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September 26, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Californians want stricter regulation of hydraulic fracturing, the controversial method of oil and natural gas extraction, according to a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California. In addition, a majority of likely voters surveyed opposed the increased use of fracking, which involves injecting water and chemicals into the ground to remove the resources locked underneath. The issue is gaining increased attention in California because energy companies are eyeing an estimated 15 billion barrels of oil in the massive Monterey Shale rock formation.  Sixty-one percent of likely voters said they favor stricter rules, and 53% said they're against the expansion of fracking in the state.
September 20, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Everyone appears to know his role. Back story: UCLA and New Mexico State go into Saturday night's game at the Rose Bowl heading in different directions. The Bruins, ranked 13th, are coming off a 41-21 thumping of Nebraska at Lincoln. The Aggies, who have not had a winning season since 2002, are on 14-game losing streak. Action … New Mexico State Coach Doug Martin: "We are probably playing the hottest team in college football right now. They are probably going to be national title contenders.
September 18, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court appeared troubled Wednesday by the removal of gay and lesbian prospective jurors on the basis of their sexual orientation. During a hearing, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals considered the issue in the context of an appeal from a jury verdict reached in a dispute between two drug makers, Abbott Laboratories and SmithKline Beecham. An attorney for Abbott used a peremptory challenge during a 2011 trial to dismiss a man who had spoken of his male partner during voir dire questioning.
September 10, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
MOSCOW -- Syria confirmed Tuesday that it has accepted a Russian plan to allow its chemical weapons to be placed under international control and eventually dismantled. The Syrian agreement is based on the understanding that the plan could prevent a U.S. military strike, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said. “We agreed with the Russian initiative, proceeding from the understanding that it must cut the ground from under the feet of the U.S. aggression against our country,” Moallem said during a meeting with the speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament, Sergei Naryshkin.
September 2, 2013 | By Gary Klein
It has been awhile, but USC will finally get a look at - and a test against - improved Washington State in a Pac-12 Conference opener Saturday at the Coliseum. Because of Pac-12 scheduling rotations, USC is playing the Cougars for the first time in three years. And Washington State under pass-happy second-year Coach Mike Leach appears to be a different program than it was under former coach Paul Wulff . In 2010, USC defeated the undermanned Cougars, 50-16, at Pullman, Wash.
June 27, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Archaeologists have discovered a hidden tomb of the Wari, a monument from an early civilization that predated the Inca, nestled in a site 175 miles north of Lima, Peru. The funerary chamber, ensconced in a stepped pyramid, had been filled with more than 1,200 artifacts, including gold- and silver-inlaid jewelry, ceremonial axes, looms and spindles. The Wari mausoleum at El Castillo de Huarmey is the first pyramid discovered at the site that has not been looted, Milosz Giersz, an archaeologist at the University of Warsaw who headed the expedition, said in an interview.
June 20, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
The NBA has cast doubt on the proposed trade between the Clippers and Boston Celtics because a coach cannot be traded for a player under the collective bargaining agreement, said a person familiar with the talks who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The deal that has been discussed and was close to being completed was Boston sending the rights to Coach Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett to the Clippers for DeAndre Jordan and two first-round draft picks. The person said that even if the Clippers and Celtics break the trade into two transactions, the NBA would frown upon that because the Clippers are trying to get Rivers more than anything else.
June 6, 2013 | By Joe Flint
A former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said rules limiting common ownership of newspapers and television stations in the same market should be gutted -- even if it clears the way for media mogul Rupert Murdoch to control more news outlets including the Los Angeles Times. Reed Hundt, Democratic chairman of the FCC during much of the Clinton administration and a self-confessed progressive, said in a speech Wednesday at UCLA that the long-standing rule is "perverse" and needs to be thrown out. Noting the growth of new platforms for news and other content since the rule was created in the 1970s and the difficult economics of the newspaper industry, Hundt said "if a TV station wants to help a newspaper survive, the FCC should welcome that initiative.
May 18, 2013 | By Emily Alpert, Los Angeles Times
Ringed by the posh shops of Beverly Center, Tim Ratliff said no - he didn't have a credit card. He didn't need one. "I just hear so many horror stories about people being in debt," said Ratliff, 21, who studies psychology at Ohio State University. "When you have a credit card, you feel like you have a lot of money when you don't. " Ratliff is like many young adults, emerging data show. His generation, dubbed millennials by academics and marketers, grew up during the boom and bust cycles of the U.S. economy over the last decade and a half - crises that appear to have reshaped their attitudes toward spending and debt.
May 15, 2013 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - President Obama faces a fresh test Thursday of his determination to steer clear of the civil war in Syria when he considers a desperate plea from a longtime U.S. ally. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to urge Obama in a White House meeting to move more aggressively to end a conflict that has sent more than 1 million refugees fleeing across Syria's borders and threatens to destabilize the region. "Syria will be our main topic.... We will draw a road map," Erdogan told reporters before leaving Ankara, Turkey's capital.
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