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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man who was bitten by a shark while surfing off the Northern California coast said the great white came "out of nowhere. " Jay Scrivner, 45, of Eureka, told the Associated Press in a phone interview from his hospital bed that the nearly 10-foot shark bit his thigh and his board Sunday as he surfed near Humboldt Bay. He told the news service on Monday that he was lying on his board, paddling in a familiar spot when he was bitten....
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SPORTS
September 29, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ducks have defensive issues heading to Wednesday's regular-season opener in Colorado, with veteran Sheldon Souray sidelined for two months and fellow defenseman Luca Sbisa probably out. Saturday, in their 6-5 exhibition finale loss against San Jose at Honda Center, the Ducks were outshot, 39-18, and four of the Sharks' goals came on power plays, raising questions about the Ducks' penalty-killing ability. "We have to get better," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "That team was much faster than us. That's a concern.
SPORTS
September 23, 2013 | Wire reports
The San Jose Sharks will be without forward Raffi Torres for the start of the season because of an injured right knee. Torres was injured in a collision with Ducks forward Emerson Etem on Friday night. Torres and the Sharks will decide in the next few days whether he needs surgery. If he rehabilitates the injury, he might miss only the first month. If he needs surgery, he would probably be sidelined three to four months. The Sharks signed Torres to a three-year, $6-million contract in June.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2013 | By Anh Do
A Westminster police officer and a Little Saigon businessman accused in a loan-sharking case have pleaded not guilty. Officer Anthony Duong Donner, 28, and Kevin Khanh Tuan Do, 38, made their pleas Monday and were ordered to return to court in November. Donner remains on leave from the Westminster police force. FBI agents arrested both men in August, accusing Do of masterminding a loan-sharking operation and using the officer living in his home as his "enforcer. " Do allegedly lent $170,000 to a woman who wanted to open a Garden Grove coffee shop and a lounge in neighboring Westminster, charging her 5% interest a month, along with an annual interest rate of 60%, according to a 39-page FBI affidavit.  Do allegedly directed Donner to collect payments from the woman and told her that if she didn't pay, the police would "interfere with her business" and cite her for driving under the influence, even if she wasn't drinking, FBI Special Agent Joseph Paul Nieblas said.
SCIENCE
September 11, 2013 | By Melissa Pandika
Ancient mosasaur lizards didn't slither like eels. Instead, these late Cretaceous sea monsters swam like sharks, scientists say. Mosasaurs ruled the oceans about 98 million to 66 million years ago. Most paleontologists have argued that these reptiles, which grew up to 33 feet long, had tapered, whip-like tails similar to those of snakes, their closest living relatives. Others thought the downward bend in mosasaur fossils' tail regions suggested they had shark-like fins. But without a clear picture of these tail fins, they couldn't say for sure.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
On Cape Cod, where I spent some time this summer, sharks became big business this year. The town of Chatham, Mass., sought to reinvent itself, “casting the shark as a town emblem, T-shirt punch line, and eco-icon,” Warren Cornwall wrote recently in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. “Chatham as a town, I think, has embraced the whole shark concept,” Chamber of Commerce chief Lisa Franz told him. “As long as nobody gets hurt.” On Main Street, throughout the summer, “Jaws” showed at the local movie theater, even as great white sharks were sighted off the beach.
NATIONAL
September 2, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
In the end, emerging from the ocean wearing a blue cap and goggles - and having swum about 110 miles in 52 hours and 54 minutes - Diana Nyad still had enough strength to walk ashore Monday. Failing four times over the years, on her fifth and final attempt this weekend, Nyad, 64, officially became the first swimmer to go the distance from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. Upon reaching shore at Smathers Beach in Key West, Fla., Nyad, a Los Angeles resident who has trained at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, had three things to tell the crowd of cheering onlookers who had watched her achieve a lifelong dream.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2013 | By Anh Do
FBI agents arrested a Little Saigon businessman and a Westminster police officer early Friday, accusing the entrepreneur of running a loan shark operation and the officer of working as his "enforcer. " Kevin Khanh Tuan Do, who owns Do Design & Construction, allegedly worked with Anthony Duong Donner, a six-year patrol officer for the Westminster police. Donner was arrested when he showed up for work Friday. A 39-page FBI affidavit said the two lived together in Fountain Valley while masterminding illegal activities.
SCIENCE
August 30, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Scientists have discovered the third known species of walking shark in Indonesia. Which means that there are, apparently, other walking shark species. And also, that sharks walk. Time to take a moment to let that sink in. Meanwhile, watch the video above. The new species, called Hemiscyllium halmahera , is a type of epaulette shark described in the journal Aqua: the International Journal of Ichthyology. The shark lives off the coral reefs along the coast of Halmahera, a remote Indonesian island.
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