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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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
  Miley Cyrus is starting to sound like an extremely impatient patient.  Unfortunately, the light at the end of the tunnel might not show up anytime soon for the "Wrecking Ball" singer, who has been hospitalized since Tuesday after a "severe allergic reaction" to an antibiotic prescribed to fight a sinus infection. With her Friday and Saturday shows in Nashville and Louisville postponed until August, she expressed her displeasure via social media, tweeting early Friday that she was "sick of waking up to needles.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
  Miley Cyrus is starting to sound like an extremely impatient patient.  Unfortunately, the light at the end of the tunnel might not show up anytime soon for the "Wrecking Ball" singer, who has been hospitalized since Tuesday after a "severe allergic reaction" to an antibiotic prescribed to fight a sinus infection. With her Friday and Saturday shows in Nashville and Louisville postponed until August, she expressed her displeasure via social media, tweeting early Friday that she was "sick of waking up to needles.
SPORTS
April 9, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
LAS VEGAS - We went to write about Manny Pacquiao versus Timothy Bradley and SignGate broke out. It was Wednesday, this was boxing, and so the anger, hatred, rips, finger-pointing and innuendo were not unexpected. Nor, if you write a sports column for a living, unwelcome. For big fights here, they always have a large press conference on Wednesday. The norm is a large stage, fighters and teams strung along each side of a podium, and a half-dozen skimpily clad Tecate girls, featuring plastic-enhanced smiles, etc. The proceedings usually go one of two ways.
SCIENCE
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NATIONAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1998 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER and CLAIRE VITUCCI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
SPORTS
March 25, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Blake Griffin was annoyed. And justifiably so. The Clippers were letting the lowly Milwaukee Bucks hang in there a little too long on Monday night but were just four-tenths of a second from being able to regroup at halftime. Well, it would have been just four-tenths of a second if a clueless fan sitting courtside would have just given Griffin the darn ball after it bounced to her just before the buzzer. Instead, she held on to it while fiddling with her phone and snapping a shot of the Clippers star standing over top of her. He even appealed to the official before the young woman, apparently satisfied with her portrait of an angry basketball player, released the ball, finally allowing Griffin to throw his meaningless inbound pass to end the half.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
SCIENCE
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
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.
OPINION
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.
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