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October 11, 2012
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for parts of Southeast Los Angeles County as heavy thunderstorms moves into the area. The warning extends to 6:30 p.m. and covers such areas as Monterey Park, East Los Angeles, Huntington Park and Montebello. The NWS said the storm could produce two inches of rain in an hour. Southern California is expected to be hit by rain Thursday evening, causing potential problems from the evening commute. More soon.
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NATIONAL
April 25, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
As temperatures plunged to 16 below zero in Chicago in early January and set record lows across the eastern U.S., electrical system managers implored the public to turn off stoves, dryers and even lights or risk blackouts. A fifth of all power-generating capacity in a grid serving 60 million people went suddenly offline, as coal piles froze, sensitive electrical equipment went haywire and utility operators had trouble finding enough natural gas to keep power plants running. The wholesale price of electricity skyrocketed to nearly $2 per kilowatt hour, more than 40 times the normal rate.
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NEWS
March 27, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
Congress gave final approval to a popular, but controversial, bill that aims to make it easier for small businesses to access investment capital, sending President Obama one of his top job-creation priorities in a rare burst of bipartisanship. Even as consumer regulators warned that the bill could lead to a new era of investor fraud, swift passage had been sought by Republicans and Democrats intent on scoring a political victory on the jobs front, which remains among the most pressing issues for voters.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
Just like it did to booksellers and travel agents, the Internet is rendering obsolete  money launderers inside brick-and-mortar casinos. According to a report released Thursday, the world's criminals are increasingly laundering their ill-gotten gains on pseudo-legal gambling sites. Unlike their brick-and-mortar counterparts, the Web services allow criminals to hide their identities with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, and muddy their whereabouts. Users, for example, can mask their true locations and make it seem to law enforcement that they're located in another state or abroad.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2011 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
The deaths of two tourists at Joshua Tree National Park on Monday, believed to be the result of heat exposure, have prompted officials to heighten warnings as the region faces what could be the hottest weekend of the summer. The bodies of Augustinus Van Hove, 44, and Helena Nuellett, 38, were discovered Monday evening along a sandy, low-lying road near the eastern edge of the park, authorities said. Temperatures had soared as high as 105 that afternoon. Van Hove, a well-known music promoter in his native Netherlands, had been vacationing in the Coachella Valley with Nuellett, his girlfriend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
San Bernardino law enforcement officials on Monday were advising residents in a Highland neighborhood to beware of an aggressive mountain lion that has attacked two small domestic animals. Mountain lion tracks were found over the weekend in the backyard of a home in the 6700 block of Grove Avenue, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said. "The tracks are consistent with that of a large mountain lion," department officials said in a statement. In November, a mountain lion attacked the two domestic animals at the same home and "became aggressive toward the home owner as deputies arrived," officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan
After 10 months of preparations, demolition crews were putting bulldozers, cranes and other wrecking equipment in place Saturday afternoon in the final hours before a full-scale shutdown of a four-mile stretch of the 405 Freeway in Orange County. On an average summer weekend day, more than 300,000 vehicles zoom (or lurch) down that section of the 405 between the 605 and 22 freeways. At 9 p.m. on Saturday the 20-hour closure is scheduled to begin, forcing traffic onto the streets of Westminster and nearby neighborhoods.
NATIONAL
October 29, 2012 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK CITY - Stay home. Unless you live in an evacuation area. In that case, the word from officials up and down the Northeast coast was: G o before it's too late . "Get out before you can't," Connecticut's governor, Dannel Malloy, told residents of his state early Monday as Hurricane Sandy's broad bands of high wind and heavy rain began hitting the region. From coastal Virginia up through Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey -- where Sandy was expected to make landfall -- through New York, Connecticut and northward, trees bent from the wind, foam-topped gray waves crashed over boardwalks and sea walls, and millions of people nervously awaited Sandy's wrath.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2011 | By Karen E. Klein
Dear Karen: I'm in information technology, but I want to start a pruning service. Do you have any suggestions? Answer: Start by proving your concept: Is there a need for such a service? How much could you charge? What kind of hourly return is possible? Before you invest money, talk to local homeowners about this idea and write a simple business plan. Larry Cox, associate professor of entrepreneurship at Pepperdine University, warned that as a business owner you may work longer hours for less money.
BUSINESS
May 11, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
President Obama, who has been called the texter-in-chief, will soon have the ability to send any cellphone in the U.S. a text message warning of impending danger, from a tornado to a terrorist, under a new emergency alert system called PLAN. The new system is an expansion of the Federal Communications Commission's emergency alert system, which is currently broadcast over radio and television. Short for Personal Localized Alerting Network, the system will first be rolled out in New York City by the end of 2011, with the rest of the U.S. to follow by about the middle of next year, the FCC said in a statement.
WORLD
April 23, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday accused the United States of orchestrating the Ukraine crisis for geopolitical gain and warned that Russia will "certainly respond" if its interests in Ukraine are attacked. In an interview with state-run Russia Today television, Lavrov linked Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Kiev on Tuesday to the Ukrainian government's resumption of efforts to oust pro-Russia gunmen holding police stations and government buildings in a dozen towns and cities in eastern Ukraine.
WORLD
April 23, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukrainian government troops on Wednesday claimed to have swept out pro-Russia gunmen from a town in embattled eastern Ukraine, an operation the Kremlin warned could spark retaliation. The Ukrainian Interior Ministry statement that Svyatogorsk was under government control was dismissed as "a propaganda lie" by a leader of insurgents holding nearby Slovyansk, scene of the most violent and destabilizing clashes of the separatist movement that has been gaining momentum since Russia's annexation of Crimea last month.
SCIENCE
April 23, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
The Food & Drug Administration is warning that injections of corticosteroids into the spine's epidural space -- an extremely common treatment for radiating back or neck pain -- in rare cases may result in loss of vision, stroke, paralysis and death. And that's even in the absence of fungal and other contamination introduced by compounding pharmacies that killed 48 people in 2012 and 2013. Physicians offering these injections to patients with back or neck pain should discuss these rare but serious risks with patients considering a jab of steroidal medication into the cerebrospinal fluid, the FDA said Wednesday.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration plans to begin regulating electronic cigarettes for the first time, banning sales to minors and requiring manufacturers to put health warnings on the nicotine-delivering devices that have become a multibillion-dollar industry, according to officials who described the agency's proposal. But the agency will stop short of steps that many public health advocates and some members of Congress have called for, including restrictions on television advertisements and flavorings, such as pumpkin spice or chocolate, that may target younger consumers, officials said.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
A new report released Tuesday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is warning borrowers of a catch that is pushing private student loans into default even if the loan is in good standing.    The federal consumer agency said that borrowers complain of being blindsided when their student loans automatically default when co-signers -- usually parents or grandparents -- die or fall into bankruptcy. When this happens, lenders demand that the full amount be paid immediately.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Hector Becerra
A television broadcast captured Mexico City's early earthquake warning system working successfully Friday, giving TV viewers in the capital more than a minute of warning before major shaking from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake rumbled into the city. California still lacks an early quake warning system as state and federal lawmakers haven't agreed to pay for the $16 million-a-year system.  The Mexican warning system could be seen on television (video below), when news announcer Eduardo Salazar calmly tells viewers that at 9:27 a.m. a seismic alert went off, triggering a shrieking whine on the broadcast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Red flag warnings were issued Wednesday across Southern California as heat and dry winds were expected to turn Los Angeles and Ventura County mountains and valleys into a tinderbox. The National Weather Service said the red flag warnings would be in effect through Thursday for the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, the Santa Monica Mountains, the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys and Ventura County valleys. Wind advisories also were in effect for mountains across Southern California, with gusts expected up to 55 mph in the mountains and 45 mph in the valleys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Hector Becerra
Mexico City had 71 seconds of warning before shaking from a 7.2 earthquake about 200 miles away rumbled into the capital, thanks to central Mexico's 21-year-old early quake warning system, officials said Friday. It's a system that California still lacks. The Mexican warning system could be seen on television (video below), when Televisa news announcer Eduardo Salazar calmly tells viewers that at 9:27 a.m. a seismic alert went off, triggering a shrieking whine on the broadcast.
NEWS
April 16, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
Maybe Jerry Brown was more right about marijuana than folks gave him credit for -- at least if a new study on pot has merit. You may recall that California's governor, appearing on NBC's “Meet the Press” in March, had this to say about marijuana legalization : “How many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation? The world's pretty dangerous, very competitive. I think we need to stay alert, if not 24 hours a day, more than some of the potheads might be able to put together.” Plenty of folks disagree with that view, of course (hey, the '60s die hard!
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