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April 25, 1996
Torrance police have purchased a Fire Arms Training Simulator to supplement training on the firing range. The department is the first South Bay law enforcement agency to buy the new high-technology equipment and incorporate it into its officer training on a regular basis. The simulator re-creates an actual crime scene with a videotape of scenarios such as a holdup or an undercover operation.
April 19, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Progress sometimes may come in small increments, but it still makes for progress. And the good news is that Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is making progress. Kershaw has been on the disabled list since March 30 because of a strain on a back muscle. Kershaw has been on a throwing program since suffering the injury, apparently in his Australia start, but Sunday he is scheduled to face hitters in a simulated game. “That's good news, that he's going in the right direction,” Manager Don Mattingly said.
August 31, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
The crew members of the shuttle Discovery fought off a make-believe engine failure and other deliberate malfunctions Tuesday in their final flight simulation before the launch of the first post-Challenger mission. Commander Frederick H. Hauck, co-pilot Richard O. Covey and mission specialists John M. Lounge, George D. Nelson and David C. Hilmers "blasted off" in the Johnson Space Center's shuttle simulator about an hour late because of technical problems, NASA officials said.
April 2, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - A British submarine joined the search Wednesday for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet as Malaysian police said their investigation of the 227 passengers found no personal or psychological problems or motivation to hijack or sabotage the aircraft. Authorities are continuing to investigate the pilot, copilot and 10 other crew members for clues to how and why Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished March 8 en route to Beijing, police Inspector-General Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar told Bernama, the Malaysian state news agency.
August 24, 1989 | From United Press International
NASA technicians simulated a launching pad fire and explosion Wednesday of the shuttle Atlantis and its nuclear-powered payload, the $1.4-billion Galileo Jupiter probe, in a critical test of emergency procedures. According to the disaster scenario, Atlantis' astronauts escaped but the shuttle and its cargo were lost in a conflagration that released a small amount of radiation, NASA spokesman George Diller said.
July 4, 1996 | From Times staff and wire reports
Scientists are reporting what one expert calls the clearest evidence yet that humans may be contributing to global warming and other changes in climate. In a study in the July 4 issue of Nature, British researchers used computer simulations to investigate the effects of buildup in carbon dioxide, production of tiny particles from the burning of coal and oil and depletion of high-altitude ozone by man-made chemicals.
The Oxnard Harbor District's Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to pay half the cost of entering the Port of Hueneme's dimensions into an animated computer ship simulator to help ensure safer berthing of large and unusually shaped ships. The $12,000 fee to have the harbor's measurements fed into the computer, operated by a Florida-based maritime union, will allow ship pilots to gather information before entering the port and help them determine how best to navigate the channel.
May 8, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Groaning and trembling slightly, a three-floor, 400-ton concrete structure was playing its part Wednesday in an earthquake simulation project meant to help prepare California for the Big One. In an obscure area east of Interstate 15, investigators at the UC San Diego Camp Elliott Structural Research Center are testing the strength and flexibility of precast concrete. The goal of the $2.
March 3, 1992
A joint venture of Perceptronics Inc. and a company called FAAC won a $220,000 order to supply North American Van Lines with a truck simulator that the moving company will use to train and test its drivers. Although the dollar amount of the order is not large, the sale signals Perceptronics' effort to transfer its military technology to commercial accounts.
March 24, 1992 | DALLAS M. JACKSON and Source: McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Co.
Where: Underwater Test Facility, McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Co. in Huntington Beach. Dimensions: 35 feet deep, 70 feet in diameter. Holds 1 million gallons of fresh water. Built in 1980. What: Underwater testing is the closest thing on Earth to the zero gravity of space. For example, in tests related to the U.S. space station project, subjects performed tasks wearing replicas of space suits to study the length of time required for construction and maintenance chores.
March 26, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - FBI Director James B. Comey said Wednesday that technical experts at the bureau's laboratory in Quantico, Va., “very shortly” will be able to retrieve computer files that were deleted from a home flight simulator by the pilot of the missing Malaysian airliner. “I get briefed on it every morning,” Comey told a House subcommittee on appropriations, suggesting that the deleted files may provide new clues to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's disappearance March 8. “We have teams working on it around the clock.
March 19, 2014 | By Don Lee
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Investigators have found that some data were deleted from the flight simulator taken from the home of the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, adding to the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the Boeing 777. Malaysian officials said Wednesday that experts were working to recover the deleted data log in the homemade simulator that was fashioned by Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah. Authorities did not describe the significance of deleting the data, and experts said it may not reflect anything unusual.
January 13, 2014 | Sandy Banks
The mother had lost her children to foster care after injuring them in a drunk driving crash. Now her kids were back at home and a social worker was sitting at her kitchen table, trying to figure out if they would be safe with her. Mom was disheveled, dodging questions and stumbling when she walked. Her overbearing boyfriend showed up unexpectedly and hijacked the conversation, butting in whenever the social worker tried to talk. The social worker finally threw up her hands and walked off. Another took her place, then another and another....
December 20, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Sure, Anthony Cools is a hypnotist, but this slick pompadour-sporting showman won't help you quit smoking. He drives a Lamborghini and dresses in form-fitting suits with a bow tie, skull ring and pointy-toed, black-and-white Giorgio Brutini wingtips. Under his calculated spell, in fact, you might even start chain-smoking, or engage in other nefarious activities you wouldn't be caught dead doing in your right mind. Maybe you'll move your bra outside your blouse, dirty-flirt with a stranger, or act in a porno casting call - with a chair.
August 28, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
The biggest obstacle to making Alfonso Cuarón's space epic "Gravity" was the natural phenomenon itself. The Mexican director, along with his longtime cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, visual effects supervisor Tim Webber and a crew that numbered in the hundreds, spent four years conquering the forces of gravity in the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney drama due out Oct. 4. The film stars Bullock as an engineer with little space experience who...
August 16, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
PHILADELPHIA - Fear the Beard is about to give way to Welcome the Whiskers for the Dodgers, who could activate prodigiously coiffed reliever Brian Wilson as early as Sunday. Wilson hasn't pitched in the majors since undergoing Tommy John surgery 16 months ago. But he faced five hitters in a simulated game Friday at Citizens Bank Park, and Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said that was the last obstacle the right-hander, a three-time All-Star with the San Francisco Giants, would have to clear before being added to the Dodgers roster.
May 18, 1992
A plume of yellow smoke simulating a toxic gas cloud will rise over the city at rush hour Tuesday morning as the Orange County Fire Department and several other agencies practice emergency response procedures. The threatening-looking plume, which will be released about 8:30 a.m. from the Irvine Ranch Water District, will most likely be visible to residents of southern Irvine and commuters on the San Diego Freeway, said Orange County Fire Department Capt. Dan Young.
June 30, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A strip club where two dancers performed simulated oral sex with dollar bills violated state liquor regulations barring lewd acts, Missouri's Supreme Court ruled in Jefferson City, Mo. The seven-member court unanimously rejected arguments that the meaning of simulated "oral copulation" in the regulation is too vague. The court said the term is commonly understood to mean oral sex.
May 14, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Even though its ubiquitous Internet search engine practically mints money, Google Inc. was widely seen as a company whose best days were behind it. It was written off as the next Microsoft Corp. - a staid high-tech giant in the shadows of Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. that had lost its sense of urgency and innovative edge. But that sentiment has shifted dramatically over the last year, and when Google swings open the doors to its annual conference for software developers Wednesday, it won't just be showcasing its latest products.
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