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December 1, 2012 | By Barbara Demick and Jung-yoon Choi
BEIJING -- North Korea announced Saturday that it will send a long-range rocket into space this month, trying to make up for a public-relations disaster in April when a much-hyped launch failed. In the announcement attributed to a spokesman for the Korean Committee for Space Technology, North Korea said the rocket would carry a "polar-orbiting Earth observation satellite" for "peaceful scientific and technological" purposes. Nonetheless, the launch is seen as a defiant move for an impoverished country that is already subject to a U.S. ban from developing nuclear and missile technology.
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BUSINESS
April 25, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
Elon Musk, founder and chief executive of Hawthorne rocket maker SpaceX, hastily called a news conference Friday in Washington, D.C., where he outlined an array of matters confronting his upstart company. A cryptic email was sent to media around 9 p.m. Pacific time Thursday that said he would "make an important SpaceX announcement" the next day at the National Press Club. The big announcement, however, wasn't quite clear. Musk made several revelations during the half-hour event. First, he provided an update on SpaceX's goal of creating the world's first fully reusable rocket - the holy grail in rocketry.
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NEWS
September 29, 2013 | By Peter Pae
SpaceX successfully launched its most powerful rocket Sunday, notching another milestone for the Hawthorne rocket maker. The nine-engine Falcon 9, carrying a Canadian weather satellite, lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base shortly after 9 a.m. It marked the first time that a rocket made by SpaceX launched from California. Until Sunday, SpaceX had launched its rockets from Cape Canaveral in Florida. By launching from Vandenberg, about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles, SpaceX will have access to another launch facility as it looks to launch rockets carrying satellites for government and commercial customers at a rate of about once a month over the next five years.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
New SpaceX video shows its Falcon 9 Reusable rocket launching, hovering and then successfully landing again. The video has gone viral online with more than 2.4 million views as of early Monday afternoon. It's the first test flight of the F9R and an exciting moment for Elon Musk and company: Reusable rockets are the holy grail of rocketry . As the Los Angeles Times' W.J. Hennigan recently reported, a reusable system represents sizable savings in development and operation of the rocket.  Musk tweeted about the test flight, which was filmed by drone, on Friday -- the same day that a SpaceX Falcon 9 was blasting off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on a NASA cargo mission to the International Space Station.
WORLD
August 22, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM - The first rocket barrage from Lebanon to reach Israel in two years sent residents in the north scurrying for bomb shelters Thursday evening, but caused no injuries or significant damage, officials said. Israel Defense Forces said its Iron Dome missile interception system destroyed one rocket over northern Israel. As many as three others are believed to have fallen into the sea. Though initial Lebanese news reports suggested Hezbollah launched the attack, Israeli officials said they believe the rockets were fired by an Al Qaeda-inspired militant group operating from a village south of the Lebanese town of Tyre.
WORLD
December 11, 2012 | By Emily Alpert
North Korea launched a rocket Wednesday morning, according to South Korean media and the Associated Press. The launch marks the second such mission this year, after a failed attempt that embarrassed the regime in April. The rocket was fired at 9:51 a.m., according to the Yonhap news agency in South Korea.  Though North Korea describes the effort as a peaceful satellite launch, the technology used to send a satellite into orbit or launch a missile carrying a warhead is essentially the same, raising fears that a successful mission could be a stride toward putting the United States in North Korea's sights.
WORLD
November 15, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders
GAZA CITY -- Israel made good on its threat to give Hamas leaders in Gaza Strip a rough night, pounding the territory with near-constant airstrikes. Israel said Friday morning that it launched more than 150 strikes overnight against Hamas' mid-range rocket launching posts and weapons depots, including a facility in Khan Yunis that exploded after being struck. Other targets included a power generator near the home of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, according one Israeli report.
WORLD
April 21, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Israeli warplanes struck several sites in the Gaza Strip on Monday following a barrage of rockets launched at southern Israel from the seaside enclave earlier in the day, a military spokesman said. According to an army statement, seven rockets were fired from Gaza early Monday, in addition to an anti-tank missile fired at an Israeli patrol. One rocket caused damage to civilian infrastructure in the Israeli town of Sderot but no injuries were reported. In response, Israel's air force targeted three sites in Gaza.
WORLD
January 22, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
The United Nations Security Council voted Tuesday to freeze assets and ban travel for officials of North Korea tied to its December rocket launch, tightening sanctions on the isolated nation. The unanimous vote came more than a month after the successful launch. Though North Korean officials said the launch was lofting a satellite into space for peaceful purposes, South Korea and Western nations suspect that it was a way to test ballistic missile technology. The decision piles more penalties on what is already the most heavily sanctioned nation on Earth, adding to restrictions approved in 2006 and 2009.
WORLD
December 11, 2012 | By Emily Alpert
Impoverished and isolated North Korea has long invested heavily in its defense programs, even as its people suffer hunger and deprivation. North Korea's rocket launch Wednesday cost about $480 million, South Korean officials estimated before the launch. Although North Korea said it was sending up a satellite for peaceful purposes, the United States and South Korea suspect that it was actually testing its ballistic missile technology. In either case, the money is a staggering sum in light of some of the nation's other needs.
WORLD
April 21, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Israeli warplanes struck several sites in the Gaza Strip on Monday following a barrage of rockets launched at southern Israel from the seaside enclave earlier in the day, a military spokesman said. According to an army statement, seven rockets were fired from Gaza early Monday, in addition to an anti-tank missile fired at an Israeli patrol. One rocket caused damage to civilian infrastructure in the Israeli town of Sderot but no injuries were reported. In response, Israel's air force targeted three sites in Gaza.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan and Andrea Chang
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday and sped through a cloud-covered sky on its way to deliver supplies to the International Space Station for NASA. The Hawthorne-based rocket manufacturer launched the cargo mission despite a computer glitch aboard the space station and bad weather that threatened to push the liftoff back a day. Promptly at 12:25 p.m. PDT, the rocket fired up its nine engines and launched into orbit, carrying a capsule packed with 5,000 pounds of supplies for the two American, one Japanese and three Russian astronauts aboard the space station.
SPORTS
April 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
CLIPPERS AT PORTLAND Where: Moda Center. When: 7:30. On the air: TV: ESPN, Prime Ticket; Radio: 980. Records: Clippers 56-24; Trail Blazers 53-28. Update: Portland is locked in as the fifth-seeded team in the Western Conference and will open the playoffs on the road against the Houston Rockets. The Trail Blazers have gone 8-1 since LaMarcus Aldridge returned from a back injury. They could rest several starters against the Clippers in a game that will not affect their playoff positioning.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Lionsgate has Katniss, Tris and Bella, and now it has another young-adult hero -- YouTube star Freddie Wong.  Lionsgate, the company best known for "The Hunger Games," "Twilight" and "Divergent," has made a multi-year deal with Wong's YouTube network RocketJump Studios to develop film, television and digital content, the companies said Monday. The deal gives Lionsgate access to RocketJump's coming video slate, talent and fans, and RocketJump will take advantage of Lionsgate's development and marketing abilities and add more long-form video to its growing roster of weekly shorts, podcasts and tutorials, the companies said.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Private space companies, such as SpaceX in Hawthorne, would get a local property tax break on launch vehicles, fuel, satellites and other gear under a bill approved overwhelmingly Thursday by the state Senate. The proposal, AB 777 by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), would create the exemption from local property taxes for a 10-year period that would end Jan. 1, 2024. Legislation is needed to modernize the state's tax code to encourage companies such as billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX to build their rockets and spacecraft in California, Muratsuchi said.
SPORTS
April 7, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
vs. Houston Where: Staples Center. When: 7:30. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes, TNT; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 25-52, Rockets 51-25. Update: Houston's Dwight Howard has missed the last five games because of a strained left ankle but has reported improvement and is listed as day to day. The Rockets have gone 2-3 during Howard's absence and hold a two-game advantage over Portland for homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
"The Rocket" winds through the mountains of northern Laos, the contemporary drama carrying a touch of fable and a powerful sense of place. Ahlo (Sitthiphon Disamoe), the 10-year-old at the center of the movie, makes an appealing rooting interest, not only because he's sparky and resourceful but also because he challenges the superstitious antipathy of his grandmother, who believes he's cursed. Displaced from their village by a dam project - after viewing a heartlessly chipper corporate video on the wonders of relocation - Ahlo and his family find themselves in a barren field of tents.
WORLD
February 26, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian unrest spread Tuesday to the Gaza Strip, where militants fired a rocket into southern Israel, shattering one of the longest periods of quiet along that border in recent memory. It was the first rocket fired since the signing of a November cease-fire agreement between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas, ending their eight-day clash. The morning attack came as Palestinians in the West Bank protest the death of 30-year-old Arafat Jaradat, a gas station attendant who died suddenly in Israeli custody after being arrested for throwing rocks at an Israeli settler.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Bicyclists dominate the streets at CicLAvia , but the event also attracts the eclectic and unique. Justin Gunn strolled down Wilshire Boulevard. His tricycle, made to resemble a rocket, turned heads and drew photos by passersby. The 39-year-old Los Angeles native built the contraption, dubbed the Rock-It!, with actual recycled rocket parts from a junkyard in the San Fernando Valley. He and his friend, Jason Saunders, owner of Atomic Arts, put the piece together.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
An 18-story rocket carrying a $518-million military weather satellite was launched into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Thursday, extending the life of a program that began in the early 1960s. The 7:46 a.m. PDT blastoff was the first of the year for the team at Vandenberg's 30th Space Wing. "I couldn't be more proud of this team of professionals," said Col. Keith Balts, wing commander. "The team ... worked diligently to ensure that this launch was safe and successful.
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