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May 17, 2013 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: A few years ago I finished paying off my debt and now am in the very low-risk credit category. I have savings equal to about three months' worth of bills and am working to get that to six months' worth. I'm wondering, though, about an emergency that may require me to pay in cash (such as a major power outage that disables debit or credit card systems, or the more likely event that I forget the ATM or credit card at home). How much cash should a person have on hand? Is there a magic number?
May 14, 2013 | By Richard Fausset and Cecilia Sanchez, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - Mexico's giant Popocatepetl volcano may generate lava flows, explosions of "growing intensity" and ash that could reach miles away, the National Center for Disaster Prevention said Monday. Officials were preparing evacuation routes and shelters for thousands of people who live in the shadow of Popocatepetl, located 40 miles southeast of Mexico City. Officials have created a 7.5-mile restricted zone around the cone of the volcano. Popo, as the volcano is known, has displayed a "notable increase in activity levels" in the last few days, including tremors and explosive eruptions, according to a statement from the federal government.
May 11, 2013 | Sandy Banks
The teenager showed up in a panic on Thursday, cradling a wounded puppy in arms spattered with blood. A stray dog had attacked his 2-month-old pit bull on a walk near their South Los Angeles home. The city animal shelter nearby was the only place he knew to go. He ran over to Amanda Casarez, pleading for help. She took one look at the puppy's bloody gash and pulled out her cellphone. Within hours the pup was in surgery, the vet bill guaranteed by strangers from a pool of volunteers working with Downtown Dog Rescue, which sponsors an intervention program at the shelter.
April 23, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Justin Bieber just can't seem to hold on to his pets. There was the snake, and the hamster, and now there's Mally, his confiscated capuchin monkey, which he may be abandoning in Germany in hopes that the critter will find an appropriate, loving home - like a zoo or a rescue center for primates. The shelter that's been taking care of Mally said Tuesday that it had received emails,  supposedly from Camp Bieber, suggesting that the monkey might be better off if he were taken in by a facility in his current homeland.  "Our team is looking into the idea of placing Mally at a zoo in Germany.
April 18, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
When the showroom floor of a West, Texas, auto dealership began to shake Wednesday night, general manager Ronnie Sykora knew something was very wrong. Then Sykora heard the news: A nearby fertilizer plant had caught fire and exploded. He rushed to prepare for people whose homes had been destroyed. “We were ready,” Sykora said. “We figured they could sleep on the floor. But nobody came.” In West and the small towns that surround it, businesses and churches opened their doors to people made homeless by the deadly fertilizer plant explosion.
April 15, 2013 | By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times
Circumcision is known to reduce a man's risk of HIV infection by at least half, but scientists don't know why. A new study offers support for the theory that removing the foreskin deprives troublesome bacteria of a place to live, leaving the immune system in much better shape to keep the human immunodeficiency virus at bay. Anyone who has ever lifted a rock and watched as the earth beneath it was quickly vacated by legions of bugs and tiny worms...
April 11, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Officials at Riverside County Animal Services had a hunch the story of Banjo the dog would get some attention. But this? So many people turned to the department's website looking for information on the fluffy poodle-terrier mix rescued from train tracks that the site went down Wednesday afternoon -- and still isn't up and running. "Banjo's causing some serious technical issues," spokesman John Welsh said. Interest in the dog exploded after the department revealed Tuesday he was rescued this month when a 78-year-old man apparently tied him to some train tracks in the Mecca area.
April 8, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 7 -13, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES NCIS A Navy reservist comes home to find her living room covered with blood and her husband missing, in this new episode. Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo and David McCallum star. 8 p.m. CBS The Voice Blind auditions continue.
April 8, 2013 | By Carla Hall
Brenda Barnette, the general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services, ignited a firestorm of protest when she sent out an email last month explaining why she intended to eliminate animal care technicians on the midnight to 6 a.m. shifts and move them onto day and swing shifts. That would have left some 1,500 animals in six municipal shelters unattended in the wee hours of the night. The outcry was so intense that Barnette - wisely - postponed implementing the move of ACTs, as they are known, and scheduled a meeting for the public to meet with her and discuss this (and some other issues, probably)
March 23, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Work schedules at Los Angeles city animal shelters won't change, at least for now, after animal activists and union workers protested a plan to eliminate overnight staffing. Brenda Barnette, general manager of Animal Services, has announced she will delay a plan to cut the graveyard shift at six shelters operated by the city. The move, which could affect as many as 22 animal shelter workers, will be reviewed during an April 8 town hall meeting, Barnette said in a letter released Thursday.
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