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February 12, 2014 |
When Max Wong first "outed" herself to her neighbors, she wondered when the police would be knocking on her door. Until then, she had kept her passion a secret. But Wong said most of her Mount Washington neighbors were simply puzzled. Beekeeping? Illegal? In Los Angeles? "It's the yummiest way of breaking the law," said Wong, one of the backyard beekeepers who is pushing for Los Angeles to allow apiaries in residential zones. In a city so proud of its orange trees and urban greenery, "beekeeping should never have been illegal," she said.
February 11, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - White House drug czar R. Gil Kerlikowske on Tuesday called for making naloxone, a drug that has been highly effective at reversing heroin overdoses, more widely available to emergency-care providers and other first responders. Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, also urged states and local communities to pass "good Samaritan" laws to provide immunity from criminal prosecution to individuals who call for emergency help during an overdose.
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February 8, 2014 |
The sun was shining and the ice cream was melting so Rene Cerritos didn't waste any time. "Chocolate! Chocolate ice cream just for you!" the 18-year-old hollered. "Who wants some?" On Saturday, the high school senior joined 300 students from 36 high schools in a district-wide volunteer day aimed at helping the homeless. Children were bused in to help at six shelters, from Pacoima to Bell to downtown Los Angeles. They served meals, sorted clothes, called donors, picked up trash and painted a mural.
February 6, 2014 |
The young New York woman had just gotten home from rehab but couldn't wait to shoot up again. Her parents, who lived in an affluent neighborhood of Long Island's Suffolk County, found her in the shower when they heard the water running too long. She had overdosed on heroin. By the time Suffolk County Police Officer James Garside and a firefighter arrived and pulled her out of the bathroom, she wasn't breathing. That's when they gave her a dose of naloxone, the go-to drug for treating heroin and painkiller overdoses.
February 6, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - In a rare bipartisan agreement, congressional leaders have settled on a plan to fix Medicare's system for paying physicians, potentially ending years of uncertainty that often held up fees for doctors who care for the nation's senior citizens. The proposed fix still must be paid for, requiring lawmakers to come up with as much as $150 billion in savings from elsewhere in the budget. But there is optimism on Capitol Hill that the federal government will finally replace a dysfunctional 17-year-old system designed to control Medicare spending by limiting annual increases in physicians' reimbursements.
February 2, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Tired of hearing reports about alleged corruption and budget overruns, some Russian citizens have given the 2014 Sochi Olympics a nickname. Kickbacktiada. The Games, which begin Friday, rank as the most expensive in Olympic history with an estimated cost of more than $50 billion and counting. A recent study by a Russian watchdog group alleges that organizers paid far more than the going rate for numerous venues built in and around the Black Sea resort.
January 31, 2014 |
Microsoft is widely expected next week to appoint a longtime insider to be only its third chief executive, signaling the company won't make radical strategic changes. Satya Nadella, 46, who joined Microsoft in 1992, is executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group, working primarily with business customers. Although his division posted more than $20 billion in revenue last year, making it larger than most other tech companies, analysts said he faces a huge challenge in assuming control of the sprawling Microsoft business.
January 28, 2014 |
Google Glass just got a little more stylish, thanks to four new types of prescription frames and two new sunglasses shades. The new frames and shades were announced by Google late Monday and are available for purchase now by users of the wearable device. Google also announced it plans to release Glass to the general public at some point toward the end of 2014. The frames can be attached to the second version of Google Glass, which was released to early users late last year.
January 27, 2014 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - The Denver Broncos' Super Bowl media sessions have been conducted aboard the Cornucopia Majesty, a moored yacht that Monday featured Coach John Fox holding court on the first deck and players fielding questions two decks above. Receiver Demaryius Thomas stayed on an even keel when asked about a matchup against the Seattle Seahawks' "Legion of Boom" secondary and cornerback Richard Sherman . Thomas said that he met Sherman at a camp and that they "did some stuff in L.A. together.
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January 23, 2014 |
Southern California's Metrolink commuter rail agency plans to replace a key subcontractor Friday in an attempt to keep on schedule a $211-million, state-of-the-art collision avoidance system. The passenger railroad's board of directors is expected to approve a $6.8-million contract to Wabtec Corp. for an important component of the "Positive Train Control" system that will help dispatchers keep track of trains on Metrolink's 500-mile network. Officials said the current subcontractor, ARINC, failed to meet deadlines and agreed to the change.