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Tropical storm Erika strengthens, heads toward Florida

MIAMI (Reuters) - A tropical storm watch was extended to the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas on Wednesday as Erika, the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, closed in on the Eastern Caribbean and appeared to be heading for Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

China has been showing signs of economic slowdown, trade partners say

The sharp dive in Chinese stocks this week sent a sudden chill through markets around the world, from New York to Mumbai, India. But for months, some of China's nearest neighbors and top trading partners have felt cool breezes blowing through the world's second-biggest economy.

Commentary: Cody Kessler comes through in clutch for Steve Sarkisian and USC

A great quarterback has to lead in the clutch, in the closing minutes, with everything on the line.

Baylor has momentum, but can the Ukwuachu controversy stall it?

This was always going to be a statement season for Baylor, a rising football power that finished fifth last year in the College Football Playoff standings, one spot shy of earning a spot in a national semifinal.

USC players rally around Steve Sarkisian

USC players are accustomed to playing through distractions. They did it after the midseason firing of coach Lane Kiffin in 2013 and after the Josh Shaw imbroglio last season.

An Olympic effort to cover the 101 Freeway with a park?

The LA24 bid book released Tuesday raised many questions about Los Angeles' proposal to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. Where will the money come from to get the city ready for the Games? Is the projected revenue realistic? Will taxpayers get stuck holding a big bill at the end?

'Volume' brings a rebellious heart to video game trends, turns class warfare up a notch

Take the myth of Robin Hood, add a cyber-punk look and mix in some hacker sensibility. Welcome to "Volume," which just so happens to be one of the most subversive video games released this year.

The L.A. Phil makes a lively 'French Connection' at the Bowl

Nicholas McGegan began his annual late-summer week at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night with a program billed as "The French Connection" - not the movie, of course, but a lineup that went through a few contortions to establish a Gallic thread.

Baseball: Max Mehlbaum moves from Taft to Chatsworth

The top teams expected to battle for supremacy in City Section baseball this spring keep getting stronger with new players.

Patients have no need to fear sleepy surgeons, study finds

The pager goes off at 2 a.m., alerting the on-call surgeon that a patient needs immediate care. The situation is resolved a few hours later, and she's able to get a little more shut-eye before her regularly scheduled patients are wheeled into the operating room.

The many definitions of 'anchor baby'

When former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush linked Asian Americans to the term "anchor babies" on Monday, saying they commit fraud in order to "take advantage of a noble concept, which is birthright citizenship," he received heaps of criticism. Asian American lawmakers are demanding an apology from the presidential...

J.G. Ballard's 'High Rise' will screen at Fantastic Fest

Fantastic Fest has announced its second wave of programming, which includes the U.S. debut of the live action movie adaptation of J.G. Ballard's "High Rise."

Claimed discovery of Nazi gold train stirring hope in western Poland

Whether it's a hoax, wishful thinking or a bombshell discovery, the claim of two treasure hunters to have found a legendary Nazi train laden with gold is stirring up excitement in western Poland.

Cubs appear poised to really break 'the curse'

George Orwell probably had the most sullen assessment of sports. He called it, "War minus the shooting." In Orwell's eyes, serious sport has nothing to do with fair play or sportsmanship. "It is bound up with hatred, jealously, boastfulness, disregard of all rules, and sadistic pleasure in witnessing...

Kids toss out fruits and veggies from school lunches, researchers find

A new study shows that fruit-and-veggie quotas get kids to take more produce on their trays -- but they throw out more, too.

L.A. County leaders wash cars two-three times a week amid drought: report

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Despite a devastating four-year drought that has forced strict water conservation measures across California, most Los Angeles County supervisors still have their cars washed two or three times a week, a local newspaper reported.

Scientists try to replicate climate denier findings and fail

Peer-reviewed studies that support skeptic talking points contain questionable physics and shoddy analysis.

EPA lacked view of pressure buildup at Colorado mine, internal report says

(Reuters) - A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency team working to address seepage at an abandoned Colorado gold mine underestimated water pressure at the site before triggering a blowout that sent toxic waste into rivers, according to an internal report released by the agency on Wednesday.

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