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October 22, 2010 | By Devorah Lauter, Los Angeles Times
The French Senate passed a hotly contested pension revision Friday night, providing a victory for President Nicolas Sarkozy and setting the stage for expected final passage by both houses of Parliament next week. Sarkozy's major policy initiative, which would push back the minimum legal retirement age from 60 to 62, passed by a vote of 177 to 153 with the backing of the conservative majority and some centrists. Friday's vote was accelerated by a government anxious to put a lid on weeks of strikes and sometimes-violent protests against the change in pension rules.
April 26, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
In their largest demonstration yet, truck drivers who haul cargo in and out of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will go on a limited strike Monday to protest what they contend are widespread workplace violations. The truck drivers, from some of the region's largest trucking companies, have accused the companies of illegally misclassifying them as independent contractors instead of as employees. That misclassification results in lower wages and denies them protections that employees get under state and federal labor laws, they contend.
October 4, 2012 | By Jennifer Gibson
Last week, Stanford University and New York University released a major study about the use of drones in the ever-evolving but never-ending war on terror. Unfortunately, many commentators missed the report's key message: Drones are terrorizing an entire civilian population. I was one of the researchers for the study, and spent weeks in Pakistan interviewing more than 60 people from North Waziristan. Many were survivors of strikes. Others had lost loved ones and family members. All of them live under the constant threat of annihilation.
April 25, 2014 | By James Barragan
One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. Down batters went as Clayton Kershaw pitched for the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Friday night as part of his effort to return from a back injury that put him on the disabled list for the first time in his career. The Dodgers pitcher said after his appearance that he "felt good, felt healthy" and that he was "ready to go. " His only hiccup came in the fifth inning - the final one he pitched - when he gave up a solo home run to the first batter he faced, Carlos Perdomo of the Lancaster Jethawks.
November 20, 2012 | By Andres D'Alessandro and Chris Kraul
BUENOS AIRES -- Strikes called by two Argentine unions pressing for reduced taxes and better social benefits paralyzed Buenos Aires and much of the country, the latest signs of an upswell in opposition to President Cristina Fernandez and her policies.   Truck drivers, garbage collectors, train conductors and airport employees observed the strike called by the General Workers Confederation and Argentinian Workers Central -- unions that combined have about 500,000 members.   An estimated 2,000 trucks blocked bridges and arterial roads in Buenos Aires as well as those leading to provincial capitals, bringing commerce to a halt.
June 28, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Getting stuck by lightning might seem like one of the ultimate random acts of natural violence. But perhaps it's less random than you think; men tend to get shocked more often than women. That's according to, reports the Sun-Sentinel , which says 82% of the 648 people killed in the U.S. between 1995 and 2008 were male. This unequal relationship goes back a long way. According to a 1999 paper that looked at lightning-caused damages since 1959, men accounted for 84% of lightning deaths and 82% of injuries.
August 7, 2013 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported Wednesday evening 16 miles from Pine Valley, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:15 p.m. at a depth of 3.1 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 29 miles from Alpine, Calif., 30 miles from Tecate, Mexico, 31 miles from San Diego Country Estates, Calif. and 244 miles from Phoenix. In the last 10 days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby. Read more about Southern California earthquakes .
March 31, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Five airline pilots reported that their planes were struck by lightning as rain fell in the Bay Area, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday night. The strikes were reported around San Francisco International Airport during a roughly half-hour period that began at 12:15 p.m. Monday, said Ian Gregor, FAA spokesman in Los Angeles. None of the pilots reported damage or requested special assistance, he said. The planes were from Alaska, Horizon, United and United Arab Emirates airlines, the agency said.
September 4, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK -- If the U.S. strikes Syria, any resulting stock selloff will likely be short-lived, according to a recent analysis of previous market shocks. The broad Standard & Poor's 500 index fell a median 2.4% in initial trading after major world events over the last 70 years, bottomed after six days and took a median two weeks to recoup losses, according to a research note this week by Sam Stovall, chief equity strategist at S&P Capital IQ. Stovall's note highlighted 14 events ranging from the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941 to the Madrid bombings in 2004 to the Japanese tsunami of 2011.
September 18, 2009 | Associated Press
Cole Hamels took a perfect game into the sixth inning, masterfully using his changeup while matching a season high with 10 strikeouts and leading the Phillies to a 4-2 win over the Nationals on Thursday. Hamels (10-9) gave up one run and five hits in eight innings. He even chipped in with an opposite-field RBI single to help the NL East-leading Phillies win their fifth straight game. Brad Lidge got his 30th save in 40 chances. -- associated press
April 25, 2014 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 3.3 earthquake was reported Friday afternoon 24 miles from Twentynine Palms, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 12:26 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 1.9 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 35 miles from Coachella, Calif., 36 miles from Indio, Calif., and 42 miles from La Quinta, Calif. In the past 10 days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.
April 24, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
The documentary "Cesar's Last Fast" covers much the same ground as the dramatized "Cesar Chavez" released last month. Both center on the labor leader who in the 1960s helped to form the United Farm Workers union, organize the California grape workers' strike and foment a nationwide boycott of table grapes. Although "Cesar's Last Fast" extends the coverage by two decades, the same criticisms lodged against "Cesar Chavez" are applicable here: Richard Ray Perez's documentary concerns the myth more than the man. Perez has made a commendable effort rounding up archival footage, photographs and interviewees.
April 21, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - Prompted in part by a recent video that showed Al Qaeda leaders in Yemen openly taunting the United States, the CIA launched lethal drone strikes over the last three days that marked a sharp acceleration of the Obama administration's shadow war against the terrorist group. Yemeni officials, who said their counter-terrorism forces carried out ground raids in conjunction with the drone strikes, said about 55 militants, including some foreigners, and at least three civilians were killed.
April 20, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
KEY MOMENT: The Dodgers had a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning, with a man on third base and first base open. The Diamondbacks intentionally walked the left-handed Adrian Gonzalez, so right-hander Josh Collmenter could face the right-handed Yasiel Puig. "I think you have to," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said, "with the way Adrian's been swinging, and with what he did to them last week in Arizona. " Puig hit a three-run home run, estimated at 422 feet. AT THE PLATE: Gonzalez doubled, extending his hitting streak to 15 games.
April 19, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Tigers 5, Angels 2 KEY MOMENT: With runners on second and third and two outs in the top of the fourth inning, right-hander Max Scherzer struck out Erick Aybar swinging to end the inning and preserve a 3-1 lead. A hit by the Angels shortstop in that situation would have tied and changed the complexion of the game. BOX SCORE: Tigers 5, Angels 2 AT THE PLATE: The Angels managed only four hits, but two were home runs, a shot to right field by J.B. Shuck to lead off the game and a ninth-inning shot to left field that gave Albert Pujols 498. The Angels lead the major leagues with 29 home runs.
April 19, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT -- Saturday was not a good day for the Angels, who got a leadoff home run from J.B. Shuck and nothing else against Detroit co-ace Max Scherzer in a 5-2 loss that ended their improbable winning streak over the Tigers at 10 games dating to September 2012. It was not a good day for Angels center fielder Mike Trout, 22, who made history of a different sort with the first four-strikeout game of his career, three against Scherzer and one against closer Joe Nathan. It was not a very good day for the umpires, who missed two calls on the bases.
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