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November 17, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Opinions about Mercury General Corp. often depend on whether they're coming from investors or consumers. The Los Angeles automobile and homeowner insurance company has been at the center of repeated attempts to amend California's landmark Proposition 103, which made automobile insurance a more regulated industry. For more than a decade, Mercury's founder and chairman, George Joseph, has clashed repeatedly with consumer advocate Harvey Rosenfield, author of the landmark proposition, before the California Department of Insurance, the courts, the Legislature and on the ballot.
November 17, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Two miners were killed and 20 others injured in a mining accident in Ouray County, Colo., state emergency officials said Sunday. Officials first received a call about the incident at Star Mine Operations at 7:20 a.m. Sunday, at which point 20 miners were taken to local hospitals with injuries. Two miners remained below ground and were discovered dead, according to the Colorado Office of Emergency Management. Rory Williams, project manager for Star Mining Operations, told the Ouray Watch that the accident was not a cave-in or a collapse but rather a "powder-smoke incident" that involved the release of chemicals.
November 13, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Scotland Yard on Wednesday reversed a coroner's finding of foul play in the 2010 death of British spy Gareth Williams, concluding that an accident was likely responsible for the death of the code-breaker whose naked, decomposing body was found stuffed inside a zipped and padlocked gym bag. London Metropolitan Police investigators had undertaken a review of evidence in the case 16 months ago, after initial restrictions on homicide detectives' access...
November 5, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
This post has been updated. See note below for details. All northbound lanes of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu were shut down during the the Tuesday evening rush hour after a fatal traffic accident. The closure was about a mile north of Kanan Dume Road, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. A department watch commander said investigators were responding to the scene and that it was unclear how long the lanes would be closed. There were no immediate details on whether any other people were injured.
October 31, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Is there a higher power watching over Kanye West, or messing with him after he titled his most recent album "Yeezus"? Despite already rescheduling a few dates on the Yeezus Tour -- including a gig at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday -- West just postponed upcoming dates in Vancouver (Thursday), Denver (Sunday) and Minneapolis (Tuesday) after a truck carrying a custom-made video truss and a 60-foot circular LED screen was in an accident on the way to Vancouver on Wednesday. “This gear is central to the staging of the Yeezus Tour, and central to the creative vision put forth by Kanye West and his design team,” a rep for the rapper said in a statement Thursday.
October 28, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Ken Hamilton, an assistant baseball coach at Corona Santiago for 14 years, was killed in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident Monday morning in Los Angeles, Coach Ty De Trinidad said.  Hamilton, 54, was driving home from his work at a juvenile detention facility.  
October 20, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Authorities on Sunday continued to investigate the deaths of two maintenance workers on a Bay Area Rapid Transit line Saturday, as a radio transmission of the accident emerged. "This is a tragic day in BART's history," Grace Crunican, general manager of the public transit system, said in a prepared statement. "The entire BART family is grieving. " The workers were investigating a report of a dip in the track when a train on a routine maintenance run hit them, BART officials said.
October 20, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
Walnut Creek, Calif.--On Sunday evening, more than 100 Bay Area Rapid Transit employees gathered for a candlelight vigil to remember two workers who were struck and killed over the weekend by a commuter train while conducting a track inspection.   Many of the workers were dressed in their work uniforms or purple and green union T-shirts. Most held candles, hugged each other and quietly talked among themselves.  At one point, the group formed a circle and some came forward and spoke of their grief and sadness, calling the accident “senseless.”  Holding a candle with tears running down his face, Nucion Avent, a BART worker and union member, said he knew both men who were killed.
October 20, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Maura Dolan
The investigation into the deaths of two maintenance workers who were struck and killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit train during a routine track inspection could take a year or longer, a federal investigator told reporters Sunday. “We will be turning over every stone and opening every door,” said Jim Southworth, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board.   He said his team of investigators, who arrived at the scene Sunday afternoon, would be looking at  BART operations, mechanical issues, signals, records and inspections.
October 20, 2013 | By Paul Pringle
A 19-year-old man was driving recklessly Saturday when his car swerved across a road in the Palmdale area and hit three motorcycles, killing one person and badly injuring three others, according to the California Highway Patrol. The dead man was a 58-year-old Oxnard resident whose name was not released, officers said. Hospitalized with major injuries were Danny Rincon, 41, of Westlake Village, and Moorpark residents Richard McBee, 60, and Patty McBee, 55, according to the CHP. The driver of the car, Jose Gutierrez, of Palmdale, was arrested and jailed on unspecified charges, officers said.
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