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OPINION
February 6, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
In the new world of the sharing economy, companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar have made a compelling case that government shouldn't treat them the same way it treats conventional service providers. They're not taxi companies; instead, they empower people to act as part-time limo drivers. But regulators still have to make sure that the public is protected when something goes wrong. A recent fatal accident involving a driver who used Uber highlights gaps in the insurance coverage that ride-sharing services, their drivers and state regulators can't ignore.
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BUSINESS
February 5, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher and Salvador Rodriguez
SACRAMENTO - A deadly accident involving a California ride-sharing driver has brought to light a potential downside to this new high-tech carpooling: Who pays when something goes wrong? Companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar have long insisted that the insurance they provide their drivers is sufficient to cover accidents. But a recent tragedy shows the murky legal terrain in which these new taxi-like services operate. On New Year's Eve, an Uber driver struck and killed a 6-year-old girl who was crossing a San Francisco street with her family.
AUTOS
February 3, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
The Department of Transportation will push the development of a short-range radio system aimed at stopping crashes by allowing cars to exchange basic facts about speed and direction to other vehicles as fast at 10 times a second. Called vehicle-to-vehicle communications, such a system would give vehicles the ability to warn drivers of potential dangers as far as 300 yards away.  The technology could be linked to safety systems already in some vehicles that automatically trigger the brakes or make steering adjustments to stop collisions.  “This is just the beginning of a revolution in roadway safety,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Monday.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
On the field, the Seahawks are known for causing turnovers, but off the field, the teams' fans are the ones who are fumbling their devices. Smartphone users who are rooting for the Seahawks to win Super Bowl XLVIII are 46% clumsier than users who are rooting for the Broncos, according to a survey conducted this month by SquareTrade , a San Francisco company that sells device insurance. According to the survey, nearly 25% of fans rooting for the Seahawks have had a cellphone accident within the last 12 months.
NATIONAL
January 20, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A fire and structural collapse at an animal feed processing plant killed some people and injured at least 10 workers, four critically, the Omaha fire chief said Monday.  Officials had said earlier that the fire at the International Nutrition plant may have been precipitated by an explosion. But at a televised afternoon news conference, interim fire chief Bernie Kanger said it was unclear whether there had been a blast.  “We are classifying this as an industrial accident that led to a structural fire,” he said.
NATIONAL
January 20, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A fire and structural collapse at an animal feed processing plant killed two people and injured 10 others, four critically, Omaha authorities said Monday. Officials had said the fire at the International Nutrition plant could have been precipitated by an explosion. But later, in a televised news conference, Omaha Interim Fire Chief Bernie Kanger said it was unclear whether there had been a blast. "We are classifying this as an industrial accident that led to a structural fire," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Country star Luke Bryan was forced to postpone Friday night's concert in Lexington, Ky., after his stage was damaged while it was being dismantled in Columbus, Ohio. A statement posted to Bryan's official website on Friday said the tour's team was working to make repairs. Thus far, only one date has been postponed. The Lexington concert has been rescheduled for Feb. 21. The Columbus Dispatch reported that four workers were "slightly injured" in the incident, which occurred after the concert at Ohio State University's Schottenstein Center . The paper reported that it appeared to be an accident involving a forklift and it ultimately resulted in a "portion of the stage" being "toppled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla and Michael Finnegan
After spending three days in the hospital, the woman hit by a car carrying  Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was released Friday. Juliet Nicolas, 60, was struck in downtown Tuesday afternoon by a city SUV in which Garcetti was a passenger. Garcetti did not see what happened as his vehicle headed east on 2nd Street toward City Hall, according to the mayor's office.  At 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nicolas left Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
In what appears to be a tragic accident for a San Bernardino family, a 46-year-old man ran over and killed his elderly father Wednesday as he arrived to pick him up for a dialysis appointment. Alvis Prince Jr. was driving to pick up his 86-year-old father in the rear parking lot of the Arbor Apartment complex in the 300 block of East Rialto Avenue about 9 a.m. Wednesday, San Bernardino police said. The elder Prince saw his son approaching and began walking to the car when he tripped and fell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan
A video taken by a security camera on the Los Angeles Times building captured the scene at Spring and 2nd streets on Tuesday when an LAPD vehicle carrying Mayor Eric Garcetti allegedly struck a pedestrian. The mayor was a passenger and was talking on a cellphone when the accident occured, city officials said. The woman was hospitalized overnight and her condition was stable, a USC County Medical Center spokeswoman said. Accident investigators took a copy of the jerky video as part of their examination, according to a Times security official.
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