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May 31, 2013 | By Monte Morin
It's a debate that's left more than a few scientists shell-shocked: Just how did the turtle come to acquire its unique suit of armor? Some have insisted for decades that the turtle's carapace evolved from bony, scale-like growths that developed on the skin of ancient reptiles, similar to the armor found on ankylosaur dinosaurs or armadillos. Another theory, however, argues that the shell is the result of a different transformation. Instead of forming from so-called osteoderms, the shell actually formed when the ribs of certain reptiles began to grow ever broader and straighter, losing their barrel-like curvature.
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NEWS
April 21, 2014 | By Carla Hall
“Is it really that interesting when a 66-year-old woman becomes a grandmother?” That's the question my colleague and friend Robin Abcarian rhetorically posed in her column Friday as she recounted listening, disbelievingly, to someone in the media actually suggest that Hillary Rodham Clinton's impending grandmotherhood might have an effect on her possible presidential campaign. (The offending media person was New York Times financial columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin. His fellow panelists on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” were as aghast as Abcarian.)
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NATIONAL
January 30, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
After investing an estimated $5 billion in recent years into oil exploration in the offshore Alaskan Arctic, Shell announced Thursday that it will abandon any renewed drilling effort this year. The company cited a federal appeals court decision last week that found the Interior Department had awarded permits to Shell based on inadequate information, a major triumph for environmental groups that had been battling Shell for years. “This is a disappointing outcome, but the lack of a clear path forward means that I am not prepared to commit further resources for drilling in Alaska in 2014,” said Ben van Beurden, who took over as the company's chief executive four weeks ago. “We will look to relevant agencies and the court to resolve their open legal issues as quickly as possible.” The statement leaves open Shell's option to resume exploration of the Arctic waters in the future.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
On this warm Easter Sunday morning, New York street artist Jason Shelowitz (a.k.a. Jay Shells) is on the streets of Inglewood. He pulls over his rented silver Chevy at the bustling intersection of Imperial Highway and Western Avenue, hip-hop prattling on the car stereo. Then he grabs a step ladder from the back seat, adjusts his black “Rap” baseball cap and races across three lanes on foot. Now on the traffic island, cars whizzing by on both sides, he eyeballs a pole sporting a “One Way” street sign.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
One of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers purchased two large reloadable mortar kits from a fireworks store in New Hampshire, an executive with the pyrotechnics company said Tuesday. Tamerlan Tsarnaev paid $199 cash for two “lock and load” kits, each of which contained four tubes and 24 shells, said William Weimer, vice president of Phantom Fireworks. Such kits cannot be legally sold in some states, including Massachusetts and California. The kits are typically used for amateur fireworks displays.
NATIONAL
February 23, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
The U.S. Coast Guard has found evidence of multiple safety and environmental violations in Shell Alaska's Noble Discoverer Arctic drilling rig and forwarded it to the U.S. Justice Department for a decision about possible civil or criminal penalties, authorities confirmed Friday. The news is the latest setback for Shell's troubled Arctic drilling program, launched last summer off the coast of Alaska to tap one of the world's biggest remaining oil and gas deposits. It has been plagued with logistical and mechanical troubles that raise questions about the company's ability to continue this year.
NATIONAL
May 18, 2010 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
Facing last-minute questions over its plan to launch exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, Shell Oil Co. pledged Monday to deploy a prefabricated coffer dam ready for "immediate" use in the event of a blowout, with a full-scale oil spill response within an hour. In a letter intended to reassure federal officials that offshore drilling can safely begin in the fragile Arctic in July despite the spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Shell said it also would be ready to apply dispersant immediately underwater near the source of any oil flow and would have a remotely operated submersible and trained divers at the drilling site.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2009 | Joe Flint
Move over, SpongeBob SquarePants. Some mutant ninja turtles are headed your way. Viacom Inc.'s kids' cable network Nickelodeon has struck a $60-million deal with Mirage Group and 4Kids Entertainment Inc. to acquire the rights to "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," which was one of the biggest children's shows of the 1980s and even spawned a successful movie franchise. Nickelodeon will produce a new cartoon series that it hopes to premier in 2012, and sister studio Paramount Pictures will release a new feature based on the series.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A landscaper digging in the front yard of a Calabasas home on Monday afternoon stumbled upon a World War II relic - an empty MK II hand grenade shell.  The grenade shell was found about 4:20 p.m. at a home in the 24700 block of Calle Largo, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Several nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution and the grenade body was taken away for disposal. The evacuation lasted about two hours, the Sheriff's Department said. ALSO: Man accused of killing store clerk is due in court Tuesday   Riverside teen shoots, kills father inside family home, police say   Police seek man who allegedly shot and killed 19-year-old in Artesia Twitter: @aribloomekatz | Facebook ari.bloomekatz@latimes.com
SCIENCE
February 17, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Glass may be hard, but it's all too easy to break, as anyone who's seen a shattered window knows. But now scientists have discovered that they can make glass 200 times tougher than normal by making it 'weaker' - using a laser to etch wavy micro-cracks into an otherwise solid surface. The discovery, described last month in Nature Communications, borrows secrets from mollusk shells, which use very brittle, breakable materials to create some of nature's toughest structures. Seashells lined with iridescent mother-of-pearl are more than just pretty - they're a remarkable feat of microengineering, said study co-author François Barthelat, a mechanical engineer at McGill University in Quebec, Canada.
WORLD
April 3, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - A series of mortar shells fired by rebels killed six children and injured 16 others Thursday in and around the Syrian capital of Damascus, according to Syria's official news agency. Rebels based in the capital's outskirts frequently fire mortar shells into the city, which is under tight security. The recent rise in strikes on the capital comes after a relative lull in such attacks earlier in the year. Government officials condemn the mortar fire as indiscriminate. Commanders of forces opposing President Bashar Assad say the attacks target only military, police and government installations.
NATIONAL
April 3, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - A Coast Guard investigation into the 2012 grounding of the Kulluk, an offshore drilling rig operated by Royal Dutch Shell in the harsh Arctic, blasted the oil company for legal violations, poor management and taking undue risks, according to the final report released Thursday. The Kulluk ran aground 15 months ago on New Year's Eve after breaking free of its tow lines during severe weather and was beached for several days on a remote, rocky shore in southern Alaska. Although the company has invested an estimated $5 billion in recent years in offshore oil exploration in the Alaskan Arctic, the Kulluk's problems were among the difficulties that kept Shell from offshore drilling in 2013 and forced the company to abandon any renewed drilling efforts this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Cesar Chavez, the man who became the face of disenfranchised California farmworkers, was many things: courageous, controversial, quietly charismatic, politically astute, singular in his focus. "Cesar Chavez" the movie, starring Michael Peña as the Mexican American activist and America Ferrera as his wife, Helen, could use more of those qualities. Chavez was loved, hated and feared, at times by friend and foe alike, for his impassioned fight to unionize immigrant pickers and pruners beginning in the late 1960s.
NATIONAL
March 4, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
Hillary Rodham Clinton will not announce for months whether she will run for president, but as she arrived in California for events this week the machinery of a campaign was cranking into gear around her. The Ready for Hillary "super PAC," created to encourage her candidacy, will launch a website this week that could serve as the framework for an eventual campaign to organize supporters across the 50 states. The leaders of another super PAC, Priorities USA Action, have been meeting on the West Coast with a select group of donors, seeking six- and seven-figure pledges (and in some cases checks)
NATIONAL
March 1, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
DAVENPORT, Iowa - Alta Price seems just the kind of person who could propel Hillary Rodham Clinton through the glass ceiling into the White House. A doctor and Democratic activist, she cited Clinton's matchless resume as a former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of State. Besides, Price allowed with a smile, "It would be very cool to have a woman president. " But Price, 61, won't necessarily support Clinton should she run again in 2016. "I would not vote for her or support her over some man if I thought the man was better on the issues," said Price, who preferred Barack Obama to Clinton the first time she ran. In 2008, Clinton was the overwhelming Democratic favorite, nationally and in Iowa, with an aura suggesting the actual tabulation of ballots was little more than a formality.
SCIENCE
February 17, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Glass may be hard, but it's all too easy to break, as anyone who's seen a shattered window knows. But now scientists have discovered that they can make glass 200 times tougher than normal by making it 'weaker' - using a laser to etch wavy micro-cracks into an otherwise solid surface. The discovery, described last month in Nature Communications, borrows secrets from mollusk shells, which use very brittle, breakable materials to create some of nature's toughest structures. Seashells lined with iridescent mother-of-pearl are more than just pretty - they're a remarkable feat of microengineering, said study co-author François Barthelat, a mechanical engineer at McGill University in Quebec, Canada.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2000
Huntington Beach Councilman Peter M. Green's July 30 letter is way off the mark. His argument that the Shipley Nature Center has been left out of the Little Shell debate is ludicrous. He claims that Little Shell, a saltwater wetland, is a nonfunctioning site. He is wrong. Little Shell is a functioning wetland. The water from the larger wetland on the other side of Beach Boulevard flows through a pipe under the boulevard to replenish Little Shell with each high tide. As a biology teacher he should know that you can't duplicate a saltwater wetland four miles away at the nature center or anywhere out of the coastal zone.
OPINION
May 10, 1998
Re your April 29 article on oil exploration in the Niger River Delta: Shell official Basil Efoise Omiyi's bragging about the progressive community support the company has "gone out of its way" to give to residents of the Niger Delta is the cheapest of PR tactics. The community projects, like the flowers an abusive man brings after beating his spouse to a pulp, are inadequate compensation and irrelevant to recovery. Omiyi concludes with the disingenuous pronouncement, "To expect us to change the government is something you shouldn't expect from a corporate body."
NEWS
January 30, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
Shell's decision to give up on Arctic Ocean oil drilling for 2014 is good news for the environment. Now if only the oil companies - and the Obama administration - would give up altogether on the idea of drilling in such a remote and harsh place . Yes, there are arguments for ramping up domestic oil production to reduce our dependency on foreign oil, but the bigger issue is our dependence on oil, period. It's mind-boggling that we talk about trying to reduce global warming caused by burning fossil fuels while at the same time pursuing policies that will bring us more fossil fuels to burn, and at a cheaper price.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2014 | By Shan Li
Occidental Petroleum reported higher profits in the fourth quarter as the oil and gas producer seeks to revamp its business after a boardroom shakeup last year. The Los Angeles company reported profits of $1.6 billion, or $2.04 a share, in the quarter that ended Dec. 31. That is up from $336 million, or 42 cents a share, in the same period a year ago. Occidental announced last year plans to sell off some stakes in Middle East and North Africa oil fields along with other assets and instead focus on operations closer to home.
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