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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Two Pacific storms were heading toward the Los Angeles area and could drop up to four inches of rain in mountain areas by the weekend, forecasters said Monday night. The storms could produce the most significant rain that the region has seen in nearly two years. The last time a widespread storm produced an inch or more of rain in the Los Angeles area was on March 25, 2012, according to the National Weather Service. "We're definitely going to get some rain, and it's looking like it's going to be over a widespread area," said Scott Sukup, a meteorologist with the weather service office in Oxnard.
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BUSINESS
February 20, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
If Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings were any indication, the economy could use some shaping up. The Bentonville, Ark., giant, the largest retailer in the world, said its profit for the three-month period ended Jan. 31, plunged 21% to $4.4 billion, or $1.36 a share, from $5.6 billion, or $1.67 a share, during the same period a year earlier. The company's earnings missed Wall Street's expectations of $1.59 a share. The chain's $128.8 billion in net sales, a 1.4% increase, also failed to hit forecasts of $129.9 billion.
WORLD
February 18, 2014 | By Victoria Butenko and Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine - The 3-month-old uprising against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich flared to a deadly crescendo Tuesday with antigovernment protesters setting fire to the ruling party headquarters and security forces storming their tent camp in what officials labeled "an anti-terror operation. " The Interior Ministry reported that at least nine people were killed: two police officers, an official of the ruling Party of Regions and six protesters. Opposition lawmaker Oleksandra Kuzhel said the death toll had grown to 15 after security forces moved against the encampment with stun grenades and water cannons.
NEWS
February 15, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
A storm warning has been issued for space, where a "cannibal" coronal mass ejection grabbed the attention of space-weather watchers. The sun -- at a peak of activity in the 11-year solar cycle -- hurled a pair of CMEs that reached Earth early Saturday morning, Pacific time. The ejections, as NASA's Alex Young says, "are a huge release of solar material, billions of tons, and magnetic field. "  Upon reaching Earth, they can wreak havoc with our power grid --  and, on the bright side, create gorgeous auroras.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2014 | By Richard Simon, Alana Semuels and Michael Muskal
WASHINGTON -- A full-blown nor'easter huffed and puffed its way through the mid-Atlantic region Thursday, shutting airports and government offices a day after the storm battered much of the Old South, leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity and many heeding warnings to stay home and avoid dangerous roads. Up to more than a foot of snow had fallen in parts of Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania and the storm was still packing plenty of power as it punched its way through the metropolitan New York area, heading toward New England.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2014 | By Don Lee and Tiffany Hsu
The winter economic blues continue. Retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.4% in January from December, the government said Thursday. That was the biggest drop in 18 months and the latest in a series of blah reports on the economy. Sales were “weaker than already low expectations” for flat results, the softness “punctuated by hefty downward revisions to December,” according to Credit Suisse. The bank's analysts said in a note to clients that “at first blush these data appear to be impacted by the frigid weather across the country” and that “February does not offer much hope for relief.” Volatile temperatures may prevent the industry from getting “a clean read on retail demand for quite some time,” according to Credit Suisse.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2014 | By David Horsey
With the American South locked in a deep freeze, you can be sure that plenty of the folks suffering through the snow and ice storms are interpreting the big chill as more proof that global warming is a hoax. “Warming?” they scoff. “How can the planet be warming when it's so darn cold?” People in other parts of the world seem to have no great difficulty understanding the science but, in the good old USA where quite a few people consider science just another political opinion, it is going to take a lot longer to get most people to accept the cold facts about a warmer world.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2014 | By Alana Semuels and Richard Simon
NEW YORK - The sixth storm of a long, exhausting winter paralyzed residents up and down the Eastern Seaboard on Thursday as millions struggled with nasty commutes, widespread power outages, government closures, canceled flights and icy messes. More than a foot of snow fell in areas of Connecticut, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey one day after the storm battered much of the South. In a winter that has crushed many snowfall records, the latest storm heaved more grief onto shoulders weary of the relentless cycle of digging out and preparing anew.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By David Zucchino
DURHAM, N.C. - A crippling winter storm had much of the Deep South caked in a dangerous armor of ice and snow Wednesday evening, leaving motorists trapped in snowy traffic gridlock, forcing thousands of flight cancellations and cutting power to hundreds of thousands. In North Carolina, sections of five major interstate highways were gridlocked, and motorists were abandoning their cars - scenes that appeared to repeat the traffic debacle that gripped Atlanta last week when thousands of cars were left on snow-slick roads.
NATIONAL
February 12, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Much of the South on Wednesday again awoke again to the nastiness of a winter storm, needle-like freezing rain, growing piles of snow and biting temperatures that turned roads into a deadly, slippery mess and cut off power to tens of thousands of people. The storm, which spread from Texas to the Carolinas, was described in near-apocalyptic terms by the National Weather Service, which in a morning memorandum labeled the weather “an event of historical proportions.” The service went on to use phrases such as “catastrophic … crippling … paralyzing” in describing the potential dangers.
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