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October 28, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
Firefighters found one person dead Monday after a fire ripped through a second-floor apartment in Panorama City, authorities said. The fire was reported about 8:39 a.m. in the 8800 block of Tobias Avenue, said Erik Scott, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. As firefighters gained access to the second-floor fire, "they found one unit fully involved in flames,” Scott said. Thirty-nine firefighters were able to contain the fire in 14 minutes. Firefighters found one person dead inside the apartment, the identity of whom, including gender, was not immediately available.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
Two Los Angeles police officers were injured after a fire Monday morning ripped through a Panorama City apartment where firefighters found a body, an LAPD spokesperson said. The police officers were treated at a local hospital for smoke inhalation and released shortly after, according to Officer Drake Madison of the Los Angeles Police Department. A 14-year-old boy was also injured in the fire, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said. No information has been released on the deceased individual, Scott said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
A suspected gang member accused of firing multiple times at Los Angeles Police Department officers in Highland Park and an alleged accomplice were arrested Friday after barricading themselves in an apartment building, authorities said. Sgt. Douglas Bowler said officers were on routine patrol in the 200 block of Avenue 57 about 7:30 p.m. Thursday when they observed two men involved in what was described as "possible gang activity. " One of the men pulled out a gun and fired multiple rounds at the officers, according to Bowler.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Residents of a Bay Area apartment building rushed to escape a six-alarm fire Thursday morning, some using rock climbing gear to lower themselves to safety. Four people suffered moderate and minor injuries in the fire, which was reported about 5:15 a.m. at the 75-unit Redwood City apartment building, according to KTVU. No major injuries or deaths were reported. Roommates Matt Fisher and Adam Carpenter went for their rock climbing gear when the blaze began and were able to escape injury, NBC Bay Area reported.
WORLD
September 27, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Frank Shyong
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2013 | Steve Lopez
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Rosanna Xia
 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.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2013 | By Shan Li
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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