| Oct 9, 2013
| 12:37 PM
The federal government’s partial shutdown has led to a partial return of furloughed workers, including some workers needed to investigate an outbreak of salmonella in chicken.
One of the ironies of the shutdown is how the politics have been...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 12:40 PM
LONDON -- A young British computer hacker has been arrested by Britain’s cyber crime unit at the request of American prosecutors on charges of infiltrating U.S. government and military files, Britain’s newly formed National Crime Agency...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 7:17 PM
WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans' rejection Thursday of two key nominations by President Obama revived a battle over filibuster rules and opened a new partisan front just as congressional leaders and the White House are searching for a budget...
| Nov 2, 2013
The Honda Accord covered my 11-mile morning commute to downtown Los Angeles, downhill on the 110 Freeway, without burning a single drop of gas. In the evening, I made it halfway back before the gasoline engine tapped the tank.
In all, the plug-in hybrid...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 8:54 AM
WASHINGTON -- The federal government is open again. But it will take more than unlocking the doors, flipping the lights back on and turning on the panda cam before it’s business as usual.
Thousands of federal workers returned to their jobs...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 7:10 PM
WASHINGTON — The crabbers are getting, well, crabby.
With the offices of the National Marine Fisheries Service closed because of the federal government shutdown, fishermen have been unable to get permits for the Alaska king crab season, which...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 7:04 PM
Federal environmental officers were sickened by toxic vapors as they toured a south Los Angeles urban oil field whose emissions are blamed by neighbors for a variety of ailments, an EPA official said Friday.
Jared Blumenfeld, U.S. Environmental...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 9:34 AM
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a utility industry challenge to the Obama administration’s environmental regulations that would limit greenhouse gases coming from power plants and factories.
The justices agreed to rule on...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 8:36 PM
A judge has ordered a metal plating company in Richmond, Calif., to remove large quantities of hazardous waste, including potentially deadly cyanide, after state officials argued that it poses a health threat to nearby residents.
Contra Costa County...
| Nov 9, 2013
| 6:24 PM
A train that derailed and exploded in rural Alabama was hauling 2.7 million gallons of crude oil, according to officials.
The 90-car train was crossing a timber trestle above a wetland near Aliceville late Thursday night when approximately 25 rail...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 12:27 PM
HOUSTON — Officials are letting a fire burn out at a Chevron gas pipeline line that exploded in the rural north Texas town of Milford on Thursday and prompted evacuations.
No injuries have been reported after the 9:40 a.m. CST explosion in...