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It'll be noisier for LAX neighbors as flight paths shift because of military activity

Los Angeles International Airport officials are diverting arriving flights away from normal landing routes to steer clear of temporary military airspace, airport officials have announced.<p>The paths will bring more noise to residential areas directly east of LAX until Thursday, when the military …

Suicide bombings kill 95 people at Ankara peace rally

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Nearly simultaneous explosions targeted a Turkish peace rally Saturday in Ankara, killing at least 95 people and wounding hundreds in Turkey's deadliest attack in years — one that threatens to inflame the nation's ethnic tensions.<p>There was no immediate claim of responsibility …

Extremism

Young and alone: Europe sees record surge of child refugees

KENT, England (AP) — The bags are packed, the goodbye hugs done. The Afghan, Eritrean and Sudanese boys are on the move again, but this time it's a happy occasion: After months of hardship traversing continents, the teenage refugees are finally on the way to English homes where they can settle down …

North Africa

California governor signs bill aiming to double energy efficiency

Jerry Brown signs ambitious climate change measure – also intended to increase renewable electricity use to 50% – after political loss against oil interests<p>California’s governor on Wednesday signed an ambitious bill to combat climate change by increasing the state’s renewable electricity use to 50% …

Jerry Brown

Search to end for 33 missing crew members on cargo ship that sank

Coast Guard officials announce plans to end search for the crew of the El Faro, which sank Thursday off the Bahamas during hurricane Joaquin<p>The Coast Guard plans to end its search at sunset for 33 missing crew members from a US cargo ship that sank last week during hurricane Joaquin, officials …

Rowing

FBI chief: 'unacceptable' that Guardian has better data on police violence

James Comey tells crime summit that ‘it’s ridiculous’ Guardian and Washington Post have more information on civilians’ deaths at hands of US police than FBI<p>The head of the FBI has said it is “embarrassing and ridiculous” that the federal government has no better information on police shootings than …

Justice

Jerry Parr, secret service agent who saved Ronald Reagan, dies at 85

The air force veteran and ordained minister was credited with protecting the former president during an assassination attempt in 1981<p>The secret service agent credited with saving President Ronald Reagan’s life on the day he was shot outside a Washington hotel has died. Jerry Parr died on Friday in …

Secret Service

Hajj pilgrimage: more than 700 dead in crush near Mecca

Stampede in Mina valley, the site of a vast tent city of pilgrims, leaves more than 800 others injured<p>At least 717 people have been crushed to death in a stampede outside Mecca and more than 850 injured in the deadliest disaster on the annual hajj pilgrimage in a quarter of a century.<p>Panic broke …

Saudi Arabia

Snowden on video at NYC forum to promote privacy treaty

NEW YORK (AP) — Domestic digital spying on ordinary citizens is an international threat that will only be slowed with measures like a proposed international treaty declaring privacy a basic human right, Edward Snowden said Thursday in a video appearance at a Manhattan forum.<p>"This is not a problem …

Surveillance

China plans to launch national cap-and-trade system

WASHINGTON (AP) — China is preparing to announce plans to launch a national system to limit greenhouse gases and force industries to purchase pollution credits, Obama administration officials said Thursday.<p>Beijing plans to put the system known as cap-and-trade into place in 2017 as part of measures …

Cap and Trade

Think you can't live without plastic bags? Consider this: Rwanda did it

As a post-genocide nation with a developing economy, Rwanda could have dismissed the bag ban as unnecessary. But it didn't<p>On a recent trip to Rwanda, my luggage was searched at the border, and the authorities confiscated some of my belongings. No, I wasn't trying to smuggle drugs or weapons. The …

World’s longest continental volcano chain discovered in Australia

The 2000km-long chain, which started forming 33m years ago, runs along the country’s east from the Whitsundays in Queensland to near Melbourne<p>Scientists have discovered the world’s longest chain of continental volcanoes, stretching 2,000km along eastern Australia.<p>The volcanic chain, which started …

Earth Science

A pregnant woman wanted her tubes tied. Her Catholic hospital said no.

It was painful to hear but ultimately seemed the best course to Jessica Mann and her family. Because of a dangerous tumor in her brain, her doctor gently suggested that she take steps to make sure that she could not get pregnant again.<p>So Mann, 33, who is due to have her third baby next month, …

Data Protection

China sets its space exploration sights on the dark side of the moon

China’s increasingly ambitious space program plans to attempt the first landing of a lunar probe on the moon’s far side, a leading engineer said.<p>The Chang’e 4 mission is planned for sometime before 2020, Zou Yongliao of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ moon exploration department told state …

Space Exploration

Navy agrees to restrict offshore training to protect marine mammals

The Navy has agreed to curtail its use of sonar and underwater explosives during training exercises in key marine mammal habitat off Southern California and Hawaii.<p>The settlement brings an end to legal challenges against the government from environmentalists — led by the Natural Resources Defense …

Body found in Sun Valley refrigerator ID'd as 30-year-old Van Nuys man

The body found inside an unplugged refrigerator in the backyard of a San Fernando Valley home that was doubling as a marijuana grow-house has been identified as a 30-year-old man from Van Nuys.<p>Andranik Tadzhikyan was probably in the fridge for days, said homicide Det. Richard Wheeler of the<p>Los …

Gay rights advocates: Jailed Kentucky clerk is no martyr

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — As a defiant Kentucky clerk sat in jail Friday, choosing indefinite imprisonment over licensing gay marriages, her lawyers approached the microphones outside and compared her to Dr. Martin Luther King.<p>Around the country, other supporters reached for Biblical heroes, comparing …

LGBTQI

Man convicted in kidnapping and sex assault of 10-year-old Northridge girl

The girl's disappearance baffled investigators and panicked her Northridge community.<p>On a cool spring night in 2013, someone broke into a 10-year-old girl's bedroom and snatched her away. The girl's mother heard a noise and went to check on her daughter but she was too late -- the child was gone.<p>On …

California fines oil companies for failing to report water use data

The state fined 30 oil companies on Thursday for failing to meet a deadline to report information about the source, volume and disposal of water used in oil and gas production.<p>Under a 2014 law, California's 433 oil producers were required to report the data to the California Department of …

A police officer could face charges for shooting his own cruiser 'to concoct a story that he was fired upon'

The officer, who has not been named pending possible charges, is a 24-year-old part-time member of the Millis police force who was scheduled to begin training to become a full-time officer.<p>Sgt. William Dwyer, a spokesman for the department, said Thursday that the officer "fired shots into his own …

Law Enforcement

South Korea Prepares for 10Gbps Broadband; Transfer 1GB File in 0.8 Seconds

Your Google Map to Asian Noodles in L.A.

You pick up a few lessons when you pack away bowls and bowls and bowls of noodles — often one right after another — in the name of Asian noodle …

Sorry, Folks, Rich People Don't Create The Jobs

Hecto-millionaire Nick Hanauer is at it again.<p>One of the country's most successful entrepreneurs and investors, Hanauer is on a mission to teach his fellow 1%-ers how the economy actually works — how jobs are actually created, how a higher minimum wage would actually help, and how the crazy …

Economics

Lobbyist on demand: For 5 bucks, company will nag your congressmember

Want to harangue your member of Congress, but don't have the time to pick up the phone?<p>For $4.95, someone else will do it for you.<p>Welcome to the world of lobbyists on demand. A new company, called Amplifyd, is offering an inventive way for citizens to influence the policy debate -- for the nominal …

John Kerry launches global effort to save world's oceans 'under siege'

US secretary of state hoping to build momentum for protection effort at two-day State Department summit on 16-17 June<p>The US secretary of state, John Kerry, launched a new global effort on Wednesday to save oceans “under siege” from over-fishing, plastic pollution and climate change.<p>Kerry said he …