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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2014 | By Cindy Chang, Laura J. Nelson and Jean Merl
The storms that slammed Southern California dumped much needed rain, but experts said they did little to ease the drought conditions. "This is no drought-buster, but it's a nice, fat down payment" in the water bank, said Bill Patzert, a climatologist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. Patzert said the latest storm, the largest since December 2010, helped put an end to an unusually long wildfire season and to ease the three-year drought conditions plaguing the state.
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BUSINESS
April 1, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
For more than 15 years, a $518-million military weather satellite sat in a clean room at Lockheed Martin Corp.'s facility in Sunnyvale waiting for the day it would be launched into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base. On Thursday morning, the spacecraft is finally set to be blasted into space atop Atlas V rocket. It will be the latest satellite launched in support of the military's long-running Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, a satellite system initiated in 1962.
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NEWS
July 6, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times staff writer
NOAA's Climate Prediction Center says there's a 70% chance this hurricane season of nine to 15 named storms (with top winds of 39 mph or higher), of which four to eight will strengthen to a hurricane. That would make the number of storms for the season, which runs the last half of the year, about average. ... Hundreds of striking Air India  pilots have ended a 58-day strike following a court order for them to return to work. About one-third of the airline's 1,500 pilots were on strike over unpaid salaries and training issues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
Officials announced Tuesday that they are temporarily waiving an endangered species protection to enable water managers to send more Northern California water south. The move comes as fishery agencies are under increasing political pressure to take advantage of late winter storms and ramp up pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the center of the state's water distribution system. Mark Cowin, director of the state Department of Water Resources, said the rule suspension would remain in effect for the next week or two and would increase delta exports by as much as 10,000 acre-feet a day. An acre-foot is equivalent to a year's water supply for two households.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2011
Home Depot says spending on home projects and storm-related repairs helped boost its third-quarter net income 12 percent. Home-improvement retailers are facing cautious consumer spending and a weak housing market. Atlanta-based Home Depot Inc.'s smaller rival Lowe's Cos. reported Monday its third-quarter net income fell 44 percent on restructuring costs. But Home Depot fared better. Its results beat expectations and the company raised its 2011 earnings outlook. The No. 1 U.S. home-improvement retailer says net income rose 12 percent to $934 million, or 60 cents per share.
NEWS
August 26, 2011 | Times staff reports
Looking for a quick, clear look at where Hurricane Irene is heading? Check Storm Pulse . Meanwhile, here are the latest links to travel advisories from various businesses: Delta flight updates . United flight updates . Southwest travel center . JetBlue travel alerts . American Airlines travel alerts . Cruise news . Amtrak storm updates . Greyhound cancellations ...
NATIONAL
October 31, 2012 | By Cindy Carcamo
Children in New Jersey will have to wait for Halloween this year after Gov. Chris Christie signed an executive order postponing trick-or-treating and other holiday celebrations across the state. Executive Order 105 will postpone Halloween activities until Nov. 5 because of the dangerous conditions left in the wake of super storm Sandy. “I've taken this action to minimize additional risks to lives and the public safety as we begin the process of rebuilding and recovering from Hurricane Sandy,” Christie announced in a written statement.
NEWS
August 28, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Forecasters are warning vacationers as far west as Houston to keep track of Hurricane Issac. The storm is expected to make landfall late Tuesday . . . . Flight cancellations due to the storm were well into the thousands by late Monday. Some airlines are giving passengers nearly a year to rebook while others are requiring passengers to be on planes as quickly as Friday. George Hobica of AirfareWatchdog.com  says the process should be standardized. “It's not the passengers' fault that a hurricane happened, ” he told the Associated Press . . . . The Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival starts Saturday and runs through through Labor Day. Go to www.TahoeFoodandWine.com . . . . Three days of fly-fishing classes,  beginners to advanced, will be offered at a fly-fishing fair at Mammoth Lakes , Sept.
NATIONAL
November 20, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Winds and fierce rains lashed parts of the Northwest, putting the region on alert for flooding on Tuesday, officials said. The storm, which began on Monday, cut power to about 50,000 people overall, though most had service restored within hours. At least one death was reported. According to the National Weather Service, flood warnings were issued for parts of the Skokomish River area in Mason County and the Satsop River in Grays Harbor County, both in the state of Washington.
NATIONAL
October 31, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
Super storm Sandy is over. It's time to consign to history books a storm that reached 900 miles wide, carried winds speeds of more than 90 mph, caused billions of dollars in damage and claimed at least 55 lives. "Thirty, 40, 50 years from now, people will be talking about Sandy," predicted meteorologist Eric Leister in an interview with The Times on Wednesday morning. There are a few infamous storms over the generations, he said, "For this generation, it's likely that Sandy will be that one that people will always be talking about.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2014 | By John Horn
NEW YORK - It was easy to get lost on Darren Aronofsky's ark. Inside a converted Brooklyn armory in late 2012, Aronofsky was shooting "Noah" on a massive vessel that matched the biblical dimensions of the boat, its rough beams lashed together and the hull sealed with pitch. In every corner of the three-story structure rested packs of ersatz animals - insects on one level, snakes and turtles in another corner and, around the bend, lions quite literally lying with lambs. "Animals are fragile.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
By 1991, Mike Kelley had emerged as a crucial artist in Los Angeles, at the head of a pack that had pushed into prominence in the previous decade. His riveting sculptures reassembled from ratty stuffed animals, crocheted dolls and other tattered children's playthings that he scavenged from thrift shops were also generating considerable critical attention far beyond the city. Then 36, Kelley was invited to participate in the Carnegie International exhibition in Pittsburgh, one of the oldest and most respected surveys of its kind.
SCIENCE
March 20, 2014 | By Amina Khan, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Phew! You may not have known it, but Earth barely missed the "perfect solar storm" that could have smashed into our magnetic field and wreaked havoc with our satellite systems, electronics and power systems, potentially causing trillions of dollars in damage, according to data from NASA's STEREO-A spacecraft. On July 22, 2012, STEREO-A spotted what looked like an enormous solar eruption sending out a coronal mass ejection at blazing top speeds of roughly 1,800 miles per second - the fastest ever recorded by the spacecraft.
SPORTS
March 15, 2014 | Chris Foster
A spot at the top of an NCAA regional bracket is widely assumed to be set aside for Arizona. The Wildcats need only answer when the phone rings Sunday. Yet, they are going out of their way to remove any conceivable doubt. A 63-43 burial of Colorado in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals Friday was another clear message to the selection committee. The MGM Grand Garden Arena was filled to the rafters with people taking a few days off from Tucson, and they were not disappointed. The Buffaloes put up a better fight than Utah, which Arizona routed by 32 on Thursday.
SPORTS
March 13, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
LAS VEGAS -- There's been a certain strain on the young faces of recent UCLA basketball teams during this time of year, a visible look of weariness and distraction, the open scars of a long season under a heavy hand. Call it Ben Howland's Sighs of March. All of which made it so startling to see the Bruins storming through Las Vegas early Thursday night hitting every 16, letting everything ride, going all in on every hand with swaggers and smiles. Welcome to Steve Alford's Wilds of March?
SPORTS
March 6, 2014 | By Steve Waters
DORAL, Fla. - It was only the first round Thursday, but the 68-player international field at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship got a taste of just how fearsome the new Blue Monster can be. The opening day at Trump National Doral had strong, shifting winds, rain, a storm delay, a tornado watch and a suspension of play because of darkness. As a result, there were plenty of birdies, but also plenty of bogeys, doubles and worse. Only two threesomes completed 18 holes.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2009 | Rachel Abramowitz
There's a photo on the back jacket of Norman Ollestad's memoir, "Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival," that could make a parent weep. In it, a man is surfing in the ocean. On his back in a canvas papoose is a baby, blond, happy, oblivious to the danger of a stray wave or sudden paternal miscalculation. The baby is Ollestad, and the man is his father, also named Norman, a one-time FBI agent turned lawyer who devoted himself to training his only son in extreme sports.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
The busiest travel day of the year collided with an ugly storm that swept up from the Southeast to the East Coast, drifting into the nation's busiest airspace. The results were 667 canceled flights and 6,435 flights delayed at least 15 minutes on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, according to the travel monitoring site Flightstats.com. By comparison, only 189 flights were canceled and 3,560 were delayed last year on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, according to Flightstats.com.
NATIONAL
March 6, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Snow, sleet and frozen rain damaged a year's worth of South Carolina's timber harvest last month, making it the most damaging storm in the region since 1989, officials reported. About 11% of the forestland was significantly affected by the pre-Valentine's Day storm, which left an inch of ice across half of the state. Though most of the $360 million in damage was considered “light” by the South Carolina Forestry Commission because some of it could be salvaged, the agency declared a disaster and called on timber companies Wednesday to save as much as they could.
NEWS
March 5, 2014 | By Chris Erskine
Arrrrgh! Last weekend's snow and heavy rains ravaged Big Bear's iconic Pirate Ship, which sank Friday night in heavy winds. The popular tourist attraction , a one-third scale replica of a 16 th century Spanish galleon, had been docked at Holloway's Marina. Owner Loren Hafen said the fully winterized vessel was last inspected about 4 p.m. Friday, and a marina employee discovered it submerged at 8 a.m. Saturday. Using scuba gear, Hafen inspected the hull Monday and found no holes or significant structural damage.
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