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Russia readies supercomputer to improve World Cup weather forecasts

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is setting up a supercomputer meant to improve weather forecasts ahead of this year's soccer World Cup finals, the authorities said on Tuesday.

Deadly California mudslides show the need for maps and zoning that better reflect landslide risk

Scenic hill slopes can be inspiring – or deadly, as we are seeing after the disastrous debris flows that have ravaged the community of Montecito, California in the wake of heavy rains on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. At least 20 people are dead, and four remain missing. Show More Summary

To save our oceans, we must halt human population growth

To the editor: Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Jeff Orlowski make a compelling case regarding the world’s marine resources. (“What the Trump administration doesn't understand about ocean conservation,” Opinion, Jan. 10) As a lifelong surfer who has never lived more than a mile from the ocean, I heartily...

Today: California’s Fight With the Flu

So many people have fallen ill with the flu in California that it’s forcing healthcare providers to take some unusual measures. TOP STORIES California’s Fight With the Flu Hospitals across California are facing a crisis: how to cope with a surge of patients sick with the flu. Some have had to fly...

Remembering a longtime L.A. Times contributor who cared about her readers

To the editor: Donie Vanitzian’s premature death is tragic and senseless. Her columns, full of special knowledge and enthusiastic advocacy, were without doubt read and appreciated by many thousands of homeowners and carefully scrutinized by thousands of association boards. (“Longtime L.A. Times...

The issue in college sports isn't racism, it's the academic mismatch that comes with preferential admissions

To the editor: Division I college football and basketball programs generally do not “subsidize” other sports on campus. The vast majority of all Division I programs lose money, and the spending of those football and basketball programs is far higher in both real terms and in costs per athlete than...

Trump's action on Salvadorans shows the folly of making so many conflicting promises

To the editor: During the campaign and since then, President Trump suggested he wanted to deport only criminals and never planned to break up families. I know he has also promised to deport every undocumented immigrant regardless of non-criminal status, and now he appears to be going a step further...

Not just Florida: Tourism big in other states opposing coastal drilling

(Reuters) - The Trump administration's decision last week to exempt Florida from its national offshore drilling plan was based in part on the state's argument that a spill would cripple its crucial tourism industry.

Endangered Bornean orangutan found stabbed in Indonesia

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A Bornean orangutan, a critically endangered species, has been found stabbed to death in Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province, a conservation official said on Tuesday.

Without rain, South Africa's Cape Town may run out of water by April

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's Cape Town, one of the world's iconic tourist destinations, could run out of water by April as the city's worst drought in a century risks forcing residents to join queues for emergency rations.

The long fight of the Mapuche people at times has turned violent. Pope Francis is about to get involved

Pope Francis will step into the middle of one of South America’s longest-running conflicts Wednesday when he visits the largely indigenous Araucania region of Chile. In the century and a half since they were conquered by Chile’s military, the Mapuche people have continued to resist, demanding greater...

Los Angeles needs open space for wildlife and for our sanity

For years, residential developments in the hillsides and canyons of Los Angeles have encroached on wildlife as our neighborhoods have spread into, well, theirs. It’s not surprising that we keep expanding; the city has more people than it used to, and we need housing desperately. But we also need...

What if L.A.'s homeless population were a city?

Fifty-seven thousand eight hundred. That’s approximately how many people are homeless in Los Angeles County on any given night. If they all came together, they would constitute a city the size of Arcadia. What would such a city look like? What can we say about its residents, its health, its future?...

Half a billion plastic straws are used and discarded every day. What an unacceptable waste

Every day Americans use — and almost immediately discard — up to half a billion plastic beverage straws. At least, that’s the figure widely used by environmental activists to explain why people should embrace going straw-less. It’s not clear where that number came from, but it seems credible considering...

Trump's every tweet shouldn't dominate the news cycle, but his blather demands confrontation

As year two of the Trump administration begins, a workaround has emerged to deal with the president's mercurial rantings: Ignore them, deny them or try to wish them away. At first, Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue merely “did not recall” the president using a much-reported vulgarity in a White...

Weather anomalies accelerate the melting of sea ice

In the winter of 2015/16, something happened that had never before been seen on this scale: at the end of December, temperatures rose above zero degrees Celsius for several days in parts of the Arctic. Temperatures of up to eight degrees were registered north of Svalbard. Show More Summary

Philippine province declares 'calamity' as volcano lava spreads

MANILA (Reuters) - A central Philippine province declared a state of calamity on Tuesday as a volcano spewed lava that reached the limits of a six-km radius no-go zone and spread ash on nearby farming villages.

BP Deepwater Horizon costs balloon to $65 billion

LONDON (Reuters) - BP said on Tuesday it would take a new charge over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill after again raising estimates for outstanding claims, lifting total costs to around $65 billion.

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