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September 27, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell on Friday proposed banning animal snare traps in the city, saying the wire nooses used to trap coyotes are "inhumane. " O'Farrell said his office was alerted to a coyote killed in a snare trap in Silver Lake two weeks ago. His staff found that while it's illegal to injure or cripple an animal in a trap, snare devices are not specifically outlawed. O'Farrell said he hopes to change that. When an animal walks into a snare trap, a wire tightens around its neck, slowly suffocating it. If a limb becomes ensnared, the trapper can be faced with a panicked, wild animal fighting for its life.
September 23, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
CASPER, Wyo. - These are boom times in the resource-rich Cowboy State, courtesy of an oil explosion whose ripples can be felt across the land. Good-paying blue-collar jobs in the petroleum and natural gas fields are as plentiful as pickups here, and the unemployment rate - 4.6% in July - remains far below the 7.4% national average. But critics worry that the prodigious oil output includes a potential byproduct. Despite such fast-dollar success, heavy reliance on a single industry known for its dramatic downturns could one day help paint the state into a precarious financial corner, they say. Many fear the day when Wyoming's oil market fails, as it last did in the mid-1980s, exposing a fundamental flaw in the state's job picture: The lure of the oil dollar has prompted teenagers to skip college, or abandon high school, for the petroleum fields - many without a Plan B if things go bust.
August 14, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI -- Approximately 18 sailors were feared trapped inside an Indian submarine berthed off Mumbai after an explosion and fire early Wednesday, the country's navy reported, as divers worked in the waters around the damaged ship trying to craft a rescue. The explosion erupted shortly after midnight local time, leaving the diesel- and electricity-powered submarine mostly submerged at the dock, the navy said in a statement. Grainy social media images showed a huge white-and-yellow fireball illuminating the sky like a premature dawn, followed by a fire that blazed for several hours.
August 14, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Activists on Motor Avenue heightened their call on city officials Wednesday to fix what they believe is a ticket trap at a congested intersection in their Palms neighborhood. For three hours during the morning rush, drivers going east or west on National Boulevard are not allowed to turn north onto Motor, a main route into Century City. Drivers who miss or ignore the signs often receive traffic tickets. From Jan. 1 to April 12, police handed out about 200 tickets for illegal turns at the intersection, according to the LAPD data.
August 6, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA's Brett Hundley knows his position ...and it's more than just playing quarterback. The on-going escapades of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel caught Hundley's eye, with the latest controversy the report that the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner reportedly agreed to sign memorabilia in exchange for money. But even before the latest incident, Hundley was aware of issues surrounding Manziel, from bar fights to Twitter posts where he said he couldn't wait to get out of College Station, Texas.
July 27, 2013 | By Benjamin Mueller
Severe thunderstorms across western North Carolina dumped nearly a foot of rain Saturday, causing flash floods that trapped residents and washed out roads. Officials in Catawba County were called to about 10 swift-water rescues, Mark Pettit, assistant director of emergency services for Catawba County, said. He said some residents had become trapped in their homes or drove their cars into flooded areas. One person had to be rescued after he tried to help retrieve a vehicle swept into a creek.
July 20, 2013 | By Scott Barry Kaufman
What does it mean to be gifted in the United States? A national survey in 2011 found that the predominant method of assessment, by far, is the administration of IQ tests and standardized academic tests. At least 34 states, including California, consider such tests an indication of giftedness; they are mandated by at least 16 states. In contrast, only nine states require the use of tests that measure "creativity" and even fewer require the assessment of leadership, motivation or a talent for the performing arts.
July 17, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Deputies and an animal control officer Wednesday rescued two young dogs that had been locked in a hot car without water for at least eight hours in Lawndale, according to authorities. The animals were spotted in the Jeep Cherokee in 14500 block of Larch Avenue on Wednesday morning by a passerby who called officials, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. One of the dogs was an 8-month-old German shepherd and pit bull mix and the other was a 1-year-old Dachshund and pit bull mix. "As the animal control officer and deputies tried to free the puppies from the hot vehicle, the puppies tried sticking their noses out the windows that were cracked open," sheriff's officials said in a statement.
July 10, 2013
Re "Guantanamo's shame," Opinion, July 7 It's our shame, not just Guantanamo's shame. We are all complicit in this shame, for how we treat others says more about each of us than it does about the ones who are the cause of our hatred. It's way past time for this place of shame to be closed, allowing all of us, including those incarcerated, to move on. The shame of Guantanamo will follow us for all of our lives, like the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and how we have treated Native Americans.
June 11, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Matthew Rhys, star of FX's 1980s-era spy-thriller "The Americans," joined us for a live chat in which he outlined the finer points of sleeping with the enemy for information (aka "honey trapping"), his favorite spy disguises and his hopes for the second season of the hit show. On "The Americans," Rhys and co-star Keri Russell play Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, KGB spies posing as a married couple and discovering that, after 15 years together in an arranged union, they might have genuine feelings for one another.
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