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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Alhambra High School was evacuated Tuesday morning while authorities investigated reports of a gas leak. Before school started, someone reported smelling gas in a classroom. Authorities evacuated the campus while officials tracked the source of the smell and stopped it, according to the Alhambra police Facebook page . Authorities could not say when students would be allowed to return to their classrooms; hazardous materials teams were en route. Police limited traffic on the streets surrounding the school.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
After the success of "The Social Network," David Fincher's drama about Mark Zuckerberg and the founding of Facebook, the director emerged as the front-runner to bring the story of another tech giant to the big screen: Apple founder Steve Jobs. Now the Hollywood Reporter says Sony Pictures is looking to replace Fincher at the helm of its highly anticipated Jobs biopic, based on Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography "Steve Jobs" with a script by "Social Network" scribe Aaron Sorkin.
TRAVEL
April 14, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: On March 7, I flew to Sacramento from L.A. for an overnight trip. I packed light - just a dress, belt, shoes, sweats, nightshirt, a bag of toiletries and my iPad. When I arrived at my hotel and opened my bag, there was a notice that the Transportation Security Administration had gone through my luggage. When I was getting dressed, I noticed my belt was missing. I had carefully packed it in the see-through zipper compartment of my suitcase, as I didn't want it to fall out. It was my favorite belt, old, vintage, worn and funky.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Following a predictable script, female film writers continue to lag behind their male counterparts when it comes to earnings and employment, according to a new survey . In the film sector, women writers fell further behind their white male counterparts in 2012, accounting for just 15% of sector employment, down from 17% in 2009. Overall, women remained underrepresented by a factor of more than 3 to 1 among screenwriters, concludes the 2014 Hollywood Writers Report from the Writers Guild of America, West.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
A historic slowdown in U.S. healthcare spending in recent years may be drawing to a close. An industry report published Tuesday and healthcare experts point to a steady rise in medical care being sought by consumers seeing specialists, getting more prescriptions filled and visiting the hospital. Other factors such as millions of newly insured Americans seeking treatment for the first time and higher prices from healthcare consolidation could also help drive up costs. Experts aren't predicting an immediate return to double-digit increases in medical spending.
NATIONAL
April 14, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - E-cigarette companies are preying on young consumers by using candy flavors, social media ads and free samples at rock concerts, according to a report released Monday by Democratic legislators. A survey of nine electronic-cigarette companies found most were taking advantage of the lack of federal regulations to launch aggressive marketing campaigns targeting minors with tactics that would be illegal if used for traditional cigarettes, according to a report released by Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2014 | By Chris Megerian, Melanie Mason and Hailey Branson-Potts
ORLAND, Calif. -- Investigators probing the collision of a FedEx freight truck and a charter bus that killed 10 were dealing with disparate clues, including reports that the truck was on fire before the crash as well as evidence that its driver appeared not to brake. A woman who said the truck sideswiped her car moments before Thursday evening's fatal accident said she saw flames coming from beneath the twin-trailer vehicle as it veered across a grassy median toward disaster. A man who lives next to Interstate 5, however, said he saw no flames from the truck before the crash as he watched it swerve out of control after it made an abortive attempt to move into freeway's fast lane.
WORLD
April 12, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - Each side in the Syrian conflict blamed the other Saturday for an alleged poison gas attack that reportedly injured scores of civilians in the central province of Hama. There was no independent confirmation of a chemical strike, which reportedly hit the village of Kfar Zeita, an agricultural center northwest of the provincial capital, Hama. Fierce clashes between rebel and loyalist forces have been reported in the area. Various pro-opposition accounts said a government air raid Friday in Kfar Zeita included bombardment with an unspecified chemical agent, causing choking and suffocation among scores of residents.
SPORTS
April 11, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Johnny Manziel got the highest score among top quarterbacks in the NFL draft on the Wonderlic test, according to multiple reports. The Wonderlic is an exam used by the NFL to test a player's problem-solving skills. Manziel's ranking and score were reported by former NFL scout and current San Francisco radio host John Middlekauff and the NFL Network's Albert Breer. I've been told Johnny Football had the highest wonderlic test of all the top QB's in this years draft - John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff)
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
After years of rumors, Amazon.com could finally be getting into the smartphone business. The Wall Street Journal reported that the Seattle e-commerce giant will release a smartphone in the second half of the year, citing people briefed on the company's plans. Those people said Amazon plans to announce the phone by the end of June and begin shipping units by the end of September. A smartphone would be the latest hardware addition for Amazon, which already competes against Apple and Samsung in the tablet space with its Kindle Fire.
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