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Mars rover Opportunity breaks the off-world driving record

Mars rover Opportunity breaks the off-world driving record

Opportunity, the little rover that could, has broken a 41-year-old driving distance record that’s out of this world. The decade-old NASA Mars rover has crossed the 25-mile mark, surpassing the 24.2-mile record held by the Russian moon rover Lunokhod 2.

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Steve Trumble: How to escape the medical care debt trap

Steve Trumble: How to escape the medical care debt trap

The single biggest cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States isn’t job loss or irresponsible use of credit. It’s medical expenses.

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`Several dozen’ killed by police amid unrest in Chinese province

BEIJING — Chinese authorities acknowledged that police shot and killed “several dozen” people in northwestern Xinjiang province during clashes on the eve of an important Muslim holiday.

July 29, 2014 1:45 pmLoading…
Ukraine makes headway on path to crash site

Ukraine makes headway on path to crash site

KIEV, Ukraine — A Ukrainian military offensive could finally be clearing a path to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, government officials said Tuesday, a development that could affect the investigation into the downed jet and Ukraine’s war effort.

July 29, 2014 12:55 pmLoading…
Karen Levy: Fight trucker fatigue with economics not electronics

Karen Levy: Fight trucker fatigue with economics not electronics

Last month, after a tractor-trailer collided with a vehicle carrying actor Tracy Morgan and others, national attention focused — briefly — on the serious issue of fatigued truck drivers.

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Study: Running may add years to your life

Study: Running may add years to your life

Nonrunners were 24 percent more likely to die during the study period.

July 28, 2014 5:44 pmLoading…
Hamas wary of Israeli truce extension; Gaza death toll tops 1,000

Hamas wary of Israeli truce extension; Gaza death toll tops 1,000

At the start of a 12-hour cease-fire, people scoured the rubble of their homes in the Shajaiya neighborhood of Gaza City, looking for the dead and recovering belongings. The district has been a target of Israeli forces, who have destroyed parts with airstrikes and gunfire.

July 26, 2014 5:45 pm
Meghan Daum: Weird Al a note of sanity amid crises

Meghan Daum: Weird Al a note of sanity amid crises

Amid a week of unrelentingly grim news, a buoyant countercurrent has emerged. Over the course of eight days, July 14 to 21, the song parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic released eight videos promoting his new album, “Mandatory Fun.”

July 25, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…
‘Wish I Was Here’ should wish for insight

‘Wish I Was Here’ should wish for insight

There is simply no there to “Wish I Was Here.”

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USC spring football

USC spring football

USC head coach Steve Sarkisian talks with the media after the Trojans played their spring scrimmage at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in April.

July 22, 2014 8:00 pm
Lake Mead

Lake Mead

Just how far the water has fallen in Lake Mead is demonstrated by marks left on the rocks in this April photo.

July 19, 2014 5:21 pm
Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

July 18, 2014 7:58 pm
Michael Mann film finds China, U.S. on same side of cyber battle

Michael Mann film finds China, U.S. on same side of cyber battle

BEIJING — Allegations of industrial cyber-espionage and mass electronic snooping have been flying hot and heavy between Washington and Beijing recently, but director Michael Mann’s upcoming cyber-thriller imagines an American and a Chinese army officer — two former MIT roommates — teaming up…

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Home builders feeling good about business

Home builders say business is finally looking up.

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Fossil's 21-foot wingspan shows Pelagornis was largest flying bird

Sometimes finding a skeleton in a closet can be a good thing — if you’re a paleontologist. Meet Pelagornis sandersi, a giant bird with a wingspan 21 feet across — so wide that it could have been the size of a (very) small plane.

July 12, 2014 12:44 pmLoading…

Decision fit for a king: James 'coming home'

Four years ago, America’s most celebrated basketball player epitomized the selfish and ego-driven ills of the modern sports world when he used a televised spectacle to abandon his Midwestern hometown team and chase riches and glamour on a faraway beach.

July 11, 2014 7:56 pm
Vending machines go gourmet

Vending machines go gourmet

The Burritobox offers warm burritos on demand. It’s part of a vending-machine trend driven by consumers with increasingly picky tastes who still want convenience on the go.

July 09, 2014 5:07 pm
The unappreciated glories of rice salad

The unappreciated glories of rice salad

Ditch the macaroni and mayo and try rice salad instead.

July 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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The unappreciated glories of rice salad

The unappreciated glories of rice salad

Rice salads are almost infinitely flexible, including paella-style rice salad. (Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

July 08, 2014 1:03 pm
The unappreciated glories of rice salad

The unappreciated glories of rice salad

Rice salads are almost infinitely flexible, including cool rice and cucumber salad. (Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

July 08, 2014 1:03 pm
Shark attacks man near Southern California beach

Shark attacks man near Southern California beach

A lifeguard helps clear the water Saturday after a man was attacked by a shark nearby in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

July 05, 2014 4:31 pm

UK researchers devise ‘passwords’ you’ll recall

Imagine a whole new type of password — one that lets you dispense with all those numbers, letters and symbols but is still impenetrable to attackers.

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Oklahoma coming to terms with unprecedented surge in earthquakes

Oklahoma coming to terms with unprecedented surge in earthquakes

Joe and Mary Reneau have discovered new cracks in their patio despite rebuilding it after a 2011 quake in Prague, Okla.

June 21, 2014 2:30 pm

World Cup: United States seeking crucial points, not revenge, against Ghana

NATAL, Brazil — Tim Howard was asked what he remembers most about his last World Cup game in South Africa.

June 15, 2014 6:50 pm

Texas governor stalks Tesla in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO — Texas Gov. Rick Perry drove a Tesla Motors electric car past the state Capitol Tuesday afternoon, sending a not-very-subtle message that he’s in a rush to woo Chief Executive Elon Musk to build a $4 billion-plus battery factory in the Lone Star State.

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Judge strikes down California teacher tenure

Judge strikes down California teacher tenure

Alex Caputo-Pearl, president-elect of United Teachers Los Angeles, speaks with the media before a press conference voicing opposition to the abolition of tenure.

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NY Rangers at Los Angeles, Game 1

NY Rangers at Los Angeles, Game 1

Los Angeles players celebrate Justin Williams’ game-winning goal in overtime. The Kings rebounded from a 2-0 deficit to send the game to OT.

June 04, 2014 8:58 pm

MLB notebook: Zimmer 'one of the most beloved'; dies at 83

LOS ANGELES — Don Zimmer, a wisecracking sage for some of the most iconic teams in baseball history whose association with the sport extended from Babe Ruth to Derek Jeter, died Wednesday in Dunedin, Fla. He was 83.

June 04, 2014 6:28 pm

Mexico Vigilantes New

APATZINGAN, Mexico — Sporting a semi-automatic assault rifle and a “213” area code tattoo, Cuauhtemoc Espejo boarded the passenger bus and checked riders’ IDs.

June 03, 2014 6:08 pm

Returnees from US stand up to Michoacan extortionists

APATZINGAN, Mexico — Sporting a semi-automatic assault rifle and a “213” area code tattoo, Cuauhtemoc Espejo boarded the passenger bus and checked riders’ IDs.

June 03, 2014 6:12 pm
Mexico vigilante groups have strong connection to US

Mexico vigilante groups have strong connection to US

Vigilante Cuauhtemoc Espejo boarded a bus near the city of Apatzingan last month to check passenger IDs so that none of the notorious Knights Templar cartel were onboard. 

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Shock lingers after California mass killings

It still seems hard to believe, and Adam Schnee, 22, reflected that Tuesday at this remembrance wall for the six students slain Friday by Elliot Rodger near the University of California-Santa Barbara. Since the deadly rampage, Rodger, who also killed himself, has sparked a flood of online di…

May 27, 2014 4:56 pm

Beaches still a mess 2 years after Sandy

ROCKAWAY BEACH, N.Y. — It was finally starting to feel a little bit like summer, and Crystal de Jesus wanted to spend her day off relaxing at the beach.

May 24, 2014 7:17 pm
Growing evidence points to systemic troubles in VA health-care system

Growing evidence points to systemic troubles in VA health-care system

Walter “Burgie” Burkhartsmeier, 73, of Suquamish, Wash., is a Navy veteran who did five tours in Vietnam. An MRI showing a serious spinal injury was lost in the VA Puget Sound Health Care System for 18 months.

May 20, 2014 3:50 pm

Call it magic: Clippers go small to pull off big rally, even series

LOS ANGELES — It was over. The game, the series, the season, the best story in basketball.

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Predator drone

Predator drone

Capt. Bill Gugelman, with the 79th Rescue Squadron, talks about the cockpit features of an HC-130 search and rescue aircraft. 

April 25, 2014 11:40 am
With heavy heart, Meb makes history in Boston Marathon

With heavy heart, Meb makes history in Boston Marathon

BOSTON — Before Meb Keflezighi embarked on the 26.2-mile journey Monday to become the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since 1983, he wrote four names on his yellow race bib.

April 21, 2014 5:53 pm Photos

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Medicare's real doctor payment problem

The following editorial appeared Thursday in the Los Angeles Times:

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Southern California’s 5.1 earthquake jolted social media

Southern California’s 5.1 earthquake jolted social media

Shampoo and soap containers litter an aisle in a 99 Cent Only store in Brea, Calif. Last Friday’s earthquake did little damage to Southern California, but it got social media sites such as Twitter buzzing.

April 01, 2014 5:24 pm
Colorado River delta

Colorado River delta

Mexican and U.S. officials, dignitaries and residents gather on Thursday, March 27, 2014, on the Morelos Dam in Algodones, Mexico, to celebrate a landmark agreement between the two nations that allows a "pulse flow" of Colorado River to reach the river's delta in Baja Mexico, for the first t…

March 29, 2014 3:56 pm
NCAA Tournament: Baylor v. Wisconsin

NCAA Tournament: Baylor v. Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky celebrates after making a shot and drawing a foul against Baylor in the Sweet 16 game at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Kaminsky finished with 19 points and six blocks.

March 27, 2014 7:35 pm
Journey to Easter: Pretzels

Journey to Easter: Pretzels

Pretzels are linked to Lent and Easter and their shape reflects arms crossed over the chest, the ancient position for prayer.

March 22, 2014 2:17 pm
Home Cooking: Go soft on broccoli and cauliflower: Cook them a little longer for a surprising difference in flavor

Home Cooking: Go soft on broccoli and cauliflower: Cook them a little longer for a surprising difference in flavor

Anyone who can turn on an oven knows the difference between broccoli and cauliflower, right? One is green and shaped like a tree and the other is white and looks more like a brain.

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Go soft on broccoli and cauliflower

Go soft on broccoli and cauliflower

Cook cauliflower — such as this cauliflower steak — and broccoli a little longer for a big difference in flavor.

March 17, 2014 9:26 am
Planned FDA food safety rules rile organic farmers

Planned FDA food safety rules rile organic farmers

Pennsylvania organic farmer Jim Crawford, left, says new food safety regulations would be an added expense that would hurt growers operating on the margins.

February 22, 2014 5:20 pm

Charisma illuminates 'Run and Jump'

In Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” comedian Will Forte surprised audiences by playing the straight man to Bruce Dern and June Squibb’s slightly unhinged cranks. For his follow-up performance in director Steph Green’s luminous and lovely “Run and Jump,” Forte reinvents himself yet again, this t…

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A precarious time for Afghan women

A precarious time for Afghan women

Ghazalan Koofi is the only woman on a government ministry team that monitors nongovernmental organizations.

February 05, 2014 1:43 pmLoading…
‘Labor Day’ can’t get past the past

‘Labor Day’ can’t get past the past

Sometimes the past trips you up. It certainly does Frank, the escaped con played by Josh Brolin in Jason Reitman’s new drama, “Labor Day.”

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Repairing the voting rights act

The following editorial appeared Friday in the Los Angeles Times:

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Rare tortoises are branded to make them unattractive to poachers

Rare tortoises are branded to make them unattractive to poachers

As Armando Jimenez holds a ploughshare tortoise still, Paul Gibbons carves a brand into its back, a move intended to make the rare tortoise less desirable for collectors.

January 18, 2014 3:31 pm

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