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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
More than 70 law enforcement personnel were at a Hyatt Hotel in Thousand Oaks investigating reports of shots fired early Thursday morning. Ventura County sheriff's deputies responded around 2:30 a.m. to reports of a shooting inside the Hyatt Westlake Plaza in the 800 block of South Westlake Boulevard, officials said. Sheriff's Capt. Don Aguilar said there have been no reports of injuries and no arrests have been made. The hotel has not been locked down, but authorities set up a perimeter around the area limiting access.  Hotel guests, however, are free to leave, he added, and no roads have been closed.  “There appeared to be some information that a shooting occurred here, but we're still trying to confirm,” Aguilar said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Richard Winton, Kate Mather, Dan Weikel and Soumya Karlamangla
As the sea of luggage twists and turns down rollers from terminals at Los Angeles International Airport, the bags stop briefly at large platforms where workers separate them for flights across the world. It is there, police said, that a group of baggage handlers pulled off one of the largest property heists in airport history. For months, detectives said, workers rifled through bags looking for items to steal. “Basically everything of value -- be it electronics, jewelry and items -- that could be stolen in seconds would be removed from bags,” LAX Police Chief Pat Gannon said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2014 | By Scott Timberg
When telling a tale that includes centuries of endurance, moments of triumph, bursts of humor and sudden, unspeakable atrocities, what's the right tone with which to articulate it all? That's the trick historian Simon Schama had to figure out in his new documentary, "The Story of the Jews," which begins in the Middle Eastern desert about 3,000 years ago and tracks up to the more-or-less present. The program, in five hourlong parts, broadcasts on PBS on Tuesday and April 1. "I wanted to say, without putting on a ridiculous smiley face or making light of the tragic aspects, that there is a story to be told beyond one clearly framed by the assumption of catastrophe," the British historian said in Pasadena.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Starbucks Corp. will extend its post-4 p.m. Evenings menu, which includes alcohol, to thousands of stores nationwide. The program is already available at more than 25 locations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Portland and Atlanta, according to the company's website. At the four participating Southland Starbucks, the Evenings selection includes Parmesan-crusted chicken skewers with honey-dijon sauce, chocolate fondue with a dried fruit medley and madeleine cookies, beer and wine from Argentina, Italy and California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks in conjunction with Pershing Square will host a St. Patrick's Day celebration that will include a parade and concert. Organizers are expecting about 5,000 people to attend Monday's public event, which will also include food trucks and a beer garden. The event will begin with the launch of a parade at 5 th and Hill Streets, which will include L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge , the L.A. Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums band and 32 uniformed police officers from Berlin, Germany.
OPINION
March 14, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Until about three years ago, federal agents annually intercepted some 8,000 unaccompanied minors entering the United States illegally. By last year, the number had jumped to nearly 26,000. This year's projection: As many as 60,000 youngsters may attempt to cross into this country without parents or papers. This surge of under-age humanity presents two problems. First is understanding the forces propelling it, which experts say include narco-trafficking, Central American gang violence and abusive homes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
The chief executive of Orange County's toll road agency has agreed to resign after less than one year on the job. Neil Peterson, who was hired in May, was put on administrative leave in February after coming under fire for spending thousands of dollars without public scrutiny because of a provision that allowed him to approve certain contracts without board approval. Lisa Telles, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Corridor Agencies, declined to say why Peterson had decided to resign.
NATIONAL
March 10, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Ask a runner what sets the Boston Marathon apart, and he or she will tell you it's a people's race. You run with a herd through a series of towns around Boston and finish downtown to the cheers of a jubilant mob. But now, a year after two bombs killed three people and wounded scores more near the finish line on Boylston Street, one of the world's most famous marathons has become a 26.2-mile public-safety puzzle for officials hoping to prevent...
WORLD
March 7, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - Russians by the thousands held rallies Friday in support of annexing the Ukrainian region of Crimea, with state and municipal enterprises letting employees off work to take part. At least 5,000 people were brought by buses to Red Square in Moscow, where they waved Russian flags and held aloft similarly made posters praising President Vladimir Putin, some reading, “We are with Putin,” “We trust Putin” and “Crimea is Russian soil.” The speaker of the Ukrainian region's parliament told the rally outside the Kremlin that Crimeans had faith Russia would not abandon them.
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