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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 | By Joe Serna
A malfunctioning firework caused a dramatic Fourth of July pyrotechnic disaster in Simi Valley that injured dozens of people, fire officials concluded in a report released Thursday. A 5-inch-wide firework shell failed to leave its mortar tube and exploded inside, sparking a chain reaction that knocked down the display and sent debris and firework projectiles flying toward about 10,000 spectators watching hundreds of feet away. The incident was investigated by Cal/OSHA, CalFire and the Ventura County Fire Department.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A malfunctioning firework caused a dramatic Fourth of July pyrotechnic disaster in Simi Valley that injured dozens of people, fire officials concluded in a report released Thursday. A five-inch-wide firework shell failed to leave its mortar tube and exploded inside, sparking a chain reaction that knocked down the display and sent debris and firework projectiles flying toward about 10,000 spectators watching hundreds of feet away. DRAMATIC VIDEOS OF ACCIDENT The incident was investigated by Cal/OSHA, CalFire and the Ventura County Fire Department.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Baltimore auteur Matt Porterfield, a distinctive talent among American indie filmmakers, shifts gears in his third feature, "I Used to Be Darker. " Forgoing the documentary elements but not the aesthetic rigor that made his previous film, "Putty Hill," an exquisite meld of genres, he adopts a somewhat more conventional fictional approach. The low-key movie revolves around a family in the midst of a sea change: the end of a marriage and the disparate coming-of-age trajectories of two cousins.
NATIONAL
September 25, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - Six months after federal officials chastised Shell Oil for its faulty offshore drilling operations in the Arctic, the company has yet to explain what safeguards it has put in place or when it plans to resume exploring for oil in the vulnerable region. Shell's 2012 return to offshore Arctic exploration after a generation away was marred by high-profile problems, including hefty fines for polluting the air and a drilling rig that ran aground. The company canceled its 2013 drilling season, and its 2014 operations are in question.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2013 | By Jason Felch and Jason Song
The president of Occidental College this week made an emotional plea for support to some 60 faculty members, saying his administration was "shell shocked" by criticism over its handling of student sexual assault allegations. Speaking for 20 minutes without taking questions, President Jonathan Veitch pleaded for reconciliation on campus, saying the controversy had taken a toll "on my health and my soul," according to several people who attended the meeting. He mentioned that his five-year contract was up for renewal, which suggested to some that he needed the faculty's backing.
SCIENCE
September 17, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Deep in a Croatian cave, scientists have discovered a tiny snail with a shell that looks as if it is made of glass. The Zospeum tholussum specimen was found more than half a mile beneath the Earth's surface, in the  Lukina Jama-Trojama cave system, one of the 20 deepest cave systems in the world.  The snail is minuscule -- just 1 millimeter across. It is part of a group of snails generally found along the drainage systems of caves. Like its Zospeum cousins , Zospeum tholussum has limited eyesight and mobility, according to researchers.  "Since they are grazing microorganisms from stones, mud and wood that has been washed into the cave, they have everything around that they need," said Alexander Weigand of Goethe-University in Frankfurt, Germany, who described the snail in the journal Subterranean Biology.
WORLD
September 15, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - Clashes flared across Syria on Sunday, and mortar shells fell on Damascus, highlighting a violent and intractable reality: The nation's bloody civil war is no closer to resolution, despite a landmark U.S.-Russia deal designed to rid Syria of chemical armaments. Various officials, including U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, acknowledged that the chemical weapons accord, while significant, will probably do little in the short term to stop the killing, overwhelmingly the result of conventional weapons - bullets and artillery shells, bombs and rockets.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Before the coffee. After taking a moment to remember. The Skinny: No snarky small talk this morning. Just painful memories of a beautiful blue sky filled with smoke. Wednesday's headlines include a profile of Jeff Shell, the new head of NBCUniversal's movie unit. Also, Arsenio Hall gets off to a good start and "The Killing" gets killed again. Daily Dose: CBS and Time Warner Cable has made peace but tensions among broadcasters and pay-TV providers still linger.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2013 | By Meg James and Joe Flint
As a teenager Jeff Shell was determined to earn a spot on the elite basketball team at West Los Angeles' University High School. Despite being considered a long shot, he spent hours in his backyard practicing his jump shot and working on his moves until he made the team. "It was a pretty impressive feat," said his younger brother, Dan Shell, a Fox Sports executive. FALL MOVIE SNEAKS 2013: Films, videos and photos Jeff Shell has again nabbed a high-profile assignment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge made a tentative ruling Monday throwing out the case against two AEG executives who were promoting Michael Jackson's ill-fated “This Is It” comeback tour. Judge Yvette Palazuelos, however, left AEG Live, one of the nation's largest concert promoters, as a defendant in the case. Jackson's mother and three children are suing AEG Live, Chief Executive Randy Phillips and executive Paul Gongaware, saying they negligently hired and supervised Conrad Murray, the doctor who administered a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol to the singer to help with his insomnia.
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