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Experience LA with Maggie McKay: Wildflowers

Spring has sprung and it’s time to take advantage of nature events that only come around once a year. The wildflowers are one of those phenomenal things to experience.

03/22/2013

Dr. Zhicheng Hu (Photo credit: Victoria Hu via Change.org)

Daughter fights for return of dad trapped in China

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) — She was just 16, a shy girl whose life revolved around school and homework, when the phone call came that would change her life.

03/13/2013

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2 years after Japan tsunami, debris spreads in US

UNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Two years ago, the yellow buoy was hanging as part of a restaurant sign in the coastal community of Minamisanriku in northern Japan when an earthquake triggered a tsunami and washed it — and so much more — out to sea.

03/09/2013

Earthquake in the Solomon Islands

Four believed dead after tsunami hits Solomon Islands

SYDNEY (AP) — At least four people are missing and presumed dead after a powerful earthquake off the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific generated a tsunami up to five feet tall.

02/06/2013

Fireball lights up sky over California, Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) — An expert says a fireball seen across a wide swath of the West from Reno to San Francisco might have broken up over the Pacific Ocean.

01/18/2013

River otter

Rare San Francisco river otter stumps researchers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For the first time in decades, a river otter has made San Francisco its home, taking up residence in the ruins of a 19th Century seaside bath near the Golden Gate Bridge.

01/03/2013

Extraordinary snowfall needed to relieve drought

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The storms that recently covered parts of the U.S. with snow won’t be enough to ease the nation’s drought. Experts say it would take historic snowfalls — an absurd amount, really — to undo the damage already inflicted.

01/02/2013

Bigeye tuna

Pacific nations alarmed by tuna overfishing

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Pacific island nations and environmentalists raised an alarm Sunday over destructive fishing methods and overfishing that they say are threatening bigeye tuna — the fish popular among sushi lovers worldwide.

12/02/2012

Santa Monica beach scene

Plan to raze Santa Monica trailer park up for vote

With the City Council scheduled to give final approval to an ordinance allowing a modest trailer park to be replaced with hundreds of high-end condos and apartments, a six-year battle over the future of some of this beachfront city’s last inexpensive housing may be coming to an end.

11/27/2012

4.2-magnitude quake reported off Ore.-Calif. coast

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A 4.2-magnitude earthquake was reported Wednesday morning in the Pacific Ocean about 140 miles off the coast of Oregon and California. The U.S. Geological Survey said it struck at a depth […]

11/07/2012

US hits 4 targets in Pacific missile defense test

  HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. military intercepted four out of five targets over the Pacific Ocean in the largest and most complex test of the nation’s ballistic missile defense system, the Missile Defense Agency […]

10/26/2012

Rescued sea turtle released off San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) – A 150-pound sea turtle rescued from the Oregon coastline has been returned to the sea off San Diego. City News Service says the green sea turtle, named Koa, released into the […]

10/18/2012

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