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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2013 | By Michael J. Mishak
In the absence of statewide regulations for hydraulic fracturing, Southern California air-quality officials have enacted their own reporting rules for the controversial extraction process driving the country's oil and gas boom. On Friday, the governing board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District adopted a rule that requires oil companies to notify the air agency 10 days to 24 hours before beginning drilling operations, including "fracking," which involves injecting large volumes of chemical-laced water and sand deep into the ground to break apart rock and release oil. That notice, including the location of the well, will then be posted on the agency's website . Under the new rule, companies are also required to disclose all the chemicals they use, a provision that sparked opposition from oil industry trade groups and Halliburton, one of the world's largest oil field service companies and a pioneer of hydraulic fracturing.
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NEWS
June 27, 2012 | Los Angeles Times staff
Just in time for your summer vacation, the Los Angeles Times unveils two new digital projects, each designed to help locals and visitors alike get the best of Southern California. “SoCal Close-ups: Your Vacation Guide,” an e-book for Kindle, Nook and iPad (via the iBookstore) by Christopher Reynolds, is available for $4.99 starting Wednesday (today). You can find details at www.latimes.com/bookstore . It includes about 40,000 words of expert advice on exploring, eating and sleeping in Los Angeles and Orange counties, all from Los Angeles Times writer Christopher Reynolds, who has sampled more than 300 hotels, museums, parks, piers, trails, restaurants, bars and shops.
HEALTH
July 13, 2013 | By Alene Dawson
If you are looking for a spiritual experience at a spa, think about what spirituality means to you. "Spirituality means different things to different people," says Susie Ellis, president of the marketing company SpaFinder Wellness. "Today a spa treatment or a getaway with a spiritual component is often centered on helping people cope with record levels of stress and achieve inner peace or balance. " Here are some spots in Southern California that offer spirituality-related treatments.
SCIENCE
June 14, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
Climate change is likely to wipe a lot of the white from those postcard winter scenes of Los Angeles ringed by snow-capped mountains, according to new research. A UCLA study released Friday projects a significant decline in snowfall on the ranges that provide a dramatic backdrop to urban Southern California. By mid-century, the amount of snow draping the mountains could decrease 30% to 40%, researchers say. If greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, the ranges could lose two-thirds of their snow by century's end. That means fewer and fewer days in coming decades will reflect the classic images of sun and snow that have idealized life in Southern California since 1920s citrus-crate labels beckoned to Easterners.
BUSINESS
October 13, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
Southern California's office market has moved ever so slightly in favor of landlords. In the just-finished third quarter of 2013, the overall vacancy rate fell a tiny bit, and average monthly rents ticked up a few cents. The slight upward shift was typical of the last several quarters. The region's office rental market stabilized after the recession, but has not picked up steam the way it did during previous economic recoveries. "This is uncharted territory," said research analyst Petra Durnin of property brokerage Cushman & Wakefield.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey were advising Southern California residents Monday evening about a hoax letter that is warning of an "impending large quake. " The letter with the agency's logo was apparently being sent to residents in Orange County, urging them to be prepared for a large quake. "California is issuing a statewide warning," the letter states. The agency advises residents to check the USGS website for the latest earthquake information. The letter comes in the wake of Friday's 5.1 magnitude temblor centered in La Habra.
SCIENCE
July 19, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
Two tiny crustaceans whose burrows in the sand were once familiar sights to beachgoers are on their way to being extirpated from Southern California, according to a new study. Scientists at UC Santa Barbara found that two species closely related to the roly poly have vanished from more than 60% of beaches from Point Conception to the U.S.-Mexico border, where they were recorded a century ago. “We were really surprised at how strong the pattern of loss is,” said Jenny Dugan, a biologist at the university's Marine Science Institute.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2013 | From Los Angeles Times Staff
Southern California will see hot conditions over the weekend, with temperatures surpassing 100 degrees in some inland valley areas. Temperatures will rise into the 80s in the Los Angeles Basin and the 90s in the San Fernando Valley. The National Weather Service said the Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys could top 100 degrees on Saturday. The hot conditions add to the challenges of firefighters battling the Powerhouse fire in the Angeles National Forest. Stronger winds are also expected in the fire zone.
NEWS
August 29, 2012 | By David Zahniser
No immediate damage was reported Wednesday after a magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck about two miles from Yorba Linda, authorities said. The quake, which hit at 1:31 p.m., was felt in Laguna Beach, Riverside and parts of Los Angeles, according to U.S. Geological Survey's " Did you feel it?" website. According to the USGS, the epicenter was five miles from Placentia, six miles from Chino Hills, eight miles from Anaheim and 29 miles from downtown Los Angeles. “It felt pretty big,” said Tawnya Villanueva, a stylist at the Jabez hair salon on Yorba Linda Boulevard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Two soldiers from Southern California have been killed in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Friday. Sgt. 1st-class Jeffrey Baker, 29, of Hesperia in San Bernardino County, and Spec. William Gilbert, 24, from Hacienda Heights, were killed Tuesday when their unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device in Sanjaray, Afghanistan. Gilbert enlisted in August 2010 and was on his first combat tour. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, from Fort Bliss, Texas.
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