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January 10, 2014 | By David Zucchino and Michael Muskal
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Hundreds of thousands of West Virginia residents have been left dry with no idea when they will be able to again trust the water from their taps after a chemical used in the processing of coal spilled into a river. As state and federal agencies rushed emergency water supplies to nine stricken counties, officials were promising to investigate how the chemical, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, spilled into the Elk River. It flowed into a water treatment facility about 1.5 miles away, and officials worried it could have polluted water eventually sent to about 300,000 residents.
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January 10, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
The federal government began moving in water to help hundreds of thousands of people struggling on Friday to cope with the effect of a chemical spill that has left water in nine counties around Charleston, W.Va., off limits for drinking, bathing and cleaning.  Even as aid was being rushed to the area, the U.S. Attorney's office announced it would investigate the spill of a chemical used to prepare coal flow into the Elk River.   President Obama issued a federal disaster declaration for the state on Friday and the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other emergency teams began transporting water to the region where as many as 300,000 people were warned not to use municipal water.
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January 10, 2014 | By David Zucchino
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Downtown Charleston, normally packed with Friday night customers at restaurants and bars, was dark and quiet Friday evening. The local health department had ordered restaurants and other businesses to close as a faint chemical odor lingered on the streets. Residents were warned not to drink, cook with or bathe with tap water. Hundreds of thousands of West Virginia residents have no idea when they will again be able to trust their water supply after a chemical used in the processing of coal spilled into the Elk River on Thursday morning.
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January 9, 2014 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
West Virginia's governor declared a state of emergency for five counties Thursday after a chemical spill contaminated the Elk River, affecting tens of thousands of people and forcing schools and eateries to close. [Updated, 7:25 p.m. PST Jan. 9: The governor has expanded the declaration to nine counties. ] Worried shoppers flooded into stores seeking bottled water after Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said on Twitter: "EMERGENCY: Do NOT use tap water for drinking, cooking, washing or bathing.
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January 8, 2014 | By David Zucchino, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A U.S. Navy helicopter on a training mission crashed into the sea off Virginia on Wednesday, killing two sailors and triggering a search for a missing crew member, the Navy announced. Three crew members were rescued after the MH-53-E Sea Dragon transport helicopter went down about 11 a.m., the Navy said in a statement. The sailors were plucked from the sea by rescue crews about 20 miles off the coast and taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk. The surviving crew members' conditions were not initially released.
SPORTS
January 7, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Former Encino Crespi guard London Perrantes has become a major contributor as a freshman at Virginia. He has made 10 starts in 14 games and leads the team with 44 assists. He's averaging 4.5 points and shooting 84% from the free-throw line. Virginia is 10-4 overall and 1-0 in the ACC. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
December 31, 2013 | By Chris Foster
EL PASO - That, as the folks in the industry say, is a wrap. UCLA labored, even struggled at times, but in the end the Bruins had a glitzy Hollywood ending for the 2013 season. Quarterback Brett Hundley dipped and dodged on the field and off, leaving defenders in his wake along with the idea that he just might hop, skip and jump into the NFL draft. Linebacker Jordan Zumwalt appeared to be auditioning for the lead in the next Incredible Hulk movie. Zumwalt Smash? Linebacker Myles Jack scored another touchdown, this time while playing defense.
SPORTS
December 30, 2013 | By Chris Foster
The holiday season has rarely been a joyful time for UCLA. The Bruins have won in only four of their last 14 bowl appearances heading into Tuesday's game against Virginia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Staff writer Chris Foster examines the story lines: What's my line? It's far from a hot-topic item, and it's guaranteed not to trend on the Internet: UCLA's success on offense hinges on the play of its line. Will it be an Arizona State-like game, when quarterback Brett Hundley was sacked nine times?
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December 30, 2013 | By Chris Foster
EL PASO - The last day of 2013, the first step toward 2014. UCLA will play its final football game of the season Tuesday when the No. 17 Bruins meet Virginia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. But the game can be viewed as more of a beginning than an end for UCLA, which is seeking its first 10-win season since 2005. "We really look at the bowl game as the first game of next season," said Jake Brendel, UCLA's sophomore center. "Being able to go out there and perform well, that will spring us into 2014.
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December 28, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA faces a Virginia Tech defense in the Hyundai Sun Bowl that is weakened by injuries. The Hokies will be without cornerback Kyle Fuller, who had surgery for a core muscle injury. Cornerback Antone Exum is doubtful because of an ankle injury. That leaves freshmen Kendall Fuller and Brandon Facyson as starters. They aren't the type you can pick on. Fuller has a team-high six interceptions. They benefit from what the Hokies have up front. “A lot of what they're able to do in the secondary is a product of their pass rush,” UCLA Coach Jim Mora said.
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