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March 17, 2014 | By Anne Colby
There's nothing quite like an early-morning jolt to bring home the need for an up-to-date earthquake survival kit. This morning's magnitude 4.4 earthquake was a good reminder for Southern Californians that they need to be prepared. What should you have in your earthquake emergency kit? The essentials include a flashlight, a portable radio and a first-aid kit. And of course you need instant, dry and canned food (and a can opener) and plenty of water. And don't forget blankets, extra clothing and sturdy shoes, as well as personal hygiene items.
March 13, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The 22-year-old driver of a speeding Jeep that went off Interstate 8 and down a steep embankment was killed but a passenger and baby survived, the CHP said Thursday. The woman was driving a Jeep at a "high rate of speed" Wednesday night in the Alpine area of eastern San Diego County when it swerved to avoid a slower-moving vehicle. She lost control of the Jeep as it went off the freeway and down about 150 feet of steep embankment, the California Highway Patrol said.
March 11, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Informed that Dodgers reliever Jose Dominguez was clocked at 103 mph last year, Kansas City Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki considered himself fortunate. A fifth-inning fastball by Dominguez that struck Aoki on his right leg Tuesday traveled at only 97 mph. “So he was slow today,” Aoki said in Japanese. “I'm glad.” Aoki laughed as he recalled standing in right field as he watched Dominguez warm up in the bullpen. “He looked like he had bad control,” Aoki said.
March 11, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
If an ice age is coming and you are a lichen in Antarctica, you better hope you live near a volcano. A new study suggests organisms native to the South Pole survived ice ages by huddling in pockets of warmth created by the heat of underground volcanoes. "These slightly warmer areas would have kept some parts of the continent ice free and let organisms survive on that land," said Peter Convey of the British Antarctic Survey. "Then, when the ice receded, the plants and animals spread out from that refuge to occupy other places.
March 8, 2014 | By Paresh Dave, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
The wing of a small plane flying a few feet off the ground clipped the strings of a parachute Saturday in Florida, flinging the skydiver into the air and slamming the plane nose-first into grass. Both pilot and skydiver survived. In fact, neither the pilot nor the skydiver suffered serious injuries, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said. The pilot, 87-year-old Sharon Trembley, had been practicing landings and take-offs with his private Cessna at South Lakeland Airport near Tampa.
March 7, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
A passenger who was on the Metro Red Line train that passed over a blind man moments after he fell off a platform Thursday described having a "sick feeling" as riders realized what had happened. The man --  an unidentified 47-year-old Los Angeles resident who survived the incident mostly unharmed -- had been using a cane to feel his way toward the edge of Metro's Wilshire/Vermont subway platform when he went too far and tumbled over. When the eastbound Red Line train slowed to a stop, the man was trapped underneath, said  Paul Gonzales, a spokesman for the  Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
March 7, 2014 | By Jasmine Elist
When Lilibet Snellings moved to Los Angeles at age 22, she quickly became a "slash": a writer/editor/actress/model/waitress/Box Girl. One night every week, Snellings would go to the Standard Hotel in West Hollywood, put on a pair of white boy shorts and a matching tank top and crawl into a large glass box in the hotel lobby. While in the box, she could do whatever she wanted - write, check e-mails, read, listen to music - as long as she ignored the hotel guests who would curiously point at the human art installation in front of them.
March 6, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
This post has been updated A blind man who fell off the edge of a subway platform Thursday afternoon and into the path of an oncoming Metro train survived the accident mostly unharmed, officials said. "It really is a miracle," Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokeman Paul Gonzales told The Times. "It's something you only see on TV. " The man, an unidentified 47-year-old Los Angeles resident, had been using a cane to feel his way toward the edge of Metro's Wilshire/Vermont subway platform, Gonzales said.  The operator of the incoming Red Line train saw the man and honked to warn him that he was about to reach the edge of the platform, but it was too late: The man fell and tumbled into the track bed as the train approached.
March 4, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
With Stanley Johnson experiencing a rare off game, unbeaten Santa Ana Mater Dei High turned to 6-foot-10 sophomore M.J. Cage, who delivered 24 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks to help the Monarchs defeat Riverside North, 62-49, in a Southern Section Open Division semifinal boys' basketball game Tuesday night. If North (26-3) can take any solace, it's that the Huskies gave the Monarchs (30-0) a real scare, putting together a 15-0 run to take a 31-29 lead midway through the third quarter on a three-pointer by Dikymbe Martin.
February 27, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA's two best players couldn't play. The Bruins' top two scorers couldn't take shots. Their best rebounder wasn't around to rebound. Their best defender wasn't there to defend. Oddly it didn't seem to matter that guards Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson were suspended hours for Thursday's Pac-12 Conference game against Oregon. Sure the Bruins were handed the expected loss. But the Ducks had to extend themselves to the limit before taking an 87-83 victory in double overtime at Pauley Pavilion.
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