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Pollution burdens

graphics.latimes.com — An analysis by state environmental agencies scores and maps more than 8,000 census tracts by how affected they are by multiple sources of pollution. Many of those showing the highest pollution burden are in Southern California.
RT @latimes: How much pollution is in your California neighborhood? Find out with this interactive lat.ms/1k61aDJ
Why did I look? RT @latimes How much pollution is in your California neighborhood? Find out with this interactive lat.ms/1k61aDJ
RT @latimes: How much pollution is in your California neighborhood? Find out with this interactive lat.ms/1k61aDJ
RT @latimes: How much pollution is in your California neighborhood? Find out with this interactive lat.ms/1k61aDJ
RT @latimes: How much pollution is in your California neighborhood? Find out with this interactive lat.ms/1k61aDJ
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In Syria, war is woven into childhood

latimes.com — The baby-faced boy waited patiently for his turn at the small ice cream shop, his Kalashnikov balanced precariously over his shoulder. The rifle was pointed down and his hand occasionally cupped the muzzle, far from the proper way to carry a gun.
RT @RajaAbdulrahim: In #Syria, child soldiers hold rifles, cemeteries fill with tiny graves, kids pretend to dodge sniper bullets for fun latimes.com/world/middleea…
Just heartbreaking,amazing reporting on the end of childhood in Syria MT @RajaAbdulrahim child soldiers & tiny graves latimes.com/world/middleea…
RT @RajaAbdulrahim: In #Syria, child soldiers hold rifles, cemeteries fill with tiny graves, kids pretend to dodge sniper bullets for fun latimes.com/world/middleea…
In #Syria, child soldiers hold rifles, cemeteries fill with tiny graves, kids pretend to dodge sniper bullets for fun latimes.com/world/middleea…

FDA to begin regulating e-cigarettes

latimes.com — WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration plans to begin regulating electronic cigarettes for the first time, banning sales to minors and requiring manufacturers to put health warnings on the nicotine-delivering devices that have become a multibillion-dollar industry, according to officials who described the agency's proposal.

IRS paid 1,100 of its employees bonuses although they owed back taxes

latimes.com — WASHINGTON -- Failure to pay taxes usually is bad news for most Americans, but apparently not for some employees of the Internal Revenue Service -- they received performance bonuses from the agency despite failing to submit what they owed.
RT @jackdolanLAT: IRS paid 1,100 of its employees bonuses although they owed back taxes latimes.com/business/money…
The more details that come out about the IRS bonuses, the more outrageous it becomes. latimes.com/business/money…
Well, isn't this charming... IRS paid 1,100 of its employees bonuses although they owed back taxes lati.ms/w5uQb
RT @latimes: IRS paid 1,100 of its employees bonuses although they owed back taxes lat.ms/1tCxCTs
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New map could refocus state's pollution battles

latimes.com — A pocket of homes west of the LA/Ontario International Airport is high on the state's list of polluted areas because it has some of the state's worst smog, diesel soot and a high number of cleanup sites and hazardous waste facilities. Above, children play soccer near a recycling facility in Ontario.
"Residents are largely low-income Latinos who have had little power to force improvements in their communities." latimes.com/science/la-me-…
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Afghan officer kills 3 U.S. doctors

latimes.com — KABUL, Afghanistan - The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan said three doctors killed by an Afghan security guard at a Kabul hospital are American citizens. Thursday's shooting at Cure International Hospital in western Kabul was the latest attack on foreign civilians in the Afghan capital this year.

If it quacks like a bio-duck, it's a minke whale, scientists say

latimes.com — The mysterious "bio-duck" sounds in the ocean that have baffled seafarers for decades are actually calls from unseen populations of minke whales, scientists say. The discovery detailed in the journal Biology Letters will allow researchers to better track these animals even when they’re out of sight.
@latimes: Scientists have discovered the source of a mysterious sound in the ocean lat.ms/1tDvEC6
RT @LATkarenkaplan: "Bio-duck" in the Southern Ocean turns out to be ... a whale. It took about 50 years to figure this out. lat.ms/1f5d7L7
"Bio-duck" in the Southern Ocean turns out to be ... a whale. It took about 50 years to figure this out. lat.ms/1f5d7L7
The 'bio-duck' has been an ocean mystery since the 1960s. Now scientists have found the culprit: minke whales. lat.ms/1l425pw
RT @latimeshaiku: The mystery "duck" Behind a strange ocean sound Is really a whale. lat.ms/1npYxjP
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Ronald McDonald gets a makeover, loses jumpsuit, takes on Twitter

latimes.com — Same clown, new clothes: Is that the main takeaway of McDonald's newest makeover of its brand ambassador Ronald McDonald? On Wednesday, the Oak Brook, Ill., fast-food giant unveiled a new look for the redheaded clown. Gone are the lumpy yellow jumpsuit and Where's Waldo-esque sleeves.
Still creepy. MT "@10NewsHunt: Ronald McDonald gets a makeover, loses jumpsuit. Same clown, new clothes: lat.ms/1l3Ug39
Yeah, but how's the food? Ronald McDonald gets a makeover, loses jumpsuit, takes on Twitter latimes.com/business/money…
Ronald McDonald gets a makeover, loses jumpsuit, takes on Twitter: Same clown, new clothes: lat.ms/1l3Ug39 @bodestical
RT @StephenMarble: Yep, that oughta to the trick ... Ronald McDonald gets a makeover, loses jumpsuit, takes on Twitter latimes.com/business/money…
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At pop-up cat cafe in N.Y., you pay to eat, drink alongside cats

latimes.com — Passers-by stop to take in the sight of a cat cafe, which is opening in Manhattan for a temporary stint. The idea of such cafes, which allow people to pay a fee to lounge with friendly cats, is catching on elsewhere. (Tina Susman \ Los Angeles Times) NEW YORK -- Cat haters, read no further.
From @latimes comments on pop-up cat cafe: "MEOW!! I would certainly patronize a place like this. Bring one to L.A.!" lati.ms/w5XmW
At pop-up cat cafe in N.Y., you can eat, drink alongside cats latimes.com/nation/nationn…
For all the cat lovers: At pop-up cat cafe in N.Y., you can eat, drink alongside cats: latimes.com/nation/nationn…
I really didn't know cat cafes were a thing, but apparently they are: lat.ms/1l3oS4O
Need a dog version imeeds. RT @latimes At pop-up cat cafe in N.Y., you can eat, drink alongside cats latimes.com/nation/nationn…
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Man falsely arrested by deputies was sentenced in case, officials say

latimes.com — One of two men arrested in 2011 by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies now accused of planting guns as evidence pleaded no contest to a charge stemming from the false arrest and was sentenced to time in jail, officials said Wednesday.
RT @katemather: Just in: Man falsely arrested by #LASD deputies pleaded no contest before evidence plant discovered, per @LADAOffice: lat.ms/1jD0cvH
Lawmen allegedly planted evidence: Man falsely arrested by deputies was sentenced in case, officials say latimes.com/local/lanow/la…
RT @katemather: Just in: Man falsely arrested by #LASD deputies pleaded no contest before evidence plant discovered, per @LADAOffice: lat.ms/1jD0cvH
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Warren in new book accuses Kashkari of lying as TARP chief

latimes.com — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, questions Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Janet Yellen during a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington, D.C. Warren's newly released book criticizes California gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari. (Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg / ) In her new book, "A Fighting Chance," Massachusetts Sen.
RT @finneganlatimes: Sen Warren accuses CA GOP gov hopeful of lying to congr panel about Bush Treasury $ for banks. Kashkari denies. latimes.com/local/politica…
Sen Warren accuses CA GOP gov hopeful of lying to congr panel about Bush Treasury $ for banks. Kashkari denies. latimes.com/local/politica…
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Woman who sued TSA over breast milk wins settlement

latimes.com — A South Bay woman who sued the Transportation Security Administration over the way agents treated her for trying to bring breast milk on a plane said she won a settlement. The woman, Stacey Armato, said the TSA agreed to pay her $75,000 to settle the suit, as well as retraining all screeners to better treat travelers carrying breast milk.
RT @latimes: A woman who sued the TSA over carrying breast milk onto a plane has won a settlement lat.ms/1iguSBH
Woman who sued TSA over their treatment of her while trying to take breast milk on a plane won a $75k settlement. lati.ms/w68Hl
Woman who sued TSA over how she was treated when trying to bring breastmilk on plane says settlement has been reached lat.ms/1npRZSg

19th-century shipwreck rediscovered off Golden Gate

latimes.com — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Wednesday it has found the underwater wreck of the passenger steamer City of Chester, which sank in 1888 in a collision in dense fog near where the Golden Gate Bridge stands today. (San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park ) SAN FRANCISCO -- The passenger steamer was located once before in the murky depths.

Poppy reserve abloom again

latimes.com — After recent lackluster seasons, the California Poppy Reserve is again painted in orange and yellow hues across the rolling hills near Lancaster. The timing couldn't be better, as recent rains spurred the Antelope Valley reserve to fuller blooms in time for the Poppy Festival this weekend, April 26 and 27, at Lancaster City Park.