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April 25, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The website George Zimmerman created to raise funds for his defense against charges in the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin  was shut down this week, Zimmerman's attorney said Wednesday. The site started up this month to raise funds for the defense of Zimmerman, who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of Martin, an African American. Zimmerman, the son of a Latina, has apologized for killing Martin, 17, saying he acted in self-defense when their paths crossed on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla. When he first established the site, Zimmerman, 28, said he linked it to PayPal in order to raise funds for his defense.
April 24, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Maeve Reston
DURHAM, Ore. - Oregon officials will vote Friday on whether to become the first state to scrap its troubled insurance exchange and switch to the federal system, after spending an estimated $248 million on an ambitious exchange that failed in spectacular fashion. Not a single insurance seeker was able to enroll online in a private plan under the Affordable Care Act in this high-tech state, which has long prided itself on healthcare innovation and whose governor is a former emergency room doctor.
November 6, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- The votes of traders in political futures have been pouring in for months, and they say President Obama lands a second term in Tuesday's election. The chances that Obama is reelected stood at about 71% on Tuesday morning on Intrade , near a one-month high and up about 3% for the day in early trading. The chances that Republican Mitt Romney wins the presidency were about 29%, close to a low for the past month and down about 4%. Most people buying political futures on the site also apparently believe that Republicans will retain control of the House and Democrats will hold on to their majority in the Senate.
April 23, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
One of the most desirable pieces of real estate in the country - the site of a former department store in Beverly Hills - is on the market again. Unlike other commercial properties across Southern California that have seen major long-stalled developments finally get underway in the last few years, this one has been a struggle. Once home to an upscale Robinsons-May store, the property has seen multiple owners who have so far been unable to bring a condominium complex designed by a famous architect to life.
February 26, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Alaska researchers have found the cremated remains of a 3-year-old child whose parents were among the first immigrants to North America, crossing over the then-existing land bridge from Asia to the New World through the region known as Beringia. The 11,500-year-old remains were found buried on the banks of the Tanana River in the hearth of what appears to be a summer home for the early Beringians, the earliest known habitation for these first American settlers. Archaeologists already know quite a bit about these early people based on sites where the groups gathered briefly to hunt, skin and consume large game, said archaeologist Frank E. "Ted" Goebel of the Center for the Study of the First Americans at Texas A&M University, who was not involved in the current research.
November 6, 2010 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
The owners of the Sunset Strip building that was home to a famed Tower Records store have signed a boutique New York gym operator as the first tenant for a three-story building they intend to erect in its place. David Barton Gym will be the anchor tenant of the planned building at 8801 W. Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood. Chicago developer Sol Barket still needs city approval for the proposal to demolish the empty record store and rebuild on the site. The developer hopes to begin work on the new retail and office building next spring, said gym operator David Barton.
September 26, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Thanks to the NFL's ongoing labor dispute and its use of replacement referees, officiating has been horrible, so it was only a matter of time before fans' frustrations vented in unique ways on the Web, the latest being its own version of life with substitutes: the Replacement Google . The site jokingly claims to be sponsored by the NFL, and just as critics say of the league's replacement officials, it does a poor job imitating what the real...
April 18, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Venture capitalists, shmenture capitalists. That is not what Eric Migicovsky said to himself when he went out to get funding for a new smartwatch he and his team developed called Pebble. Migicovsky, who had some critical success with a Blackberry-compatible smartwatch called the inPulse, was hoping to fund his next venture the traditional Silicon Valley way -- through angels and venture capitalists. The new smartwatch would be compatible with the Android and iPhone, linking to the smartphone via Blue Tooth and would also have an e-paper screen that could easily be read in sunlight, as well as the ability to show emails, tell you who is calling on your phone, and serve as a bike computer for avid cyclists.
December 5, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Alicia Keys is unlocking her archives through a new interactive website. The site, AK Vault , is fully curated by Keys from the “big steel fortress at my studio that holds my secret treasure-trove where everything unreleased resides.” From there Keys promises to share a wealth of material including live performances, videos, diary entries and music. AK Vault allows fans to explore the material by album or by clicking on animated icons for photos, music, videos, etc. Some material is still locked - there isn't access to 2009's “The Element of Freedom" or her most recent album, “Girl on Fire,” as of yet - but the singer has stocked the site with a few goodies.
October 28, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - A simple, ancient ritual is threatening the delicate security balance atop Jerusalem's most sacred plaza: Jews are praying. On most days, dozens - sometimes hundreds - of Jewish worshipers ascend to the disputed 36-acre platform that Muslims venerate as Al Aqsa mosque and Jews revere as the Temple Mount with an Israeli police escort to protect them and a Muslim security guard to monitor their movements. Then, they recite a quick prayer, sometimes quietly to themselves, other times out loud.
April 21, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The 1,000 most popular websites in the world are now safe from the Heartbleed vulnerability, but 2% of the top 1 million websites remain unsecure, a security firm recently said. Cyber security firm Sucuri Inc. said it scanned the top websites as ranked by Alexa Internet, a company that collects Web traffic data, to test how many of them remain vulnerable to Heartbleed, a bug that was recently discovered. Heartbleed is a hole in OpenSSL, a security software used by most websites, that gives hackers an entryway to steal sensitive user data, including passwords.
April 21, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
You'd think giving away books would be an easy thing to do, but Melissa Eggerling tries to put a lot of creativity and a bit of theater into the act. On Wednesday, Eggerling will be one of 800 Southern Californians participating as "givers" in World Book Night, a program designed to distribute free books to people who might not read them otherwise. Last year Eggerling and her two young sons took boxes filled with the novel "Fahrenheit 451" and distributed them from a Los Angeles city fire truck in Eagle Rock.
April 21, 2014 | By Richard Simon
Thousands of bills are introduced in a congressional session, but only a fraction become law. Even without that success, they call attention to their causes - or their sponsors. Here are a few of the eclectic measures awaiting action in Congress. Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act: Would establish the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park on the moon. Argument for: "In 1969, led by the late Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong, American ingenuity changed history as humanity took a giant leap forward on the surface of the moon," said Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.)
April 21, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Workers excavating the site of a $100-million Chinatown development have discovered a 100-foot section of Los Angeles' first municipal water system, an ancient maze of brick and wooden pipes and conduits that once fed the city. The 4-foot-diameter brick pipe that was found beneath what once was Little Joe's restaurant is part of the so-called Mother Ditch, or Zanja Madre, that carried water from the Los Angeles River to the young city, its channels twisting and bending along a 90-mile network.
April 18, 2014 | By Michele Bigley
MAKAWAO, Maui - "Don't ask for anything while you are in this canyon," Sydney Smith, my guide and a longtime Hawaii resident, said as we balanced precariously on rocks, descending deep into Maliko Gulch. "A film crew was once here, set up a tripod, lights, models and was just about to take photos, when the photographer said, 'Now we just need some wind.' A powerful gust came whooshing through the valley, knocking down the tripods and light reflectors. And then like that" - she snapped her fingers - "the wind vanished.
April 16, 2014 | Laura J. Nelson
Transportation officials have shelved plans for a second entrance to a downtown subway station across from L.A. police headquarters and the Los Angeles Times because the newspaper's parent company says it may develop the site, according to Metro documents published Tuesday. The Tribune Co. property, a parking lot in downtown L.A.'s Historic Core, is the site of a future station along a $1.4-billion subway aimed at closing one of the most frustrating gaps in Los Angeles County's growing rail network.
July 30, 2012 | By Alexandra Zavis, Ashley Powers and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
AURORA, Colo. - As a shattered community mourns its dead and struggles to move on, a thorny question faces the people of Aurora: What should be done with the site of one of the worst mass shootings in the nation's history? For some, the pain is too raw, and they want the Century 16 movie theater razed. Others say that tearing down the building would be a victory for the shooter who opened fire at a packed screening. There is no easy answer. When mass killings occur in public spaces - Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson - communities must balance honoring the dead with the business of carrying on with life.
December 4, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- A website run by California Assembly Republicans has come under fire this week, with critics alleging it misleads visitors about the Affordable Care Act and one Democratic congresswoman calling for it to be taken down. The Assembly GOP Caucus says the website,, is meant to be a resource for Californians looking for more information on the new healthcare law and insurance exchange. But Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik noted on Monday , the site mostly featured negative stories on Obamacare and a calculator of penalties that a person would pay for not buying insurance.
April 15, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
INDEPENDENCE, Calif. - One by one, a parade of Owens Valley residents rose at a public hearing Tuesday to assail the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's plan to meet its renewable energy goals by covering 2 square miles of high desert with 1 million solar panels. "We believe in economic development - but this is not the kind we want," Jane McDonald, who helps run a farmer's market, said at the DWP's first public presentation of the project during an Inyo County Board of Supervisors hearing.
April 14, 2014 | Neela Banerjee, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Drilling operations at several natural gas wells in southwestern Pennsylvania released methane into the atmosphere at rates that were 100 to 1,000 times greater than federal regulators had estimated, new research shows. Using a plane that was specially equipped to measure greenhouse gas emissions in the air, scientists found that drilling activities at seven well pads in the booming Marcellus shale formation emitted 34 grams of methane per second, on average. The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that such drilling releases between 0.04 grams and 0.30 grams of methane per second.
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