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December 5, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
The cold weather is expected to get colder when rain, heavy winds and up to six inches of snow hit Southern California beginning late Friday, forecasters say. Rain will begin falling in Ventura and Los Angeles counties late Friday and Saturday before tapering off Saturday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Three to six inches of snow are expected above 4,500 feet, and one to three inches of snow could fall as low as 3,000 feet, the Weather Service said.
December 3, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
The 101-year-old Western Costume Co. is continuing to clean out its closet, putting wardrobe pieces from such classic films as "Gone With the Wind" and "Citizen Kane" up for bid at a Hollywood memorabilia auction organized by Profiles in History. The Calabasas-based auction house announced Tuesday that the items set to hit the auction block later this month will include a three-piece suit worn by Orson Welles as Charles Foster Kane in the final "Rosebud" scene of "Citizen Kane," and a black mourning hat worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind.
December 2, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Aaron Guzikowski's script for "Prisoners" appeared on the  Black List of the best unproduced screenplays of the year in 2009, but it took four years to bring the 2 1/2-hour kidnapping thriller to the screen. At various points, actors Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio were all attached to the film as well as director Bryan Singer. Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal would ultimately star, with Canadian filmmaker  Denis Villeneuve at the helm, and "Prisoners" has proven a critical and commercial success.  Speaking at the Envelope Screening Series , Guzikowski and Gyllenhaal talked about what it took to get the film made.
November 28, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade began its spectacular promenade through Manhattan as scheduled Thursday, defying high winds that had threatened to ground its massive balloons for the first time in more than 40 years. The decision to float the balloons came early Thursday, as police, parade officials and meteorologists eyed forecasts that had called for sustained winds of more than 20 mph and gusts exceeding 30 mph. The parade's balloons are not allowed to fly if winds are higher than 23 mph and gusts exceed 34 mph. The rule was adopted after the 1997 parade, when fierce winds caused the Cat in the Hat balloon to careen into a lamppost, sending debris to the ground that left one spectator with critical head injuries.
November 26, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Monrovia drone maker AeroVironment Inc. reported an 80% downturn in quarterly net income after a drop in military contracts for its small robotic aircraft. Net income for the 2014 second quarter was $1.7 million, or 7 cents a share. A year earlier, AeroVironment earned $8.7 million, or 40 cents. AeroVironment said revenue was $64.9 million in its fiscal first quarter. That's down 19.2% compared with $80.3 million last year. It is the fourth quarter in a row that revenue has dropped.
November 24, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
In the first case of its kind, a large energy company has pleaded guilty to killing birds at its large wind turbine farms in Wyoming and has agreed to pay $1 million as punishment. Duke Energy Renewables -- a subsidiary of the Fortune 250 Duke Energy Corp. -- admitted to violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act in connection with the deaths of more than 160 birds, including 14 golden eagles, according to court documents.  The deaths took place between 2009 and 2013 at two Duke sites in Wyoming that have 176 wind turbines, according to court documents.
November 23, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Strong winds slowed throughout Los Angeles and Ventura counties Saturday as a powerful storm system that battered parts of California and Arizona headed eastward, leaving several deaths in its wake. Five people were reportedly killed in the storms that swept through the western United States, including three in California. In Oakland, officials said a man was apparently electrocuted after being hit by a falling power line and tree branches Thursday evening. The same night, a motorist in the same Bay Area city died after trying to avoid windblown debris and crashing into a tree.
November 21, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
About 7,300 customers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are still without power following overnight rain and winds throughout the region. Joe Ramallo, a spokesman for the DWP, said that number was down from about 13,000 early Thursday morning.  "It is common for rain and wind storms, particularly the first significant storm of the season, to cause some temporary power outages as dried palm fronds, tree branches and other debris fall and make contact with power lines," according to a DWP news release.
November 17, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - A Russian passenger plane crashed in gusty weather Sunday evening while attempting to land at the airport in Kazan in central Russia, killing all 50 people on board, authorities said. The Boeing 737, with 44 passengers and six crew members aboard, was arriving from Moscow when it crashed into the airport tarmac, caught fire and broke apart, according to Sergei Izvolsky, a spokesman for Rosaviatsia , a federal air transportation agency. Among those killed was Irek Minnikhanov, the son of the president of Russia's  Tatarstan republic, Rustam Minnikhanov, the RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing Tatrarstan's deputy prime minister, Yuri Kamaltynov.
November 13, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
The busiest moment in the history of Twitter happened in August when multitudes of Japanese users tweeted the word "balus" while watching a TV broadcast of director Hayao Miyazaki's 1986 animated movie, "Castle in the Sky. " In an indicator of Miyazaki's cultural influence in his high-tech homeland, the made up word, which translates roughly as "destruction," garnered more tweets per second (143,199) than such buzzed about events as the birth of Prince William's son. Tellingly, the soft-spoken, white-haired grandfather whose work inspired this social media frenzy doesn't use a cellphone or the Internet - "It's jarring and interrupts," Miyazaki said - and he has practiced his craft for the last 50 years, wielding that most old-fashioned of tools, a pencil.
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