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NATIONAL
June 5, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Authorities were searching for at least two people believed to be trapped beneath the rubble of a  collapsed building in downtown Philadelphia after 12 people escaped with minor injuries, officials said Wednesday. The incident, which will be investigated, was being treated as an accident. There were no reports of any explosion at the site, and there was no fire, officials said. Parts of a four-story property collapsed onto a Salvation Army thrift store at 22nd and Market streets at about 10:45 a.m., Mayor Michael Nutter told a televised news conference.
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WORLD
June 4, 2013 | By Christi Parsons and Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Two years ago, President Obama hosted China's president, Hu Jintao, in a fastidiously choreographed White House summit involving an honor guard, a state dinner and a 21-gun salute. In meetings, officials spent more time reading from scripts than discussing touchy topics of mutual concern. The ceremonial trappings will be gone when Obama hosts China's new president, Xi Jinping, at a "shirt-sleeves" summit Friday and Saturday at Sunnylands, a 200-acre desert retreat in Rancho Mirage with a pedigree so laid back that it flanks a golf course at the intersection of Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope drives.
OPINION
June 2, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
From the start, the most serious problem with California's promising but sloppily written "parent trigger" law has been its failure to require an open, public process. That's especially troubling when the law's power is considered closely. If half or more of parents at an underperforming public school sign a petition, they can force dramatic change in how the school is run - they can turn it into a charter school, for example, or require that the principal or the entire faculty be fired.
SCIENCE
May 31, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
The California Assembly on Thursday approved legislation to protect bobcats from unlimited commercial trapping. The bill, AB 1213, was introduced by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) in response to the recent discovery of bobcat traps set along the boundaries of Joshua Tree National Park. The price a trapper can get for a bobcat pelt has risen from about $78 in 2009 to more than $700 today. As a result, trapping of bobcats statewide has skyrocketed. In the region that includes Joshua Tree National Park, bobcat trapping increased more than 800% over the last two years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2013 | By Kelly Parker
A three-hour search for a puppy trapped in a drainage pipe at a Newport Coast home ended in vain Thursday night, authorities said. The 11-week-old male puppy named Hunter was reported trapped at 20 Vincennes at 6:53 p.m., according to a news release from the Newport Beach Fire Department. The dog found his way into a six-inch pipe left uncovered during work being done on the home's piping system, the Daily Pilot reported. "Unfortunately, based off of our experience there yesterday ... we don't think the dog survived," Fire Capt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2013 | By Kelly Parker
An hours-long search for a puppy trapped in a drainage pipe at a Newport Coast home ended sadly Thursday night, authorities said. The 7-week-old male puppy named Hunter was reported trapped at about 6:53 p.m., according to a news release from the Newport Beach Fire Department. "Unfortunately, based off of our experience there yesterday ... we don't think the dog survived," Fire Capt. Mike Liberto said Friday. A fire engine and the department's Urban Search and Rescue Team responded to the scene, where crews used specialized equipment like confined-space optical cameras to search for the missing canine, Liberto said.
SCIENCE
May 24, 2013 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
In the war against pests, the lowly cockroach makes for a fearsome adversary. It can go weeks without water, survive decapitation for a time - and, like any proper super-villain, can send humans screaming from a room. Now researchers have discovered how some roaches have eluded humans' once-infallible traps: They have evolved so that glucose-sweetened bait tastes bitter. The discovery, published in Friday's edition of the journal Science, solves a 20-year mystery and sheds light on the cockroach's powerful ability to adapt.
NATIONAL
May 20, 2013 | By Julie Cart and Hector Becerra
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin spoke directly to citizens in her devastated state Monday night, saying, 'We are looking under every single piece of debris” for the missing after a massive tornado ripped apart the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore. “Our hearts are broken for the parents that are wondering about the state of their children that had been in the schools that have been hit today,” Fallin said.  “I know that there are families wondering where their loved ones are.” PHOTOS: Tornadoes hit Oklahoma The tornado, which touched down Monday afternoon, killed at least 51 people, many of them children, according to the state medical examiner's office, which warned that the number is likely to rise through the night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
This post has been corrected. See below for details. A young mountain lion stuck in a downtown Santa Cruz aqueduct was tranquilized by wildlife officials Thursday afternoon. Officials spent several hours attempting to lure the lion back through the aqueduct and to its habitat, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported . The animal unsuccessfully tried to jump the 15- to 20-foot concrete walls to escape. Rescuers subdued the untagged adolescent with two tranquilizer darts. They planned to blindfold and evaluate the animal before relocating it. The lion was first spotted early in the morning, and authorities received several more calls about the lion wandering down a street, the Associated Press reported.
OPINION
May 13, 2013 | JIM NEWTON
There are good reasons for most of the city's campaign finance laws. Individual contribution limits are intended to keep a single donor from purchasing the support of a candidate. Public financing is intended to level the playing field between incumbents and challengers. Limits on gifts help deter graft. But Los Angeles has one regulation that doesn't show up in many other places, and it doesn't make much sense: Candidates who raise money for an election cannot carry that money over if they fail to win in the first round and face a runoff for the same office.
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