September 27, 2013 |
KARACHI, Pakistan -- At least 13 people were killed and dozens injured Friday when a five-story apartment building collapsed in Mumbai , India's financial capital, officials said. Rescuers were working to reach those trapped in the rubble. Sunil Prabhu , the city's mayor, told local news channels that 22 families were living in the building, which reportedly imploded shortly after 6 a.m. Most of the residents were believed to be at home. Officials said the building, which is in south Mumbai near the dockyards and the Babu Genu market, was more than 30 years old and being renovated.
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September 26, 2013 |
A man in his 50s was arrested shortly after midnight Thursday in connection with six fires started within about an hour along Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. The suspect was spotted by authorities and taken into custody near the intersection of Katherine Avenue and Moorpark Street, said Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. J. Hensley. Reports of rubbish fires began as early as 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. Around 9 p.m., fire crews fought back a blaze that started in the back of a strip mall in the 13900 block of Ventura Boulevard.
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September 14, 2013 |
It's a short ride from L.A.'s skid row to Hollywood, but throw in a detour and a few bumps and the journey can take six months, as it did for my friend Nathaniel Ayers. The Juilliard-trained musician had been ensconced in the same downtown apartment for seven years, but things weren't working out, and it was time to move on. That was his landlord's opinion and mine, too. But Mr. Ayers insisted he was staying put, end of discussion. His apartment was his sanctuary, and few people were allowed into his space for inspections or anything else.
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September 10, 2013 |
Worried about a certain type of wood-framed building particularly vulnerable to collapse during a major earthquake, a Los Angeles City Council committee Tuesday ordered building officials to come up with a plan to identify these structures. Los Angeles officials have long known about the risk of so-called soft-story buildings, particularly after the Northridge earthquake in 1994, when about 200 of these structures were seriously damaged or destroyed. The Northridge Meadows apartment complex was one of them, and 16 people died, many crushed to death in their beds.
August 13, 2013 |
A strange and elaborate stone villa perched atop an apartment building in Beijing has caught the attention of authorities there who have ordered the structure be torn down. Dubbed "the most outrageous illegal structure" by local media, the sprawling fortress resembles the top portion of a mountain peak, complete with trees, shrubbery and piles of rocks, that just happens to be fused onto the roof of a 26-story apartment complex. It has been seized upon by the Chinese public and media as yet another example of the willingness of the country's uber-wealthy to flout rules and usually get away with it. The owner, a businessman in the traditional Chinese medicine industry, spent six years building the 8,600-square-foot villa despite complaints by neighbors who said it was causing problems with the building's pipe system and structural integrity, according to the Associated Press.
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August 4, 2013 |
For tenants in an East Hollywood apartment building, Juan Chavez was a beloved security guard who always went out of his way to cheer them up and make them feel safe. But undercover Los Angeles police officers, patrolling a vigil in Pico-Union, say they considered the 37-year-old a threat to their lives. Earlier this month, police shot and killed Chavez after he allegedly removed a blue steel revolver from his waistband. Chavez's friends and family say they still don't understand how that could have happened.
July 17, 2013 |
New home starts fell 9.9% in June driven largely by weakness in apartment building, an unexpected drop given that builders' confidence in the housing market is hitting highs not seen since the housing boom. New residential construction has been in recovery this year as home prices, sales and rents have risen. Privately owned housing starts in June were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 836,000 units. That 10% drop appears out of step with survey data showing builders are highly optimistic about the future. An index measuring builder confidence rose for the third consecutive month in July to its strongest level since January 2006, the National Assn.
July 11, 2013 |
At least 10 people were injured, including four firefighters, after an explosion started a fire in an apartment building in New York City's Chinatown on Thursday afternoon, officials said. The extent of the injuries was not yet clear, and local media reported different casualty numbers. At least two victims were transported to a burn unit at a local hospital, according to a fire spokesman. The firefighters' injuries were described as minor. Officials said they didn't yet know the cause of the fire.
June 5, 2013 |
Authorities were searching for at least two people believed to be trapped beneath the rubble of a collapsed building in downtown Philadelphia after 12 people escaped with minor injuries, officials said Wednesday. The incident, which will be investigated, was being treated as an accident. There were no reports of any explosion at the site, and there was no fire, officials said. Parts of a four-story property collapsed onto a Salvation Army thrift store at 22nd and Market streets at about 10:45 a.m., Mayor Michael Nutter told a televised news conference.