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January 13, 2014 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats on Monday called for a hearing into "regulatory gaps" highlighted by a chemical spill that has contaminated the water supply to 300,000 West Virginia residents. "As we begin to consider ideas to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, it is critically important that we understand how the law allowed a potentially harmful chemical to remain virtually untested for nearly 40 years," Reps. Henry A. Waxman of Beverly Hills, top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.)
January 10, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- With renewed growth in the state prison population undercutting efforts to reduce overcrowding, the Democratic leader of the state Senate is calling for fundamental changes to prison sentences and rehabilitation in California. State estimates produced in late December show another 3,700 inmates are expected this year, and 6,400 more over the next five years. That equals growth rates forecast before Gov. Jerry Brown launched a major shift sending low-level felons to county jails instead of state prisons.
January 9, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Forget the polar vortex and turn your eyes to the sky -- if you live in the right latitudes to catch the northern lights tonight. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say there's a 90% chance of a strong geomagnetic storm on Thursday that will cause skies in northern latitudes to light up in brilliant and beautiful shades of greens and reds.  The storm could be strong enough that the auroras will be visible as...
January 6, 2014 | Stephen Ceasar
The creator of the General Educational Development test, long the measure of high school equivalency for dropouts, has unveiled a revamped computer-only exam that has spurred competition from two other test providers letting students decide which format they prefer. The new version of the 71-year-old GED, which debuted last week, for the first time does away with pencil-to-paper test sheets. The exam is also meant to be more rigorous and places a greater focus on job readiness than high school equivalency.
January 4, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
  SAN ANTONIO - In their first full game without the injured Chris Paul, the Clippers lost, 116-92, to the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night at the AT&T Center. It was a game in which the Clippers found out how tough life could be without Paul, who suffered a separated right shoulder Friday night in Dallas that will sideline him for three to five weeks. "Probably a good lesson for us. Without CP, you're not going to dance around with the ball and make things magical happen," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said.
December 30, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker issued an apology through the team Monday after a controversial photo of him surfaced over the weekend. In the picture, which is apparently several years old, Parker is seen posing with French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala, with both men making a gesture that is known in France as a "quenelle" and considered by many to be anti-Semitic. "While this gesture has been part of French culture for many years, it was not until recently that I learned of the very negative concerns associated with it," Parker wrote . "When l was photographed making that gesture three years ago, I thought it was part of a comedy act and did not know that it could be in any way offensive or harmful.
December 23, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Malcolm Mency decided to walk home from work Sunday to save his girlfriend the mile-long drive to pick him up. "Don't, that's stupid," Labreonna Moore, 19, told him. "He said, 'I know. I love you, and I'll call you when I get home.'" Minutes passed and Mency never called. Then Moore's phone rang with news: "Malcolm got shot. " Mency - an 18-year-old black man - was probably shot by a Latino gang member who assumed he was a rival, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Howard Cooper.
December 23, 2013 | Times wire services
Cpl. Rudy Hernandez, a son of California migrant workers who fought in the Korean War and was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1952, died Saturday at Womack Army Medical Center in Fayetteville, N.C.. He was 82 and had been diagnosed recently with cancer and other ailments. Hernandez, a fixture at Fayetteville veterans events, was grand marshal of the city's Veterans Day Parade last month. In August, Fort Bragg's Warrior Transition Battalion Complex was rededicated in his name. It was just after 2 a.m. on May 31, 1951, when Cpl. Hernandez felt the warm trickle of blood from a shrapnel wound on his head.
December 19, 2013 | By Lee Romney, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday issued “urgent” safety recommendations to the Federal Transit Administration as part of its ongoing probe of the deaths of two Bay Area Rapid Transit track workers struck by a train in October. [For the record, 4:39 p.m. PST, Dec. 19, 2013: A previous version of this post incorrectly said the workers were struck last month.] Thursday's letter to FTA Administrator Peter M. Rogoff urges him to issue a directive to all rail transit agencies nationwide to require “redundant protection” for railway right-of-way workers.
December 17, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
When the game was over Monday night, after they had defeated one of the NBA's better teams in the San Antonio Spurs, the Clippers were trying not to put too much stock in the victory. Coach Doc Rivers said it's all about the next test. For the Clippers, the next test will be against the New Orleans Pelicans, on Wednesday night at Staples Center. Then it's the Denver Nuggets, on Saturday at Staples Center. And then the next game and the game after that. Basically, Rivers said, the test for the Clippers is ongoing.
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