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April 16, 2010 | By Henry Chu
To the thousands of glum and despairing passengers marooned across Europe on Friday by an unforeseen act of God, it may have seemed like a page from "Paradise Lost." "Me miserable!" John Milton wrote 350 years ago. ". . . Which way I fly is hell." Many had grappled with the tribulations of bad weather, veteran fliers for whom snow and rain held no mystery. But a volcano spewing fire and ash from the bowels of Earth? Hell didn't seem too far-fetched a metaphor. For all of its highways, ferries and passenger trains that still stop at every little town, Europe was absorbing a lesson in how much it depends on aviation.
October 3, 2012 | By Jon Bardin
A strange and extremely tiny species of dinosaur with a beak-like face and sharp teeth has made its first appearance in the scientific literature. The creature was discovered 50 years ago but forgotten since then in a fossil collection at Harvard University. It is a member of a family of small, barely studied dinosaurs called heterodontosaurs, meaning "different-toothed reptiles. " That description is particularly relevant for the new dinosaur, which was dubbed "Pegomastax africanus" by study author Paul Sereno, a University of Chicago paleontologist and National Geographic explorer-in-residence.
April 17, 2010 | By Henry Chu
The cloud of volcanic ash hovering over northern Europe showed no sign of abating Saturday, keeping thousands of travelers stranded across the continent for a third day. British airspace remained almost entirely closed. Aviation officials said no flights would be allowed until at least 7 a.m. Sunday, although stray clear patches in the skies might allow for a few flights Saturday afternoon in Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England. By Saturday evening, the cloud is forecast to cover all of Britain once again.
June 15, 2011 | By Andres D'Alessandro and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
  Peruvian President-elect Ollanta Humala, confronted Tuesday with canceled flights due to the ash cloud from Chile's Puyehue volcano, resorted to traveling by boat instead of airplane to keep an appointment with Argentine PresidentCristina Fernandez de Kirchner. A day earlier, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, also eager to meet with Fernandez, caught a bus for the 400-mile ride from Cordoba, Argentina, to Buenos Aires. His flight from Bogota, the Colombian capital, had been forced to land before reaching the Argentine capital because of Puyehue.
April 19, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Glimmers of hope for stranded travelers began appearing Monday with the reopening of scattered European airports and the announcement that one of Europe's biggest airlines would resume some intercontinental flights. Despite lingering ash in the skies from the Icelandic volcano, aviation authorities said that gaps in the cloud of grit in some places would allow for some movement in the air. Airspace across much of northern Europe remained closed Monday, but Britain announced that Scottish airspace would reopen Tuesday morning after five days of almost continuous closure.
April 16, 2010 | By Hugo Martín
A volcanic plume from Iceland that has shut down airports and disrupted air travel across Northern Europe and Scandinavia is casting a dark shadow over the recovery of the struggling international travel and tourism industries. Authorities had shut down some airports and canceled hundreds of flights Friday from dozens of other European airports, including the world's three busiest international airports: London's Heathrow, Paris' Charles De Gaulle and Amsterdam's Schiphol. Combined, the three airports handle more than 164 million passengers a year.
July 20, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Volcanic ash dimmed and dirtied Mexico City's afternoon after Popocatepetl volcano, about 40 miles away, shot a dark plume 1.8 miles into the sky. A layer of ash coated the ground and cars. People outside wore masks, and authorities recommended closing windows and sealing doors with wet towels. Popocatepetl has erupted intermittently since December 1994.
December 16, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
A Boeing 747 passenger jet made a safe emergency landing here Friday after it flew through volcanic ash and temporarily lost power to all four engines, the Federal Aviation Administration said. No injuries were reported. The engine problems were reported immediately after KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Flight 867 passed through ash from Redoubt volcano, which erupted Thursday and Friday. The volcano is 115 miles southwest of Anchorage.
April 21, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Air travel in Europe took a few halting steps toward recovery Tuesday, even as a new cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland began drifting east, threatening further flight delays. Passenger jets took off to cheers in cities across Northern Europe, where stranded travelers had waited for days to get home. The continent-wide aviation agency Eurocontrol said it expected 13,000 flights through European airspace Tuesday, which would be the most since Friday. The usual daily traffic load is about 28,000 flights.
January 18, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gritty volcanic ash fell with the snow in sparsely settled parts of Alaska after an overnight eruption of Redoubt Volcano, and scientists said more eruptions may occur without warning. "Ash came down with the snow," said Joyce Logan in Skwentna, a small town northwest of Anchorage that is more than 100 miles from the volcano. The 10,197-foot mountain rumbled briefly before it erupted, sending a plume of ash 38,000 feet skyward, geologists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory reported.
June 13, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Strong aftershocks from New Zealand's deadly quake, plus a drifting ash cloud from a volcanic eruption in Chile, disrupted flights, temporarily closed airports and stranded travelers in Australia and New Zealand on Monday. South American travelers also continued to be delayed. New Zealand tourism officials are warning travelers to the Christchurch area to be prepared for more aftershocks after a pair of strong earthquakes Monday caused more damage to the city center, already devastated by the deadly quake in February.
May 25, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Travel & Deal blogger
With Iceland 's Grimsvotn volcano no longer spewing ash, officials on Wednesday cautiously predicted a reprieve from the ash cloud that closed air space and idled planes this week in parts of Britain and the Continent. Earlier Wednesday, about 450 flights were canceled in Germany, affecting airports in Bremen, Hamburg and Berlin. The three airports reopened later in the day. Now the British Meteorological Office expects minimal ash over the Britain and the Continent for the next few days, good news for British travelers this weekend who have Monday off as a national holiday.
May 23, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Times Travel & Deal Blogger
 The volcanic ash cloud blowing from Iceland toward Europe has forced President Obama to leave Ireland early and some smaller airlines to cancel flights.  Obama arrived in Ireland today but now plans to leave Monday night rather than Tuesday because of concerns about the looming ash cloud from Grimsvotn volcano that could interfere with his flight to London. News organizations report a White House statement saying: "Due to a recent change in the trajectory in the plume of volcanic ash, Air Force One will depart Ireland for London tonight.
January 2, 2011 | By Diane K. Fisher
In 1989, a new 727 jumbo-jet was flying at 25,000 feet, when it flew right into an ash cloud from a volcano. The pilot thought the ash cloud was a regular rain cloud. Suddenly, she noticed brown ash in the cockpit. Then, all four engines conked out, and the plane lost power. Volcanic ash, made up of tiny shards of glass, melted in the engines, then cooled into solid clumps of glass, clogging the engines' air vents, and causing all four engines to stall. The plane dropped 12,000 feet with no power.
October 17, 2010 | By Jen Leo
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August 19, 2010 | By Miles Clements, Special to the Los Angeles Times
There's a glistening chicken somewhere under the blanket of crispy rice-flour crumbles. The crystalline snowflake-like particles are scattered over the entire bird, its skin sluiced with a squeeze of lime and spiced with a dab of sambal , shrimp paste and chiles ground into a pungent, penetrating blast of heat. Time seems to stand still for that chicken: Phones quit chirping and fidgety kids suddenly snap to attention, transfixed by the fried delights of the ayam goreng kremesan at Merry's House of Chicken, a months-old Indonesian restaurant in West Covina.
April 24, 2010 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
Until the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland grounded jets across Europe, few people appreciated the danger volcanic ash posed to aircraft. When the ash gets sucked into jet engines, it melts and can jam up the machinery and damage other internal parts. An international network of nine Volcanic Ash Advisory Centers continuously monitors the skies for threatening ash. The skies above Alaska — home to 8% of the world's active volcanoes and 80% of those in the U.S. — are watched by meteorologists in the center based in Anchorage.
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