopause may signal a lower risk for heart attacks and stroke But we're here for those women, with helpful advice from WomensHealth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The federal government made it clear again Monday that California will get no relief from education mandates that officials across the country consider a burden. The point was made as the U.S. Department of Education announced that it granted three more states waivers to No Child Left Behind, the bipartisan legislation that is closely associated with the administration of George W. Bush. No Child Left Behind required virtually every U.S. student to be academically proficient by 2014.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Authorities in Philadelphia will suspend foreclosure sales of homes whose owners have fallen behind on adjustable-rate sub-prime loan payments -- potential relief for tens of thousands of struggling debtors. The Philadelphia City Council on Thursday called on Sheriff John Green to stop the sales to give borrowers more time to seek a settlement that would prevent them from losing their homes. Philadelphia becomes the first U.S. city to halt foreclosure sales in the current crisis, although Cleveland and Baltimore are considering similar measures, said ACORN, an advocacy group for low-income families.
HEALTH
April 9, 2007
Your article on itching captured well the misery and often resigned agony suffered by those of us with chronic itchy spots ["The Relentless Itch," April 2]. However, like most pieces on the subject, you focused on drugs and chemicals and did not even mention the only 100% effective relief I've ever found: a cold, wet compress. Not a long term solution, but enough to get to sleep -- and that's a blessing. ROGER WALTON North Hills A couple of years ago, I suffered from widespread persistent and severe itching.
SPORTS
January 14, 2003 | Mike Bresnahan
The power play has been crisp. The seven-game winless streak is in the past. The Mighty Ducks' winning streak has grown ... to two. There was a sense of relief at Monday morning practice after consecutive come-from-behind victories against playoff-caliber teams. "We were in quite a bit of a hole for seven games," left wing Paul Kariya said. "It's been a nice couple games for us." The Ducks overcame a two-goal deficit in a 5-3 victory over Colorado on Thursday, then Sunday ruined St.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
And so it came to pass that Stephen Colbert was announced as the next host of "The Late Show" (as of "sometime" in 2015 to be formerly "with David Letterman") and what was already thought a likelihood became a certainty. It seems in every way a sensible move. Colbert, who has been performing monologues and conducting interviews on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" since 2005, is not even changing time slots. CBS gets a proven performer and notably one whose cultural impact is, compared to the competition, out of proportion to the size of his audience; the "Report" averages just over a million viewers, less than half of Letterman's crowd and something like a fifth of what Jimmy Fallon brings to "The Tonight Show.
SPORTS
April 8, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE - The Angels barely flinched when American League West rivals Texas and Seattle added powerful left-handed bats this winter, the Rangers acquiring Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo and the Mariners signing Robinson Cano. They had just the antidote in left-handed starters C.J. Wilson, Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs and one-two left-handed relief punch in Sean Burnett, a veteran returning from elbow surgery, and Brian Moran, a Rule 5 pick with a funky delivery and superb minor league track record.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014
Anthony Wardlaw was fresh out of foster care three years ago when he went on general relief, Los Angeles County's $221-a-month welfare program for the destitute. When he tried to use the money to buy his mother a hamburger, his government debit card didn't work. And he had no idea why. According to a $7.9-million settlement agreement announced Tuesday, Wardlaw was one of thousands of people who were knocked off the welfare rolls without proper notice when applications swelled during the Great Recession.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Los Angeles County has agreed to a $7.9-million settlement with thousands of  people who were knocked off the welfare rolls when general relief grants swelled during the Great Recession, county and plaintiffs' spokesmen said Tuesday. Under the settlement, which must be approved by a judge, the county agreed to stop cutting off recipients' $221 general relief checks for early or unintentional violations of welfare-to-work rules, according to court documents.  At an annual cost to the county of $5.3 million, it also will stop reducing grants if people decide to share housing.
WORLD
April 7, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Paul Richter
TEHRAN - When Iran's leaders signed a preliminary nuclear deal with world powers in November, they promised the six-month agreement would quickly start "melting the iceberg" of Western sanctions, lead to new trade ties and lift the lives of ordinary Iranians. Opponents of the deal in the United States and the Middle East said much the same thing, warning that it would rapidly erode the international sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy. It hasn't worked out that way. More than four months into the deal, many Iranians think the interim accord has done little to help them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- The state Senate took action to protect condominium and mobile home owners from fines from their homeowners associations for not maintaining yards at times when they face government water conservation orders because of a drought. State Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) said his urgency measure is needed because some residents of common-interest developments face conflicting mandates when the governor has declared a drought. "It gives some comfort to the homeowners in homeowners associations right now who might be subjected to this double penalty," Nielsen told his colleagues.
SPORTS
October 20, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
That the San Francisco Giants erupted in joy after a walkoff victory on Wednesday was no surprise. The Giants are one victory from the World Series. The pitcher walking off the field in defeat, well, that was a surprise. Roy Oswalt, with 150 career victories and zero career saves, shuffled toward the visiting dugout, a losing relief pitcher enveloped in delirium. Relief pitcher? "This time of year, you've got to pitch," Oswalt said. "It doesn't matter. " Oswalt, one of the Philadelphia Phillies' three aces, won Game 2 of the National League championship series on Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2005 | Scott Martelle
In a literary version of Live Aid, the 1985 two-continent rock concert that has funneled $144 million to African famine relief, U.S. and U.K. authors hope to raise money for Indian Ocean tsunami victims through a book collecting first chapters of their works-in-progress. The paperback book, called "New Beginnings," will be published March 3 -- World Book Day -- in the United States, Great Britain and Germany.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Ares Management gained control of Guitar Center Holdings Inc. in a debt-for-equity swap, the Westlake Village retailer said in a statement. Guitar Center reduced its debt by about $500 million under the deal, which gives Ares Management a controlling interest in the nation's largest guitar retailer. The deal reduces Guitar Center's crushing debt by $500 million and slashes its annual interest costs by about $70 million, the company said. Bain Capital, which bought the chain of about 250 stores in 2007, will retain partial ownership of the company after the deal with Ares Management.
NATIONAL
April 2, 2014 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON - Airline customers complain about being mistreated on a daily basis, but Rabbi S. Binyomin Ginsberg took his grievance all of the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Unfortunately for Ginsberg, the court sided with Northwest Airlines on Wednesday. Ginsberg was not just a frequent flier with the airline, but also a frequent complainer. By 2008, Northwest declared it had lost patience with his protests and demands, and revoked his vaunted Platinum Elite membership. Ginsberg was outraged.
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