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Emory University expects Ebola patient; Americans with disease worsen

latimes.com — Two American volunteers stricken with Ebola were said to have worsened overnight, as U.S. officials considered options to evacuate them out of West Africa. Emory University Hospital in Atlanta said Thursday afternoon it planned to accept an Ebola patient "within the next several days," but did not say in statement who the patient was or whether it was one of the American volunteers.
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RT @JulieWestfall: Emory University Hospital has announced it plans to accept a patient with Ebola soon latimes.com/nation/nationn… via @JamesQueallyLAT @cmaiduc

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Emory University Hospital in Atlanta says it planned to accept a patient who has Ebola latimes.com/nation/nationn…

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RT @cmaiduc: .@emoryhealthcare expects to receive Ebola patient from W. Africa outbreak; condition of American aid workers worsens lat.ms/1m2OgFp

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Giraffe hits head on bridge during transport, dies

latimes.com — A giraffe in South Africa has died after cracking its head on a bridge as it was being transported in an open vehicle down a freeway. As anger spread on Twitter, local media quoted the owner as saying the animal had craned its neck.
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no! RT @latimes: Giraffe dies after cracking its head on a bridge during freeway transport lat.ms/1uM3at7

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Giraffe dies after cracking its head on a bridge during freeway transport lat.ms/1uM3at7

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RT @latimes: Giraffe dies after cracking its head on a bridge during freeway transport lat.ms/1uM3at7

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@latimes: Giraffe dies after cracking its head on a bridge during freeway transport lat.ms/1uM3at7” How does this happen?

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Suspect in fatal USC attack entered country illegally, feds say

latimes.com — A 19-year-old charged with murder in connection with last week's fatal assault on a USC graduate student told immigration officials he entered the country illegally about seven years ago, a federal official said.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @katemather: Source: Teen charged in fatal #USC attack told immigration officials he entered country illegally about 7 years ago. lat.ms/1xH6jX6

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RT @JimmyOrr: Suspect in fatal USC attack entered country illegally, feds say latimes.com/local/lanow/la… (@katemather)

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ILLEGAL: Teen charged in fatal #USC attack told immigration officials he entered country illegally IL 7 years ago. lat.ms/1xH6jX6

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Suspect in fatal beating of USC student entered the country illegally, feds say. lat.ms/1xH6jX6 pic.twitter.com/BB5qxlPqSz

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California breaks drought record as 58% of state hits driest level

latimes.com — More than half of California is now under the most severe level of drought for the first time since the federal government began issuing regular drought reports in the late 1990s, according to new data released Thursday. According to the U.S.
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More than half of California now in exceptional drought, federal report says. lat.ms/1o96OYV pic.twitter.com/zrwVxHjJ6D

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RT @GavinNewsom: Something to be aware of. RT @latimes: California breaks drought record as 58% of state hits driest level lat.ms/1s7rS3w

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RT @lauraelizdavis: California breaks drought record: More than half of the state is now in exceptional drought, federal report says: lat.ms/1o96OYV

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California breaks drought record: More than half of the state is now in exceptional drought, federal report says: lat.ms/1o96OYV

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Staff news: Shelby Grad to oversee local coverage; Kim Murphy to head national/foreign

latimes.com — Today we announce a reorganization involving three of our most important news departments. These changes will advance our efforts to produce a digital report second to none, and reaffirm our commitment to first-rate accountability and enterprise journalism. We also announce, with decidedly mixed emotions, that Foreign Editor Mark Porubcansky is leaving The Times after 16 years as a mainstay of our international coverage.
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RT @jahree: Wow! Congrats to @shelbygrad for taking the helm of the California section of the LATimes latimes.com/local/readers-…

Jul 31, 2014

RT @LAcrimes: Congrats @shelbygrad named asst managing editor for California news, lat.ms/1nO9k7g story visionary, bbq master and LA history buff

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RT @LAcrimes: Congrats @shelbygrad named asst managing editor for California news, lat.ms/1nO9k7g story visionary, bbq master and LA history buff

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'Get Up!' or lose hours of your life every day, scientist says

latimes.com — There’s a saying going around that sitting is the new smoking. It’s a bit snarky and perhaps a none-too-subtle dig at those of us who spend a lot of time on our rear ends for work and pleasure. But Dr. James Levine, who is credited with it, is dead serious.
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“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting.” latimes.com/science/scienc…

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RT @latimes: Sitting could be worse than smoking, scientist says lat.ms/1nOHqIk

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Stand writing coming RT @latimes: Sitting could be worse than smoking, scientist says lat.ms/1nOHqIk

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RT @latimes: Sitting could be worse than smoking, scientist says lat.ms/1nOHqIk

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Feds consider probe into CHP beating captured on video, sources say

latimes.com — The U.S. Justice Department is reviewing a request for an independent investigation into the California Highway Patrol officer who was recorded on video punching a woman along the 10 Freeway, an FBI spokeswoman said. Federal officials are considering opening their own inquiry into the incident, according to law enforcement sources who were familiar with the case but not authorized to speak publicly.
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"We do not want a cut-and-paste investigation... saying, ‘Oh, that was a justifiable beating.’ " latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

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Feds considering investigation into #CHP officer who punched woman along freeway, sources say. Our latest: lat.ms/1rTZZxv

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RT @shelbygrad: Justice Dept. now deciding whether to investigate that videotaped CHP beating of homeless woman on 10 Fwy latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

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Justice Dept. now deciding whether to investigate that videotaped CHP beating of homeless woman on 10 Fwy latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

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Civil rights activists want federal investigation of CHP officer who punched woman. lat.ms/1rTZZxv pic.twitter.com/F6rCotwMk9

One Seattle police officer wrote 80% of the marijuana tickets issued

latimes.com — Yes, you can buy pot. You can smoke pot. You can possess pot here in the Evergreen State. You just can't do those things in public, smelling up parks and annoying pedestrians. If you're caught, the police will write you a ticket. Especially if you're black. Or homeless.
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RT @VivianHo: 37% of public pot smoking citations were issued to African Americans, who make up 8% of the population latimes.com/nation/la-na-s… @marialaganga

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37% of public pot smoking citations were issued to African Americans, who make up 8% of the population latimes.com/nation/la-na-s… @marialaganga

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RT @ChrisMegerian: In Seattle, there's one cop who really, really, really doesn't like weed. @marialaganga: latimes.com/nation/la-na-s…

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In Seattle, there's one cop who really, really, really doesn't like weed. @marialaganga: latimes.com/nation/la-na-s…

City probe calls for anti-nepotism reforms at LAFD

latimes.com — The Los Angeles Fire Department needs new rules to prevent conflicts of interest and reform a firefighter hiring process "tainted" by concerns of nepotism, according to a new study by the department's top watchdog.
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RT @DavidZahniser: L.A.'s fire department needs new rules to prevent nepotism & conflicts of interest in hiring, watchdog says @palewire ht…

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L.A.'s fire department needs new rules to prevent nepotism & conflicts of interest in hiring, watchdog says @palewire latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

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RT @LANow: #LAFD's top watchdog calls for new rules to prevent nepotism in firefighter hiring lat.ms/1n7i0k5 pic.twitter.com/U30jC4aXdi

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RT @LANow: #LAFD's top watchdog calls for new rules to prevent nepotism in firefighter hiring lat.ms/1n7i0k5 pic.twitter.com/U30jC4aXdi

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40-foot whale carcass examined at Port Hueneme in Ventura County

latimes.com — Scientists were performing a necropsy Thursday on the carcass of a 40-foot whale that floated into Port Hueneme this week after possibly being struck by a ship. The whale, which appeared to have been dead for a while, was discovered Tuesday near a military ship at Naval Base Ventura County, said base spokeswoman Kimberly Gearhart.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @latimes: A 40-foot whale carcass floats into Port Hueneme after possibly being struck by a ship lat.ms/1rU2SOM pic.twitter.com/ypCja63K6H

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RT @latimes: A 40-foot whale carcass floats into Port Hueneme after possibly being struck by a ship lat.ms/1rU2SOM pic.twitter.com/ypCja63K6H

With 'The Voyager,' Jenny Lewis feels the album magic

latimes.com — Jenny Lewis vowed she'd never return to the San Fernando Valley, at least not to live. The area was too closely linked to her childhood in Van Nuys - to her experience as a young actor (in late-'80s artifacts like "Mr. Belvedere" and "Troop Beverly Hills") and to her complicated relationship with her parents.

Get a free ice cream scoop today at McConnell's in Grand Central Market

latimes.com — It's hot downtown. Luckily, there's no dearth of new ice cream shops in the neighborhood. And at McConnell's Fine Ice Creams, the Santa Barbara company that just opened shop in downtown Los Angeles' Grand Central Market, customers get a free scoop of ice cream today from 6 to 9 p.m.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @bettyhallock: McConnell's celebrates its opening in @GrandCentralMarket with free ice cream, 6 to 9 pm lat.ms/XlHc1k pic.twitter.com/JBSgAZv8o3

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McConnell's celebrates its opening in @GrandCentralMarket with free ice cream, 6 to 9 pm lat.ms/XlHc1k pic.twitter.com/JBSgAZv8o3

Not a good day for Angels as Athletics, Tigers bulk up on pitching

latimes.com — The Angels are excited, and justifiably so. They are on pace for their first playoff spot since 2009, with an 8 1/2 game lead in the American League wild-card standings. Yet they are winning with a starting rotation that is a better fit for the long haul of the regular season than for the ace-heavy postseason.
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RT @latimessports: Not a good day for Angels as Athletics, Tigers bulk up on pitching lat.ms/1rO8wOM

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RT @latimessports: Not a good day for Angels as Athletics, Tigers bulk up on pitching lat.ms/1rO8wOM

California exchange's health insurance rates to increase 4% in 2015

latimes.com — Heading into the second year of Obamacare healthcare coverage, California officials said more than 1.2 million consumers in the state-run insurance exchange can expect modest price increases of 4% on average next year. Covered California on Thursday announced the results of its rate negotiations with Anthem Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente and other major insurers, an important yardstick for President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
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RT @latimes: Officials: More than 1.2 million Covered California consumers can expect price increases of 4.2% on average next year lat.ms/1ptWevb

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RT @latimes: Officials: More than 1.2 million Covered California consumers can expect price increases of 4.2% on average next year lat.ms/1ptWevb

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Obamacare rates to increase 4% in California, but some insured could see double-digit hikes ow.ly/zO2UY

For better or worse, Charney's ouster is felt at American Apparel

latimes.com — Behind the faded coral walls of American Apparel's downtown L.A. factory, a seventh-floor corner office sits locked with the shade pulled low. That's where founder Dov Charney kept tabs on his often-troubled empire before the company's board of directors booted him from his posts as chief executive and chairman in June.
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