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December 19, 1989 | AL MARTINEZ
It's like this in the City of Angels. A young couple are kidnaped from a drive-in movie. She's raped and murdered; he's beaten senseless. And it's like this in the City of Angels. A 15-year-old boy, looking for a haven in a video game store, is shot to death by two other kids, ages 14 and 16. And it's like this in the City of Angels. A girl, just 16, is gunned down at a birthday party by gang bangers looking for trouble. A guy with a knife goes crazy in a shopping mall.
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April 2, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Thousands of acres of Yosemite National Park that were closed to the public since last year's massive Rim fire have been reopened, park officials announced Wednesday. However, park officials cautioned visitors to the affected areas - which include Hetch Hetchy hiking trails and the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias - about potential risks such as "hazardous trees, uneven ground, potential rockfall, and down and dead debris on trails. " Fire restrictions also have been lifted, but could be put in place again later this year because of California's extreme drought conditions, the park statement said.
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July 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A wildfire grew to more than 54 square miles but firefighters, aided by light winds and retardant dropped from aircraft, made "outstanding progress" in keeping the blaze away from homes, authorities said. About two dozen people in Whiterocks, southeast of Salt Lake City, were allowed to return home as crews maintained fire lines near buildings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2014 | By Julie Cart
IVANPAH VALLEY, Calif. - The day begins early at the Ivanpah solar power plant. Long before the sun rises, computers aim five square miles of mirrors to reflect the first rays of dawn onto one of three 40-story towers rising above the desert floor. The 356,000 mirrors, each the size of a garage door, focus so much light on the towers that they pulsate with a blinding white light. At the top of each tower is an enormous boiler where the sun's energy heats water to more than 1,000 degrees, creating steam that spins electricity-generating turbines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1991
A countywide commission took the first step Wednesday toward allowing the city of Palmdale to annex 50 square miles of largely rural land, drawing groans from residents of the scenic Leona Valley, part of which is included in the tract. The county Local Agency Formation Commission voted unanimously to include the area in Palmdale's sphere of influence.
NATIONAL
February 2, 2003 | Lianne Hart and Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writers
The terrible rain of burned metal fell over horse pastures and frontyards, onto bank parking lots and sidewalks of small towns across East Texas and parts of Louisiana. Ordinary folks expecting an ordinary Saturday instead found themselves navigating a landscape specked with jagged emblems of loss from the disintegrated space shuttle. Katrina Self broke down after tripping across what appeared to be an electrical box lying beneath an oak in Pioneer Park.
NEWS
March 28, 1989 | TAMARA JONES, Times Staff Writer
Huge blobs of oil from the grounded Exxon Valdez hit shore for the first time Monday as howling winds stymied efforts to clean up the massive slick and rescue wildlife. Three days after the Long Beach-bound tanker ripped open in pristine Prince William Sound, hopes of burning or chemically dispersing the 250,000 barrels of spilled crude appeared to be literally gone with the wind. "There's no way I can keep oil from impacting more beach area," said Frank Iarossi, president of Exxon Shipping Co.
NEWS
October 7, 1994 | JOANNA M. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State and Ventura County officials announced Thursday that a six-month program of aerial spraying of malathion will begin Wednesday over 16 square miles in the eastern Camarillo area in an effort to wipe out the state's newest Medfly infestation. Helicopters will begin night spraying of a sticky combination of the pesticide and corn syrup over homes and fields in an area populated by 29,000 people within a two-mile radius of a field where the Medfly infestation was discovered a week ago.
NEWS
August 26, 1987 | JACK JONES, Times Staff Writer
About 22 square miles in the Maywood-Bell-Huntington Park area will be sprayed from the air with the pesticide malathion Thursday night in an effort to halt a growing Mediterranean fruit fly outbreak, Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner Paul Engler announced Tuesday. The spraying from two low-flying helicopters--expected to be a one-time-only event--is scheduled to begin about 9 p.m. and will take several hours.
NEWS
November 18, 1993 | ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three years after declaring Southern California cleansed of the crop-destroying Mediterranean fruit fly, state agricultural officials are facing a new and quickly expanding infestation that is threatening to become the largest in the region's history. With little public fanfare, 1,010 square miles in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties have been placed under a federal agricultural quarantine--just short of the 1,300 square miles of the massive infestation of 1989-90.
WORLD
January 27, 2014 | By Adriana Leon and Chris Kraul
LIMA, Peru -- A territorial dispute between Chile and Peru ended Monday with an international court awarding Peru a triangle of Pacific Ocean territory covering thousands of square miles rich in fishing and other natural resources. Peru filed the claim at the International Court of Justice in The Hague in 2008, alleging that marine boundaries had never formally been set by the two countries. Chile's position was that the line had been defined in agreements signed in 1952 and 1954, which Peru argued were strictly fishing accords.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The Rim fire continues to burn in and around Yosemite National Park, scorching more than 400 square miles, authorities said Monday. The state's third largest fire began Aug. 17 and was 84% contained. Authorities said they hope containment lines and natural barriers will prevent the fire from spreading much more. "It's creeping up into rock and natural barriers and so far it's holding well," said Sue Exline of the U.S. Forest Service. Authorities said structures were no longer threatened and fire crews will no longer work at night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The Rim fire near Yosemite was started by a hunter who lost control of his campfire, investigators from the U.S. Forest Service and the Tuolumne County district attorney's office said Thursday. The blaze, which erupted in the Stanislaus National Forest north of the Tuolumne River on Aug. 17, has burned 370 square miles of national forest and parkland and destroyed 111 buildings, including 11 homes and three businesses. The cost of fighting the fire reached $81 million Thursday. "It was intended as a campfire, then for whatever reason, if it was put out improperly or left unattended … it got out of control," said Forest Service spokesman Ray Mooney.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
The Rim fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park became the fourth-largest blaze in California history as it grew to 348 square miles Sunday, officials said.   The wildfire, which began Aug. 17, is 40% contained with more than 5,000 firefighters battling the flames, according to the U.S. Forest Service. A September 1932 fire in Ventura County that burned 343 square miles previously held the spot, Cal Fire said. San Diego's 427-square-mile Cedar fire in Oct. 2003, which destroyed more than 2,800 structures and killed 14, remains the largest wildfire in state history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
The Rim fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park became the fourth-largest blaze in California history as it grew to 348 square miles Sunday, officials said. More than 5,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, which began Aug. 17 and is 40% contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service. A September 1932 fire in Ventura County that burned 343 square miles previously held the fourth-place spot, Cal Fire said. San Diego's 427-square-mile Cedar fire, which destroyed more than 2,800 structures and killed 14 people in October 2003, remains the largest wildfire in state history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The Silver fire in Riverside County has burned 27 square miles over the last three days, but officials say firefighters are beginning to get the upper hand. The fire was about 40% contained according to the latest Cal Fire report Friday night. It has burned 18,000 acres, destroyed 26 homes and injured six people, including five firefighters in the dry, rugged hills south of Banning. Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday declared a state of emergency in Riverside County so that victims of the Silver fire can be eligible for federal disaster aid. Residents and RV campers have been cleared to return to most of the evacuated areas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2007 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
Firefighters finally declared victory over the Zaca fire Sunday. The blaze was declared fully contained at 6 p.m., two months after it was sparked by an allegedly reckless water pipe repair. The fire burned 375 square miles of wilderness in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties and injured 44 firefighters. The Zaca blaze, which consumed 240,207 acres in Los Padres National Forest, was the second-largest recorded wildfire in California history, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1990 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dan Watters has gotten used to the smell. At the end of the day it sticks to you: the stench of ashes, sodden wood, and sometimes death. For five years, Deputy Watters has been the only full-time investigator in the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Arson/Explosives Unit. With more than 2,100 square miles to cover, he has the biggest and perhaps the toughest arson beat in the county.
NATIONAL
June 13, 2013 | By Jenny Deam, Los Angeles Times
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Black Forest wildfire, still raging out of control, became deadly with the grim discovery Thursday of two people killed while apparently trying to flee their home. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said the victims were found about 2 p.m. in their garage with the car doors open, probably trying to load belongings when the fire engulfed them. They are thought to have died sometime after 5 p.m. Tuesday as their neighborhood in Black Forest was being evacuated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2013 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
It's a small swath of Los Angeles, near the city's heart, that hasn't received much attention from the mayoral candidates. But a Times analysis shows that a 2.8-square-mile, Mid-Wilshire neighborhood has had an unmatched record of picking mayors in both primary and runoff elections since 2001. And interviews suggest it could again be a bellwether of the concerns, apathy and ambivalence voters take to the polls Tuesday as they choose the city's new chief executive. Both Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti have supporters here, though most voters approached on a recent day voiced the sort of indifference that could keep turnout near record lows.
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