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July 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Ticks delayed United Airlines Flight 1178 from Denver to Des Moines for nearly six hours Tuesday after a passenger informed a flight attendant that she had found a tick in economy class during a flight from Washington, D.C., to Denver. United decided not to fly the plane until it was cleaned, so passengers had to wait for another plane.
February 24, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
If you're an American chasing tickets for the World Cup beginning June 12, your time is running short, and you have to go through Brasilia and FIFA, not necessarily in that order. Brasilia is the Brazilian capital, where the government oversees handling of visa applications. In fact, Brazil has set up a separate visa category for World Cup visitors, presumably simplifying red tape that has sometimes complicated travel between the U.S. and Brazil. But to get one of those visas, you must first show that you have tickets to one of the competition's 64 matches in 12 cities.
July 20, 1995 | From Times staff and wire reports
Physicians have discovered a potentially fatal illness carried by ticks. The disease, called human granulocytic erlichosis or HGE, is characterized by high fever, headache and muscle pains. It is much less common than Lyme disease, which is also carried by ticks, but Lyme disease is rarely fatal. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 386 patients from Minnesota to Texas have contracted the disease since 1986, but the numbers could be far higher because surveillance is limited.
February 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A bomb squad called in to investigate a loud ticking sound emanating from a U.S. Postal Service mailbox in Westlake did not find any explosives Monday, instead finding a more obvious explanation -- a clock. Authorities were called just before 7 a.m. by a pedestrian who walked by the mailbox near the intersection of James M. Wood Boulevard and Blaine Street and heard a loud ticking noise, said Los Angeles Police Lt. Orlando Chandler. When a bomb squad responded to the mailbox to investigate, it "turned out to be an alarm clock," Chandler said.
April 10, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Canadian scientists said Monday that mating can make certain female ticks blow up to 100 times their virginal size. And it's the male ticks who are to blame for this weight gain, the researchers report in this week's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The males' seminal fluid contains an engorgement factor protein that acts as a signal to consume a large amount of blood.
April 4, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hikers and mountain-bikers countywide should beware of ticks carrying Rocky Mountain spotted fever after one was found in Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, authorities said Monday. The Pacific Coast tick, found in the South County park by a vector control inspector in January, was confirmed to have been carrying the disease by lab analysis last week. The tick-borne disease causes flu-like symptoms and, in rare cases, can be fatal, officials said.
April 20, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Fred Garza has been patrolling a piece of the Rio Grande for 16 years, usually riding solo on horseback, sometimes venturing to areas where his radio and cellphone have limited range. But Garza isn't looking for drug smugglers, human traffickers or illegal immigrants. He's looking for stray livestock that might be carrying a tick with a deadly disease into the United States. "If it doesn't have hooves, it's not our concern," Garza said. Garza is a veteran of the 61-member U.S.
February 19, 1998 | From Times Staff Reports
A tick found in the Topanga area has tested positive for the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, marking the first such finding in Southern California, according to a county disease transmission specialist. At a news conference this morning, officials from the West Vector Control District--which monitors animal-borne diseases--will discuss the discovery and the possible increased local threat of Lyme disease.
June 18, 2004 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
"The highest-rated original scripted series in the history of basic cable" -- a fairly specific superlative, but nothing to sneeze at -- "Monk" begins its third season tonight on the USA Network. (ABC, which declined the show when its corporate bedfellow Touchstone Television originally presented it to them, has aired "repurposed" episodes from the first two seasons, but its plans for the third are unknown.) It's a welcome return.
March 29, 2000
Health officials are warning hikers at Will Rogers State Historic Park to be wary of ticks this spring, because researchers have found a group of ticks there that tested positive for the bacterial illness Lyme disease. People who play or work in the park or in the Santa Monica Mountains should be extra watchful for the ticks, which dwell in tall grass along trails and attach themselves to animals and humans, said Robert Saviskas, of the Los Angeles County West Vector Control District.
January 30, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
Migrating birds probably did it. That's what UC Davis epidemiology professor Janet Foley says after DNA detective work confirmed that a disease-carrying tick only found in the southeastern United States has colonized a federally endangered  rodent population in an extremely isolated patch of Mojave Desert wetlands. DNA sequencing also shows that the relic population of Amargosa voles near Tecopa, Calif., just east of Death Valley National Park, and the tick that scientists know as Ixodes minor also share Borrelia burgdorferi ,  the tick-borne bacterium responsible for Lyme disease.
January 21, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Monday night's season finale of Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" rose a bit in the ratings as NBC's "Hollywood Game Night" returned with a jump and "The Bachelor" held steady.  According to preliminary numbers from Nielsen, the quirky Ichabod Crane drama on Fox drew an average of 6.9 million viewers during its two-hour first season closer and scored a rating of 2.4 among key 18-49-year-olds. The finale rose 6% from last week in total viewers and 5% in the advertiser-desired young-adults demographic.
December 30, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND - As the clock ticks toward a 5 p.m. deadline for Children's Hospital Oakland to remove a 13-year-old girl deemed brain-dead from a ventilator, experts in medical and legal ethics say there are no “gray areas” in the case and it should never have gotten this far. Furthermore, they warn, if the family of Jahi McMath were to find a facility to accept her, the hospital would set a troubling precedent if physicians there were to surgically insert...
December 17, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Led by positive data on sales of new single-family housing, home-builder confidence ticked up in December, reaching its highest reading in four months. The gauge of the National Assn. of Homebuilders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index reached 58 last month. Figures above 50 signal that builders are optimistic. “This is definitely an encouraging sign as we move into 2014,” said Rick Judson, NAHB's chairman and a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “This indicates that an increasing number of builders have a positive view on where the industry is going.”   The housing market has recently cooled, a trend that begin this summer.
November 7, 2013 | By Wendy Orent
There is a subculture in America you may know little about. Its members are haunted by a slender, twisting, tick-borne germ known as Borrelia burgdorferi , the microbe responsible for Lyme disease, and they are trying desperately to warn us that we are all at risk of contracting a debilitating, chronic illness characterized by joint pain, fatigue, mood disorders and a long list of other symptoms. Arrayed against these true believers are most of the mainstream scientists who study B. burgdorferi . Although they acknowledge that Lyme disease is a genuine illness that humans can get from being bitten by infected ticks, and that those who are not treated promptly can develop worse symptoms, they don't believe that infection leads to a chronic condition.
October 22, 2013 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON - The job market weakened in September amid a slowdown in key growth engines such as healthcare and leisure - a worrisome sign given that the employment picture probably worsened this month with the partial federal government shutdown. Employers last month added a modest 148,000 net new jobs, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That was down from an upwardly revised job growth of 193,000 in August, and well below analysts' forecasts for about 180,000 new jobs in September.
While evidence of the first Lyme disease-carrying tick in Los Angeles alarmed hikers and homeowners in the Santa Monica Mountains this week, the news brought vindication to Barbara Barsocchini. Barsocchini is one of several local people diagnosed with Lyme disease who say they have long been ignored by a medical community skeptical that the illness could be contracted in Los Angeles.
July 15, 1999
Researchers have for the first time detected in humans a tick-borne infection caused by a bacterium that was thought to sicken only dogs. The doctors found four human cases of the infection, called ehrlichiosis, in Missouri between 1996 and 1998, and four more cases during this tick season in Missouri, Tennessee and Oklahoma, they report in today's New England Journal of Medicine.
October 13, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
Southern California's office market has moved ever so slightly in favor of landlords. In the just-finished third quarter of 2013, the overall vacancy rate fell a tiny bit, and average monthly rents ticked up a few cents. The slight upward shift was typical of the last several quarters. The region's office rental market stabilized after the recession, but has not picked up steam the way it did during previous economic recoveries. "This is uncharted territory," said research analyst Petra Durnin of property brokerage Cushman & Wakefield.
September 20, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
California employers added 29,100 payroll jobs in August, posting one of the largest job gains in the nation but the unemployment rate still ticked up to 8.9% from 8.7% the month before, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.   Job gains were broad in the Golden State last month, with seven sectors adding new positions. The construction sector led the job growth in August, expanding by 7,700 jobs. The white-collar sector of professional and business services, which includes well-paying jobs such as lawyers, accountants and architects, added 6,300 jobs last month.
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