LA Times Science Files for 2007/06/27

These are items compiled by staff of the LA Times.

    Unraveling a mummy from inside out

    Egyptian archeologists say they have definitively identified the mummy of Hatshepsut, the only woman to rule ancient Egypt while the kingdom was at the height of its wealth and power. By Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer.

    Tahoe flames resume march

    SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CALIF. – In a temporary setback for strained firefighters and a ravaged community, flames leaped a containment line Tuesday afternoon, threatening hundreds of homes only hours after residents had felt that it was safe to return. By Tim Reiterman and Lee Romney, Times Staff Writers.

    King hospital gets another reprieve

    Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday backed off a threat to begin closing Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, opting instead to give the beleaguered facility a reprieve as it prepares for a last-chance government inspection next month. By Jack Leonard and Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writers.

    Exxon, Conoco drop Venezuela oil projects

    BOGOTA, COLOMBIA – Exxon Mobil Corp. and ConocoPhillips have decided to abandon their heavy crude oil projects in eastern Venezuela rather than cede majority ownership and operating control to the government, Venezuelan officials said Tuesday. By Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer.

    NFL fails on disability issue, House panel told

    WASHINGTON – Four former football players Tuesday told a House panel that the NFL’s disability retirement system is broken, and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) chastised league and union leaders for failing to treat injured retirees and their families in a dignified manner. By Claudia Lauer, Times Staff Writer.

    Coalition sues in bid to block MTA fare hikes

    Three groups representing local public transit riders and conservation interests united Tuesday in an effort to require the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to hold off on fare increases until their environmental effects can be measured. By Tiffany Hsu, Times Staff Writer.

    John Todd, 96; Caltech professor pioneered use of computers in math

    John Todd, the Caltech mathematician who was a pioneer in the development of numerical analysis for computers and played a key role in the development of some of the first large computers, has died. He was 96. By Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer.

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