CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2013 |
BUCKHORN MEADOWS, Calif. - Calls for massive salvage logging, restoration and reforestation projects in the 257,000 acres of public wilderness scarred by the Rim fire have ignited controversy over how to proceed with the largest recovery effort undertaken in the Sierra Nevada. "We're hoping to negotiate our way through this, but we need the infrastructure and personnel," said Jerry Snyder, a spokesman for the Stanislaus National Forest. "This effort will be huge, so we'll also need additional help from Washington.
August 9, 2013 |
GIGLIO, Italy - This summer, tourists on the Tuscan island of Giglio have been heading for the pretty palm-lined beach at the port, soaking up the sun and swimming out to a line of buoys. Beyond is the capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia, sitting in shallow water where passengers were sucked to their deaths by whirlpools created as the giant vessel lurched onto its side. Nineteen months after the 950-foot-long ship slammed into rocks off this Mediterranean island and came to a precarious rest on two granite outcrops, the captain, Francesco Schettino, is on trial on charges of manslaughter in the deaths of 32 people who never made it ashore on the night of Jan. 13, 2012.
July 20, 2013 |
One day short of the 44th anniversary of Apollo 11's lunar landing, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos announced that a rocket engine fished out of the Atlantic Ocean by an expedition he was leading had been part of the historic mission. NASA and Bezos confirmed Friday that debris recovered in March was one of the F-1 engines from the Saturn V rocket that had propelled Apollo 11 toward the moon. "Forty-four years ago tomorrow Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon, and now we have recovered a critical technological marvel that made it all possible," Bezos wrote on his blog.
May 24, 2013 |
OKLAHOMA CITY - She had to pause several times. She needed to collect herself. But then Amy Simpson opened up and memories of a harrowing day poured out. "In God's name, go away!" Simpson said she yelled as Monday's tornado approached Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., where she is principal. "Go away. " Moments later, the tornado had gone. But it only needed moments to level her campus and take the lives of seven students. They were 8 and 9 years old. As she stood before a bank of cameras at a Friday news conference held in the auditorium of another elementary school, Simpson recalled the routine but satisfying slices of her day, the way her job and her school had been before the tornado: Students singing and reciting the school motto during the weekly "Rise and Shine" meeting.
April 11, 2013 |
Proceedings were going so well, humming along so efficiently. The Kings were doing exactly what they needed to do against a nervous-looking goalie making his NHL debut. They applied the pressure and kept it on 20-year-old Sami Aittokallio, scoring twice in a three-shot span against the Colorado goalie in the first period. The goals were by Jeff Carter on the power play and Mike Richards at even strength. There was, however, the middling matter of the final two periods, and, overtime.
April 6, 2013 |
The idea came from something a state lawmaker noticed while cruising the wide-open roads of Montana. The highway often has carcasses - plenty of them. "There are a lot of animals and a lot of roadway in Montana," state Rep. Steve Lavin said. "I've had a ton of people ask me after striking a deer or an elk, 'Can I take it?' And I have to say no.'" But that could soon change. If a bill becomes law, Montana motorists could take home certain roadkill - and cook it up. And no, the "roadkill bill" - HB 247 - wouldn't mean open season on animals on the state's roadways.