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Monday, August 31, 2009

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  • Calif. Wildfires Threaten Thousands Of Homes
    A massive fire in the Angeles National Forest nearly doubled in size overnight, threatening 12,000 homes in the Los Angeles area. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has issued emergency declarations for four counties.
  • States Make Pitches For High-Speed-Rail Money
    As the Obama administration prepares to start doling out $8 billion in funding for high-speed-train projects, proposals have flooded in from around the country. Forty states and the District of Columbia have already requested more than $100 billion for high-speed-rail projects. Though many projects are ambitious, the U.S. is still far away from a European- or Asian-style rail network, experts say.
  • Firm's Hybrid Bulbs Put Spotlight On Incandescents
    The incandescent bulb is hard to beat when it comes to illuminating a room, but most also waste energy. Now, a Northern California company is trying to save the incandescent bulb from extinction.
  • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Shine In Tests
    Consumer Reports put two dozen compact fluorescent bulbs to the test for its October issue. Deputy home editor Celia Kuperszmid-Lehrman says newer bulbs have become closer to traditional bulbs in the quality of light they emit and with prices falling, consumers can expect significant savings.
  • Study: Prostate Cancer May Be Overtreated
    A popular blood test for prostate cancer is leading many men to get treated for cancer when the treatment might not make much of a difference, according to a study in the current issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The study's conclusions are in agreement with two earlier studies published last spring in the New England Journal of Medicine.
  • Examining Numbers In Bradley Op-Ed
    In a New York Times op-ed, former Sen. Bill Bradley wrote that 10 percent of "every health care dollar paid by individuals and companies" goes toward malpractice costs. Anne Underwood, contributor to The New York Times blog Prescriptions, says the number is closer to 1-1.5 percent.
  • Finally, A Resting Place For Michael Jackson
    Michael Jackson died more than two months ago, but the King of Pop is finally being buried this week. At Forest Lawn in Glendale, Calif., he will be surrounded by fellow performers, such as Nat King Cole, Humphrey Bogart and Sammy Davis Jr.
  • Disney Buys Marvel In $4B Deal
    Disney has bought Marvel Entertainment at a cost of $4 billion. Dawn Chmielewski, a Los Angeles Times staff writer who covers the entertainment industry, says Disney gains access to a young, male audience. Marvel, she says, gets access to Disney's global reach.
  • In Cape Town Theaters, 'District 9' Hits Home
    The summer sci-fi hit imagines a world in which millions of refugee extraterrestrials live in a filthy, violence-plagued shantytown outside Johannesburg. South African moviegoers got their first look at the film — and its political and cultural overtones — when it opened there Aug. 28.
  • Top General Calls Afghan Situation Serious
    Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, submitted a report Monday assessing progress in the war there, saying the situation remains "serious," but that "success is achievable." The report did not address the issue of whether more U.S. troops were needed in Afghanistan.

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