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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.
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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 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.
SCIENCE
January 15, 2014 | By Alan Zarembo
People who suffer traumatic brain injuries face an elevated risk of death from suicide or accidents for years to come, according to a new study based on four decades of data on hundreds of thousand of patients in Sweden. Those who survived the immediate aftermath of moderate and severe traumatic brain injuries were three times more likely than people without such injuries to die prematurely, defined by the researchers as before age 56. Experts said the study was likely to spur calls for long-term monitoring of some brain injury patients.
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.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2014 | Hugo Martin
Grouse all you want about shrinking airline seats and annoying fees for onboard food, drinks and entertainment, but the industry's safety record is looking up. The world's airlines had one of their safest years on record in 2013. There were 29 airline accidents last year, which, combined, resulted in a record-low 265 fatalities, according to the Aviation Safety Network, a private research group in the Netherlands. That's out of about 31 million commercial flights worldwide. The world's airlines had a pretty safe year in 2012 as well, with 475 fatalities from 23 airline accidents, including passenger and cargo flights, the research group said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 15-year-old Murrieta girl was in a coma and on life support Thursday after she was injured over the weekend in a skateboarding accident, according to a report in the Riverside Press Enterprise . Maddison "Mads" Olson, a sophomore at Murrieta High School, tumbled while speeding down a steep hill in Mission Viejo on Sunday. She was found unconscious, her father said in the news report. She was not wearing a helmet. Fire crews took the girl to the Mission Viejo campus of Children's Hospital of Orange County.
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